The Magic of Ordinary Days

“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
1 Corinthians 14:40


I have been asked to share my daily schedule –  writing out what I do in a day was rather challenging, in a tiny way, because every day is different around here. As most mothers know, your day can quickly tailspin or change like a leaf in the autumn winds. I have learned to be scheduled (not my regular personality) but also flexible, to allow our natural interests and immediate concerns to govern our studies and daytime habits, but to also keep things orderly and without (too much) confusion.


A few tips I would give to any mother – whether homeschooling or not :


1) Rise early before your children, read your Bible, pray and have some quiet time.
2) As Mark Twain said, “Swallow the frog.” Get your worst chores over with in the morning. This also applies to schoolwork – do the work you least enjoy, then use the afternoon for more preferred work, such as handiwork, reading, music, nature studies or art.
3) Go to bed early.  I was once a night owl, but now I go to bed with the setting sun and wake slightly before it rises. I do believe our seasons bring natural rest to our weary bodies and I use the winter as a restful season to recharge for the busy and work-related spring, summer and autumn.
4) Have a tea break in the afternoon – do something quiet, lovely and refreshing for at least 1/2 an hour (or more – if you can arrange it!.

With those little tips written out … here is a very loose idea of how a day looks in our busy home…


4:30/5 a.m.- personal wake up and quiet time until 6:15 a.m.

6:30 a.m. – wake up the family and children, get things going for the morning; everyone must be dressed and their hair done by the time they are seated at the breakfast table. This saves me from chasing down little girls with terrible bed-heads for half the day. 🙂

7 a.m. – barn chores for everyone that is responsible for an animal (which is all the girls, right now)

7:30 a.m. breakfast and Bible time as a family; children recite Scripture as a group for memory work.

8 a.m. – cleanup (truth be told, we are usually late around this time, if one of the children sleeps in or takes their time getting their morning work done), put laundry away that dried on the drying rack overnight, washing of breakfast dishes, cleaning of household/bedrooms. Everyone is assigned a rotating morning chore and we all work to make the house presentable and clean up to begin the day properly.

This is the time I begin the bread dough for the day, as well.

9 a.m.  – school begins for everyone; the girls separate and do their individual work, music lessons or practices. I listen to the little ones read, help with grammar/language arts/math – we rotate with sciences/geography and history later around 10 a.m. I am usually still working on meal preparations while working with school.

For example, while girls are at the table doing their copywork, handwriting etc. I will be organizing what we will be eating for lunch and dinner – for example, I may sit and listen to reading while peeling potatoes, etc., chop up vegetables and put on a pot of soup …

I must add: This is the busiest time of the day with all school books open, everyone needing a little extra help, dinner and lunch work being prepared, dishes being washed from dinner prep and working on keeping the little ones happy. It’s a busy, very busy time in our household.

10:30 – read aloud for the little ones (currently reading Geraldine Woodmouse together)

11:30 – clean up for lunch – which is usually soup or leftovers in the winter months

12:30 – I’m hoping lunch is finish at this point and it’s clean up time again (dishes are never ending here!) and children begin to get ready for outside time


1 p.m. – everyone outside until 2 p.m.

2 p.m. indoors again, work on read-alouds with all the children (currently reading the biography of Louisa May Alcott, then moving on to reading the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer).

History, art and science, random poetry – it is all sprinkled into our lives, as well.

2:45 – put Luther to sleep; everyone retires to their room for some personal quiet time, crafts, handiwork, etc.

From 3-5, we have a pretty quiet household and it’s rather nice. We have all done most of our hard work (including my dinner work – Chicken Alfredo tonight, which is already prepped and the sauce made, while the chicken is cooking in the crockpot) so we can all enjoy some free time to do as one pleases.

This winter, the girls have really taken up embroidery work, one is making macramae hangars, working on art or reading. The boys will typically play outside or they are *encouraged* to play quietly inside during the nap time. This is the time I can have an afternoon tea and rest my weary feet.

