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In Memory of My Mother; Mary Ellen

Tomorrow, will be 7yrs without my mother. I'll never forget the last time I saw her. She was lying unconscious at the hospital. As I was stroking her hair and holding her hands, they were already getting cold. I could hear all the machines that were keeping her alive. I said, "Mom, it's okay, you can go home. We will be okay." I was trying to be strong for her but my heart was saying, "No mom, you can't leave, I need you! You need to be here to see my baby be born. I don't want you to go. I love you."

My dad, sisters and I decided that we should stop the machines and let her go. The Dr. said her body was already shutting down. I didn't want to leave the hospital. I felt like we were leaving her behind. I kept hoping that she would wake up. I asked God to please let her wake up. It sounds crazy but I kept asking until her coffin was buried.

My mom had two grandchildren & one on the way ( I was Pregnant with Annette)when she passed away. My mother always wanted lots of grandchildren. Now, she has 10. My mother was a lovely person. She loved watching Little House, Ann of Green Gables and Little Women. She loved to read, sew, and watch Star Trek with my sister MaryEllen. My mother and I loved a good cup of coffee and each others company. We had lots of long talks in her little kitchen and coffee from her Bunn coffee maker. We all pitched in to buy that for her one Mothers Day.

I miss the way she use to do a jig when she was happy. I miss her laugh and hugs. I miss her beautiful face.

Before my mom became sick I wrote her a Thank You Letter. I thanked her for all the cakes she baked for my birthdays. When I was younger I didn't appreciate them, but now that I am older I look back and thought how my mom lovingly made those cakes. I thanked her for all her hard work of cooking, cleaning and loving us. I told her I was sorry for all the times I griped and complained about my chores. Even now I wish I had helped out more. I thanked her for all the clothes and dolls she sewed for us. Sometimes when I would wake up at night, I would hear my mom's sewing machine. I thanked her for always praying for me.

Now that I am a mother, I realize all that she sacrificed for us. She didn't have to do all that she did for us. We didn't have a lot of money, but the way mom took care of us we didn't know. She would take us to the library, park and even to all her Dr/Dentist appt. She never made us feel like we were bothering her or interrupting her. She always had time for us.

When my children were born, it was hard because my mother wasn’t there to see my new baby. My husband and I would stop at the cemetery on the way home and I would get out of the car with my baby and tell my little one about grandma.

I love you mom and miss you very much. You are always in my heart and your grandchildren know you.

Today I was schooling Josh, we were going over his Rocket Phonics. Josh had to blow his nose so I decided to get a re-fill of coffee As I am entering the kitchen Brent my 4yr old says "mom, Ethan (my 2yr) is watering the carpet" I look in the living room and Ethan is standing there with the water hose and the hose has one of those nozzles things on it that makes the water shoot out far. I wanted to burst out laughing but I controlled myself. I said "Ethan, what are you doing with the water? It rained last night. You don't need the water on." Ethan just looks at me and said "Mom, can I play with the water? I want water on."

We did get school done (thankfully).

Fast forward to 2010; as I'm reading this post, I don't get it. I can't remember exactly what happened but I think Ethan, is watering the grass and Brent called it the carpet, so I thought it was funny. At least I know now to write in more detail for the future.

Feels Like a Saturday

Today feels like a Saturday. The kids have been outside playing in the water. I cut my boys hair today. Josh, Caleb and Ethan's.Lance just got a hair cut and Brent was having too much fun so still have to cut his. Annette has been wanting me to cut her hair so I did It was almost to her bum and now it is above her shoulders. I can't seem to get it straight. It is still a little crooked. Her hair is so thick that it is hard to cut.She really likes it, hope Dear Hubby likes it

We did do school today. Annette did her Rod and Staff Reading, copywork and math.

Josh did his Rocket Phonics, copywork and math.

The only thing we didn't get to was First Language Lessons.

(I'm transfering my post from Homeschool Blogger so the pictures don't look to great)


We finished most of our schooling today at 9:30am. I was shocked!

