The following was written by my dear friend Nancy. Nancy and her children always encourage me with their positive attitudes and cheerful dispositions. Nancy and her husband have such a great sense of humor, I love to just sit back and listen to them. Nancy and I once laughed how we were at the same Rick Springfield concert when we were teens… isn’t funny how God redeemed both of us and caused us to become friends 20 some years later. Not only did He redeem us but He put in our hearts to advance the Kingdom with our husbands, through homemaking and children. God is good!
What does this mean for our family? Logistically it means that a boy learns to do laundry at age 8, it means a girl learns to make bread at age 10 and to can strawberry jam at age 12. Stop and read that several times. There are drastic implications for doing chores this way. The obvious implications are that sometimes our laundry turns out the wrong color or way too small. Sometimes the bread is flat, oddly shaped or the strawberries don’t set up well. The other implication is that one day they are able to handle that large job without any help from mommy.
So many people tell me, “Wow your life must be so easy with all these older kids around.” Well, I wouldn’t say easier, just different. I had never cooked a meal the day I got married. I still at 42 have never done a load of laundry at my parent’s home. This is craziness. I don’t want to raise well educated children who cannot do basic skills in their homes well. I determined that I would train my children to do all things unto the Lord. So, my kids help out, and they are a blessing to my family and me.
Today, I will work out in the garden with my 2 year old, and my other kids will cook meals. Somedays there are major mistakes, and they call me in to fix it. Somedays the meals are so creative and good that I would never have had the energy to do anything near the quality. Either way, the kids are my greatest joy and my greatest blessing.