These are in no particular order…except the first one:
1. It’s too quiet.
You don’t have to have a large family to know this one all too well. Unless the children are snug in their beds, calm is a bit unnerving.
If they aren’t sleeping, they are eating. If I’m not thinking about the next meal I need to feed them, I’m thinking about a menu plan and grocery list for next week/month/year.
Some large family moms don’t have babies in diapers anymore, but the vast majority of us do. So, most moms of many are either contemplating who might need changing next or those of us who cloth diaper are dreaming of what we might add to our stash or the less glamorous – when we need to wash them next.
Even if you don’t homeschool, you can’t get away from this one. A lot of kiddos in school means a lot of thought about school. And if you homeschool, well, you get a double whammy. You don’t get to just think about school from the student perspective, you get to think about it from the teacher perspective too!
I don’t know a single mom of many out there who doesn’t wonder how she can be more efficient. Which leads me to…
Any down time I have, you can usually find me researching something. Be it on Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, even Instagram…my eyes are peeled and my brain is thinking. (Want to follow my research? Click any of those links and join me!)
Yes, we think about sleep and occasionally, we actually manage to get some. But, 9 times out of 10, we choose to just think about it and keep on keeping on.
8. Too much
Do we have too much stuff? Did we spend too much money? Did I purchase too much curriculum this year? Did I drink too much coffee? Do I think too much?
9. Not enough
Is there not enough food/toilet paper/toothpaste in the house? Did the children not do enough school today? Did I not spend enough time with the husband today? Did I not spend enough time with Jesus today?
Which leads me to the natural conclusion of a post like this…
Any Christian mom of many will tell you her day is full of prayer. I pray about everything it seems. I spend a hefty amount of time thanking God for His mercies as well. How could I not? And guess what? I do this even when it isn’t calm.