I’ve lost track of the people who’ve come up to me and asked, “How do you get it all done?” This always makes me chuckle because they actually assume I do get it all done! (They obviously haven't seen my house.)
First of all, my life was drastically simplified when we moved from Anchorage (where we had two or three scheduled homeschool get-togethers or extracurricular activities scheduled a week) to a much more rural setting. (Read between the lines: There’s not a whole lot to do here outside of the home!)
For someone looking in on a mom with three elementary-aged kids, it probably seems like a lot, but the boys are older now and able to entertain themselves (especially now that we have such a huge yard and barn to run around in!). My kids are homeschooled, but a lot of their learning activities are self-directed now. It’s not the three or four hours of sitting down together that it used to be when they were first learning to read for example.
Also, speaking of schooling, the kids spend the afternoons at the public school here. It’s truly the best of both worlds. We get all the benefits of homeschooling (more relaxed schedule, more time together, more options for the kids to pursue their own interests, more opportunities for Christian discipleship), but the kids also get to enjoy recess and electives with their friends. (Because seriously, I don’t think it would have ever crossed my mind to start a choir elective for just my three boys!) While they’re at school, I get some solid writing time in, and when they come home, we can all be together and relax.
I’ve really come to enjoy the slower pace out here than what we had in Anchorage. (Don’t get me wrong … There are lots of things I miss tremendously, like our homeschool co-op or field trips to see live theater, but I’m also glad to be raising our family with a less hectic feel than what we had “in the city.”)
I’ve also found that out here I find it simpler to pray because there are fewer distractions vying for my attention. (Confession time: Facebook has been and perhaps always will be my biggest time drain.)
Life is busy no matter where you live, which is why I put together the Prevailing Prayer University. This is a free video-based course with short (we’re talking less than ten minutes) daily prayer exercises to help you make the most of your prayer times and connect with God on a daily basis.
You can watch the short introduction here or sign up to start fighting distractions and stay focused in your prayers.