I’m writing this blog because Flylady has positively changed my life. Was I absolutely convinced that this would be the outcome when I started fluttering 8 months ago? No, but I was extremely motivated to try to find a way to maintain my housekeeping efforts, feeble though they were at the time. In fact, I believe I shed a tear of frustration when I first read about shining my sink. Well, to be honest, it wasn’t exactly the first time that I had read about shining my sink, but it was the first time that I had convinced myself that I would give her techniques a try no matter what.

One of the reasons for my initial frustration (and why I had never committed myself to attempting to follow Flylady) was that I could not envision how Flylady’s routines would work in my family. I have ten children, ranging in age from 2 to 22. We home school. That means that many, many people are home, in this house, every day, eating, getting out toys, putting papers around the computer, eating, getting laundry dirty, tracking in mud, eating, taking showers, reading books…well, you get the picture. I had obviously not been training these many people since infancy to follow Flylady’s routine.

So, I was initially quite frustrated at the seemingly daunting task of converting Flylady routines to fit our family. But, eight months after my initial hesitation, I can confess that my husband and I and two of our older children ate supper at our oldest daughter’s (and her husband’s) house last night, leaving our 15-year-old son in charge of supper for our six younger children, and I came home to a clean kitchen, with the sink empty and ready for me to shine. Not only have I been re-trained, but so have my children. This is real victory!

Consequently, the reason for this blog is several-fold: first, I want to share how a large, homeschooling family incorporates Flylady’s routines into our days so other moms of large, homeschooling families can benefit the way we have; second, I like to blog and my mom and sister want me to get a blog going again; third, writing about this evolving process of tweaking the Flylady techniques in our lives helps me to solidify them in my oft-distracted mind; fourth, I saw “Julie and Julia” this past weekend and I was inspired.

Well, I’ve probably already typed longer than my 15 minutes, but I didn’t bring my Flylady timer to the computer with me, so…. See, it’s an evolving process!


5 Responses to “About”

  1. Godiva Says:

    Hi, it’s me again. I had to think on you and your family while writing a postcard via postcrossing.com

    I saw some testimonials on the side by schools as well as families who use it to support their geography lessons.

    It’s a site where you exchange real postcards. I confess I love it. *g* If you don’t know it already you might like to check it out. Maybe you find it intresting.

    Greetings to everybody

  2. thetruevine Says:

    Thanks for thinking of us, Godiva! We’ll have to check out this site. 🙂

  3. thejoythejourneythejob Says:

    What an inspiring post. I have decided to give Flylady a go again. Once before her routines worked so well for me. This time I made it a couple of days then morning sickness hit BUT i will start flying again. At least I am wearing my shoes once again!

    • thetruevine Says:

      I can’t tell you how much it encourages me to keep writing this blog when I know have helped even one more person get started making her way out of CHAOS by giving Flylady a go again! Thanks so much for commenting!

  4. Tomato Jones Says:

    I want to let you know about our new Flying Facebook group:


    It is a closed group so your activity within the group is not visible to your other friends.

    Share what you’re doing. This is a great place to post what you’re accomplishing during the day. You may even find a bit of encouragement as you go along. It’s like a to do list with a cheering section!

    We also have another group called Chit Chat About This and That. You are all welcome to join there as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/333382423430509/

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