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August 01, 2008

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So true, Eileen!

With our foray into the homeschool world this fall, the Captain acknowledged, "Well, we're going to have to treat this (the house and all its responsibilities) as if you WERE working again.

I'll let you know how long it takes for me to hire a cleaning lady...just kidding...sort of!

God Bless,
Jane

You know what, Jane, in some ways it's actually harder than when you're working -- see, you and the kids are home all day, climbing the walls, dragging out books and toys, cutting up paper and dripping the glue on the table and floor, eating food (that has to be prepared on dishes and pans that would otherwise be content to stay clean and in the cupboard), scattering crumbs on the carpet. Well, maybe not your kids. Mine do, though.

I've been in a bit of a funk about this lately, feeling anything but successful as a homemaker and mom. I recently suggested to my mom that maybe this job needed someone "with high energy, excellent organizational skills, and doesn't require a whole lot of sleep!" I expected her to agree -- she successfully raised 9 of us kids, after all, and she's one of the most energetic people I know! (What happened to me?!) :)

Her response: A shake of the head, and these words, "Yeah, but do you know anybody like that?"

I've been holding onto that, believe me: If it's too much for my mom, it's too much for anybody!!! :)

And I've decided that that has to be OK.

Well said Eileen! I can sooo relate! I haven't been feeling very successful in this area lately either... It was very timely for me to read this post, as I have been pretty hard on myself for not keeping up with it all. Thank you!

Eileen, may I add that your vocation is wife and mother, not housekeeper. I'm with you wholeheartedly. I struggled with housework while homeschooling 6 for years. Now that I'm down to one the house is cleaner only because he doesn't need so much of my time but that still doesn't mean that it is my soul focus. My husband and children are my number one focus and the house and laundry come next.

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