many hats

Many hats

Its 9:45am on a Wednesday morning.

This is what this "stay at home mom" has done thus far:

{The phrase "stay at home" having the immediate semantic associated in our modern culture as "doing nothing"}.

6:45 am    garbage collector {I lost a bet to Mr.MS and don't want to talk about it}

7:00 am    nutritionists/nurse {carefully making a smoothie high in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and acidophilus for Mr.MS, and then doling out the meds}

7:15am    laundry wench {I piled 3 loads of daughter laundry on my bed yesterday; it was not put away by my children; and so was balled up and stuffed in several hampers last night before bed; to be hastily pulled out and thrown around my room by me and my daughters this morning.  I tried to keep some semblance of order…and failed}  

7:15-8:15am   referee { 2 oldest girls are going through the lovely stage of fighting like mean ally cats the moment they are within spitting distance of each other.  Now because they are female it does not involve overt physical violence, rather sneaky psychological verbal assault-either way I am forced to step between them, separate them, and administer warning flags and penalties} 

7:30am   nutritionist /nurse/cook { distribute breakfast for 4 children bearing in mind: 1 is lactose intolerant, one is orange juice intolerant (what is that called?) 2 need antibiotics, one needs herbal supplements, 2 need green tea}            I still have not eaten

8:00am    escort {walking my 1st grader the 3 freezing blocks to the bus stop without a hat or gloves and unzipped coat because I cannot not handle missing the bus again and we are running late}

8:15am    accountant {the 2 oldest still at home inform me "oh yeah we have been charging our lunch for a while now".  We pre-pay once a month.  Of course I have hardly any cash on me and have to scrape some together while trying to figure out how much we owe, what they need today, and when I can get some further funds} I still have not eaten

8:25am    taxi driver/referee {drive two oldest to school down the road…too cold to walk…to close for the state to pay to drive them to school for me…more fighting…more penalties…their allowance this week shall be a paltry amount.  Just as well- we need the money, and I told them as much too}

8:35am    sculley maid {tying to get 5 breakfasts picked up before my next hat off…

8:45am    daycare provider {little boy I watch four days a week arrives. He, who is just staring to master walking, immediately falls down, hit his head, and wants his mom}                I still have not eaten

9:00am    I eat something  {my own smoothie, re-heated oatmeal, re-heated green tea-consider this nutritionist, accountant…trying to stay healthy make the money stretch… get it?}

9:15am    events coordinator {working on catching up on emails about all the places and people and shopping and food and money involved this particular coming weekend; that is a birthday weekend for daughter 2 and only four weekends till Christmas…yeah throw in accountant again}

9:45am    blogista 


Blessed  are they that dwell in your house,

they will be still praising thee.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee:

in whose heart are the ways of them.

Who passing through the valley of Bacca

makes it a well;

the rain also filleth the pools.


I had rather be a doorkeeper

in the house of the Lord,

then dwell in the tents of wickedness.

For the Lord is a SUN & SHIELD

The Lord will give


Psalms 84: 4-7&10-11


I desire to make this home saturated with His Spirit; making it a "house of the Lord"

Purposely directing my heart, my words  cultivates the Holy Spirit so He can dwell here with us.

I don't know exactly what "Valley of Bacca" means but I can assume it is not pleasant, it is not comfortable, it has the power to pull you down, cause amnesia of blessings; it is arid and zaps strength.

"Rain and pools": refreshment despite the valley.  I need that.  My family needs it from me when they burst into and live out their messy, real lives in this house; as I live out my own messy real life.

"A doorkeeper"- low man on the totem pole.

It's not enough to "stay home".  As I mentioned at the top, yes, it has a negative association.  Maybe it is just as well.  Maybe it should. Maybe the catch phrase should remind us to stop having a martyr pity party for ourselves as we repeat in our minds:

"society does not get it"& "others do not appreciate"& "I go without for my children".  

Get. Over. Yourself. Has been the mantra in my head, whispered from the Holy Spirit for the last year.

I am just a simple child of God doing my "reasonable service" {present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1} .  It's the same for all Christians regardless of gender, race, or tax bracket.{there is neither Greek nor Jew, bond nor free, male nor female, for ye are all one in Christ. Galatians 3:28} For all people of the human race:

To serve others, for the good of others.  And you will in the process reap blessings unawares.

Because you are not alone, despite the lack on intelligent conversation most days.

"A Sun and Shield"

"Strength to Strength"

I love that.

Sustaining power and protection.

Unseen but real and powerful.

So, forget the titles.

Forget the cultural phrases.

Get a bigger hat rack.

Because as soon as you foolishly think you mastered skill, another need will frantically wave its hands in your face, and you will take a big breath and walk on.


{ps. I apologize for any misspelled words.  Typepad's spell check is whacked out this morning and one hat I DO NOT posses is computer repairer}


2 thoughts on “many hats

  1. Fortunately, you don’t have to wear the hat of computer repairer since you married an expert computer guy. And let me say that you’re wearing your hats very well. And I will also say that your mornings would make me exhausted by 9:00….. (although I’ve been there, done that, it was quite the while ago)


  2. Ha Ha, sorry this post made me laugh in a been-there-done-that kinda way. It does get easier,esp. when they can get their own food. Have two alley cats here and 6 weeks summer holidays start soon! It was 102F here the other day! Swap?


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