As I turned to him, I didn't hesitate when I answered, "I work part-time, sometimes eight hours a day. I homeschool. I run the kids to and from doctor's appointments. I clean the house and do laundry. I run errands. I'm involved in church. Those are just a few of the things I do. By the time I am finished for the day, it's time to go to bed." Enough said. He smiled and nodded.
I don't begrudge the things I do for my family. I enjoy taking care of them, even my husband. I think God gave women a nurturing nature for that very reason. I also realize I am not the only woman with this problem. I admire mothers who work full-time and still have time to do all the previously mentioned duties.
I pondered my husband's question a few days later and realized that, right now, I am living in a season where my family needs me more than anything else. Everything else has to be second place. My children won't be with me forever. There will come a time-sooner than later!-that I will have time to do what I want but wish my children were around to argue with each other, run to doctor's appointments, and help with homework. I will miss the dirty football uniforms in the laundry, the hairspray and bobby pins thrown all over the sink, and the bedrooms strewn with clothes. I will miss watching my husband tease the kids mercilessly and watch them giggle at his silly jokes. I will wonder where the time has gone and wish I could get it back.
For now, I will enjoy my time with them and continue to write when I can. I will let the frustration at putting my desires on the back burner dissolve while I watch my children grow up around me. It will be a season to nurture and grow, not only for them, but for me. To my husband, Scott, I hope this answers your question more completely.
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1