And then it begins.
So, what do we do?
- Set goals and work to achieve them, but keep homemaking responsibilities to a minimum during this season. Loving our husbands and babies is far greater than homemaking.
- Take care of yourself; When mama isn't taken care of, mama can't take care of anyone else. I don't necessarily agree that Mama should take care of herself first but I do believe that prioritizing ourselves is of the essence.
- Keep It Simple, Silly; At this point in my life, it is simply realistic for me to take on extensive organization projects and to do anything more than basic upkeep cleaning. Even though in my overachieving mind this isn't ideal, I have to understand the beauty found in Ecclesiastes 3... There is a season for every activity under the sun. This season is devoted to that active one year old that has stolen my heart, not to purging and focusing solely on my home.
- Become an excellent steward with your time; Needless to say, with the litmited time we have for anything other thn child-rearing, this is an excellent time to reevaluate how we spend our time. Cutting out TV, Facebook and any other time-traps in order to achieve more at home, during our time at home may be the solution.
- Kick off laziness! I am such a lazy person by nature. Yet I find that when I purpose my mind and heart to kick off every ounce of laziness, I (obviously... hehe) get so much more done. I find that the pros of being proactive instead of being lazy far outweigh the pros of remaining lazy. And that keeps me motivated to keep goig.
- Find rest in Christ; I have realized that I was depending on that 5:15p time to show up on every clock of our house because I knew that's when Caleb would get home. I wanted rest, and would often attempt to find it in front of the TV. It was almost like when he got in through the door, I clocked out of the mother and homemaker role (mostly) and would use the excuse that rest was needed. Yet I have found that when we actively set our minds and thoughts to Christ, I am well rested throughout the day and I am able to manage our home a lot better. Now, instead of mindlessly vegging in front of the TV after Aaliya goes to bed, I clean the kitchen and get ourselves ready for the next day. It's made for an easier clean-up routine and I am very content.