Here’s this week’s free printable Love Calendar ! Have a great week.
I don’t want to give my man scraps, but after a long day of caring for the kiddos, my brain is fuzzed out. It can be tough to give it that ol’ Susie Homemaker try. At six o’clock in the evening, the kids have caught a second wind of energy, and I’m simply trying to hot dog it till we put them to bed.
Like I said in last week’s post, I am not a Stepford wife.
But I am a wife on a mission: a mission to keep my marriage intact during these tenuous small children years. So while my husband won’t see me donned in a perfectly pressed A-line dress and heels at five o’clock in the evening, I want to be showered and dressed when the sun sets.
Okay, I’ll set my goals a little higher (just a little). Here are 3 chaos free ways to meet your man at the end of the day:
Number one: Take a shower and get dressed in normal clothes.
I have to mention this again because it really has to be done before the end of the day. Moms who work outside the home have it made in this department. Their employer requires they don’t show up at the office in their jammies or sweats. The rest of us wandering SAHMs have to remember to do this. There have been times when I haven’t gotten dressed until well into the afternoon (or evening!) On those days, I felt slightly off and disoriented. So do yourself (and your mailman) a favor and clean yourself up before Noon please. (Thanks!)
Number two: Shove all the toy clutter blocking the entrance in a closet.
Notice, I didn’t say put the toys in perfectly labeled Ikea bins. Just make sure the entryway is clear of all the kid junk. A clear entryway will be like rolling out the red carpet for him. (Not really, but close enough.) First impressions are everything. As for the rest of the house well…don’t worry about that.
Number three: Burn a scented candle (especially if you haven’t had time to make dinner).
I do this all the time. I have had a lot of dinner fails recently. Buy one of those lovely scented Glade candles from Walmart or Target and light it up, baby! The simulated scent of Pumpkin Pie or Vanilla or whatever will make him believe (albeit, briefly) that you actually baked something from scratch.
What about you? How do you prepare for your man’s arrival at the end of the day?
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Whenever I tell people I write Christian romance, they inevitably ask:
Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey?
I laugh and say “nope.” A lot of women I know, women who are regular churchgoers and those who are not, have read the book, but I won’t. Here’s why:
Reason #1: Reader reviews. People told me Fifty Shades of Grey is sexually graphic, and I’m not one to wander in the erotica aisles of Barnes and Noble. I write romance to my level of comfort, and by the same token, I read romance at my level of comfort. I like love stories that emphasize the emotional relationship between a hero and heroine. Knowing about body parts, body positions and their accompanying tools and accessories isn’t my thing.
Reason #2: To Keep a Covenant with My Eyes. Job talked about this: “I have kept a covenant with my eyes. Why should I think upon a maid?” (Job 31:1) Words relay images and those images stick. Here’s a basic biblical principle: If I meditate on an image long enough, it will eventually be acted out in real life. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Why put myself in a position to meditate on perverse sexual activity when I wouldn’t want to act out in real life?
Reason #3: Porn is gross. ‘Nuff said. Well, not really, I have more to say on that. When I was a freshman in college, I went to a party thrown by a bunch of senior guys. After everyone got settled and started mingling, one of the guys played a porn video on the big screen TV. I never saw pornography in my life. (I was a sheltered, parochial school girl.) Shocked, embarrassed (and quite scared for my physical safety), I ran out of there! If those few seconds of images were enough to make me wanna barf, why subject myself to hundreds of pages of it in Fifty Shades of Grey?
Reason #4: Some things are best kept private. I don’t wanna know. I don’t wanna know. I don’t wanna know. (I’m sticking my fingers in my ears and making loud noises…Have I made my point clear?)
Reason #5: It’s an erotic time suck. Sorry, but I’m a busy mama who home schools, writes and tries to keep up with her laundry. I cannot justify spending hours reading about weird sexual acts. There are better uses of my time…like checking Facebook or pushing back my cuticles (but only after I home school and write and put away the laundry, of course).
How about you? Have you read or do you plan to read Fifty Shades of Grey? (I won’t judge you if you read it, promise.) Tell me your reasons why you have or haven’t read it.