The first week home with the kids by myself, I hadn't yet gotten my routines down. I wasn't sure how much time it would take to do everything on my daily task list, or to work the laundry, groceries, and other periodic tasks into the day. Now, in week 3, I pretty well have it down. I no longer feel overwhelmed by my task list; instead, I check it to make sure I haven't overlooked anything, because I feel I can't possibly be done with everything already! Into the little pockets of 5 and 10 minutes that occur throughout the day, I wash and stuff cloth diapers, express milk, wash bottles, tidy the house, cook dinner, wash dishes, etc. I like the way it feels to know that everything can and will get done easily without stress. The days are calmer as a result. I don't get as upset when the living room gets messed up by Caleb's creation of yet another "kitty nest" (pile 2-3 blankets on the floor, grab some pillows, climb in with your stuffed cat and her kitten and you're all set!). I've even started to be proactive about interests outside of my house again. I am rereading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It is really resounding with me right now, which will get its own post. I will just say that I am grateful to have the opportunity to care for my husband, children, and home full time and to have time and energy left to discern what direction my outside the home efforts will take going forward. In the near term, I feel strongly that I am meant to be of service during this time, and am listening to hear where that service is most needed.