In part one I share how my younger children fill my life. In part two I shared how my older children fill my life. This time I'm going to share the other things in my life that make my life full.
Jeff - My spouse fills my life with support for me and our family. He's there when I need him whether in person or by phone. He is a great help around the house. He builds things for our home and play. He watches the kids so I can take a walk some evenings after dinner. He's strong. He wants to be a good leader in our family. He eats ice cream with me. We sit together on the couch to watch TV. He plays board or card games with me occasionally, even though he doesn't prefer to play games. He helps the kids with their math if they are struggling with a concept. He gives me a day or several hours a month to work on projects or do something that I would like to do by myself. He does so much to fill my life that I can't write everything here or even think of everything at the same time.
My life is also full of the things I do for my home and family. I shop, cook, and plan meals and snacks. I make sure that the mountains of clean laundry get folded, eventually. I like folding laundry. I delegate chores to the kids that they can help with in the laundry room, bathrooms, kitchen or just around the house. Then I try to do the things they couldn't do. I try to keep decluttering things that I find we don't use, so that they aren't in the way. I try to encourage the kids to play outside and I go out with them to keep an eye on the little ones. I teach our homeschool and try to make sure that I am ready to start school on Mondays because my preparation seems to help everything go fairly smoothly. I'm hoping to get my garden planted soon and then there will also be garden maintenance and harvesting when the time comes.
My full life helps me stay content in my home doing the things I'm supposed to do. It's plenty of fun, has plenty of craziness, and yes, can even have days of struggling to make it to bed at the end of the day without going crazy myself. I thank God for giving me this full life and as long as I remember to keep everything in perspective I'm happy with it.