Annette did a page of Ray's Arithmetic with the cuisenaire Rods, 2 pages of Rod & Staff Reading, copywork and First Language Lessons.

Josh did his Ray's Arithmetic orally, Rocket Phonics, copywork and he got his Dr. Dreadful Drink Lab so we used that as part of math too. The only thing we didn't get to was First Language Lessons with him.

We will start a new Read Aloud, White Stallion of Lipizza. I think the kids will enjoy it.

Ethan and I built a tower out of Mega Blocks, Brent and I built a race track and played Mr Mouth, Lance and I got to dance together, it was a busy, fun morning.

Today my dad took Joshua to IHOPS and he came back excited. He said " mom their eggs are really good, so good that I don't even need to put catchup on them." I just burst out laughing and said " so my eggs are not that good" then we both started laughing



We finished most of our schooling today at 9:30am. I was shocked!

Annette did a page of Ray's Arithmetic with the cuisenaire Rods, 2 pages of Rod & Staff Reading, copywork and First Language Lessons.

Josh did his Ray's Arithmetic orally, Rocket Phonics, copywork and he got his Dr. Dreadful Drink Lab so we used that as part of math too. The only thing we didn't get to was First Language Lessons with him.

We will start a new Read Aloud, White Stallion of Lipizza. I think the kids will enjoy it.

Ethan and I built a tower out of Mega Blocks, Brent and I built a race track and played Mr Mouth, Lance and I got to dance together, it was a busy, fun morning.

Today my dad took Joshua to IHOPS and he came back excited. He said " mom their eggs are really good, so good that I don't even need to put catchup on them." I just burst out laughing and said " so my eggs are not that good" then we both started laughing

A Full Day

It has been a full day! Just what I prayed for;) Although I would have been happy if it was a little bit more calm. We just had lots of tantrums and quarreling. But we survived.

I started my day off by waking up late. This is the second time this month. I woke at 7:40, was able to still have my quiet time, thank goodness :-)I read Psalms 119, Proverbs 31 and some of Philippians. My dear sweet hubby put a load of laundry in the wash before he left for work and that was a start of 6 loads of laundry today. I still have 1 load to put away.

At breakfast with the kids I read them some off Psalms 119 and we talked about sharing and helping others. I then let them know what I expected of them today concerning school and chores.

I gave Josh his copywork and math to do while Annette and I worked on Rod and Staff Reading. I then let her know what pages of Explode the Code and Ray's Arithmetic she needed to do. By then Josh was done with his copywork and we did Ray's Arithmetic orally. He did great! Maybe he just needed a break from school. We then did his Rocket Phonics. After we did most of our 3 R's I read our read aloud. The last chapter of the Apprentice. They really enjoyed that book. It was probably 10:30 or so when we finished.

After lunch we finished school up with First Language Lessons.

I caught Caleb being good today. He came downstairs and with out me saying anything he started cleaning up the living room. He has been helping out more around the house with no complaining. We didn't get any school done with him so tomorrow for sure!



Curriculum for 06/07 School Year

It's that time of the yr for us. Getting ready to make our curriculum orders. I haven't put everything down on paper yet, but I thought I would write on what we might be doing. It's not set in stone yet ;)

Josh will be in 3rd grade and will use Sonlight Core- K
History; Mystery of History Vol. 1, Bible and some of Story of the World.
Read alouds; from SL Core-K
Science; Sam's Science Adventures & Animals and Their Worlds from Winter Promise.
Math; Ray's Arithmetic, CalcuLadders (if needed) and I am looking into Professor B-Mathematics
Language Arts; I am not sure were he'll be at. I do plan on using Rod & Staff and Sonlight Language Art's 2, Spelling Power and Writing Strands
Music;Great Composer Series, Classical Kids Collection and learning music notes from Rod & Staff.
I would like to start Prima Latina.
Bible; Christian Studies from Memoria Press
Art; Start Smart Homeschool Art Series and How Artist See Series

