Looking back through pictures of the past few years I see how rapidly my children are growing and changing. I want to make the most of these fleeting years, and yet it is everything I can do to keep up. I have been doing some thinking and praying about what are the most important priorities, because I cannot do it all!!! Through the years The Lord keeps challenging me to increase the amount of Biblical discipleship in our family. I am challenged to teach my children their distinctive roles as male and female. I am motivated to train in godly character, although I am often discouraged to see my own wrong examples in attitudes and responses. They are little sponges learning from my example.
The value of hard work and contributing to the family cannot be underestimated. This year I need to delegate more and train them to be more responsible. I am seriously considering some sort of toy rotation to reduce the amount of mess they can make. Toys and messes are a constant draining and defeating battle in our home. I so wish I had started out organized as a new mother, but unfortunately this was not one of my strengths. Through the years I have learned, out of necessity, to donate, donate donate! Even so we still struggle with the good imaginative toys everywhere such as Legos, Playmobiles, Lincoln logs, Little Peoples, etc. Even with throwing out trashy toys we still have huge messes that are draining the life out of me. I am seriously thinking a weekly toy rotation is worth a try. There are so many more important things in life than allowing toys to eat up our days and cause chaos.