very inspirational thread.
It was interesting to read the waxing and waning and waxing again of the practice. The disruptions of family life. Struggle with posture. Struggle with noise. Busy minds. etc.
It mirrors my own experience.
I've been struggling this year to re-establish my own meditation practice after the birth of my second child.
Now it's just a matter of juggling meditation times between late nights settling the eldest child and the wife, and the youngest waking up early as I'm sitting down to meditate.
All that said, I've settled on my old practice of counting ("training wheels" as someone rather astutely pointed out above) and perhaps rolling into metta from there (especially in the evenings).
From past experience, it takes me about three months of daily practice to get to a good place with my meditation.
That said, I can feel the energy and enthusiasm coming up for each sit.
The real trick is to not drop the practice when the first disruption comes up (getting sick, travel, etc.).
Anyway, Metta to all with their own practice.