"How do you do it?" is the question I receive most from young mothers. It's a hard question to answer. I asked my grandmother the same thing once, "How did you do it?" Her answer was, "You do what you gotta do." I was a bit deflated by her answer. Looking back now I realize how simply true her answer was. Most things I don't think about, I just do what I need to do when it needs to be done. Someone could have given me a list but I would have still been stuck. I could only do what I could do. Face it, motherhood is overwhelming. You can make schedules and lists and menus all day long but one catastrophe after another will mess up the best laid plans. In the end, we just do what we gotta do.
Feeding a large family is probably one of our biggest challenges because we all have to eat every day. We can easily spend all day cooking and doing dishes. A young wife with only one or two children may see a mother of six or seven and say, "How do you do it?" She doesn't realize that mother was once a mother of only one or two. (Except for those rare sets of triplets, quadruplets, or quintuplets or those who adopt a sibling group.) You grow with your family. Mommies adapt to each new child God adds to her family. We adapt to their growth as they eat larger meals. We adapt to special dietary needs and our finicky eaters. If you are expecting your first child, don't worry about how you are going to feed a dozen. Just start with what God is giving you right now and trust that He will help you along the way.
"People were asking me "how do you do it?" and I had no idea what to tell them! lol! I was thinking to myself, "Ummmm... I don't buy junk?" But now I realize that what people were asking for was not a single, instant answer. They were asking for someone to mentor them. I can do that." ~ Alina Joy
My friend Alina Joy has received the same question. She has decided to put her knowledge and experience to work in a wonderful new website. I'm so excited to introduce the Pantry Insider: The Inside Scoop on Real Food for Today's Families. To celebrate, Alina Joy is offering a Free Resource Library of Tools including checklists, cheat sheets, and printables to help you organize your pantry and meal planning.
If you are interested in organizing your pantry and feeding your family more efficiently, pop on over and visit Alina Joy at the Pantry Insider: The Inside Scoop on Real Food for Today's Families. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter. Let her know I sent you!
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