Annette will be in 2nd grade her schooling will look like Joshua's with different levels for Math and Language Arts. Omitting Spelling Power and Latin.
Bible; NIV, Rod & Staff and Egermeir's Bible Story Book

Caleb , will listen in on Sonlight Core-K
Science; Animals and Their Worlds & Sam's Science Adventures
History; Mystery of History Vol. 1 and listening to Story of the World
Read Alouds; from Core-K
Math; Calvert-K

Language Arts; depending on were he is at, but right now am looking at Calvert-K or Rod & Staff Reading-1.
Bible;Egermeier's Bible Story Book and NIV
Music; same as Josh and Annette
Art; from Calvert

Brent will be using Calvert Pre-k, listening in on Sonlight Core-K and Rocket Phonics.

Ethan; Dr Suess Books, cutting and pasting ;) Some Sonlight Pre-K books

Lance; Lots of hugs and kisses

Well, that is what our yr might look like. I am not really sure were my kids will be at with LA, so I am waiting until the last minute to order that.

I really would like to add in Latin and Art, but our days are pretty full so I will keep that in prayer.

I would also like to buy some of Diana Waring History on cd, more as a just for fun listening :) Not something that we would have to keep on schedule.



Fast forward to 2010: We never did finish Mystery of History. Spelling Power was too overwhelming I ended up selling it as well as Writing Strands. Joshua was just not ready for all that. Memoria Press Christian Studies went out the window too. Again it was too much. I was still so new with homeschooling and going year by year was a lot on my shoulders.
With the younger ones we don't do so much formal schooling. We use lots of read aloud and audio books.

Our Saturday (Ethan & Family)

It is raining today. I love the rain. My husband had to go to work today, but before he left we played a game that I just bought, called Blokus. It was a lot of fun. My hubby uses his left side of the brain more, so he won;) here is a link so you can see what the game is all about http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=342995

Today we did chapter 18 of Story of the World, The Ages of the Crusades. I would love for us to get some Science in too. Maybe after their naps

My kiddos and I all got our blankets and watched Loves Long Journey. They really like movies like that. They love watching Little House too. The movie did have one shooting scene. Nothing major, I believe the guy accepted Christ (at least that's what I think happened)

After we ate lunch. We had grilled cheese sandwiches and chili beans with turkey. The kids love chili beans. And yes my chili beans are from a can I am not that great of a cook. The kids wanted some hot chocolate, so I made some and we put lots of marshmallows in it. The hot chocolate I did make ;) It was a special occasion with the rain and all, so we didn't use the packets. (okay we were out of the packets)

Ethan and Lance kept me pretty busy. I found Ethan with the vitamins today. They were calcium ones that look like teddy bears and taste like candy. He uses the chairs to get up high. I pray daily that God will help me keep an eye on him, because he is constantly getting into things. Once he opened up a bottle of medicine and was drinking it. Again it was children's medicine that taste good. I don't know how he sniffs everything out. Yesterday he was playing outside and climbed on a chair, I heard him screaming, he had his finger caught in the BBQ grill. How he managed that, I don't know. Lance is following in his brothers footsteps. He is already jumping off everything and climbing.



Got Some Schooling Done

Well, we got some school done today Josh did his math(CalcuLadder) and had a timed 2 minute drill. We just started this yesterday so he did the first one. Yesterday he got 75% of it done and today he finished in the 2minute time. He was really excited. He also copied a page from Rod and Staff book The Good Samaritan. We went over adjectives using First Language Lessons.

Annette did 2 pages of her Ray's Arithmetic, counted enough Dino Nuggets for all the kiddos. She had to make sure everyone got 6. She copied a page of Rod and Staff book Danial in the Lions Den and did lesson 49 of First Language Lessons. She is learning about pronouns.

We are getting behind with are Read aloud so I am going to make sure we read at least a chapter a day next week. We listened to Story of the World chapter 18, we still need to do the map work. So hopefully we'll get that done after their quite time.

