Long time, no blogging. I started this blog with the intention to write about 5 days a week and then life happened and the blog had to be put on the back burner for a season. I started a job outside the home and there wasn’t much time left over in my schedule to work on my blog.
I’m happy to report that I’ve given three weeks notice as of last Saturday and have two weeks left of work before I can get back to doing what I love: homemaking.
It might sound silly, but the first two months of work I would come home at night angry and sad and I would spend a lot of time crying and wishing that I could quit. It was hard having a schedule completely opposite from my husband and spending so much time alone. I was also exhausted from trying to continue to do the same things I did as a homemaker while also working.
I would beg my husband to let me quit my job and he would say, “If you really want to but I don’t think it is a good idea. We really need to pay off all of our debt first.” I couldn’t change my husband’s mind and so I decided I would pray that God would change his mind and also that he would provide a way for me to stay home that enables us to pay off debt.
In November my husband changed his mind and told me that he missed me being at home and wanted me to quit as soon as I was able. We both were unsure of how this would work out but shortly after God answered our prayers.
Jonathan is a police officer and the opportunity for off duty employment came in the form of living arrangements. An apartment offered him the courtesy officer position and we would be able to live in a one bedroom apartment for free (utilities extra). We both jumped for joy and praised God – this was the answer to our prayers. I would be able to stay home and we could pay off debt at the same time.
At the end of December, however, Jonathan’s parents informed us that they were going to be moving to China for a year starting in August and they wanted us to watch their house and care for his Aunt Shirley who is mentally handicapped. We were going to move into our apartment for 8 months and then move in to their house but Sharon invited us to live with them so that we could have a smoother transition for Shirley.
It might sound crazy, but I jumped on the chance to live with them. The first reason being, we would have the entire upstairs to ourselves and have way more space then we do in an apartment. The second, with Jonathan’s long work hours, I spend a lot of time alone and I am desperate to have someone to talk with and share a meal with. I can’t even tell you how many time I don’t eat dinner just because the thought of eating alone at the dinner table is depressing.
We moved in last week and it has been amazing. I love cooking for a big family and it is so enjoyable to have company at the dinner table. Aunt Shirley comes in to watch me cook and I can tell she really loves me being there. Everyone praises me after dinner and tells me what a great cook I am. Cooking has become my passion and it makes me happy to hear when people enjoy my food.
Living in a house as opposed to an apartment is also nice for the added benefit of being able to sit in the backyard and soak in the sun. Jonathan has started playing basketball again out front and that makes me so very happy as he was spending way too much time playing video games before. We are planning on running together and taking his parents dogs for walks in the neighborhood. I’m very excited for this season of this.
Also in December, Jonathan’s department started a new overtime opportunity called speed step. Officers who signed up for the speed step can get up to 30 hours a month in overtime and they can pick their own hours. This job will be lasting through September and will be even more helpful in becoming debt free in 2013.
God heard my cries and knew the desire in my heart to be at home and he answered in big ways. Last Saturday, I resigned from my job and gave them 3 weeks notice to find someone else and offered to train my replacement. These next two weeks can’t go by quickly enough 🙂 I am thrilled that I will be a homemaker again soon.
Some of the plans that I have for myself when I get back to full-time homemaking:
- Being creative with my meals
- Paleo diet (I’m gluten-free now after being diagnosed with Celiac disease – more on that later!)
- Meal ministry at church
- Exercise and taking better care of myself
- Starting a garden
- Having a daily cleaning/homemaking schedule
- Studying God’s word and taking A LOT MORE TIME to pray and read
- Getting my body as healthy as can be so that we can try to have a baby again
- Learn to sew
- I have a guitar that I need to learn how to play
- Have fun making things – crafts, scrapbooks, decorations, soaps, lotions, etc.
Oh my goodness, there is just so much that I want to do and I can’t wait to get started. I’m excited that this season of working is almost over with and most of all, I’m thankful that God cares for me and provided a way for me to do what I love doing. Thank you Jesus!
There might not be many if any at all posts over the next two weeks as I’m going to be busy with work, cooking and cleaning and moving out of our apartment but I hope you’ll come back after that and join me as I start a new season of life.
Thanks for reading,
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heaven:
- a time to be born and a time to die,
- a time to plant and a time to uproot,
- a time to kill and a time to heal,
- a time to tear down and a time to build,
- a time to weep and a time to laugh,
- a time to mourn and a time to dance,
- a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
- a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
- a time to search and a time to give up,
- a time to keep and a time to throw away,
- a time to tear and a time to mend,
- a time to be silent and a time to speak,
- a time to love and time to hate,
- a time for war and time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8