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I recently gave birth to our third child—a fabulous little girl. She and her two older brothers (4 and 2 years old) are the basis for the question I hear most often lately: “So, how is it with three?”

The questioner always looks a bit pained when asking, and I’m always tempted to say, “OH, IT’S BEEN SO EASY” just to see if they might keel over in disbelief. But, of course, that is never going to happen—because it's not easy.

To be honest, thanks to the help of my husband, the big outings like going out for the afternoon or going to church really are pretty easy. The difficulty is in the little things.

It's the total impossibility of picking up our mail at the post office...

And the laughable idea of getting some tomatoes from the corner market.

The amount of time that it takes to get all the kids into the car and all the kids out of the car for a quick errand like opening and closing my mail box door or grabbing some tomatoes, and then getting the kids back in the car and then getting them back out at home is just a big FAT joke. It's a three minute errand that takes 45 minutes. It's just silly. And I won't do it.

Out of Tomatoes!

So, our mail hasn't been picked up for more than a week. And I'm out of tomatoes.

Fortunately, those things can wait for a day when my husband is home and I can run out and do six errands in an hour, instead of spending an hour on one errand! What can’t wait is the time I have/want/need to spend with the Lord.

Back in the day (pre-kiddos), my devotions could happen anytime—a quiet afternoon, at the breakfast table or before bed at night. Anytime I chose! That is laughable now. You should SEE the group of us at breakfast! My bible would look like a mini-food fight if I tried that. And quiet afternoons? If they exist, I’m usually sleeping along with the nappers! And by bedtime I can barely keep my eyes open. I can’t have devotions like I used to. That would just be silly.

But I have to do it. I want to do it. I need to do it.

So, I’m going to have to bite the bullet. Get up early. Before the troops. Before the craziness of my wonderful life begins. If I want to have a loving heart to guide my decisions and my discipline and my leadership of the kids through each day, I think I’m going to have to let the Lord work on it before any of the other simple things begin.

It’s just that simple.

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