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Welcome to a day in my life! I’m coming up on four full months as a Stay At Home Mom, so I decided it was a good time to chronicle these early days of my new life as a mom of three.
No two days are the same, but I tried to walk through a typical schedule on a “normal” day when there aren’t any appointments and Paul doesn’t have a lacrosse game to officiate.
My older kiddos are really into BeReal, so I grabbed my photos from the last couple months and sprinkled them into this post. As always, I wish I could share photos of my sweet kiddos. For now, you’ll have to settle for my face! 🙂
The alarm goes off and I head for the bathroom to shower and put on my makeup. While I’m getting ready, I listen to that day’s chapters in my Bible Recap plan. This is my 6th trip through the Bible in a year and it is one of the best parts of my day!
After grabbing my coffee, I check to make sure my littlest kiddo is up and getting dressed. We use a Hatch alarm/nightlight and it works so well. In the kitchen, I finish assembling everyone’s lunches (adding ice packs, putting cold food in the lunch boxes) and fill their water bottles.
I help my littlest with their hair and then get them settled with breakfast. I put away clean dishes and start a load of laundry. Paul takes the littlest kiddo to school on his way to work, so I tell them goodbye and they’re out the door.
Back into my room to finish getting ready. I listen to The Bible Recap podcast while I finish my hair. After straightening up our room, I head to the kitchen to put laundry in the dryer. Sometimes I help our middle kiddo with hair or an outfit dilemma, and then I work on various kitchen tasks until it’s time to leave.
Time to take the older two kiddos to school. We listen to my worship playlist: a mix of familiar worship songs with this album snuck in there. It has the best songs and is so peaceful!
One day a week I usually do my grocery shopping on the way home from school dropoff.
Back at home, I fix breakfast and sit down to work on blogging or email. I catch up with my sister on Snapchat, our favorite method of communication (we have a 2,000+ day Snap streak. IYKYK).
My planner is already set up with at least three tasks for me to accomplish before lunch which motivates me to keep moving. I work on things like folding laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, vacuuming, or meal prep.
Lunch time! Paul works close by and sometimes is able to come home for lunch. If not, I enjoy a show while I eat. After lunch I finish anything that’s left on my to-do list.
In the early afternoon, some days I work on an extra project on my list and some days I take a nap!
I take a deep breath and head into the rest of the day. With snacks and fresh water bottles, it’s time to start the afternoon pickup routine. I pick up one, run a few errands, and then pick up the other two.
Entertaining a 6 year old in the car for 2 hours can be challenging, so I vary our routine. After picking everyone up and fighting the chaos that is the high school pickup line, we head for home. Some days we drop the oldest off at work on our way.
Rest time! Everyone retreats to their room for rest and a little screen time. Paul comes home and we use this time to catch up from the day while I fold laundry or work on supper prep.
I start supper while the kiddos play outside with Paul, do their chores, or shower. We eat together at the table and everyone pitches in to clean up (sometimes happily, sometimes not so much).
The evening routine starts to wind down with a bath for the littlest kiddo, then family devotions. We’re almost done with The Biggest Bible Storybook – anyone have a recommendation for what we should use next? This month we also memorized Romans 5:8 during our devotions.
Sometimes we have time for a game of Uno or Go Fish before bed, but now that it’s staying light longer everyone usually opts for more outside playtime with Paul.
Paul heads out to pick up our oldest from work. I put the littlest kiddo to bed and go back to the kitchen to pack lunches. I empty the litter box, feed the cats, wipe the kitchen counters and clear any clutter from the living areas.
I wish I could say I spend my evenings reading good books and spending quality time with the older kiddos, but by this time in the day I’m wiped out. Sometimes I watch a show or something on YouTube, but nothing that requires concentration. Ha!
Paul often goes back out with the older two (having a kiddo with a learner’s permit means they always need to go somewhere 🙂 ). They drive to Walmart, Target, or somewhere for their evening snack needs. Paul is the best dad and is also the hero of every day. ❤
Lights out! This parenting thing is not for the faint of heart or body. 🙂
My days are vastly different than this time last year. This season is full of challenges as Paul and I seek to obey God’s direction in our lives. As always, though, I find so much hope in the truth that to everything there is a season.
If things aren’t the way I like, I just have to hang on because it’s only a season. If things are exactly the way I like, I need to savor it because it’s only a season. It also reminds me that I don’t live in a perfect world – but I’m headed to one some day.
My life might seem easier than yours. My life might seem harder than yours. It might seem like I have the life you always wanted. You might not envy a single thing about my life.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…He hath made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set eternity in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11)
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
I love this quote from Elisabeth Elliot: “Keep looking toward heaven. Look around, and you’ll be dismayed. Look inside, and you’ll be depressed. Look up, and you’ll be thrilled.”
Living for eternity gives meaning, purpose, and hope to each of our lives. Thanks for coming along for a day in mine! ❤
15 thoughts on “A Day In My Life As A SAHM: April 2023”
You’re finding your groove! Yay! I’ve got some car entertainment ideas for you for your littles – a basket of books, sticker pages, coloring, fidget toys or games that are magnetic, snacks, rhyming games – I say cat and they give me a rhyming word back, homework time, math facts, call family to say hello while you wait and my kids all love playing I Spy when we’re parked waiting somewhere. My husband is the fun one at our house, too! Thank goodness for fun dads 🙂
Thanks for the car entertainment ideas! ❤
I really enjoyed this post. Thank you for sharing. We are continuing to pray for your family.
Thank you so much, Karen. Keep it up – we need it! ❤
Whitney, you are an inspiration to me. You are “real” and also so godly at the same time. So thankful we have the Lord as our strength & help in all seasons as we run the race! BTW, I love your blue & white dishes, do you have a link by any chance? God bless you & your fam😍
Thank you so much, Jenny. I don’t have a link for those dishes – they are vintage Blue Nordic pieces from my Nana. 🙂
I enjoyed reading your post!
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I am so proud of you and Paul!! Love this post and your biblical perspective on daily life and parenting! Cheering you on!!! God is able, and He is faithful!!! Let me know the next time those scones come out of the oven!!!
I will be sure to send up the scone signal! 🙂
Keep going! God sees everything and it all matters to Him. The little hidden things make big differences both in your sanctification and in the lives of your children. Godly parenthood is so counter cultural sometimes, which is tough but worth it!
I’d recommend this devotional if your 6yo is a girl! His Little Princess: Treasured Letters from Your King, by Sheri Rose Shepherd.
And that egg scramble looks amazing!!
Thanks for the encouragement and the devotional recommendation!
You’re doing a great job handling “all the things and people!” Busy days, for sure that will pass so quickly. I love the wisdom of your thoughts when you remind yourself this is a season. Parenthood – Joys, sorrow, blessings and burdens. In this season of my life, you are one of my huge JOYS! 💕
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Thanks ❤ ❤ ❤
I really enjoyed reading this! I have a toddler at home so it is enlightening to see what my day could look like in the future.
Also you really made me laugh with the picture in front of your kitchen sink! It’s time for me to go do the same. 😀
Thanks so much! I feel like I spend a good chunk of every day at the kitchen sink, ha!
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