July 28, 2014
Setting the Table and Other Homemaking Disciplines
Today I set the table for dinner at 3:30 pm. Granted my husband has been getting home between 4-5 lately. But nonetheless, it was much earlier than normal. Normal meaning like I usually set it two seconds before we are about to sit down.
It does not take a lot of work to set a table for two. At the very least we just need plates and usually a fork. But today I decided to put preparing for dinner before whatever else I had to finish that afternoon. Because either way, the table had to be set. And by setting the table before I sat down to work again I decided that my homemaking role was a higher priority to me than whatever else I would have gotten done at that moment.
I used to have homemaking more on the forefront of my mind. Between busyness, more things on my to do list, and the growth of this blog, this blog about homemaking has kept me from spending as much time on being a homemaker as I used to.
And while this is the season I am in, some things I like while some things I don't, I am in this season and cannot expect it to be identical to the past. So today I set up slow cooker fajitas so that I could spend the day working. I even grated the cheese before I set the table.
I have begun to repeat a sense of hectic-ness at dinner time. Scrambling to get everything done while greeting my husband when he comes home and trying to tidy up whatever I was working on (more for myself then my husband).
While I take more on my plate I am learning to adapt, I am learning to be focused but also to make things like prepping for dinner a priority earlier in the day so I can work in the afternoon without having dinner prep lingering in my head.
I learned that the spirit I have in my home effects me a lot. I have learned that I do not want to feel stressed over things I love or find important because I am not prioritizing well. So just like working out, having a quiet time in the morning, or whatever other discipline, I am more likely to make it happen if it starts early in the day.
So tomorrow if the table is set by 7:00 am, you will know why. Because in my heart my home life is a priority and so through my actions I want to make sure that shows.