Next week we will start back to a full schedule. (I hope) It has been hard for me to get going these past weeks. We took 2 weeks off in December, I really want to stay on schedule with our studies. I need to take time to go over our school schedule this weekend. I need to take time to pray to the Lord about our schooling.

My oldest son Joshua takes a little longer with learning and I'm always feeling like we are behind. That is one reason why I feel like we need to stick to such a strict schedule. I need to relax and just let him learn at his own pace. I'm really praying that this Rocket Phonics will help with his reading. With math we are taking time out with the CalcuLadder drills to practice his adding and subtraction. He needs practice with memorizing them. I also bought some math games that we will play before moving on to multiplication. The games I purchased are Blokus Game, Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction, Tic Tac Twice Math Skills, Dutch Blitz Game, Subtraction Safari Game, Math Smart Addition Card Game and Quarter Mile Math K-3.

Caleb my Kindergarten student is still learning how to blend. I will start him with Rocket Phonics next week. I bought The Letter Factory Game so we will add that into his schooling soon. Can you tell that I am trying to incorporate more games with their learning.

Josh got his Dr. Dreadful yesterday. If I have time today I will post some pictures.



Dr Dreadful Freaky Food Lab

My oldest son Josh, made his first on-line purchase. He has been wanting Dr Dreadful Freaky Food Lab, "looks gross, taste good" We haven't made the time to go to Toys R Us so he asked me to find it online for him. We found it at Amazon for $24.99 and for a limited time with a coupon code you can get Dr Dreadful Demented Drink Lab for free, which is a $25.00 value. After reading the reviews he still wanted to get it, he handed me his money and hit the send button. Now he is waiting for his package.



Spring Break

We are taking a little break this week. I am watching a friend's two boys so I thought we would take it light. We might do some History and Science. The kids did copy a verse today.

It is in the high 50's so I took the kids to the park. They had so much fun running around and playing. I got lots of mud on the wheels of the stroller. I didn't think that the dirt was that wet. The mud out here in Texas is like clay. Yuck! So I will have to hose that down later.

We had a great weekend. On Saturday I met with 5 other homeschooling moms. It was nice to get out and chat. Not to mention eat a meal without having to get up. It felt good to be served and not worry about cleaning up after ;) When I got home the house was clean. The floors were mopped, the carpets vacuumed (even under the couches) the laundry was washed and put away and my dear husband even painted the walls where the kids wrote on or touched with dirty hands. It felt good to come home and not have to clean.

Later in the evening I got to get dressed up to attend a wedding. My sister watched the kiddos for us. We had a lovely time. My husband usually works on Saturday so it was nice to have him home and spend time together.

Sunday we went to church early so we could go to the Coffee House. The Coffee House is in one of those portable building in the back of the church. The inside looks like a cafe, so we get to have coffee and donuts while we visit with each other then have a time of worship and the Word. After, we went to the 11:15am service. Our pastor taught from the book of Titus.

It was a lovely weekend. A time to be with family and friends.



A Quick Verse

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

Isn't it awesome that the Word of our God will not change? God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Amen! It amazes me that the God that spoke to Moses and Abraham is the same God that speaks to me, loves me and cares for me. It is so comforting to know that God and His Word does not change.



Back to Normal ;)

Last night I went to bed early at 9:38pm. Haven't done that in a long time. I was so beat I woke up at my usual time today :) Josh and Annette both copied their verses today, Rocket Phonics and First Language Lessons. We haven't done any math yet .

Now that we have put Rod and Staff a side it feels like we are not doing a whole lot. I'm use to us going over our sight words, doing 2 pages of reading and 2 pages of Phonics. Now we go over our sounds, play a sound game, like Go Fish or Bingo and then they read a story. It still takes time but I don't have workbook pages to feel like we did something. It's nice though, just different.

