Leftovers again. Yes, I serve leftovers pretty often. Actually, I only serve leftovers to my family—most often to my husband. I wouldn’t want to give leftovers to my church family now would I? And of course I would never serve leftovers to the other moms in my homeschool group. And what would my neighbors think if I served them leftovers? I would be so embarrassed!
What about you? Do you serve leftovers very often? Maybe you do, but I know you only do it because you have no other choice. You don’t intend to always give your family leftovers, but you serve the best to everyone else, so that’s all you have left right?
When I spend the whole day cleaning the house, doing my work-from-home job, calling to check on my neighbor who’s been sick, dropping off outgrown clothing to the clothes closet at church, and doing school with my children, I just don’t feel like giving my best to my family by the time my hubby gets home from work in the evenings. That’s just natural, isn’t it?
I think as homeschooling moms we feel like we have to keep up a front. We need for others to think we have it all together. We want our family members (at least the ones who don’t live with us) and friends to think our houses are always neat, our children are always well-dressed, and we are naturally beautiful and always happy. But what we often do is serve the best of ourselves and the best of what we have to everyone else. Then we give whatever is left over to those we are supposed to love the most.
So I’ve decided that even though I can’t be perfect, I am going to strive to get my priorities in order. I’m going to do my best to stop giving them my leftovers. Instead, I’ll put my children and my husband first. I’ll love them and treat them like the blessings God sent me instead of inconveniences like the world often says they are. No more leftovers.
Wendy lives in the South with her wonderful hubby and 3 great kiddos! She is a Christian, homeschooling, work-from-home mom. She and Scott were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 20 years. Her oldest child has autism, and Wendy began homeschooling her at age 2. Her son, a typical boy, would rather do anything than school! Her youngest child is a little social butterfly and people lover. Wendy loves reading and quilting and will hopefully return to scrapbooking some time soon. You can visit her personal blog at Homeschooling Blessings.