On June 22, I shared a post by Amy at Gospel Homemaking about 7 Ways to Work with your Husband. I shared with her, and all of you, that I love her post and that I have been working with my husband for many years but that I’m having more and more opportunities to work with husband as we (read: My Man) build(s) all the structures we need to live out on the 80 acres we purchased last year. Our oldest kid goes with him pretty much daily to help build. So, that is one less set of hands and eyes that are VERY helpful with things around here – especially keeping Little Miss Hugs A Lot out of EVERYTHING. And it means restructuring our daily routines. While I’m used to not knowing if My Man will be home for dinner, I’ve gotten used to having him here most of the time. And sometimes our younger son goes too, some days I make him stay here (you know to help his sisters clean up that blanket, and everything else under the sun, fort they covered the living room in).
Anyway, there are times he asks where a certain pair of shorts are or light colored tee’s and I honestly can not tell him exactly where they are because I am not managing things here as well as I should / could be. And, there are times like today when I’m texted and asked to being supplies he forgot at home. In those moments I can fume and stomp and pitch a fit (I’m really quite good at those things honestly) or I can say ok and tell everyone to get ready for the property (long jeans and hiking boots to protect against the cacti and yucca that grow so beautifully there) and start gathering all that we need (note to self: I really need to make sure we have pull ups and children’s pain meds out there). Today though, Little Miss Hugs A Lot has a fever (I thinks it’s those pesky teeth coming in the rest of the way). Fevers can throw a wrench into any activity, planned or unplanned. But, when Little Miss Hugs A Lot has a fever it’s a whole tool chest of wrench’s disguised as an adorable 2 year old. LOL
But, My Man NEEDED these items to help keep him safer while building the barn. So, I set Little Mis Funshine and Mr. Thoughtful to cleaning up their tent turned playground (slide and all). I had Brandi grab the items her dad needed and Little Miss Hugs A Lot’s backpack (with aforementioned pull ups, that I should have left out there…) while I got dressed (yep, I was hoping to stay in my Jammie’s most of today) finished up the breakfast dishes. And I even got dinner in the crockpot (a whole roaster chicken that I will soon be shredding and adding BBQ sauce to). On the way there I grabbed lunch at the grocery store. Then once there I prepped lunch and busied Little Miss Hugs A Lot with setting the table for our family and her grandpa in the hopes it would distract her from how yucky she felt, I was wrong. Oh well, I tried. We ate lunch with My Man, Tall Boy (my new name for him since he is able to reach things I can not), and my FIL. Sadly, I left the dirty dishes for Tall Boy to deal with whatever downtime they have (probably while My Man and his dad are cleaning up the job site tonight).
So I was able to accomplish 1 goal on my to do list today, I got dinner going. I guess that’s a good one to accomplish! LOL I made that silly to-do list, moments before I got the text, so that Brandi and I could refer to it and tag team. And, I’ve cuddled with / loved on Little Miss Hugs A Lot. And the TV didn’t come on until 4:00 either. Oh, and I had Brandi scrub the tub because Little Miss Hugs A Lot wants a bath. Brandi said she had never scrubbed the tub – I’m not sure how that’s possible! I’m really not. So, while only 1 thing was accomplished today on my list of to-do’s many things on God’s list of to-do’s were accomplished. While I am positive that I could have handled a few things better than I did, I was quite impressed with how well I did today! LOL
Today, I cuddled with a sick little one that needed mommy like she needed fever reducer.
Today, I told my teenage daughter how to scrub a tub and the mat in it.
Today, I followed through with making 2 kiddos clean up their own mess because I just wasn’t available to so it for them.
Today, I let my husband know he could trust me to do what he needs done even if it throws a wrench in things I thought needed to be done today, things he will understand why they are not done when he arrives home tonight.
Today, I taught my kids that life is not all about us and the things that we want to do but about loving and serving others.
Today, the kids and I learned about decluttering while driving to the property and played I spy and an ABC game on the way home.
Oh, and today, I just realized that we did 2 things on that list I had Brandi water the garden while we were cleaning up inside.
Tonight, I will go to bed knowing that I said yes to God by doing what He needed me to do today.