When I was using only Sonlight for Language Arts I felt the same way, because we would only do 2 activity sheets a week. One day would be copywork, 2nd day would be questions, 3rd day copywork and 4th day questions again. It felt so light. I know they are learning, but coming from a public school background it takes some getting use too ;)

It is another beautiful day here in Texas. The weather is just perfect. Not too hot with a cool breeze, I guess some would say it is pretty windy. My kids had lots of fun outside again. After they played outside we watched a video on Pandas. I didn't know how many animals and humans rely on the Bamboo.

I put the kids down for naps. Josh and Annette are listening to one of the Little House books so I think I am going to read



No School Today

I have been tired today. I slept in this morning too. I try to get up at 5:45am, but this morning I didn't get out of bed until 8:00am.

I planned on doing Rocket Phonics, First Language Lessons and some math drills with Josh and Annette, but instead they spent the whole day outside.

It gave me a chance to give our dining room table and the high chairs a good scrub. I spray them with Lysol daily, but they needed some scrubbing :) I cleaned up the guest bathroom and planned on cleaning up my room and bathroom, but I just didn't have the energy.

My dad and brother came by to wash their clothes. I made some coffee got out the Krispy Kreme donuts and enjoyed their company. The kids ate their lunch outside too. For some reason that is exciting to them :) After lunch they took a nap, woke up ate dinner and off they went to AWANA with their dad.

Lance woke up with a slight fever so he has been wanting to be held today. I just put him and Ethan down for the night and am waiting for the rest of the kiddos to come home. I almost fell asleep in Annette's room while putting Lance to bed (his crib is in her room) I thought I would lay down for just a minute. It felt so good to be under her blankets. My stomach hurts and my body feels tired. It is thundering right now. I love to listen to the thunder. I hear voices, my kids are home gotta go.




Here is a picture of my 2.5 yr old Ethan. His favorite saying right now is "I like you mom" or "I like you too much" . He has so much energy. Just right now he knocked on my door saying "let me in I went poop" He suppose to be in dream land right now. So I open the door and his hair is soaked! I ask him why his hair is wet when he is suppose to be in bed. His answer "It looks nice mom". I can't help but smile. I then ask, " Why do you always poop, during naptime or bedtime?" His reply "I don't know mom"

This is my child that climbs the stairs on the outside part of the rail. I have caught him ready to swing from the chandler once. He was holding on to it and just about to run across the dinning room table when I happened to walk in the room. I knew it was too quiet while doing school ;) Once I was passing the bathroom only to find Ethan in the sink trying to clean his feet, nothing is too high for him. He has no fear of anything (including discipline). When he was 1yr. he was already jumping off the couch. None of my other kids jumped from couches, beds etc until they were at least 3yrs old.

Needless to say he has brought me to my knees many times. After trying to correct him again and only to have him disobey, has sent me to the bathroom in tears. I never thought before that a 2yr old would be able to bring me to tears. I have read Dare to Discipline and The Strong-Willed Child by Dr James Dobson and I do wish he would come to my home and give me some advice. I have been praying and reading God's Word on how to raise my little guy. I don't want to break his spirit or change who God made. I am also praying that God will show me areas in my life that I need to change. When I think about it, I am not much different from my little guy, how many times have I been disobedient to God? How many times have I not listened to God and have gotten hurt because I wanted to do it my way?

Ethan, may be a handful, but he has taught me a thing or two ;) I love him just as Christ continues to love me.

He also brings much joy. This morning I opened the back door to find Ethan standing there with a handful dandelions and said "for you mom, put them in a safe place up high"



Rocket Phonics

On my curriculum wish list is a phonics program called; Rocket Phonics. It kinda reminds me of Reading Reflex, because you’re only teaching 36 sound. (if I'm remembering right) So I posted on the Sonlight Forums asking about it. One of the ladies said she had bought it and decided that they were going to stick with SL Language Arts instead, she said if I wanted it I could have it. I was so happy. Of course I said yes. I thought that was so nice. What a blessing. I received it yesterday and my son Josh started it today.

