I hustled and hurried as I looked at the clock; just after 11am! Baby’s nap is coming up and I’ll be running to pick up the sisters, too… and this messy van hasn’t been cleaned in ages!! I have to clean this up… too messy!
You see, my second born said to me the other day, “I wish we could get a new van…”
I assumed it’s because our van is dirty so I replied, “Well, even with a new van, we will still have to clean up and keep it clean. We need to keep this car clean!” I smiled and chuckled. She agreed, “We should clean the car out” but this idea came at dinner time, I had dinner to make for seven hungry bellies.
So today, as I cleaned out the front of the car then the back of the car and made my way to the middle, I notice our newly purchased bag of flat pretzels under my toddler’s feet. I laughed thinking… yeah, I could save someone a lot of frustration: crumbly pretzel chips instead of nice, whole flat pretzels. My goal was to go post it on Facebook as a little humor but life tip. *insert laughing and crying emoji here*
Raising five means a lot of things… it certainly busy and full of life: robust~
I got to shop at Target for about an hour with just two kids. I got to spread Turf Builder. I got to water the lawn. I got to have a snack. I got to change diapers.
I did half the dishes in the sink today and loaded the dishwasher halfway.
I bought stain remover to spray on the kids white shirts on the areas they wipe greasy or dirty hands. haha.
I conquered four loads of laundry: got some of it put away (that is conquering to me). One pile for toddler and 3 yr old. One pile for mom and dad. One pile for the three big sisters. Woo hoo!
The rug got vacuumed, too and baby boy wanted to help: a little training a little cleaning. *Celebration.
Having five means we take care of one another. My husband got a night out and I started putting kids to bed, finally around 10pm, all kids went to bed. *I did it… another day in the books. Raising five today meant praying through my day and relying on God for his grace to be sufficient.
Was a mortified to have my friend over in my extremely messy home? Yep! But, I rejoice in the fact that I have a friend, we went on a walk, our kids play on their scooters and around the grass, some had dinner or snacks, and then we walked back. What an accomplishment!
Prayer of gratitude for a day done:
Lord, I thank you for today. Today is a gift. I rejoice in you. I thank you for my friends and family. For all you have placed before me: thank you. Though I started today feeling like I couldn’t do anything or all of it, I saw your grace at work. You sustained me yet again. Thank you, Lord, for this day. I pray for good rest, in Jesus’ name. Amen.