Of course, referring to the fact that I have 7 children, ages 6 weeks on up to 8 years old.
OK, I see your point! :-)
|Wyatt on the swing today|
And then a baby girl on top. How exciting! And... the crazy-busy continues.
And, I'm married to an amazing visionary-entrepreneur who, in our almost 10 years of marriage, has built 5 houses, remodeled 3, and started 3 successful businesses. That keeps us on the go ...
And then there's farm projects, family, extended family, travels, fellowship, etc
How do I do it???
Truth is ... I don't ... entirely, that is. There is this amazing other part to me -- my other half. Someone I so often take for granted, being that he feels more like an extension of me, that I hardly mention him. But, I read this awesome post this morning by Lisa Jacobsen (www.club31women.com) and I decided to come out and tell all! :-)
[Now's where I wish I had some of those awesome literary skills like Naomi, Derrick, Wade, Kathryn ... and other Johnson relatives] :-)
As you may not have known, shortly after Vienna was born, we found out that 3 of the boys had whooping cough. In an effort to keep Vienna from getting the nasty bug, we quarantined her to our room, and kept the sickos out. This meant that Mama was in there with her most of the day, and Daddy was taking care of everyone else. Poor little darling had stomach gases since I was taking so much garlic, that it was necessary for me to be in the room with her most of the time. Occasionally, I'd come out to "doctor" up the kids (give them garlic, Vit C, homemade cough syrup and such), pull meat out to thaw, throw in a load of laundry, wash a dish, ... whatever I could to help. Then, back in I'd go.
Dwight was handling the rest. Meals, dishes, grocery shopping, cleaning up messes - it all fell on his shoulders. Oh, and running the soap business at the same time.
Sometimes he gets short, but he never loses his joy. In fact, he'll break out in song or be silly instead. How does he do it??
This morning, I had the 3 oldest (who aren't sick) in the room with me doing school. Daddy had read from the Bible and taught our little brood of the Lord. I was now teaching on character. Kindness instead of Selfishness. The greatest example we have is the one who gave up his life for us: Jesus Christ. He loved us so much that he gave his very life. Thank you, Lord!
I asked the boys if they know someone who is self-less like that - who thinks of others instead of just himself. Orin immediately says "Daddy"! We have a real life example in our own home of someone who is constantly giving of themselves for our benefit as well. Selfish?? Not at all. He gets up and makes breakfast (awesome, gourmet breakfast burritos - I might add) and then takes what is left over. Over and over he hears "Daddy ..." from a needy little fellow and he stops to listen, stops to help, or stops to watch. Another meal, another bottle, another need. He's there serving.
I caught him in action. At 6:00pm I thought ... I need to capture all he does on camera! So, this is what I saw him doing between 6 and 9:30pm. And, believe me ... he started before I got up - doing so much more!
Now onto dinner. Burgers on the grill are your specialty. Mmmm... now for some Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions (oh, yes!). You're amazing!