Josh is 7.10 yrs, has a hard time reading. I don't know if he is frustrated, being lazy, not paying attention or just doesn't get it. So I was happy to find Rocket Phonics. You can use it with children 5-9yrs old. Today we went over the zh, ea, ie, oa, oo, ou, oy, ow, sounds. I found out that Josh still gets them mixed up. We played bingo with the sounds and then had a list of words called "Reading Practice" We will do the same thing again tomorrow. I will include Annette too, even though she reads at grade level and is doing well, I want to keep their phonics together. As much as I like Rod and Staff Phonics there is a lot of writing, with Rocket Phonics your just working on the sounds and practice reading. We will continue with Rod and Staff when we complete Rocket Phonics. I'm am praying that this program will give my son more confidence with reading along with lots of praise :) With regular phonics program there are too many rules and it is confusing for Josh. When we would go over a lesson and introduce another rule he would kind of get it kind of not. I was the same way as Josh when I was learning. It was so frustrating to me, because I wouldn't get it and the class would move on to the next lesson leaving me behind and I was too shy to ask for help.


2010 Update: We did use Rocket Phonics for a while but this was also when I was very unsure of myself. I was also a curriculum junkie back then. Annette, actually did very well with R&S Phonics. Josh, picked up reading and now reads very well.

Had a Great Week

Today was a very nice day. We got some schooling done. Finished our 3rd Rod & Staff Lesson and Science. We read some more of Good Queen Bess. I got some cleaning and laundry done The kids helped me make some Rice Krispy treats, and Josh help make dinner. My 1 & 2 yr olds were quiet today. They are usually jumping from something.

Annette and I put together a puzzle. Then I did one with Josh. This whole week has been like that. Even though I have been busy with our everyday things the week seemed more relaxed.

I think God has been teaching me to just relax, to stop trying to do it all. Lay it all down at his feet. Sometimes it is hard to give it to the Lord, even when I know it's best. I am so thankful that my God cares so much about me that he wants me to give it to him. He will take care of me. Trust in the Lord with your heart and lean not on our own understanding it says in Proverbs 3:5 I need to trust that God will take care of all my needs. Joshua 1:9 " Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Sometimes I am afraid that I'm not teaching my kids right or that their not leaning, or maybe I'm not suppose to be doing this, but then I seek God and He comforts me and I know that He is with me on my homeschooling journey. Psalms 48:14 "For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide Even to death." How my Lord, my God loves me. He is with me.

Now I know, not all my weeks will be this great, because it was a good week! But I do know that my God will be with me through through the ups and downs of life!

Oh and one more thing. Today Josh, Annette and I made it a positive day. This morning we talked about how we are going to be more positive, when something goes wrong or we have a mean thought that we are going to change it and think good thoughts, positive thoughts.


Proverbs 31

I recently visited Whirlwinds blog and she had an article about the Proverbs 31 woman. For years I have always thought of this chapter in Proverbs as negative and unreachable. Making me feel like a failure as a wife and mother. That is until I read this article. I now see it with a 20/20 vision ;) I woke up and smelled the coffee!

I was thinking if God thought it important enough to put it in the Bible then I need to read this again. In the article it talks about idleness, which I need to work on. It spoke on being a strong woman, I need to keep my health, drink my 48 oz of water, exercise and take my vitamins to keep my strength up. When I am tired I am not too nice. It talked about being organized, another area that I need to work on. It just opened up my eyes and I thought I would share it with you all.

Here is the link to Karla's site http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/whirlwind/92530/ If the link does not work it is under; If only I Had a Maid. Enjoy :)

I'm adding the article here because the links no longer worked. I searched until I found the article again but links will break again and this is so worth keeping.
by Blair Massey

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Luke 10:40 (NIV)

Have you ever felt like Martha? You look at all the things you need to do and think, “How can I get this done by myself? Oh, if only I had a maid!”

