Book Review: Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman

I don’t really plan to review all the books I’m reading this year. But when I read one that is exceptional I’ve just got to say something! Kim Brenneman’s Large Family Logistics fits that category. It is a fantastic tool for any woman but especially one that is homeschooling with lots of littles at home.

The book is divided into two sections. The first section is an overview of her methods and the whys behind what she does. She places a strong influence on Biblical womanhood and spends an entire chapter going through Proverbs 31:10-31. I will admit that I have always been intimidated by this Proverbs 31 woman. She seemed completely unattainable to me. I’ve even wondered if God expected us women to be super-women! Literally!! How on earth could any simple woman even hope to accomplish all that this “excellent” wife seems to do effortlessly? I’ve had particular difficulty with the never sleeping part:

“She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.” – Proverbs 31:15

I can easily accept that one. There are many other Scriptures that speak to rising early. But then a few verses later you read:

“She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.” – Proverbs 31:18

Seriously? We’re never supposed to sleep? That’s the way I’ve always interpreted it. Sure, you should catch some sleep somewhere but basically no sleep for the woman unless all her work is done and no matter what time you were able to get to sleep you are to be up before the sun rises!

Kim Brenneman interprets it differently. The second verse actually speaks to being prepared. There was no electricity in Bible days. Homes were lit at night by oil lamps or candles. If you planned ahead and filled your lamp before dark then your lamp would not go out before you were ready for it to go out. What a relief!

The second section of the book takes you in detail through every aspect of being a Biblical woman. She goes in depth on all aspects of keeping the home, gardening, homeschooling and even touches on supplementing your husband’s income if necessary. She utilitzes the homekeeping methods of old where each day of the week is assigned a job:

Monday – Laundry
Tuesday – Kitchen
Wednesday – Office
Thursday – Errands
Friday – Cleaning
Saturday – Gardening
Sunday – Lord’s Day

I felt a little stressed the first couple of weeks of trying to fully implement her methods. I felt like I was always a day behind – trying to catch up what I didn’t finish the day before. That is still a struggle for me but Kim encourages women to realize that the same day will come around again next week. If all the mending doesn’t get done on Monday that’s OK. Monday is coming again in 7 days.

The book came for me at a perfect time as I’m finally coming out of the “baby fog.” Jesse is beginning to sleep better (FINALLY!) and I’m getting back into the groove. Most of my home is acceptably clean right now and I know following a plan has helped! If you’re struggling with putting together a schedule or if you seem to be always “falling off the wagon” with flylady, give Large Family Logistics a try. Kim Brenneman has truly become the mentor of Titus 2 that many of us lack in our day and age and as such has been a huge blessing to me.


Reading plan for 2011

**I didn’t realize it would be so difficult to get one measly blog post up a week! Below is the post I started on Saturday and never finished. I’m posting it anyway and will fill in other book titles as I get time to wrap my brain around it. :)**

Is it already Saturday again? Wow last week flew by! School days always seem to fly by for me. 🙂

I don’t know what will happen this year but at least I’m blogging this weekend like I said I would. One of my favorite pasttimes (and, truth be told, one of my only pasttimes at this stage of my life is reading. I love to read. I used to think that was a wussy (is that how you spell that word?) thing to have for a hobby, but I have to admit it’s true. I guess that’s OK. I was an English major for some reason. 😉

I broke my desired readings down into three categories: spiritual, intellectual and fluff. For spiritual I’m going to try to read through the mountains of books I already have on hand and even the (gasp!) Tarsitano book Kenny has tried to get me to read for years on how to be a good Anglican (must_control_eye_roll). Spiritual will also include books on becoming a better wife/mother as that would be included in the ongoing journey towards the Proverbs 31 woman. For intellectual I will be following the booklist suggestions in Susan Wise Bauer’s The Well Educated Mind. For fluff, well, it may vary. I know a few things I want to read but hey, it’s fluff. It should be just whatever I feel like reading at the moment, right?

SPIRITUAL:
January – Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman
February – Shadow of the Almighty The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot
March – Secrets to Getting More Done in Less Time by Donna Otto
April – Just Courage by Gary A. Haugen
May – Her Hand in Marriage Biblical Courtship in the Modern World by Douglas Wilson and Christian Courtship vs. The Dating Game by Jim West
June – Pleasing People by Lou Priolo
July – When People Are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch
August – So Much More by Anna Sofia Botkin and Elizabeth Botkin
September – An Outline of An Anglican Life by Louis Tarsitano
October – Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy MacDonald
November – It Is Not Death to Die A New Biography of Hudson Taylor by Jim Cromarty
December – 168 Hours You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

INTELLECTUAL:
January/ February – Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

March/ April – Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

May/June – The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

July/August – Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift

September/October – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

November/December – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

FLUFF:
January – Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
February – Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
March – Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Five The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
April – The Candlestone (Dragons in Our Midst, book 2) by Bryan Davis