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What ‘staying at home’ does to the brain!

August 31, 2009

I remember my Mum telling me how when she was a younger mother, even then, it was slightly unusual to be a ‘keeper at home’ once your children had got to school age. She tells a story about a fellow mother who passed this kind of comment to her:

“Oh my, it must be SO boring being at home all day; doesn’t it dull the brain?”

My Mum is one of the most wonderfully creative home makers I have ever met, she was always there with a HUGE hug when we walked in the door from school, our house was warm and welcoming, our house was always full of people; visitors from all over the world, or kids from just down the street, there was always great smells coming from the kitchen and she was (and still is) always happy, singing (even dancing) around the house…’dull’ is not a word I would have ever used to describe her life.

I consider my life; this calling God has blessed me with; this privileged position to follow Jesus, serve my husband, nurture and train my children and manage my household.

I am a University graduate; I’ve worked in business and education but I feel more challenged spiritually, emotionally, physically and academically than EVER before in my life. I feel refreshed and strengthend in God for the task, I feel full of joy and alive in God, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else or do anything else, and it just gets better and better; like Proverbs 4:18 tells us:

“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (NIV)

Or the Amplified translation puts it this way:

“But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day [to be prepared]”

It just gets better and better…

So , what DO we do ‘at home’….here’s a short list for starters!!

Accountant
Arbitrator
Art Appreciator
Arrow Polisher
Ambassador for the King of Kings
Builder-building godly generations
Bookkeeper
Bulk Buyer
Counselor
Career Consultant
Chauffeur
Childhood Psychologist
Creative Designer
Coach
Child Development Specialist
Cheer Leader
Dietitian
Disciplinarian
Director of Home Affairs
Encourager
Entrepreneur
Entertainer
Educator
First Lady of the Home
Fashion Consultant
Hostess
Hygienist
Historian
Hairdresser
Interior Decorator
Investigator
Intercessor
Janitor
Judge
Librarian
Launderer
Mentor
Master Story Teller
Movie Critic
Nurse
Nutritionist
Nurturer
Nation Changer
Professional Chef
Professional Baker
Professional Cleaner
Pediatrician
Photographer
Purchasing Agent
Personnel Manager
Protector
Referee
Recreation Director
Speech Therapist
Security Guard
Seamstress
Social Coordinator
Safety Instructor
Teacher
Time Management Expert
Visionary
Walking Encyclopedia

Feel free to add to the list ladies!

I trust you’re having a great week with your little ones; more updates later in the week about what we’ve been up to, including our school plans for this year…excting days ahead!

Thanks for popping by, feel free to leave a comment and say hi!

Blessings
Leah

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2009 8:36 pm

    SO SO sorry to all those who left a comment – blogger has been playing up for me a little and I managed to delete them all! Please re-comment and I'll publish them this time!!Oh and Bex – I replied to your question on the post you commented on…and you can always check out any slings I've linked to in my babywearing posts.Blessings allLeah

  2. September 8, 2009 6:16 pm

    Love IT!

  3. September 9, 2009 4:15 pm

    You know – I TOTALLY agree with everything you write – in theory!In reality I DO sometimes feel mind numbed. I DO get bored and frustrated and (much as I love my children) I DO crave adult and stimulating conversation.Part of these feelings I put down to the fact that *every* job has its boring and difficult days (though I suspect Jack Bauer is never bored….) and mine is no exception. Other times I recognise I am being ungrateful and a few minutes of 'forget not His benefits' works wonders! Motherhood IS a hard job, but it is also relentless and repetitive. I guess our modern lifestyles react against these characteristics and I need to learn to embrace something different!

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