Late this morning my husband called from work. He said, "Do you ever have one of those days where you thought you were all caught up and then everyone needs something from you? And you're trying to work on one thing and someone's asking for something else, and another person is asking for something else?"
I said, "Welcome to my world! Right now I'm pulling together music for Sunday;" (I'm the worship leader at our small-country church, "working with one child on his math, and working with another on his handwriting" I didn't tell him that I had a load of laundry in the dryer, a chorus printing off the printer, and my email up on the laptop! He did respond with, "Oh yeah, this is kind of what your day is like every day!"
A year or more ago, I was a Flylady follower. I was in desperate need of routines and order and she helped me to gain SOME of that. I'm afraid I'll always have a little chaos in our home. One of her sayings was "There's no such thing as multi-tasking." When she was doing laundry, she was doing laundry. When she did dishes, that is all she did. She didn't give a child their math work, and then begin to unload the dishwasher while answering the child's question.
I'm afraid that multi-tasking is REQUIRED of a homeschool mother. Rarely will a day go as I plan it, and I'm learning to have grace for the interruptions to my schedule. As Proverbs say, "Many are the plans in a man's heart but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails!" I want to be about His purpose! I truly do. But I also want to accomplish what's on my to-do list. Cindy Rushton has had some teachings lately about bringing your organizer and "To Do" list to the feet of God when you are doing your daily devotions. She says that Rhea Perry has taught her to sit with her open organizer and say, "OK God is all that I have planned ok? Show me what to change."
So, let's begin anew to put our lists before God. Maybe He is a fan of multi-tasking. Or maybe He wants you and I to slow down and take one thing at a time appreciating every activity, even unloading the dishwasher. As for me, I think I'll stop all this and just focus on the boys for a little while, then maybe a bubble bath and a book are in my future! Now THAT kind of multi-tasking I can handle!