This past week marks a milestone for my little family. It was the first week that I was sick...
While I was feverish and vomiting, poor dad was trying to keep the house running and the baby happy and fed.
I slept most of the day... In the evening after my husband had put our little one to bed, he plopped down beside by me on the sofa, gave me a loving appreciative look and said, “Sweetheart, I just want you to know that I really appreciate all you do taking care of that little boy. He sure can be a handful!”
I love that man and I certainly don’t envy his long days and all-nighters in Dental school, but it is so nice to be appreciated… really appreciated. To have the kind of appreciation that only comes from walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.
I know that for the stay-at-home mom those “appreciation moments” can be few and far between. Let’s face it, you have elected to do a job that the majority of America would rather hire someone else to do. We hire cleaning ladies, we hire cooks, and we hire nannies.
I realize I may step on some toes here but that is not my intention. Some women have to work and some are called to their particular field; every job comes with its own challenges. I write not to discourage you working ladies but to encourage the all too often neglected stay-at-home mom. Sound fair? Good.
Stay-at-home mom, you have willingly chosen to daily sacrifice yourself (your comfort, your preference, your needs, your career goals) for your family. Wow, in print that sounds terrible and we should all walk around with martyr complexes... but let’s put it in perspective…
As Christians our goal (and God’s goal for us) is to become more like his Son, to be sanctified. What did Christ do? He willingly gave up His life for us, His children. What an honor to be allowed to experience in some small way the kind of servant-hood that Christ took on. Take joy in the knowledge that in becoming a servant, you are become more like your Savior.
Easier said than done, you say? Yes, it can be, but practice makes perfect!
This is probably why I love the Proverbs 31 woman. She is so focused on others! All of her actions revolve around her family. The verses are practical blue prints for managing a home, business and kids! This woman understands that her family, her house and her children are her legacy and hers alone. She attacks each day. Getting up early and going to bed late. Always working, never idle. Serving her family 24/7. But she doesn't walk around with a "poor me" attitude. She takes pride and joy in how well her house runs and how her children behave… She knows that while she may not get an “atta-boy” today, someday her children will be grown and they will look back to either bless or curse her. She is earning her blessing every single day. She understands that serving her family is serving her God.
I myself am the grateful beneficiary of a stay-at-home mom. My mother selflessly postponed pursuing her many talents to raise/teach me and I am eternally grateful. I can't imagine what my life would have been without her!
It can be frustrating at times but your efforts, as well as the joy and pride you take in your home and family, will pay rich dividends. So be full of joy; laugh at the future! Enjoy your family! Keep at it! Keep raising those kids. Keep your home and husband well. They will rise up to call you blessed!
There is something that no home should be without and that is a killer chicken soup recipe! Because I was sick last week I called up my mother-in-law (also a fabulously dedicated mom!) and got her chicken soup recipe. Her chicken soup is by far the BEST chicken soup you will ever have! Below I have shared her recipe with you!
- 1 whole chicken (If you would rather use chicken you already have or make a smaller batch, 2 cans of low sodium chicken broth will work fine too.)
- 1 head of garlic (about 15 cloves, crushed & peeled. You must crush the garlic. or you can cheat and use minced garlic)
- 1 medium Red onion, quartered (Yes, it is a LOT of onion and garlic, but that's where all the magical healing goodness comes from.)
- ½ - 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
- 1 ½ tsp minced Parsley
- 1 ½ tsp. minced Cilantro
- 1 tsp. minced Basil
- 1 tsp. minced Mint leaves
- 1 Tbsp. fresh Lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- Baby carrots, Celery, Pasta – As much or as little as you would like
- Rinse off your chicken and place it in your biggest soup pot... Seriously, grab the huge one. Cover with water and boil until chicken is cooked through.
- Remove your chicken, de-skin (remove any skin that is left in the broth as well) and set chicken aside. As mentioned before, you can use chicken you have on hand plus 2 cans of chicken broth as a substitute).
- Put all ingredients (except lemon juice, carrots, celery, pasta, and chicken) into the pot with your chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. While simmering remove all the meat from the chicken.
- Take a look at the broth you've made and asses whether or not you need more... (I ended up adding two cans of broth to the stock I had just made and doubling all the spices)
- Add lemon juice and salt to taste.
- Add Chicken, veggies, and pasta last.
- (Hint: Eat Fennel, Anise seeds, or parsley if concerned about garlic breath)
- Add Chicken, veggies, and pasta last.Preview
Do you have any "tried and true" cold/sickness remedies? Please share them below! We'd love to hear from you!