Friday, October 30, 2009

Getting It All Done Tip #2: Redeem the Time

As I am writing this it is actually 6:50 AM, and I am not supposed to be awake. I work an evening shift, which means that I don't get home until the wee hours of the morning. I tend to be very grumpy when I don't get enough sleep, so the kids would be upset with me if they knew I was up and about. However, for some reason I awoke early this morning, and since I couldn't get back to sleep, I figured I might as well get my day started. My hope is that I will be able to take a nap before I have to leave for work this afternoon...

Anyway, the tip is to use the time you have wisely. Don't waste it by spending too much time on the Internet (although I do appreciate you reading my blog!), and don't let the Time Thief (aka the TV) rob you of precious time you could be spending with your family or in knocking off a few items on the To Do list.

For example, right now I could just lie in bed and bemoan the fact that I wish I were asleep, but what would that accomplish? "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NIV) And with God's grace on the day, perhaps I will exude a sweet spirit, and not a grumpy one. I think it's time right now to pray for that...

There's joy on this journey, as I'm On My Way Home to My Father's House,
Cindy <><

Getting It All Done Tip #1: Start and Finish Strong

Start and finish each day in the Word of God and in prayer. After all He's done for us, the least we can do is give Him the first fruits of our time in the morning and the glory for the day at its end. Don't substitute a "daily devotional" book with a snippet of a Bible verse and a feel-good story about someone else's feelings or observations about God; read the Bible, God's inspired, holy Word. And after you've listened to God speak to you through His Word, don't forget that He is waiting to hear from you though prayer. "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." (Psalm 55:22, NIV)

There's joy on this journey, as I'm On My Way Home to My Father's House,
Cindy <><

Getting It All Done

One of the most common questions people ask me when they find out that we homeschool and that I work outside the home full-time is, "How do you get everything done?" The answer: I usually don't (lol)! However, I have found a lot of ways to make my work easier so that most of the time, I have everything fairly well put together. As a result, I do have some advice and tips to share that have been a benefit to me, and that I hope may help you also. I am going to post these as numbered tips. I am finding that I have to write as I have the opportunity, which means that I type things into notes throughout the day so that when I get the chance I can copy into a post. That's why I may reference a certain time of day that doesn't correspond with the time of the post ;).

There's joy on this journey, as I'm On My Way Home to My Father's House,
Cindy <><

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"I'm on my way home..."

My name is Cindy, and I am a Christian woman who also happens to be a working wife and homeschooling mama. My yearning is to be a SAHM, but my husband's desire (and, in honesty, in his better judgement) is that I keep my job, as my earning potential happens to be higher than his, and if we want to continue to eat and live indoors, to work we both must go.

My job has an approximately 2.5-3.0 hour commute attached to it (yes, that's every day), and I find that I spend a lot of my time away from my family longing to be home and in anticipation of the time when I can start heading for home. On the rare day when I can get off early, I relish making the call to the kids, "I'm on my way home, I can tuck you in tonight!"

In starting this blog, I hope to encourage other ladies who find themselves yearning for a stay-at-home lifestyle who, for whatever reason, find themselves called away. While we can't do it all, with a little perseverance, and a lot of prayer, it is possible to take care of your family, raise Godly children, homeschool, prepare nourishing meals at home, keep the house clean, the laundry done, reap a harvest from a garden and preserve the bounty, the list goes on...maybe not all at the same time or on the same day, but it can be done - even most of the time.
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