Thursday, May 25, 2006

More on Staying at Home

We just got back from a nice visit with Hubby's parents. They are busily getting rid of most of their earthly goods, as they are trying to sell their house and move to another state to start a church among Persian people. I am grateful for the example of my parents-in-law, who are willing to give up everything to go where the Lord leads.

They gave us a hide-a-bed couch, which is a blessing because now my mom will have a place to sleep when she comes to help out for a few days after the baby is born. My mother-in-law also gave me several boxes full of yarn. I just started crocheting a star-shaped baby afghan with some of that yarn. The pattern is here. I am making it all in a soft yellow.

I am still working on my Home Management Binder. It has been very helpful already. I like to have some structure to my day. I am still tweaking my schedule, but here is what I have right now:

6:00 Read Bible and pray with Hubby
6:45 Breakfast, check E-mail, look at day’s schedule, brush teeth, contacts
7:15 Exercise (usually a brisk walk)
7:45 Shower, makeup, hair, get dressed
8:30 Start laundry
Make bed
Put away clean dishes
Wash dirty dishes or load in dishwasher
Wipe countertops, stovetop, and dining room table
Start Crock-Pot, if necessary
Empty trash cans, if necessary
Fill water bottles
9:15 Daily cleaning, including 15 minutes on a special project
10:00 Have a snack
Run errands OR do any baking, if necessary
Work on a craft (wedding album, crochet, etc.), if time permits
11:30 Prepare lunch
12:00 Lunch
Tidy kitchen
Nap
2:00 Bible study and journaling
2:45 Internet time, read
4:00 Prepare dinner
5:00 Dinner
Tidy kitchen
5:30 Scripture memory
6:00 Free/Spend with Hubby
9:30 Get ready for bed
10:00 Sleep

Hubby and I have just recently started memorizing Scripture after dinner. He is memorizing the book of Titus, and right now I am working on Proverbs 31. It is so good to meditate on God's Word.

I am really, really enjoying being "just" a homemaker. I am finding plenty to do. I am less stressed than when I was working 40 hours a week, and I am a better helpmate for my husband.

1 comment:

MountainMaMa said...

Isn't it wonderful to be at home? :-D
2 weeks before my first son was born, I quit work and I remember it as being soooo nice. I got to thoroughly clean everything and get the nursery in order and "feather the nest" and just sort of plan and think and get ready for the baby. I'm so glad I had that time :-)