Today, I didn’t HAVE to do anything.
I mean, I had to take care of the kids, but I didn’t absolutely have to do anything.
My daughter and I did a craft, we cleaned up the house, took out the trash, watered plants and tidied up the garage. I did a little design work while kids napped and watched a video.
My husband works full-time, so I can stay home with our kids and I don’t HAVE to work – I can if I want to. I didn’t have to go to the grocery store today, because he let me go last night… alone. 🙂 I didn’t have to clean the house over and over today after the kids un-cleaned it for me. I know he enjoys a clean house, but he doesn’t give me the expectation that it has to be clean all the time.
It’s easy for me to get bitter when he’s at work: “Why isn’t he here to help me with these kids? They’re driving me crazy. Or with this house? It’s a mess! Or giving the kids a bath and putting them to bed when he’s away on a trip?” But then I remember, he’s away at work so those things really are all I have to do. He leaves so I can stay. I don’t have to wake up at 5am, get kids ready, backpacks ready, breakfast made, a business suit on, do my hair, put on my heels and grab a briefcase, drop off kids at daycare and rush off to a job for 8-9 hours to turn around and start all over again.
When I look around and consider: I am in a house with air-conditioning, groceries, a computer I can blog on, a TV my kids can watch, snacks for them to eat, a water hose in the backyard so they can play outside in the summer, a washer and dryer, a dog that drives me crazy but our daughter LOVES, toys coming out our ears… I realized how blessed I truly am that God has given me a great man who provides for us, who loves what he does and uses his gifts and talents, and how simple my life is, if I will just let it be.
I just have to love and care for my husband, our children and our home. It’s a difficult job, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Thanks, babe, for making my job simple.