Spring is an incredibly busy time around this family and farm. The kids are coming to the end of their school season- finals, performances, recitals, projects due. And this year, two of my children are graduating – Michael from high school and Victoria from Athens Technical College.
Dave is always busy with his work but spring seems to bring in more work – which is a very good thing but it all adds to life here at home.
I’m reminded too, at this time of year, that I was given a major wake up call last spring – a trip to the hospital. The banner still hangs in my bedroom…
I’ve made a lot of changes, I’ve been trying to sleep more and exercise, making some time to be quiet. I find it very difficult to keep up with these changes in the spring. The sheer nature of farming demands so much more during this season. Lots of baby animals who require more attention. Lots more Homestead Tours because of the baby animals The garden to put in, bees to tend to if we want any honey this year, and basic maintenance to keep everyone happy and healthy.
Being a mom and wife, homesteading, and running a business requires a lot of juggling. Sometimes I don’t do very well and all the balls drop. Other times I can keep them all in the air but it takes so much effort.
I think the hardest part about all of this is that I love what I do. I love my family and want to create a happy, content home for all of them. I love homesteading – growing plants and animals. And I love sharing my passion with others and helping to see them succeed in their endeavors.
I believe this is where the decisions are made, not based on emotion, but on priority and commitment. Outside of my faith, my family comes first. Admittedly, there are periods when the lines of where my commitment lies become fuzzy. But if I’m careful to listen to comments or watch behaviour from Dave and kids, I know when I’m out of whack.
Balancing is tough – very tough.
Yesterday was a day of introspection while I worked alone outside. Those moments of quiet are good for me.
I made some decisions for the sake of my family…
I took some items off the calendar.
I made a menu so I could start cooking a little more.
I instituted my weekly meetings with the kids again so I can be fully apprised of all that’s going on in their lives.
I’m organizing some family outings for the summer.
These decisions and others may seem small but they matter. My family matters. And they need to know that from me.
I’m asked by other women – “how do you do it all?” I don’t. Something or someone, at times, gets the bare minimum. Even though my priorities get out of line, at least I know what they are and eventually, with the honest communication of my family, I’m helped to get those priorities back in order.
It’s been a while since I’ve been in this Candid Corner. But I wanted to take the time to share what’s been on my heart for the last several days. If there are meaningful relationships in your life that matter… welcome to the juggling act!