I can't tell you how many times I am told "I don't know how you do it! I only have 1 (or 2 or 3) and I can't ever seem to..." So with 2 new kids entering our family, it seems like now is an excellent time to convey just HOW I do this. The secret is pretty simple actually. My house is messy and I wouldn't want it any other way. We don't always eat the healthiest food because somedays are filled with too much crying, tantruming, homework, after school activities or illness to take the time to cook for this many people. In other words, sometimes I just have to let it go. But perhaps the real secret to how I do it is family and friends.
I do not do this alone. I have a couple of gals that I hired that come in 2x a month to help power scrub the bathrooms and the kitchen - I am not ashamed to say I love them. My husband sometimes cooks, my kids load and unload the dishwasher (only after being told) and some of them even wash their own laundry. When we were surprised with a weekend visit with soon to be K8&9, K6 showed up and cooked meals and cleaned the kitchen so that I could focus on the kids. I couldn't have done it without her. K4 showed up and helped soothe K8 when she was scared and couldn't fall asleep for her nap. K2, K3 and K5 jumped in and rotated 30 min turns to help supervise so K8&K9 had 100% supervision while I tried to do laundry and other household chores. K1 took K8&9 outside to play ball and wear them out on the trampoline. They spent over an hour rough housing in the yard. My parents stopped by for a brief visit with their newest grandchildren. The same grandparents that once a year come to stay with my motley crew and let my husband and I get a weekend getaway. As parents we sometimes forget to be a couple. I am bless with parents that remind us of the importance of reconnecting.
No, I don't do it alone. It is because of my family and friends that I can continue to reach out and love these children. I can't say it enough, but once again, thank you my dear family and friends. From the bottom of my heart I appreciate your compassion, your time and your love. You mean the world to me.