So how do I do it—acquire and oversee 52 books a year for Heartsong Presents while also being a stay-at-home mom? God is awesome, that’s how! He has blessed me with several things that make this possible.
- I have two wonderful ladies named Nana (my mom) and Grandma (Doug’s mom) who each live just ten minutes away and take turns coming over for a few hours each day to occupy Jodi while I work.
- I have an amazing husband who understands that I have two full-time jobs and that sometimes when he's home he has to take over full parenting responsibilities while I finish up some work.
- I have an office that doubles as a play room and a smart little girl who knows that sometimes Mommy is working and she can occupy herself right beside me with the many toys she has.
- I don’t buy into the “no-TV-before-2-years-old” rule that some “child experts” advise. Sure, I believe in moderation, but if Jodi gets a dose or two of Elmo or Veggie Tales a day, I really don’t think I’m “ruining” her. In fact, I think she has already learned a lot from her DVDs!
- I take full advantage of every second of naptime!
- I am very good at disciplining myself and managing my time when it comes to work. In other areas of my life, not so much, but work—yes!
- I love, love, LOVE my job, and I like to be busy, so that helps keep me disciplined. I can’t imagine being so disciplined if I had a job I didn’t enjoy. I’m sure I would be lazy then!
- I love the people I work with--Barbour employees, freelancers, and awesome authors. You all are a major part of why I enjoy what I do!
- I like to think I keep a pretty good balance of giving Jodi the time she needs from me when she needs it but also teaching her that she doesn’t have to have my full attention every second of every day. We’ll see if she agrees once she's grown up or if she’s on Oprah complaining about my horrible parenting style. :)
And of course, it’s not all peaches and cream every day. Sometimes things just don't go as planned or a grandma can’t come over or Jodi isn’t feeling well and needs extra mommy time. And those are the days I have to ask Doug to take over when he gets home or I work at night or on the weekends to get things done. So if you get an email from me between 8 pm and midnight you might guess that it was a hectic day at my house!
I think it’s a God-thing that I’m writing this post today because it’s making me realize yet again how good He is to me. And with some of the dark days I’ve had since losing the baby, I need to count blessings and know that while life is too hard for me alone, nothing is impossible for God and His grace is sufficient for me.
Oh, and one more way that I manage working from home and being a mom is through music-- kids Bible tunes, worship songs, and just silly songs that we listen to and sing together. One of our favorites to sing aloud is “God loves me. God loves me. In my Bible book it says that God loves me. God keeps me. God keeps me. In my Bible book it says that God keeps me.”
He sure does, and I hope that little song encourages you as much as it does me.