This post is for my new blog-friend.... She asked how I manage my home with so many kids. That is a really big question! I wasn't sure exactly what info you are interested in so, I'll just give you what prayerfully comes to mind and you can ask anything more specific.
First of all, I have a wonderful husband who comes to my rescue anytime I get in a bind (like scheduling conflicts, doctor appointments). He also takes the girls to school every morning and when his schedule allows it he calls me and offers to pick up the girls and run them to violin or to cheer at a game ect.... He is also really wonderful about dinner. I try to cook nice meals but, sometimes it is just Schwans or last night we picked up take-out. We go out to eat about once a week.
I also have a wonderful Christian woman come to my house for three hours a week during the school year to clean the floors and the bathrooms (this is new for me). In the summer the girls help me with the cleaning. They also are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and picking up after themselves around the house. Riley my oldest has started doing her own laundry. My first and third graders are starting to help me with their own laundry. The girls also get their own breakfast and make their lunch if they don't want what is offered at school. I really think it is important for my kids to know how to take care of themselves when they leave the nest. I want them to know life is about balancing work and play. When you finish the work then you can play!
It is my goal each day to spend time with my Lord(about an hour). Reading His Word and Praying. I wish I would get up every morning and start my day with Him, but I'm not consistent. So, I spend the day looking for that uninterrupted hour. I usually find it. I can't do life without Him! I need His wisdom, encouragement, forgiveness, and perfect love. Another one of my daily goals is to do something nice for someone. Taking too small clothes to someone, mail a card or a package, having people over for dinner (about once a month), sometimes my days are so busy just praying for someone other than myself is enough.
When you are a mother of little ones it is so difficult to continually be pouring into others. Some days it feels as if there is nothing left to give. That is why it is so important to run to the Lord to be filled up again.
AND TO KNOW THIS LOVE THAT SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE-THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED TO THE MEASURE OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.
Let me know if you just wanted to know how I organize my cabinets and closets! Or when I change my kids clothes from summer to winter? Or how to remove a sucker stain from a leather couch?