I’ve been a wife for 11 years now and a mother for 7. I know that’s not a lot compared to some, but even still, I feel like we have gone through several different seasons already. While there are still many, many, more to come, I love reflecting back and seeing how the seasons have affected my home and my attitude towards it. We have three kids and our middle one just started Kindergarten. So all of a sudden I find myself at home with just one little guy- and he takes a long nap in the afternoon! Quite a change from the busy summer I had with three home all day!
The first season for me as a mom was with this little guy. He was and is so easy going. My days were quiet and simple. Lots of playing on the floor with cars and trains. Lots of Lightening McQueen and swinging on the back porch.
Not long after came our second- a girl (they were two years apart) and I was thrown into a new season. No more quiet; it definitely felt more like chaos. The house looked slightly like a daycare during the day. Breastfeeding and potty training were my life. Oh yeah, and I didn’t sleep much.
We moved to a new city and the kids got a little bigger, and a little more independent. A different season. You might recognize this kitchen?
Just as were adjusting to this new phase, along came baby number three and we decided I would homeschool our oldest. I know that sounds crazy, but at that age, the baby was pretty laid back- plus he couldn’t go anywhere! He hung out with us in our schoolroom upstairs while I did lessons with my oldest. My daughter played or colored or sometimes watched TV. There were lots of Chickfila and park playdates with friends, lots of trips to the gym (I needed a break somehow!) and I’m not really sure how I did it, but I remember that year fondly as well.
The next year my oldest started public school for first grade. There’s a lot that went into our decision to stop homeschooling and I won’t go into all of that here. Needless to say we prayed about it a lot and felt it was the right choice. But what I will say is once again- new season. I now had two at home. I decided to do preschool at home with my daughter, which felt easier since I had done a year with my son already. I hadn’t loved being isolated upstairs in the playroom and wanted us to be in the open downstairs, so we used the dining room for our lessons this time. I found this old piece of a hutch in Round Top and we hung it on the wall for all of our supplies. The dining room took on an art room/homeschool room feeling and a few days a week she and I would work on letters, numbers, and do some simple crafts.
Even the boys got into it. And we still have this room set up like this, by the way!
At this point, our upstairs schoolroom turned into more of a playroom and guest room (that’s a futon). We stuck their art on the wall like wallpaper and the other half of the room is full of toy storage.
Just this morning, we dropped off our oldest two in school. The house is a lot quieter right now. My day today has been so similar to what it was 7 years ago with that first little boy. We had a playdate with some friends and then we came home and played with some cars on the floor. I thought he might be sad to not have his brother and sister around but he seemed perfectly content (excited even) to get the toys all to himself.
I’ve got some extra time to myself in the afternoons now while he naps. There are a few projects around the house that I’m planning to get to. The first one involves some purging- getting rid of some of the excess and maybe trying to organize some things. I want to go into that a little more but that will have to be a whole different blog post.
For now I just wanted to leave you with this. What season are you in and does your home reflect that? Is your home working for you? I’ve got bookshelves in my living room full of toys and kids books. My home is not a show room. Its never been in a magazine. But yet beauty is important to me. You knew that already if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time. I’ve tried to strike a balance between beauty and purpose here. Keeping my family in mind means that I design with our season of life in mind. It works for us. Its a balance of beauty and purpose for our family.
Thanks so much for reading!