Saturday, April 4, 2009

Managing Her Home

Caroline has proved herself over and over again by maturing in her faith, her academics, and her domestic abilities. This week, something wonderful happened: I got sick.

That's not necessarily the wonderful part; but through the sickness, Caroline rose to the occasion and completely and entirely ran the household.

She woke up and started her laundry as usual; and I have to mention that she does it cheerfully and excellently, without any reminders.

When she realized I was sick, she made breakfast for the family and did all the dishes on her own accord. After that, she brought me some Airborne & orange juice in bed and said that she was going to start school and teach Ava.

WOW! Can I just tell you what a HUGE blessing that is to wake up sick and have your 11 year old daughter tell you that not only is she going to do school on her own, but she's going to teach her younger sister's lessons too! Praise God for giving her such self-initiation and diligence!

She and Ava had a very productive school day including Caroline teaching Ava a new math concept and finishing Ava's geography book, Paddle to the Sea. Caroline crawled up into bed and read her geography lesson to Ava and me... how sweet! (We're studying Saudi Arabia from Explore His Holy Land)

She, of course, continued her running of the household by making lunch for everyone and keeping herself and Ava occupied while I took a nap to try to sleep off the illness.

Dinner was spectacular, too: Caroline ended up making a wonderful chicken dish & roasted red potatoes all by herself, while following a new recipe. After the fantastic meal, Erich smiled proudly and said, "Caroline can truly run a household all by herself."

It is so encouraging to know that little Caroline, at 11 years old, possesses the skills of cleaning, cooking, organizing, teaching, diligence, focus and most importantly, she " at everything with all her heart as working for the Lord, not for men" (Col. 3:23).

She was happy to serve the family that day... and I was happy to be sick so that I could see her gifts and talents SHINE forth excellently!

God has truly blessed us with Caroline! May she be used to further His Kingdom!


Civilla said...

That is so wonderful and very impressive. You must be so proud!

Lindsey @ A New Life said...

What a precious gift you have in those girls! So proud of Caroline for taking care of you and Ava for following direction.

dixie-cricket said...

I don't think we know eachother but I saw your blog on Lindsey Hartz's page. This post brought tears to my eyes! I hope that I will be able to instill such initiative, diligence and love in my own children. Good job!

Jeff and Heather said...

Caroline has shown skills that many adult women have a hard time with. She is going to make an awsome wife and mother one day:)

Jeanne said...

Oh Britt,

This is exactly what I want to instil in my daughter.

You must be so proud of her...of them both.

Hope you feel better now.


SeƱora Smith said...

Such a Romans 8:28 & 29 day! Thank you for sharing :o)

JetStar Courier said...

Hey sweetie,

The girls and I are just about to start a bible study while you are out. I read your post (see I do read it) and it just made me thankful for all the training you have done with the girls. You are a great teacher. I love you.