The Secret


“I can’t imagine how you do it all!”

Now here is a confession: it’s not me doing it all. I wouldn’t be able to do it all. I have help.

First of all, many of the children and youth in my home are old enough to take on some responsibilities to make our household run relatively smoothly. The oldest two, who drive, help out a lot with getting kids to and from the local bus stop (where the bus from TA drops them off) or from the bus station in TA.

We also have au pairs. Two, at the time. Without them we couldn’t have managed this year. One of them will stay on for next year! In addition to watching the kids they help with household chores. They did a wonderful job in helping the kids do most of those chores themselves. Even my 3-year-olds can put their laundry in the washer, and measure the detergent, and the middle ones can also program the washing machine.

The mother of my children is also an amazing help. She is over at our house now constantly, brings the kids here, cooks for them, loves on those who spend the night at home. She is also awesome with the teens, helps them with homework if they don’t come out here, and so on and so on. When we are home, she is still a very frequent presence in our home. She eats dinner with us several times a week.

Mabel is our cleaning lady and math tutor. She is studying for her MBA here and works in housekeeping to make some money. She has been a great blessing, because she can explain math! She is from the Philippines, and is now teaching Ilonggo songs to my kids. She comes twice a week to rescue us from dust allergies and help with math homework. She is the only one who can make me believe that eye balls taste good.

My parents. My dad and step mom help us a whole lot, both financially and with child care. Kevin’s parents are typical Utah snow birds… except they spend the winter in Israel, so they, too are a great help.

So you see? I’m not super dad.

6 Responses to “The Secret”

  1. Andi says:

    Igen, ez mind igaz, segítenek.
    Nem attól szuper apa valaki, mert mindent egyedül csinál.
    A lélek és a szív a fontos drága, ami benned ott van, és HATALMAS! 🙂

  2. Bozót says:

    Still, organising everything, keeping track of who, where, when, etc. must be tough!

  3. That’s a lot of people helping out! Though I think you’re still outnumbered by the kids! :-p

    • Hevel says:

      Yes, we are. But with all the help I get it’s not nearly as difficult as people would think. 😀 And I don’t homeschool.

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