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How do you do it all?

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How do you do it all

I am woman…hear me roar. Okay, really, it’s more like - I am woman…hear me snore. Because, seriously, I am taking it upon myself to speak for all womankind…We are stinkin’ tired.

I have been asked many times, How do you do it all? It’s true – I am a homeschooling mom of four, a pastor’s wife, until recently was in graduate school, active at church and, somehow, manage to attend the occasional Zumba class at the Y. I have also been a working mom, a pregnant mom, and a juggling family drama mom. So, while I may not relate to your exact situation, I know what it is like to be stretched very thin.

So, how do I do it all? I’m so glad you asked. :)

Here are my tips for successfully navigating the waters of motherhood. These are just some things I have tried – you may or may not want to follow my example.

  1. I have accidentally locked one of my kids in the car. Fortunately, it was the oldest and she could let herself out. While fewer children may make errands easier – I would not recommend this one.
  2. I have mistakenly swapped lunches with my 6 year old. I didn’t mind the bologna sandwich and cupcake. She, on the other hand, not so crazy about the carrot sticks and yogurt. This is probably not a good idea either.
  3. I have put medicine in my daughter’s nose that was supposed to be taken orally. While this did not harm her at all – it also did not relieve the congestion. Personally, I would administer the medicine properly and just be done with it.
  4. I have arrived at a work, church or school event (more than once) either missing deodorant or having not brushed my teeth. True, skipping these steps in the morning routine does save time and will get you out of the house sooner. But – those people around you may prefer that you take care of normal personal hygiene.
  5. I have sat through an entire work meeting only to discover much later that I had one of my husband’s dress socks stuck to the back of my sweater. I’m just saying…a little spin in front of the mirror in the morning is probably a good idea.
  6. I’m on a first name basis with the local pizza delivery boy. He has been to the house enough times that he no longer asks, “Man, how many kids do you have in there?”
  7. I have learned the art of occupying all of the children for fifteen minutes. This happens to be just enough time to hide in the bathroom and eat the last brownie, cookie or oatmeal creme pie (my personal favorite.)
  8. I have mastered the 5-minute clean-up. This comes in very handy for surprise guests. First, dim the lights. Second, light a candle. Third, close all bedroom doors.
  9. Don’t tell my mom, but I haven’t “sorted” my laundry in five years. Towels, clothes and, if I’m honest, sometimes toys all go in the wash together. I just have better things to do with my time than sorting darks and lights – like eating that piece of pie in the bathroom. Priorities, people, priorities.
  10. A heavy helping of God’s grace and a little bit of caffeine. Okay, really, a whole lot of caffeine.

There you go. That’s how I do it all. I’m not promising that it will work for you.

So, tell me, how do you do it all?

Stacy Edwards

Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.

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  2. Stacy – I love this! What a misnomer that anyone does it all! We all do some things well – we juggle some balls with ease and the rest just go tumbling to the floor :) And I don’t feel so alone knowing my list looks a whole lot like yours.

  3. Stacy says:

    Thanks, Karina! I think one of the keys to making it through motherhood is the ability to laugh at ourselves. The insecure part of me struggles with that at times but, when I can poke fun at myself, motherhood is a whole lot more fun! Thanks for relating! :)

  4. Tim says:

    What you have here is a recipe for being “real.” When a person is actually honest with themselves about their inability to achieve ridiculous, arbitrary, and outwardly-imposed “ideal” standards, they’ve not only put themselves in the best position to be most effective in their role, but they create an authenticity with their kids that allows God’s grace to move on a two-way street in their homes. Great words, Stacy.

  5. Stacy says:

    Tim –

    I just love your comment here. I originally named this post “Keeping it Real” but then changed it. If I have a “platform” at all, it is encouraging women to be real with one another. When we pretend to have it all together (men or women) we are, not only fooling ourselves, but become a source of discouragement to others who are trying to live up to the “ideal” standards you referenced.

    I also love that you pointed out the importance of being authentic in front of our children as well and allowing grace to do its work in our homes and families.


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  7. I totally identify. Take out your info and replace with: Mom of two, own my own photography business(families, seniors, high school sports), husband living 4 hours away going to medical school, PTA Board Member and crazy fun loving friend. I do leave the house every morning in my PJS to do school drop off and parents of players love to hang out with my kids while I photograph their kids football, baseball, or basketball games. The largest part of how I do it, is due to God’s grace and the help of neighbors, friends, and family.
    I love the quote “You can’t be old and wise until you have been young and crazy!”

  8. Stacy says:

    I love that quote, Jenny!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Oh wow, I can already tell I’m going to enjoy getting to know you.

  10. Stacy says:

    Can’t wait to get to know you, Jennifer!!

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  12. Patti says:

    Teehee! Love your sense of humor, and oh yes I have done some of those too. And more! It’s all about muddling through with a huge amount of love and grace splashed all over the whole mess. :-)