Thursday, October 30, 2014

Successfully Juggling Husband, Children and Home

If you’re anything like me {the joy filled wife}, when you ponder the infamous characteristics of Proverbs 31’s “Wife of Noble Character,” it’s hard not to feel like you’re falling painfully short of the ideal. In our striving to be the helpmeet God intended us to be, it’s not always so cut and dry trying to live out these principles in a 21st century world where there are so many distractions and scenarios to contend with. There seems to be a finer line and a tighter rope we women walk in this day and age as we face the detriment that the feminist movement has brought about and how it has impacted generations of women by blurring the lines of our clearly defined Biblical role in marriage and family.


My husband is the owner of a company. He is a visionary, a command man, and a dreamer through and through. He not only welcomes challenges, but he thrives on them. He is a man in constant pursuit of victory. My husband’s primary love languages are Quality Time and Acts of Service. The Acts of Service portion of my husband’s love language is manifested in two ways: Home Management and Company Management. My husband thrives in orderly environments where things are kept up to his standards and level of expectation. His mind becomes chaotic if he walks into a home that’s dirty, untidy, and void of a prepared meal. He wants his household managed well and to walk in to a peaceful environment surrounded by happy faces. He wants to know that there will always be clean socks in his drawer and that his suits and ties aren’t spending week-long vacations at the dry cleaners. My husband holds me to an extremely high standard as a wife and mom and, although it can feel overwhelming at times, it has made me a much stronger woman. 


When it comes to business, my husband is a Visionary that deeply desires my participation in every project he is working on. He also craves my feedback. He feels neglected if I am not playing a significant role in the growth of his company and sharing in both his successes and failures. He has told me on numerous occasions that the moral of the company is significantly higher when I play an active role in the day to day. But how to fulfill my husband’s wishes and still live out God’s design for me as keeper of the home? 

Back in the olden days, most families ran some sort of business. From ranching to farming to owning a deli or a local pharmacy, every member of the family participated in some aspect of the work that needed to be done to earn a living. The husband’s job was usually to do the grunt work and the majority of the work that needed to be done away from home. The wife took care of the household and was responsible for teaching her children by having them participate in chores and errands to help keep things running on their end. Back then, children knew how to work hard from a very young age because they participated in the work done at home. Today, many children grow up never learning the value of giving their all and working toward a goal. My husband and I never wanted our children to grow up lazy or entitled, so, along with lots of fun and learning, one of my jobs is to teach our children how to work hard.

As you can imagine, managing both a household and a company well is a tall order. With the priority being for me to be at home during the daytime with our children, my husband and I decided to have me spend a couple of hours in the evenings after dinner conducting company interviews and working with any females in the company that need training. My husband uses this time to spend special Daddy time with our kids. They look forward to that time so much. After my meetings are complete, we pray with our children, put them to bed, and spend an hour together before heading to bed ourselves. We take Sundays off to spend time together as a family outdoors and at church.

Except for an errand or two that my husband may ask me to run with the kids after breakfast {a great opportunity to learn people skills}, my husband handles all the daytime business work. That will change in the next year or so when he will be transitioning most of the daytime work to someone else and take a step back and mostly oversee things


My participation in the growth of my husband’s company was so important to him that, when we came to the conclusion that maintaining a home of our size made it extremely challenging for me to help him during this time of growth and transition in his company, he solved the problem by moving us into a home ⅓ the size of our previous one. As you can imagine, that took me a significantly less amount of time to maintain and freed me up to show my husband love and respect in the way he wanted it most. I could have complained to him about downsizing, even though I know it’s only temporary until after the transition next year, but I was grateful that my husband took my concerns to heart and made a way for me to show him respect by partnering with him, without neglecting my responsibilities at home. Every marriage and situation is different, but we serve a wonderfully wise God who is able to sort out even the greatest predicament to accomplish His will in our marriage and life. 

In closing, I want to say that one of the best pieces of advice I ever received regarding time management is from my mother in law. She told me, “If you want something to get done, give it to a busy person.” We’ve all heard that a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest has a hard time getting going. That’s why it’s so important that we truly follow Titus 5:2’s example and stay busy at home. When a person is not busy {and particularly a woman}, gossip, dissatisfaction, impure thoughts, depression, anxiety, and laziness tend to be a bigger struggle for us. Especially depression and dissatisfaction. That’s why I personally stay away from wasting my time on social media and surfing the web. My time has more value and I feel better about myself when I’m not wasting a lot of time doing unproductive things. On the flip side, I am also careful not to overbook my schedule with outside activities.


 1. Get the children up early and ready for the morning/day.
    2. Put the kids in the car and turn on praise music after Daddy prays for our day.
    3. Get to the location of our first errand 45 minutes early so we can sit in the car and practice Bible verses, verbally discuss our objectives and schedule for the day, and then I do my personal devotions while the kids read quietly by themselves.
    4. Strive to complete errand(s) within 1 hour and set a goal with the kids of how many people we are going to smile at, be friendly to, or give a sincere compliment.
    5. Let the kids run around at the park for 30-45 minutes.
    6. Head home and put in/take out a load of laundry before making lunch.
    7. Kids complete schoolwork while I do some heavier house cleaning.
    8. Kids go down for a nap and I spend that time responding to company voice mails, texts, emails, putting away laundry, prepping dinner, working out, etc. If I have finished all of my work and have extra time before the kids get up, I will spend a little bit of time reading, commenting, or writing on a couple of blogs. That is the only “me time” I really ever spend online at this phase of life.
    9. Play with the kids, read a story, continue prepping dinner, 
and have the kids help me with remaining housekeeping.
  10. Prepare and eat dinner as a family and then I get dressed 
for business and my husband spends time with the kids.
  11. Once I get home, I quickly do the dishes and then 
we pray with the kids and put them to bed.
12. My husband and I spend time together and then go to bed.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, 
and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27

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