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.