5 Reasons I Get Out of Bed in the Morning

breakfast with coffee and croissant


1. There are people in my house who need breakfast cooked for them.

Morning is my time; I’m always ready to get up and get going (I might need my 20 min. power nap later, but it’s no problem getting up at 6:00 am). Cooking breakfast for our guests is a pleasure. Marc makes the coffee and I do the rest. I have my routine, my multiple tasks figured out and by 8:00 I am ready to serve 4 or 30 depending on the day. (I do like my weekends off when Janice comes to cook!) Plus I love to visit with our guests and get to know their “story”. So many fascinating people come stay with us.

2. I live in such a beautiful and unique place (Homestead of the Amana Colonies)

I enjoy the sunrises, sunsets, walks in the country and the nature trail, Amana farm cows grazing in the fields, the leafy shade trees, the trains that whistle through Homestead…. I enjoy learning the history of the Amana Colonies. I often stop to picture how this place must have looked and felt 150 years ago when the church elders were in charge, everyone went to church 11 times a week and families ate together in communal kitchens.

3. To prepare a clean and comfortable space for guests who will be arriving later that day.

I want the rooms to be spotless, the linens to smell fresh, the bed to be made impeccably, and the decor to be beautiful. I stop and say a quick blessing outside each room, asking the Spirit’s presence to fill the room with peace and positive energy so that whoever comes to the room will feel at home. I know our place isn’t perfect –it’s old and sometimes creaky and maybe a little too ‘comfortable’. But it has a feel of home and welcome and relaxation that I want our guests to catch a glimpse of.

4. I get to plan our travels.

I’m always dreaming of our next trip; saving, researching, planning, picturing. The world is huge and beautiful and there are so many places I want to visit in my lifetime. I’ve been so lucky to live on 3 different continents, visit all of the 50 states as well as 25 different countries.

5. Because I am so blessed with a wonderful family and friends 
I have a loving and loyal husband with whom I just celebrated 45 years of marriage, 3 wonderful adult children, 2 sweet grandchildren, my 93 year old mother who lives close by, family in Iowa City and extended family who keep in close contact even though far away. I have long-time friends who keep in touch through phone calls, visits, and FB messages as well as new friends that I am getting to know better.
There are many reasons to wake up in the morning, but these five come to mind this December day.