What is a Homemaker?

what is a homemaker

I decided to Google “What is a Homemaker?” before I wrote this post and I was brokenhearted by what found online. Urban Dictionary was the worst. The awful things that are said about being at home raising children is downright awful.

I remember being a small child and wanting to be a mom when I grew up. I remember being told that wasn’t a career choice so I had to choose something else. I chose teacher. It was the closest thing to a mom I could pick. So I joined Future Teachers of America club in high school along with other groups that allowed me to work with younger children and get a feel for teaching. Then after high school I headed to college and preceded to waste money on an education that I only used for two years of teaching. Then I became a nanny and then a mom and haven’t looked back.

I HAVE MY DREAM JOB!

How many people in the workforce can actually say they wake up every morning and head off to their dream job? I don’t think it would be that many. But I’m a lucky one!

It’s not watching TV and eating BonBon’s. It’s hard work every day. It’s caring for other peoples needs 24 hours a day. I’m on call at all times. Hubby needs a healthy meal to get him started in the day. Boys needs food ALL DAY LONG along with teaching, play time, and cuddle time. It’s waking up in the middle of the night to change wet sheets or help an upset tummy. It is never ending cleaning each day. No matter how much I get accomplished there is always more. It is running errands, managing finances, and getting out into the world to enjoy other people outside our little home. It’s reading stories, making crafts, playing games. It’s teaching respect, manners, and many other character qualities that take hours of instruction on top of the regular reading, writing, arithmetic.

Homemaking is serving others almost every moment of every day. But I wouldn’t trade this life for anything. My boys know that I’m always there for them whenever they need me. They know they are safe to explore new things where ever we go because mom is there to help them through whatever the new task might be.┬áHomemaking is watching my children grow, learn, and experience life with me!

Homemaking is so much more than just cleaning house, folding laundry, and cooking meals. It’s more than just sitting around and wasting time romance novels, watching TV or checking out of reality on social media.

Homemaking is being present in our daily lives and the lives of those we hold closet to our hearts every moment of every day. Homemaking is a positive in both my life and the life of my family.

So what is a homemaker?

A homemaker is a person who is present daily to serve those who are most important in their life. That’s what I believe a homemaker is!

Please share what your thoughts are about being a homemaker!

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Struggles Through Homeschool

Everyone knows that homeschooling requires patience. Of course so does almost every aspect of parenting. To me it doesn’t require any more patience than every day parenting. However, it does require extra work that most parents don’t experience.

Today is an extra hard day. The boys woke up earlier than normal. We haven’t done any “real school” for about a week because Hubby was home. Plus Goose bit his lip pretty bad so every time he touches it he starts screaming.

(Behind the┬áScenes: Goose won’t stop crying because he’s over tired and hurting so I had to go crawl in bed with him to get him to calm down and go to sleep. And I had to encourage Monkey to stay in bed to so they could both get some much needed sleep before we attempted the rest of school and lunch.)

So today is requiring some extra patience but also LOTS of flexibility. I would say patience and flexibility are the two main parts of homeschooling that I need to remember.

Honestly because of my background in education and actually teaching 4 and 5 year olds as a career choice the teaching part comes pretty natural to me. But watching my son struggle over sounding out the word ‘old’ and breaking down and crying over the fact that he just hasn’t figured it out yet is heart wrenching. I look at it as such a simple word. And I have seen him successfully sound it out. I’ve also watched him get upset, calm himself down and sound it out correctly and the excitement on his face. So today when he started melting down that’s what I expected to happen but after several rounds of crying, calming, sounding out and still not getting it I knew it was time for some flexibility on my part and some tough love.

It was time to send him to my room to take an early rest/nap time. He naps about 75% of the time and I think it’s because he’s waking early and going to bed late. But today he needed mom to make the choice that nap time needed to be early even though it was not something he agreed with. And now he’s fast asleep. Hopefully when he awakes we can eat some lunch and then get started on school again.

So to all you new homeschoolers or one that has been doing it for years…remember it’s hard work but we can all do it. Remember that you are not alone in your daily struggles and when you or your children are having a hard day lift your family up in prayer and remember think about the other mama’s that are walking through the same path you are. Sometimes all it take is knowing that you are not alone!

Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat: A Children’s Book Review

I really enjoyed reading this book to the boys. I picked it from the library because I want to read books to him that inspire his imagination. This book talks about Slim’s hat saving towns with magic.

It is a book that is a little long for a child that is Goose’s age but Monkey loved listening to me read and I’m trying to inspire that in Goose too. After the first time reading it Monkey was able to tell me what the book was about. You could tell that he really enjoyed it.

It also teaches that you can be just a normal person and strolling through life when bad things happen to people around you. When this happens you have to choose are you going to be the person that runs away or the person that is going to stay and help. Slim was the guy that stayed and helped which I think is the best type of person we can be.

God puts us in situations that require us to make these tough choices and I love that we can read a fun book like Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo to help teach these type of important life lessons.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Hubby!

Today is Hubby’s birthday but of course we planned for him to be at work today so we celebrated yesterday. Monkey and Goose started the morning with cuddling in bed with us, which is every morning when they wake up before us. Then I made a surprise homemade biscuits and sausage gravy! Hubby’s favorite. To stay on THM plan I made scrambled eggs with some of the sausage and some cheese and I was even able to add some gravy on top to give it a little different flavor. This was important because I knew I would be eating cake later that day which is not on plan.

We headed to church and Hubby got some quiet time and watched a movie that we wouldn’t have enjoyed. We had pizza for lunch because it is one of Hubby’s favorite.

Normally for dinner I make his mom’s Mexican Casserole however after searching at least 5 stores for the right ingredients we had to choose another dinner option and change up the tradition now that we no longer live in CO. So we went with loaded nachos instead. He was still pleased. And man were they filling!

We also had to make a cake so while Hubby and Monkey were building their Batman Lego set from Christmas Goose and I decided we’d make the cake.

I sang happy birthday with a little help from Hubby but the boys had nothing to do with singing.

And that was some awesome cake too! I think it was the best box cake I’ve ever made! And did you notice the awesome decorations? I planned to just bake the cake and add the frosting but realized that there was some extra and that I actually had food coloring and cake decorating tools so I was able to do more! I was surprised at how good it turned out without any planning ahead!

How do you spend your birthday’s now that you are a family? Hubby was very pleased with this years birthday. He loved having some great family quality time! The past two years we haven’t been so lucky. It was a special day for us!

Happy Birthday! Hope we get to see many more together!