Updated: Sep 25, 2019
I love my mornings.
Let me say that again. I love my mornings.
I am an early riser. I am one of those odd humans who can somehow set a time in my head and wake up at that exact time. Even without setting a time in my head I have this internal alarm clock that wakes me up every day at 5:30am. Anyone else like that?
I have always been a morning person though...I can remember visiting my Grandma and Grandpa in Virginia and getting up super early (4am early) and having the best conversation with my Grandma at that time. She was always up early. We would talk about all kinds of things. We would watch movies about Jesus healing people and she would tell me stories of her and her sister, Sister Julia when she went to Mexico and came home with a deck of tarot cards. Some of my most cherished memories came from waking up early and talking to Grandma. I like to think I must get my love of early mornings from her. And my love of tea. And wine.
Nowadays, my early mornings usually consist of getting up and heading downstairs to have a little quiet time before the craziness of our day begins. We co-sleep and I am nursing our youngest daughter Maple so I like to get out of my bed for a bit and honestly have a little quiet time for me and my nips.
I can remember visiting my Grandma and getting up super early (4 am early) and having the best conversations with her. She was always up.
My favorite thing to do in the quiet hour is make something warm to drink...in the fall and winter I tend to lean towards some sweet Elderberry Tea. It's a favorite way of mine to enjoy Elderberry in the morning time. I love to read my Bible, say my devotions and just have some quiet time to pray about the day. Try it out one morning. Spend a few minutes before you start your day by drinking a delicious tea and showing Jesus some love. The days seems to go so much smoother when this happens.
My favorite elderberry tea recipe -
1 tbsp of dried organic elderberries
8 oz filtered water
1 organic cinnamon stick
1-2 tbsp raw honey (depending on how sweet you like)
1 tsp orange mamalade (optional)
Simmer water, dried elderberries and cinnamon stick in a small pan for 10-12 minutes.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer and stir in your honey and/or marmalade.
Enjoy your cup of goodness. All while staying healthy!