Last year I posted on Facebook about the joys of hanging laundry on the clothesline. It wasn't too hot yet and the birds were chirping, blue skies were cloudless. It was a beautiful day to be outside. Someone commented about how they wished they could live a simple life like me.
Now, I truly believe that God has called me to this life I lead. He has given Jeff and I the desire to have children (and quite a few at that!), to homeschool them and to lead a very productive life. But, really, it is anything but simple!!
Simple is transferring that laundry from washer to dryer (which I do more often than not). Not taking the time to hang them out!
Simple is buying those boxes of extruder pressed cereal. Not making your own granola!
Simple is whacking a tube of biscuits on the counter. Not making homemade biscuits a couple of times a week!
Simple is stopping by the bread store for a few loaves of bread. Not grinding your own wheat to make up four loaves that will be gone in less than 2 days!
Simple is sending those kids to school for 8 hours a day. Not being with them 24/7 and teaching and instructing them in the way they should go!
Simple is going out to eat or stopping for take-out a few times a week. Not cooking 2-3 meals a day from scratch!
No, I don't work outside the home. In fact, I try to stay at home as much as possible. I know that if you work outside the home you don't have time to do all that I do. But please, don't think the life of a stay at home homeschooling mom is simple, 'cause it just isn't so! I feel so blessed to spend this time working and learning with my children. Learning, exploring and creating as God leads. It is a very blessed life, but it's anything but simple.
This is my list of things that I need to accomplish today.
-dust and vacuum master bedroom
-scrub, vacuum and mop master bath
-tidy the schoolroom and den
-make applesauce in the slow cooker
-make a big pot of vegetable pilaf for lunch--decided not to do this after I cleaned out the fridge. There is plenty of soup and we made a broccoli salad to go with the bread.
-do math and phonics with Jackson and go over the other children's school work
And did I mention my mother-in-law will be here in just a few hours? And my oldest daughter with her three children?
So I will take breaks to rock the baby, walk outside with grandmother and the little guys and hopefully take some pictures. I'm sure there will be lots of chasing, hugging and loving on little ones in addition to the above list. Today will be a very busy day. But it will also be a very blessed day. Even if it's not so simple!