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From "On The Banks of Plum Creek"
"After Laura and Mary had washed and wiped the dishes, swept the floor, made their bed, and dusted, they settled down with their books. But the house was so cozy and pretty that Laura kept looking up at it."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Human Frailty of the Godly Soul
"The life of Luther might suffice to give a thousand instances, and he was by no means of the weaker sort. His great spirit was often in the seventh heaven of exultation, and as frequently on the borders of despair. His very deathbed was not free from tempests, and he sobbed himself into his last sleep like a greatly wearied child."
"As for her, like most women, she had but one ambition. To be a good wife and a good mother, and to be beloved by her husband and children, was all she asked. [She was] a busy, affectionate, cheerful little housewife, whose voice would never be heard in the streets, but whose memory would always live in a few faithful hearts."
Years ago, we bought a country store. My husband and I were very busy raising and homeschooling our five children. The children and I were also active in home related industry, like sewing and writing professionally. Our children worked with us at whatever we were doing and we all thrived.
As time went on, and children started to grow up and move on to college,we were losing our helpers. . . the work was too much. The family businesses were falling heavily on the parents. We couldn't stop it, or get out fast enough. Burnout was inevitable. It weakened me, both physically and emotionally. I took years to "recover."
At times I thought I had gotten better - stronger. But I am still frail. I am still weary. When I start to feel better and energetic and motivated to do some such thing or other, and I begin, I have to stop myself before I "crash" from the wounds of burnout that will never go away.
I did far too much for too long and I will never recover.
I didn't see the warning. There wasn't one. There was only excitement and possibilities in the adventures. And while I most certainly enjoyed our adventures, I will never be the same.
Sometimes, if you do too much, you might get to a point where the harm it causes you will never heal.
"If you don't have time to pray and read Scriptures, you are busier than God ever intended you to be." - (From Godly Woman Daily)
[Edited update - After receiving many comments (that I did not publish) and emails, I need to clarify something. This post has a message. It is explaining that in this society we mothers take on far too much. This will cause us damage. It is a warning. Nothing more. It is not about me, necessarily, even though I use some of my own experience in the post. It is not about a person's health. It is not about my health. It is about taking on too much, which is a modern plague. Please heed the warning if it is meant for you. Otherwise, no worries!]
I am the mother of five home-schooled children, ages 15 and up, and a Grandmother of 2. I have been married for almost a quarter of a century.
I am a writer, reviewer, who loves fashion, sewing,
reading, fitness and cleaning.
We live in an 1800's house in rural Vermont.