Keeping House

I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. 
 -Helen Keller
Smelling the beautiful scent of lavender essential oil float through the air, rearranging the toys to present new learning opportunities, singing while I make dinner with my mini sous chef, and embracing the imperfections of my beautifully ordinary life. These are the things that I live for and what make my heart smile.
Many people have asked me when I plan to go back to work, what I do all day, and if I am going to go crazy without being mentally stimulated. I stumble on my words and look around for a graceful and pleasing response, but I haven’t found it yet.
I don’t plan to go back to work. I plan to run start-ups from my home and focus on teaching my children.
The balance of my day is a wonderful mix of leaving the house for playdates, library time and errands, and doing work from my phone and desktop, yet having the home our main base.
 I am very mentally stimulated. I have this whole world of homemaking to explore- cooking from scratch (Ok, not all the time. I am a sucker for pizza of any kind!), making my own cleaning products, and learning about different methods of play and learning for Lydia. I attend webinars, masterminds and read endless material on small businesses and marketing.
My life may not be glamorous. I may wear gym clothes for three days straight and rock the mom bun 90% of the time. I may shake my head when I feel like my day is full of washing our cloth diapers, cleaning up messes and reheating my coffee five times. But it is fulfilling. Homemaking is a calling, one that I am humbled that I have the honor to take on.
P.S. As you all know, it is not all fun and games. It is messy. It is exhausting. It is hard. Whether you are working and are single, a stay at home mom of four little ones, or anything in between, you are worthy of praise (and a glass of wine!) and are doing a great job. As one of my favorite designers, Emily Ley,  would say, “Grace, not perfection”, ladies.

2 Comments on Keeping House

  1. Gina H.
    August 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Amen!! SAHM-life/WAHM-life is infinitely fulfilling and mentally stimulating. There are so many skills to learn and perfect, and new things to discover. It’s such a beautiful, simple, hard life <3

    • natbabbitt
      August 30, 2016 at 6:10 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, love! Love having a group of supportive women, like you, around me!


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