Last week we spent a day in our house. Come in and join us as we pick up where we left off.
Now that half the kids are in school, I feel like half my responsibilities are over.
I turn to the little boys, making sure they combed their hair as they got dressed and picked up the number of toys appropriate for their age.
Recently, Elijah emphatically told me that he never wants to be 20. Very worried, he explained to me that he didn’t want to pick up 20 things. I’ve assured him that when he’s that age he’ll help Daddy, and no, he doesn’t have to pick up 20 things a day.
Now I wince; No, we’re not going to focus on the fact that Daddy’s not here anymore to teach the boys the work ethic of a Daddy taking care of things at home.
Indeed, God will attend to Elijah’s needs, one at a time.
Next they make their beds and Elijah washes dishes while Jesse does the dishes, then we all go down to the basement to do some laundry.
“Are you strong enough to help me carry this basket load of laundry?” I ask.
Amazing how competitive four-year-olds can be over who’s the strongest. Two-year-old Joshua believes he can do anything the older boys can; I think he’s going to be a little Daniel with all his motivation and zeal to get things done.
After the laundry is flapping in the sun, we practice good habits such as sitting quietly, sharing, or obeying immediately.
Now for her favorite part. Some days I tell them they can go outside to play while I make several phone calls or when I’m best on the trampoline with the boys.
After Mom uses up her energy jumping and chasing, we end up in a bunch of scuffles. Since dad isn’t here to fight, I’ve discovered moms can too!
It is now 10:00 am and my mother, a sister or a friend is here to look after the children while I go to the cabin for a quiet hour.
Here I have experienced grief to the point where I felt like I would split in two and the world would collapse on me and here God has shown himself faithful and imparted peace and wholeness in a way that I never thought possible.
When I get back to the house, I am greeted by the little ones with big hugs.
I serve them a simple lunch. Yesterday I sent the boys down to the can room in the basement to get a jar of chilli soup that Daniel helped make in our cauldron over the fire last summer.
One boy came with a liter of homemade ketchup and the other had a jar of pizza sauce.
We all enjoy the next relaxing hit of the day. You choose a story from our large selection of books. (Thanks to those of you who sent books for the children, I had wished for more Bible story books and was surprised by those that came in the mail!)
We’re all sitting on the couch, and the one whose story we’re reading is sitting on my lap.
Elijah and Joshua sleep well, and Jesse, having a hard time falling asleep, stops napping.
This is my chance to relax a little, then catch up on desk work and spend some more time with Jesse, which is good for him. It didn’t seem fair to Elijah to take a nap when his brother of his age wouldn’t; I told him that every day when he’s done napping he’ll get an energy ball that’ll make it all right.
Now the kids come home from school hungry like I was when they were girls and my schoolwork was done. As they empty their lunch boxes and enjoy their snack, we chat about their day and catch up on the news.
At 3:45 p.m. it is time for homework after school.
Your chart of changing jobs covers a variety of tasks such as: B. Cleaning bathrooms, washing Sunday shoes and doing laundry.
You will also enjoy free time until our 5pm dinner.
Our summer dinners remain relatively simple, after which we all pitch in. Last night we all went outside and enjoyed the pleasant evening and ended by all going to the mailbox then sitting in the yard and opening the mail and relaxing together.
The boys like it when we play ball or ride Sapphire in our carriage and horse.
We usually end the evening with something like, “Okay, everyone, get five things from the yard, then go inside and take your places in the living room, and I’ll bring you a little supper snack. ”
While sitting on the sofas and lounge chairs in their assigned seats, they take turns getting ready for bed and doing some evening chores.
Next comes a Bible story, prayer, and repeating memory verses.
It’s a challenge to calm everyone down. On my to-do list today is “practice sleep”. Any tips anyone?
Last but not least there is a quiet house and innocent little heads snuggled under the covers and fast asleep. We really are so blessed! And yes, even mom is ready for some sleep herself.
Here’s a family favorite to enjoy on some of those cooler fall evenings:
TACO RICE CASSEROLE
1 pound hamburger
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 package taco seasoning
1 16-ounce piece of tomatoes
1 cup rice, uncooked
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 cup grated cheese
2 cups bisquit mix
3/4 cup milk
Fry hamburger with taco seasoning until burger is browned, adding onions in last minute of browning.
Drain the juice from the tomatoes, adding enough water to make 2 1/2 cups of liquid.
Add tomatoes to the burger.
Cook the rice in the tomato juice and water mixture.
When the rice is tender, mix with the hamburger mixture.
Pour into a 9×13-inch pan.
Mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, and cheese and spread over the hamburger mixture.
Make a batter out of Bisquick and milk and pour it over the sour cream mixture.
Bake at 400 for 30 minutes.
Gloria Yoder is an Amish mother, writer, and homemaker in rural Illinois. Readers may write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427.