The number one question I get almost every day is “How do you do it all?” And this question hasn’t even been posed from mothers; it usually comes from random strangers while standing in line at Walmart. It also didn’t matter whether I had one child in tow or six of them.
As I started having more children, I’m not sure if they asked because they really wanted to know the answer, or whether it was more to poke fun at me for having a large family. It was usually followed by ,”boy you have your hands full.” I would always just smile and say, “yes, they are and I prefer it that way.”
People, this is not the best thing you can ask a momma with any number of children in tow! I mean really, I don’t walk up to a barista at Starbucks who has a line out the door, is frazzled beyond normalcy and has a half cafe, decaf, soy latte glazed over look on her face and say, “boy you sure have your hands full – how do you do it all?” I think a better way would be to just smile and say, “You are doing a great job?”
So, with that being said, I don’t “do it all” any better than any other mother out there. It’s really about getting out of bed each morning and doing what the Lord made us to do – live life and glorify Him. And if this means I do this over cleaning a coop full of what seems like 10,000 lbs of chicken poop, shoving a stubborn, obstinate goat onto the milking stand, handwashing a rather large pile of dishes for the 5th time in a day or telling my eight year old to super glue his butt to the chair so he can get his school done, then this is what I do.
My day really begins early, my first alarm rings at 5:30 and I really should have a second alarm ring at 6:00 because I have fallen back asleep one too many times. My sweet hubby usually shoves me out of bed by 6:15. I’m out milking and feeding animals by 7 a.m. Thirty minutes later the kids and I are eating breakfast and then we start devotions by 8:30.
Homeschooling never takes us longer than lunchtime. It’s not that we couldn’t go longer, but the attention span seems to dwindle exponentially after lunch, so I figure they wouldn’t retain much anyway. I leave reading for later in the evening before bed because it’s great snuggle time and it helps everyone quiet down before bed. Homeschooling doesn’t have to take an exorbitant amount of time. We need to get out of our heads that they need to be doing school for hours upon hours. But that may be something for a later post. . . . . .
After lunch the kids are free to explore, play and do whatever they would like. Sometimes we walk the dog, they may take a bike ride or lately they have been making YouTube videos for our business. During this time, I am able to work on our home business. I schedule time each day to either make soap and lotions or sew table runners to keep up on fulfilling orders. At this point in our lives, I probably spend around 10 hours a week devoted to running our business. This of course will increase the closer we get to the holiday season.
We all stop what we are doing about 30 minutes before having to leave in the late afternoon. This is chore time. It’s time to pick up the house and get it resembling a calm place and not a cataclysmic epicenter. I’m not sure about your house, but ours tends to look like a herd of stampeding elephants thundered through it by 4 p.m. This is really important that you do for your hubby before he comes home. A man really needs his home to be his sanctuary after a long day at work.
Extra curricular activities, dinner and evening chores to lock up the animals round out our day. Everyone is headed to bed by 9:00. We have older kids now, so some of them stay up until 10 and I’m usually up until that time putting in my bible reading time and/or watching my favorite HGTV shows.
So, I really hope that helps explain what our day looks like. I’m not superwoman like people want to make me out to be – I’m just an average mom raising a brood of kids for the Lord.