So much family closeness!

As many of you may already know, both Josh and I work for our business, Bee Lovely Botanicals.  We also homeschool, car school, farmers market and craft show school.  You get the point, Josh and the boys and I spend alot of time together.

What’s it like to spend so much time with your husband?

A friend of mine once suggested that one of the topics that we talk about on our blog is what it’s like to work with your husband.  She wondered because when her husband was home, her schedule was thrown off, and at the end of the day her to-do list was the same as it had been that morning.

I can understand that completely, but there is a difference between a husband using some vacation days to finish a project and a husband that works from home full time.

What I’m missing out on….

There are some quiet peaceful times that I don’t have as much as I used to. The boys are some how hard wired to get up about 10 minutes after I do.  It amazes Josh that they’ll sleep in if I do, and they’ll get up early if I do.  (Except for the oldest, I think he might actually sleep for an entire day if I let him.)  Quiet Bible study and devotion times are a thing of the past. The other side of that coin is that I can sneak away while Josh is working with the boys and, although it requires a little more focus, and quiet is definitely not the word to describe it, I can still have my study time. Another aspect is that  everyday Josh and I do a devotion with the boys.

That scenario pretty much describes what it’s like to live, work, and homeschool.  You lose the quiet, contemplative times. You lose the peaceful housekeeping that stays done at least until everyone gets home.  You lose knowing where something is because you’re the only one that uses it and puts it away. You lose this ideal image that you have of yourself, your kids, your husband.

But what I gain is so much more than what I’ve lost!

It is truly a blessing to be able to spend this time with Josh and the boys.  Our “unconventional” life is far from perfect, but it is abounding in blessings from God.

I get to spend time with my boys before they grow up and fly the coop. We get to see their personalities and senses of humor develop, and we get to be a bigger part of their development.

Josh and I have gotten to know each other so much better, and we’ve learned to work together more efficiently than we ever did before. (We’ve been married for 17 years, and working full time together for 2.)

I know that this time will come to an end, one way or another. The boys aren’t babies any more, and they won’t be boys forever.  It is my earnest hope and prayer to make the most of the time we have now, and that these experiences set all of us up to be ready for whatever God has in store next.

What about you? Do you work with family? Would you want to?  We’d love to hear your thoughts on so much family closeness!