If you’ve looked at the woman in Proverbs 31, you’ve seen that she was someone who accomplished a lot. I remember thinking to myself, “How is she able to get so much done? She has the same 24 hours in a day that I do, how come she is able to be so productive? ”

After many years of studying the Proverbs 31 woman, I can tell you that there are five things she does that guarantees her success. Let’s take a look at a few of the passages pertaining to the Proverbs 31 woman to see what we can learn from her.

1. She Worked Early.

“She rises while it is yet night and gets food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.” Proverbs 31:15 (Amplified Bible)

Yes, that’s right. She was up early in the morning. Not only was she up early, she was “working” early. Notice that she was busy preparing breakfast for everyone in her household. In today’s world we don’t have to get up before dawn to make breakfast, but there is much that we can accomplish when we get up early.

Oh, I can just hear some of you moaning, “I’m not a morning person.” Well, I understand how you feel. I felt the same way myself. Then I realized that God thought it was so important that He put it in the Bible. This is the kind of thing you have to put into practice before you have a change of heart about it. It was that way for me. The Lord had to show my stubborn heart over and over that I need to get up early before I understood its benefits.

Now, I get up early with a joyful heart. I am able to have my quiet time with the Lord, shower and get ready, put in a load of laundry and get organized for the day. When I do these things early I am ready for just about anything that comes my way that day because I have prepared my heart and my mind.

2. She Worked with Strength

“She girds herself with strength and strengthens her arms.” Proverbs 31:17 (NKJ)

The Proverbs 31 woman was no couch potato. She understood that in order to do all that she had to do, that she must be in good physical shape. She knew that her family depended on her and therefore her health was important to her.

It is easy to get busy with taking care of your family and end up neglecting your own physical well-being. Making sure that you are eating right and getting enough exercise is important. How else are you going to be able to pick up your crying toddler, vacuum the house, clean out the car, play with your children and still have energy left to have a romantic time with your husband (if you get my drift)? You have to be in good physical shape.

3. She Worked Smart

“…and assigns her maids their tasks.” Proverbs 31:15 (Amplified Bible)

I remember when it hit me that the Proverbs 31 woman had maids working for her. I thought, “How unfair it is that she had maids and I have to do all this work on my own (pout, pout).”

Then the Lord opened my eyes. He helped me realize how many maids I actually had! There was the washing machine and dryer, the vacuum cleaner, the dish washer, the microwave, the slow cooker, the oven, the toaster, the coffee pot and my favorite — the bread machine. When I stopped to think about it, all my appliances were performing services just like the maids of the Proverbs 31 woman. How convicting. No more pouting for me!

Now I use all my maids, I mean appliances, to their full potential. I finally realized that I needed to work smarter, not harder. Delegation was the key. After all, the Lord had blessed me with these machines. Why was I not using them as I should? Now, on any given day you will find that I have my bread machine, slow cooker and my washer and dryer going so that I am free to be productive in other areas of watching over my home.

4. She Worked Carefully

“She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness.” Proverbs 31:27 (NLT)

This was a woman who was on top of things. She understood that what went on in her home was her responsibility. She carefully watched over everything and made sure that whatever needed to get done got done. She didn’t let anything distract her. She had a plan and she worked her plan.

5. She Worked for the Lord

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)

The Proverbs 31 woman did have one secret weapon in her home management arsenal. Today, that secret weapon is available to all Christian Homemakers. What was her secret? She had a healthy fear of the Lord.

She feared the Lord not because she was afraid of Him but because she had a healthy respect for the Him. She wanted to do what was right in His eyes because she loved Him. What she did, she did wholeheartedly out of love for the Lord.

She also knew that she could rely on Him to help her with all that He had asked her to do. This woman didn’t run around fretting about getting things done or complaining that her load was too great. She got her strength from praying to the Lord.

We all have times when we feel overwhelmed by our responsibilities. Many times I have thought how nice it would be to have someone come in and take care of things for me. But that is not what managing a home is about. If we take the time to learn from the Proverbs 31 woman we will see that, although she had a lot to do, she was wise about how she did it. We can all be as productive as the Proverbs 31 woman if we put these five principals into practice.

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