It's not all sunshine and rainbows. Or homemade bread.
Moshe looks out the window...
So, a sweet reader emailed me a chatty note this afternoon, and one of her comments was:
I'm glad she noticed. :) I do love homemade whole wheat bread! I like most from-scratch things a lot better than the store versions. And many of these things -- from bagels to pita chips and everything in between -- are not hard to do.
But there are times... many times... when I have to make compromises. Needy children, an ill husband, or a needy ME, trying to balance home education, opening our home to others, and meeting all the "deadlines" life throws our way -- from doctor's appointments to filing taxes to paying bills. And more.
So much more than can be put into words on a screen.
It's never easy to balance it all. Not for me, not for anyone else.
I fight that battle of knowing that I can't "do it all", but still wanting to do more than I should.
Some weeks (many weeks, even most weeks) my "time budget" helps our household budget by doing things like making bread and using cloth diapers. Other weeks, I pull a few dollars from the food budget and buy something that helps my time stretch... for other purposes.
And that's completely okay. (My family doesn't even complain!) Because some days the kitchen looks like this:
And that's called Life at Home with Four Kids right now. Especially on dreary days. I have been doing better, a lot better (thank you all for your prayers these past months!). But that sun! It keeps hiding from me, and I wish it wouldn't. :)
Yehoshua (6) has been my sunshine this week. Yesterday he cleaned up the living room in an amazing fashion, calling himself "The Yehoshua Sweeper" when he showed me his finished work. ;)
Then, he decorated the kitchen with banners, got out the UNO cards, and made tea for us. Green tea for me, Sleepytime for himself. We played UNO with Eliyahu (5) while the two little ones napped. What a fun party! :)
Today, we're muddling through math and music practice, sweeping the kitchen floor (again... and again) and clearing dishes. I budgeted time for blogging, but not time for a shower. Yet.
There will never be enough time for me to do all my favorite stuff all the time. (Even including homemade bread, which only takes minutes and is so yummy. Truly.)
...but when I do? I love the chance to share about it here! :)