Just in case anyone was wondering why I haven't posted on this blog for a little while, I'm checking in for just a few minutes. Between laundry, dishes, house-cleaning, home schooling, home school convention, meal planning, planting and weeding gardens, a short weekend vacation, county fair, and oh yes, eight children and one dear husband, I've been a bit busy. I'm always busy, but with summer comes added activities.
Some days are pretty stressful. There are days, I'd rather curl up with a good book and shut out the world around me. I like those times when my husband will take the kids for a few hours, so I can rest or accomplish things I can't do as easily with everyone around. It can be a struggle from day to day choosing what priorities should be at the top. The days we spend reading and working hard at our studies are not days we get a lot of housework done. That's just the way it is. Then there are the days that we clean the house from top to bottom and bookwork is put on hold, but those days are necessary as well. Besides, those are the days that I find our books and those lost school papers! I've had so many people ask me how I do it. They think that I'm able to squeeze everything into each day. Maybe they think I am super organized. Guess what? I'm not. In all honesty, we do stick to somewhat of a routine, and I do try to make sure we have clean dishes to eat from and clean clothes to wear, but I am not trying to make it into Better Homes and Gardens. I have more important things to do. As a dear friend often says, "The only things that are going to last are the Word of God and the souls of my children." Yes, the children are learning what they need to know. Yes, we work to keep up our home and farm, but above all else, our prayer is that the Lord Jesus Christ is first and that we hide His Word in our hearts.
It's time for me to switch out my laundry, but then, it's back to asking the Lord to shape me into the wife and momma He wants me to be and pray that He does the same for my precious family.