Oftentimes, reality is so much different than wishes. After hoping I would someday become a homemaker, there were plenty of things I never expected about homemaking.
You know how you may dream about becoming something for years, but then once your dream becomes a reality you notice the truth behind your fantasies?
- You want to be finished with school to be an adult and make adult choices. But once you graduate you’re faced with how tough real life really is. Jobs and bills help you quickly realize that homework and living in your parents’ home wasn’t so bad after all. And summer vacation! Where did it go??
- You dream of owning your own home to have your own space and paint your own walls. But once you sign your life away and get the keys, you’re faced with your mortgage, home repairs and emergencies.
- You long to be married and spend the rest of your life with your true love. But after the honeymoon is over, you realize that you and your spouse are in day-to-day life together as a team as long as you both shall live. Even when you don’t see eye to eye. Even when your husband’s soup slurping habit drives you crazy.
- You want to be a parent and soak in the love, joy and snuggles from your child. But once your baby arrives, you deal with screams in the middle of the night, spit-up accidentally landing in your mouth, temper tantrums and teenage angst.
- You long for a dream vacation, but once you save up enough money and go, things are too crowded, too hot (or cold or rainy), and too expensive.
Every aspect of life is filled with all sorts of joys and frustrations. You can choose to dwell on the joys – or the frustrations. Or, you could also choose to take it all in stride.
The joys and stress of homemaking
When it comes to homemaking, there’s plenty to take in stride.
I can still remember dreaming of creating and keeping my own home when I was young – but I imagined happy family times, home décor, and intimate moments. Never did I imagine the day-after-day repetition of meal planning, cooking, bill paying, budgeting, cleaning, organizing, laundry, dishes, and being a thing finder for my children and husband.
The reality, though, is that homemaking can be exhausting.
All of the responsibilities take so much time, attention and energy. (I never want to hear that anyone’s “just” a homemaker! Instead, try juggling everything a homemaker does for just one week!) Waking up each day to repeat the process over and over can begin to feel like you’re stuck in Groundhog Day.
It’s exhausting to be in charge of it all. But it’s worth it.
As a homemaker, it can seem daunting to manage so much. But instead of looking at the weight of the responsibilities, try to focus on the blessings. You can create a home for your family. You can nourish them with meals. You can help prepare them for their days with clean laundry, stocked cupboards, and filled bellies.
As a great support system, you can help your husband and children focus on what they need to do – and to do it well.
Is it selfless? Yes. But in putting aside your own wants, you can experience the beauty and fulfillment that comes when you choose to put aside selfishness. Does this seem crazy in this self-centered world? Of course. But when you experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from caring for your family and home, it’s more than worth it.
When homemaking is more than you expect
Even though I never could have guessed all the work that comes with keeping a home, I also never could have guessed how much I could see my housework become a blessing to others.
My efforts make a difference – in the lives of my husband, my children, and friends and family who visit our home. That is what I never expected about homemaking.
I know my efforts are helping their lives, and even if my hard work isn’t always recognized, I can find satisfaction and rest in the fact that I’m working hard to glorify God – not myself.
What are some things you never expected about homemaking?
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