So much to do! So much to do!
I’ve been having so much fun thinking about my family and my home. I cannot tell you how content I feel as I concentrate on what I believe is God’s highest calling for me~ to “look well to the ways of my household.” In my mind, I feel like all the pieces are finally falling into place, leaving me with so much peace and joy as a wife, mother, and homemaker.
Sure, I get tired and I lost my temper several times yesterday. . .but, what I mean is, IN GENERAL, when all is said and done. . .I have no feelings of discontent here in my home. However, God has been showing me some areas that I do need to improve on.
First of all, this house is getting cleaned and organized. I’m sure there are systems in place for women who want to organize every room of the house but I don’t need any system~the children and I are JUST DOING IT. With seven people living in this house I cannot tell you how much STUFF gets brought in the doors. It’s enough to frustrate anyone! I have no mercy right now on extra stuff~it is going right back OUT the door (to be donated or thrown away). My advice to every young mom out there: DO NOT TAKE FREE STUFF UNLESS YOU REALLY TRULY NEED IT. NEED. NOT WANT. That goes for toys, books, clothes, furniture, and any other stuff. You will just end up cluttering up your home.
Yesterday’s major accomplishment? Cleaning Grace’s room. She did the majority of the work herself and then I went up there to vacuum. Today we will go through her clothes, toys, and books. What a sense of accomplishment it was, to get that room clean! We even vacuumed under the bed. Every tiny bit was picked up (and she had LOTS of tiny bits).
Today Jacob and Ethan will work on their own room. Things will get done little by little. Each small job, done well, is rewarding. “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
They are all still doing very nicely with their chores. Ethan is keeping the livingroom clean and vacuumed, while Grace and Jacob are keeping the kitchen clean. Having the main rooms of the house clean is a burden lifted off of me.
I owe “naturalmomma1” a big thank you for giving me the link to “forsmallhands”. I had so much fun on that website yesterday and I ordered a bunch of things for the little ones to use so that they can clean the house, too. They will be put to work! I also bought a game that we can play together, a small kite ( it’s “easy to fly”! we’ll see!) music makers, and some kitchen things just the right size for small hands.
Cooking has always been a huge pleasure for me, so there isn’t much to change in that area, except to continue to cook good, filling, and healthy meals for the family. I also intend to keep the children IN the kitchen, to help with the work as much as they can. More than any toy in the world, they want to be with me “doing things”, and helping me cook is so rewarding for them. When we are together, we are developing that sense of community, family, and unity that makes every mama’s heart sing.
Yesterday I made zucchini bread. I doubled the recipe and used half the batter to make muffins, and the other half to make a regular loaf. You can bake any quick bread into muffins, just remember to take them out of the oven after about 20 minutes. The loaf will take longer to bake. I also spent time cutting up fresh veggies, because my children need to eat more of those things~ carrots, celery, fresh peas from the garden, etc. . . . . .yum.
Nature is another way in which the children and I enjoy spending time together, but I do want to spend more time teaching them. There are so many lessons to learn, just by studying God’s beautiful world. The children know, too, that if they discover something outside, that “mama will want to see it.” Yesterday, Ethan brought me this to look at:
It’s a teeny weeny bee’s nest of some sort. When you look in the hole, it’s like another world.
We thought it was neat, and cute because of how small it is.
And of course, David is constantly bringing me frogs to look at. I don’t have quite the appreciation for them. Did I tell you that last week he put one down in the kitchen and it promptly hopped into a crack (by the dishwasher) and he couldn’t reach it? At one point I saw it emerging. . .only to be scared back in. Grace finally found it a few hours later, sitting by the piano. We called to David, and he ran it back down home, to the pond.
Yes, making jam with a frog in the kitchen is something that keeps my sense of humor alive and well.
I’m happiest when I am serving my family.&nb
sp; I have five beautiful children to teach and train and have fun with. I have a hard-working husband to help, cook for and love. I just want to encourage all of you married ones, if you need some inspiration, to pick up some good books that will give you the extra push to “look well to the ways of your household.” If you aren’t a reader, that’s okay too, just think about these things, read the Bible, pray. . . .I promise you, taking care of your home and family will fill your heart with joy! Because it’s GOD’s WILL FOR YOU. His way is truly the most wonderful, and best, way to live.
Just a few suggestions:
Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl
The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
MaryJane’s Ideabook*Cookbook*Lifebook, by MaryJane Butters
Home Comforts, The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson
“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.” 1 Timothy 5:14