We're studying The Knights of the Silver Shield in literature this week. I first discovered this favorite tale of bravery as a little girl in one of my grammy's storybooks. I can still see the cover and all the illustrations from the trials of Sir Roland in my mind's eye. Now that I find myself "guarding the gates" as a full time momma, I appreciate the truths of the silver shield even more. Google books has scanned this fairytale from Beaupre-Miller's Our Book House: The Treasure Chest so it can be enjoyed by generations to come. I hope you'll take a few minutes to read it again after you've read this letter.
How do I know how well I'm managing our home? No enchanted stars appear on my calendar after a long day. If I rely on feelings, I'm in big trouble. I rarely finish a day and feel like I've nailed this whole mom thing. If I wait for comments or compliments from our family, I'm going to be disappointed most of the time, too. My work is only noticeable when it's neglected. I developed a Home Management Assessment Rubric many years ago to help me look at my work record objectively instead. I don't use this to judge other people's housekeeping -- it's just for me. I go through it with the Lord a couple of times a year and set goals for the upcoming year. I'd encourage you to use this as a starting point to create your own assessment, not as a golden mom standard.
As always, relationships are the focus in our home. This rubric primarily measures my home management (or lack thereof), not my role as wife and mom. I hope this blesses you as you learn to keep your own home, Sweetie.
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