5 p.m. – dinner readiness begins – prepping of vegetables, etc. table is set and everyone cleans up from their afternoon time.

5:30 (approximately – later in the summer months) – dinner time

6:30  – cleanup, baths and showers, laundry is begun (I do laundry every evening and will hand it to dry overnight on a drying rack near the woodstove), stories for little ones, then ending with Bible reading for the family.

8-8:30 p.m. – everyone is in bed, except mother and father. I make myself a cup of tea and retire to my room around 9 pm. for some reading.

And that is our day in a basic schedule!

No day is ever the same and everything is flexible. The summer months are completely different and we stay up later. Winter months are much quieter and allow for early bedtimes and gentle school hours. If you have questions, I would love to answer them. Motherhood is quite the journey and managing a household is a constant work in progress … there’s rarely a day off, but the blessings are bountiful if you do your work with a cheerful attitude!

Keep a heavenly perspective on all that you are required to do and you will be blessed beyond measure.


“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet,
simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder


March 19, 2022 - 3:39 pm

Michelle Thank you so much for your encouraging words and for your prayers! I DO appreciate you sharing, praying and taking the time to help me. It is a miserable place to be!! Thank you for sharing what I MUST do. It is a matter of me being obedient and doing this and letting go of ALL my fears and having the Lord to help me. I am familiar with this hymn but I am guilty of NOT telling it to Jesus and sharing with Him as I should. Also, a hymn ” I Must Tell Jesus” Again, guilty of NOT doing this!! Thank again for being such a godly example to me as well as others! You have encouraged me MUCH!!! ((Thanks for the hugs, and hugs back to you friend))

March 19, 2022 - 2:45 pm

Gigi Michelle, first, I am so sorry to hear about your fears. That must be very hard to deal with every day life when you are fearful. ((hugs)) The only advice I can humbly give you is as follows: you *must* to take ALL your worries and cares to Jesus. Have you heard the hymn “Tell it Jesus”? Look it up … it will minister to you. Your Heavenly Father is the *only one* who can carry your burdens and ease your worry. You need to leave your fears and worries with Him and pray daily that you will trust God in this. He will take care of you and give you strength you need for the challenges will arise in life. ((Hugs)) I am praying for you. xxoo

March 19, 2022 - 2:42 pm

Gigi Hi Bobbie, so nice to hear from you! I will share an updated recipe! They are so easy to make! Yum!

March 16, 2022 - 8:03 am

Michelle Hello again, I am just wandering one more thing…I have such a hard time with worry and anxiety especially when it comes to my family. I stay worried that “something” is going to happen and mostly a lot of “what ifs” in our lives. Like I am scared to death about them getting sick. It scares me so bad!! I don’t like being this way and it causes me to focus so much on this that I can’t be proficient in my duties or be the wife and mother I need to be. It affects everything! Just curious if you have been there and if so…how do/did you handle it?? Thanks!!

March 16, 2022 - 7:46 am

Homeofmanyblessings Those crescent rolls look delicious!What’s your go to bread dough?

March 12, 2022 - 9:12 pm

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse I wasn’t able to comment on for the sake of the children ~ so I will leave it on this post! Well said my friend,it is so important to carry on for the Children sake! love that post so much! Hugs!

March 12, 2022 - 7:09 pm

Mrs. Cox What a precious picture of family life and homeschool.
I look back on my years of homeschooling as the best years of my life. They were busy and draining at times, but I loved them and will always cherish the memories.
I especially enjoyed the cute photo of the little one combing his hair in the mirror….all the photos are beautiful and so uplifitng.

