- My eldest moved out after her graduation in May.
- My 3rd child is traveling with a missionary group until December.
- My 5th and 6th children are on a missions trip with our church this week.
Do you have ANY idea how much easier it is to keep a tidy house when there are ONLY FOUR children at home!?!
Now I’m used to clutter. When you have 10 people in your home and 9 of them are pack rats, you get used to boxes and piles of “treasures” around. And having 3 or more children sharing rooms over the years with no closets and 1 dresser per room makes organizing a challenge, assuming I wasn’t organizationally challenged to begin with. Add to that being a homeschooling family where everyone (except Dad) has generally been home all day, and children who have lots of projects going on…well you get the picture.
Laundry has always been such a struggle over the years. But as the children have gotten older, more and more of them take care of their own laundry needs so they all do their own now. STILL my bathroom hamper and laundry room hamper have always been filled to overflowing.
So WHY have I been able to keep the laundry done, folded and put away all week long?
Dishes – UGH! Without a dishwasher (well, a mechanical one, anyway) we have always had a never-ending pile of dishes in the kitchen (and sometimes in the den or living room). But with just a few children gone, the kitchen is in a relatively tidy state all this week.
The living room and den (they are 2 rooms combined with a double open doorway) are where we LIVE. This is where everyone is all day and all evening (when not away from home) and they get TRASHED. Clutter, and books, and papers, and games, and un-put-away-clothes, and cups are strewn all over. But not this week! Oh no…it has taken me just under 5 minutes to tidy the den (Elizabeth’s job normally) and vacuum each evening.
So WHAT IS THE DEAL??
Why is it that only having 4 children at home makes it so much easier to keep things tidy? I have no idea. But I’ll tell you this. I wouldn’t trade the joy of all 8 of my children for the cleanest house around!
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. Prov 14:4
I pray that the “oxen” the Lord has blessed me with with yield an abundant crop with their lives and a harvest of plenty for the Lord. Sure, my home would be much cleaner without them. But the joy and the delight and blessing my children are to me (and actually, to other people as well) is WELL WORTH THE WORK!!!
The time will come soon enough when they are all gone for good. In the meantime, I’ll be glad to have my mess-makers back home this week-end!
Blogs I may be linking to:
Marital Oneness, The Better Mom, Multitudes on Monday, Hear it On Sunday, Sharing His Bounty, What Joy Is Mine, Domestically Divine Tuesdays, Time Warp Wife, Encourage One Another, Living Well Wednesdays, Raising Homemakers, Thought Provoking Thursday, Hearts 4 Home, Big Family Fridays, Faith Filled Fridays, Home Focused Friday, Homemaking Link-up Week-end, Legacy Leaver Thursday