It occurred to me recently, that my accounts of our daily life around here have left out a very important person.
To those of you who don't know us "in real life" and only read the blog: I do not do this all by myself while my hubby is working. I have a wonderful sitter "Annie the Nanny" who comes 3-4 days a week for about 3 hours at a time. She is a college student who has her classes in the morning and usually arrives while the children are napping. This allows me to run errands without missing too much of their day. She also goes on outings with us that would be too hairy/dangerous without an additional set of hands...like to the pool, gymnastics, birthday parties or places where there are lots of other kids.
I used to feel really guilty about having someone to help, (and sometimes still do) but it is honestly a HUGE blessing for our family. I am well aware that there are families larger than ours without the luxury, but with no family in town, a Daddy that works 80+ hours every week and a Mommy who has been called to serve in a couple of ministerial roles outside the home, it works for us.
She is a Senior in Early Childhood education, so she loves seeing them learn almost as much as their Daddy & I do. The children adore her and so do I. She is responsible, loving and hard working. I truly try to schedule my time out of the home for times when the children are sleeping whenever possible. Knowing Annie is around enables me to run errands and "do" ministry outside the home with peace of mind. It is also nice to have a sitter who knows the drill when we are afforded the opportunity for a date night!
I have searched my heart on this and do NOT feel they are being deprived by our arrangement. I am reminded of this post by Jeana about how quickly we judge other people's parenting decisions.