I thought we might share what a day in our life as a family of nine who cooks from scratch, homeschools through our daily life, and believes much of the children's schooling should be learning God's Word and living it out as well. We have a lot of learning and growing to do, but this is where we are right now. And this is what a pretty normal day would look like for us.
We stay home a good bit of the time. For several reasons and some of those are: it is easier to stay home, it is cheaper to eat at home, we get way more done when we stay at home, and our time together is more focused and intimate at home. Our day begins with the never-ending washing of dishes and preparing breakfast. Before this takes place, everyone has been encouraged, not forced, to take some of their own quiet time and spend it with the Lord in their devotion time with Him. Immediately after that, our worship time with Him continues.....
Oh, so many dishes to wash!
After breakfast, we all gather around for prayers, review our memory passages, focus on our new memory passages, and read aloud and discuss from the book we are in which happens to be Matthew. This takes 30 minutes and sometimes an hour.
The little ones, after chores, will go play and the older children will begin with lunch preparation (under my supervision) and will rotate watching Maleah.
Lunch is between 12:00 and 12:30. Keith usually comes home to eat with us.
This is the first complete meal that Madison and Morgan have prepared! Oven fried cubed steak, buttery herb potatoes, green beans, and corn from the freezer.
Dishes. Though not in pajamas.
Play time. Outside preferably.
While the three youngest lay down for a nap (1:30), the oldest four sit down for some math, spelling, reading, history,etc...
At 4:00 we begin to straighten up the house, start supper, and some are playing. We try to eat by 5:30, so we have plenty of time for clean-up (which we all take part in) and games, reading, knitting, shooting the bb guns, shooting bow and arrows, really just hanging out together until bedtime.
Our day ends with bedtime at 8:30 (no one is asleep at this point and it is a good hour before lights out). Keith will do a devotion and pray for everyone.
Hopefully, Keith and I will have some quiet time together and then try to get to sleep by 10:30. None of this is ever set in stone, but it is something we set out to do every day. We are very flexible and try to always be that way when different needs arise.
One thing we have learned over the years is that, "The Simple Life is the Full Life"!!