Wives & Mommies Need a Day Off, Too

One of the things about being a homemaker – especially a homemaker with small children – ESPECIALLY a homemaker with small children and a husband 8,000 miles away (ahem) – is that there is never a break.  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, we’re needed, wanted, touched, hung on to, cooking, cleaning, wiping noses, finding toys or shoes or softball gloves.

Yet, even God, the Creator of the universe, took a break on the seventh day.

It is important for our own well being to, once a week, take as much of a day off as possible.  It’s obviously impossible to take an entire day off unless you remove yourself from your home and your family, but you can make a Sunday easier with some pre-planning.

Planning is the key.  If you go into your Saturday with the intent of making Sunday easier, you can be prepared for your morning to go smoothly and for your meals to be easy.

  1. Plan what you’re going to wear to church and what your children are going to wear, and if they’re old enough to make those decisions themselves, make sure they have their clothes laid out.  Iron what needs to be ironed.  Polish what shoes need to be polished.  Make sure there are matching socks, complete pairs of shoes, and stockings with no holes or runs in them.
  2. Pre-cook breakfast on Saturday.  Serve things like banana bread or blueberry muffins.  For less sweet and more savory, you can find a host of breakfast casseroles that are made the night before and placed in the oven in the morning.
  3. Keep your chores for the day at the basics – 3 Chores You Should Do Every Morning, and 3 Chores You Should Do Every Night.  Don’t plan any other chores.
  4. If you want a full meal after church, have it cooked on Saturday or left over from Saturday’s dinner.  Simply heat it up after church.
  5. Have all of the ingredients prepped and ready to go for a crockpot dinner.  Turn the crockpot on right after you get home from church, and the meal should be ready to serve as soon as you get home from evening services.

Planning your meals and your clothing and not planning chores or household projects will make your entire day easier – giving even the most frantic wife and mother the feeling like she’s been given a day off.  The extra work and effort on Saturday will develop into some much needed and deserved rest on Sunday.



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