March 10, 2022 - 5:18 am

Gigi Kristal, we stop when the garden season begins – we find it much too difficult to do the bookwork while we need to get our hands dirty in the soil. Our garden is very important to us (feeds us in the winter and throughout the year) so it takes a lot of our time from May-September. This year, we had to start school even later (past September) because we were putting a crop in the fields and we were delayed until October, so school began a bit late and a bit scattered. We certainly work as hard as we can while we are in school mode – we finish the books, typically in the ‘school year’, but if a child has not finished it, we will probably keep going through the early summer months to finish off. Typically, we work to get it done before June, at the latest. If someone finishes early in the year, yes, we just keep on going onto the next book, depending on the timing … too close to May/June and we may not start something very intense.

March 9, 2022 - 9:00 pm

Haven Wow, thank you so much for these book recommendations! Now to start growing our children’s library…

March 9, 2022 - 2:57 pm

Kristal I loved seeing your schedule! It’s nice to have a great example. May I ask, do you homeschool year round, or do you like to take your summer months off? Also, when the kids are done with their curriculum, do you immediately begin them on the next level, or is there a time in the year when you begin everyone on new curriculum (for example, most homeschoolers in our area tend to begin in September after our Labor Day, and that is when most would begin the next level of work or begin a new grade level)? I find it helpful to hear how other seasoned moms do things (though I’m going on year 7 of homeschooling next year, will that make me seasoned yet, haha!).

March 8, 2022 - 4:05 pm

Michelle Thank you again for sharing. Yes, my computer time needs to be at a certain time and stick with it so that I don’t waste more time. This is really helpful. Such a blessing to me for you to share!! It has encouraged me to get a “schedule” together and use it!! Not waste time!!

March 8, 2022 - 2:06 pm

Gigi Oh, congratulations on our new baby! Wow, what a wonderful time for you! Christian biographies of missionaries are my favourite – but we also read about famous (important) people in history. I would suggest the Sowers Series, Christian Heroes Then & Now, Heroes for Young People, Heroes of the Faith & History, Ten Girls Who Changed the World, Ten Girls Who Made History (look them up and you will see a series – these are for the younger crowd).

March 8, 2022 - 1:58 pm

Haven Hi, Gigi! Reading your blog has been such a blessing to me over the past year or two. My husband and I just welcomed our first child a few months ago, and I am already so looking forward to the coming years of homeschooling her. Could you tell me which biographies you are reading to your children? Are they specifically for younger readers? Blessings!

March 8, 2022 - 1:35 pm

Monica I’ve never thought to use that scripture regarding my homemaking. That is a wonderful one to keep in mind. It was fun to read your schedule. That is a pretty teacup you have there. 🙂 I love the pictures. Lazarus combing his hair with his little overalls on, so precious. Love to you. Monica

March 8, 2022 - 9:07 am

Gigi Hi Michelle, I will check my emails/do any research, listen to audio sermons after Bible reading. I can also listen to something during the quiet time, although there are very few I listen to. I do try to avoid screen time while children are up, but yes, it is a challenge. Keeping the computer at desk helps. I do not have a cell phone.

March 8, 2022 - 7:51 am

Michelle So sorry, I forgot to ask….do you have a designated time for your computer/internet usage? As I said before, this time gets too much of my time/wasted time. Thank you!!

March 8, 2022 - 7:33 am

Michelle It should have said BLESSED DAY!!

March 8, 2022 - 7:32 am

Michelle This is great and very helpful! I’m sure it took some time to do this but I DO appreciate you taking the time!! You are such an example of the Proverbs 31 woman. Thank you for this encouragement to spend our time first with the Lord and THEN going about our day serving Him with our time and tasks that He has given us!! Thank you again for sharing this and the MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT that you give!! Have a BLEESED DAY!

March 7, 2022 - 10:12 pm

Katie Taylor Love it <3 similar schedule to ours yet I’m unable to rise before the children! Little Isaac wakes frequently during the night still so I try to get as much sleep as possible! Something I am working on tho as I see the wisdom in rising early.
We use the same schoolbooks 🙂
Love and blessings,
Katie NZ