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priorities for moms


It has been a bit quiet around the blog lately.

You may wonder, as I have often done, how on earth I find time to blog as a homeschooling mother of such a large family.  Teaching a bunch of dyslexic kids to read and write means that we often spend the majority of our school hours on language arts.  The reality of this can be overwhelming but there is progress and more than that there is relationship.  Real and powerful.  The kind formed by walking together through life’s valleys, overcoming personal obstacles and experiencing hard won victories.

These relationships require time.

Just when I think I’ll have some time to write, there are a pair of eyes looking to me for a talk, help with schoolwork, some prayer and encouragement, a story to be read or, sometimes just to sit close for a while.   I don’t want to lose these fleeting moments with my family.  

Time with God

Finding balance as a busy mom comes in ways you wouldn’t expect.  Despite being a night person, I have been waking early for some time now to start my day with prayer and God’s Word.  It has seemed to me that maybe getting up early and putting in a load of laundry (or two) and starting breakfast (and lunch and dinner!) or some other, more ‘productive’ task might better help me get ahead but it doesn’t work that way.  Seeking God first fills me with supernatural strength so I can be the supermom I need to be.

Time with kids

There is schooling.  There is training – brush your teeth, make your bed, feed the dog, no – don’t pee in the swimming pool! There is feeding.  There is nurturing of souls.  Forming of character.  Encouraging of interests.  Holding of hearts.  None of this can be rushed or put off.  Two of my kids are adults now.  Time flies.

Time with husband

There was a time that I thought my husband could take care of himself giving me more time for me.  To be sure, the man can take care of himself.  But he actually enjoys being with me.  He works hard and drives a long way everyday so I can be home loving my babies.  Strong marriages don’t just happen.  They take work… and time.

Time for self

Learning recently that I am an introvert came as quite a relief.  I didn’t understand why I was so exhausted after a day out.  I now know that, as an introvert, being alone or at least in a quiet place is where I get my batteries recharged.  I know, homeschooling mother of 8 who needs to be alone, sounds ridiculous!  Nevertheless, finding little pockets of quiet during my days helps me be a better mom.

Time for blogging

I have grown very attached to you, my readers.  I love your comments and emails.  It always amazes and blesses me to hear that someone was encouraged by my messy life, crazy life.  That is why I am sitting up tonight, surrounded by sleeping children and a half-eaten box of birthday chocolate, taking time to encourage you.

Balancing the demands on our time as busy moms is no small task.  We’re faced with decisions all day long as to how we will spend our time.

One day and 24 hours is all we get.  One life is all we get.  Make it count.  Now go love those babies.

Marianne Sunderland

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  1. Ingrid Fiedler says:

    Loved it! Reminds me of another great lady, Edith Schaeffer, who said that there is nothing colder for a child than a check at Christmas. Meaning- no relationship can be replaced by money, or education, or a perfect house… or whatever we think we are missing. Awesome reminder of where the real investment and payoff is. Ingrid

    • Marianne Sunderland says:

      Hello friend. :) Goodness! To have my name used in the same sentence as Edith Schaeffer! Thank you for dropping in with a kind word. Hope to see you in Chicago in 2 weeks!

  2. Yes. I am always reminded to be mindful of my time and to invest it where it matters most. Thanks yet again for the oft needed reminder and the beauty that comes in investing in the relationships and things that matter most!

    • Marianne Sunderland says:

      Hello old friend! It is a beautiful thing to be able to let go of the non-essentials and pour into our families. When all of our kids are grown, we should have a veteran homeschool blogger conference. We’ll stay up late and write all we want!

  3. Yes, yes, yes. I have been feeling the balancing of the age range and all the different roles the Lord has given me. “No small task.” And I needed this right now. Thank you for staying up and writing it with the half eaten box of birthday chocolate. I so appreciate it!

    • Marianne Sunderland says:

      And thank you Tricia for taking the time to let me know! Glad to know that I am not alone. :) Blessings to your beautiful family!

  4. I recently discovered your blog…just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this post. It is a great reminder to spend time on what is most important!

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