Sarah Ballance: It’s Not My Middle Name

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Last fall, the impossible happened: my house stayed clean. I realize that may not sound like a big deal, but stay with me here. I have six kids, they’re homeschooled, and they expect to eat every. single. day. (Translation: at least 20 plates of food a day come out of my kitchen…then head right back in to be washed.) Laundry must happen at the rate of two loads a day (cue the scary voice) or else. And if we don’t spot clean the house two or three times a day, travel between rooms becomes a tactile experience that involves weaving through heaps of toys, meandering through sofa cushion forts, and traversing a minefield of rocket ships made out of cardboard boxes. And heaven help us all if someone has dropped a push pin or a rock collection.
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Clearly it was against all odds that my house and dishes and laundry stayed clean for a period of several weeks–one that included Thanksgiving and Christmas. I thought I’d cracked some kind of mystical code, y’all. What was better, it was effortless. It was efficient. Maintenance was a thirty second task instead of an hour long chore. The kids were on board. We were rocking it.
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Then my deadline happened.
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Oh, I knew it was coming. We all did. But keeping that oh so easy planned rate of wordage during the month of holiday celebrations was a joke. The kids were excited, I had baked goods leaving my kitchen by the ERMAGERD HUNDREDS, and by the end of the day I was so completely delirious with All the Things that I was already living in my own little world, no fiction required. The daily word quota didn’t happen until the point it HAD to happen. And then…you guessed it.
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House. Fell. Apart.
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Okay, so it wasn’t that bad. The husband and children suffered through a few frozen pizzas, but only for a week or two before I turned in the book and we were back to home baked bread and homemade mashed potatoes. (I’ve peeled 15 lbs already this week. Literally.) The sink is full, but it’s not overflowing. Laundry isn’t quite there, but as long as no one needs socks, we’re okay. It’s a pseudo fail. Nothing for the housekeeping hall of fame, but we won’t make the what not to do list any time soon. We’re getting by. There’s just one teeny little problem: my next book is due.
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In two weeks.
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But we’ll be okay. The kids will eat, more or less, and maybe one day we’ll again have socks. Probably just in time for summer, but we’ll live. Because I’ve SO got this.
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I’m a mother. A wife. An author.
Balance. It might not be my middle name, but it’s close.
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ABOUT SARAH BALLANCE

Sarah Ballance is a multi-published author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She’s been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a “long, long time” (and no, he’ll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children … and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled Publishing.

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8 Responses

  1. What a great post! Your life sounds like a TV sit-com! You had me laughing aloud. You can do it, Super Mom!

    • Sarah Ballance

      Ha! I’m glad you enjoyed your peek into my realm. Is it any wonder I write for an escape? LOL. Wouldn’t trade it, though. 🙂

  2. Sandra Owens

    All I know, Sarah, is I’m worn out after reading this. Off to take a nap. 😀

    • Sarah Ballance

      NAP!? What is this creature of which you speak? I think I want in! LOL.

  3. Whew. Too much chaos for me. I agree with Sandra – nap time. 🙂

    • Sarah Ballance

      I need to follow you guys to this elusive place of napping. Maybe I should set up camp in the RV out back, LOL!

  4. Whoa! I don’t know how you do it! I only have one kid I balance with a full time job and the writing gig, and I can’t keep my house clean! (Nor can I peel that many potatoes!!) Best thing I ever did was hire a once-a-month housecleaner. That is seriously my favorite day of the month. 🙂 Congrats on the “balance”!

    • Sarah Ballance

      I don’t think I could handle a “real job” at all. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom since college and it’s definitely full time. Fortunately I have a team of six house cleaners (LOL) and if my nose isn’t in the computer they’re amazingly good at their jobs, but when I don’t ask them to do anything, they don’t do nearly as much. It doesn’t take much for calamity to take over with eight of us in the house. 😛 I’d sure like to have someone in to peel potatoes, though. I really spoiled the kids with all this “from scratch” nonsense and I’ll pay for it forever. Ha!