Mother's out there with a handful of children will relate: How do you do it all?
I get it a lot. People on the street, in the grocery store. Friends on social media. Neighbors. Not because I'm some amazing person, simply because I have six children and my hobbies are a bit more public than some. For a long time, I didn't know how to answer. How do I do it all? For a long time, I would make a sarcastic remark about the quality of my housekeeping skills. Because they're pretty dismal. That's not sarcasm. That's just honesty. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized.
How do you do it?
You just do.
I remember asking my sister in law that very question after I had my first baby. She had recently had a baby as well, only, rather than her first, he was her seventh. I remember calling her from my bed, my baby lying next to me, around 3:00 in the afternoon. I hadn't gotten out of bed yet.
"How do you have a baby with six other kids? I'm barely keeping it together with one!"
I could hear the nonchalance in her voice as she answered:
"You just do."
I didn't fully understand that answer for years. Every time I thought I couldn't handle something more, my plate got loaded a little bit higher, and I kept it together. There were times that it was heavy, almost crushing, but I managed it, if only for a little while, until I could scrape something off. And with each load, I got a little stronger, a little more organized and a little more wise. This is the life that I chose and I love it.
So, the next time someone asks you "How do you do it all?" I have a simple response for them:
You just do.