Jerome created a makeshift greenhouse to start our plants in.
He even got the garden tilled.
In our family we believe that working together makes us stronger. We have family devotions together, homeschool together and we work. I had to leave the other day and the girls cleaned up the house and managed the laundry -- hanging it on the line. The boys know how to mow -- riding mowers and push mowers. Even little Wokelle can push a wheel barrow (not too full) and empty the smaller trash cans in the house.
These young men were up at 5:30am to help Jerome pull carpet out of someone's basement that could be used in our rental house. Then they took off for a load of mulch and worked the yard.
We don't "use" our children for work -- they join us in the work of the family. It gives them purpose and teaches them valuable life skills. It makes them feel that they are an essential part of the team and indeed they are!
I was thinking of this as an analogy to our spiritual lives. Jesus came and did the work of our salvation. Something we could never do on our own. However, he didn't just give us a lazy boy and tell us to wait for heaven. He sent us to go about the work of the Kingdom as long as we can. John 9:4 "As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me." Work is essential to our lives and we must teach our children to be about it.
Of course life has balance. Almost every day there is a rousing soccer game:
The family that works together, schools together, serves together and plays together; ultimately Loves together.