It is 4:30, and I am currently huddled in the corner of the couch, fingers tapping away at the keys while the stillness of the early hour wraps around me like a blanket.
For the record, I don’t like being up this early, and I didn’t want to be up this early. But I have four children and a traveling husband, and sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.
Today will be another full day. We have to finish our weekly homeschool work, there are twelve loads of laundry staring me in the face (dirty clothes can be quite belligerent), after school activities await, and we will even be caring for the five-week old foster son of a friend today while she runs an errand.
In other words, there’s no time to waste. Today is roaring toward me like a freight train, and I needed to get ahead of it before it slammed into me.
Chances are I’ll get tired around 3:00 this afternoon. That’s why we have a television – so the little ones can be mindlessly entertained while mom gets a power nap.
Can I get an amen on that?
When people find out I have four children (with a fifth on the way via adoption), they often shake their heads and say something to the effect of “I don’t know how you do it.”
And my quick, simple, and very honest answer is “I don’t know either. I just do!”
And here’s a little secret – I bet you do, too.
All of us, whether we have one child or twelve, whether we stay home or work outside the home, whether we have lots of help around the house or no help at all – we all are doing hard work every single day. Because life is hard and it’s full.
Sometimes, the only way I can do all the things I need to do is to wake up extra early, dig in my heels, and get work out of the way before anyone else is awake.
Sometimes, I need to hire a babysitter and get out of the house to work.
Sometimes, work has to be put aside so I can focus on the needs of the small people in my house.
Sometimes, the small people have to wait while I get stuff done that doesn’t involve them.
Sometimes the laundry piles up, and other times I stay on top of it.
Sometimes I cook good meals, and other nights we eat take out.
There is a loose method to my madness most days, but some days I simply fly by the seat of my pants.
And through all this, I manage to get things done. I don’t know how I do it – I just do.
You are just as busy as I am, I’m sure of it. You may be waking up extra early as well, or perhaps you like the nighttime hours more. In either case, I bet you’re finding ways to fit all the things you need to do into the cracks of your days just like I do.
That’s what moms do! We figure it out, sometimes on purpose and sometimes by accident.
How do I do it all? How do you do it all?
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Now, if you’ll excuse me I am headed off to make the largest cup of coffee known to man. Because I don’t “just do” anything without being well caffeinated.