afternoon of life, beyond homeschooling, homekeeping, thankfulness

A New Change

As of February 14, I am working outside the home. When my oldest daughter was born in 1986, I left the working world to become a stay-at-home mom, then a homeschooling mom, then an empty-nester….grandma at home? I’m thankful for all those years at home; it was hard and required a lot of sacrifice but it has been worth it.

I’ve been looking for a part-time job that wouldn’t take me away from my home keeping duties or from serving in my local church. I took my requests to the Lord and left them there. A few job openings came my way and I applied but didn’t get them. Probably because I haven’t worked in 32 years! But at last one came up that I really wanted and felt like it was a perfect fit. After going in for the interview, it looked promising but the Lord had other plans. It was not to be! I admit that I was very disappointed. Very!

I took that disappointment to the Lord and also left it with Him along with my desire to serve Him. Through a friend I heard about a job opening for an administrative assistant at a local pregnancy center. I went for the interview and a few days later was hired!

I was nervous about getting back into the working world with all the new technology that is out there and because I have been on my own for so long. I’m used to setting my own schedule and working at my own pace.

The Lord answered the desires of my heart through this job. It is 2 days a week from 11 am to 5 pm. It was an adjustment at first but I am getting used to it all now. I have time in the morning to get things done around the house and am home in time to make dinner. While it is about a 30-40 minute commute, it is all highway. I’ve actually been enjoying the drive because I’ve been able to listen to audiobooks. Listening to “Jane Eyre” this past month has been a delight.

I love the people I work with, the volunteers, and the work that I’m doing. Every day it is something new but it uses my administrative and organizational skills. The best part is that I am working at a place that is changing lives and saving lives! I am so very thankful to the Lord for this opportunity to serve Him this way.

afternoon of life, holidays, thankfulness

Thanksgivng

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It was a different kind of Thanksgiving this year.  My two daughters are out of state and my son went to have Thanksgiving dinner with his in-laws so Michael and I were on our own.  So breaking from our tradition of having a meal at home, we went out to dinner with friends.  It was the first time we’ve ever done that and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  I didn’t think the food would be as good as mine.  🙂  But it was very good!!

God gives good gifts and even though the season of my life is changing and will continue to change, I can rejoice in those good gifts.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  (Psalm 118:24)

daily life, faith life, nature study, simple living, thankfulness

ESG: My favourite picture of the month September

I’m doing my Swap this month as a blog post.  My favorite picture of the month is actually a series of pictures.  One evening when I was leaving a nearby craft store (where else??), I stepped out into the parking lot and was greeted with this magnificent sunset.  I stood in the parking lot and took this series.  There was another person taking pictures also but there were also many who were not even looking up!

These were taken with my phone and I have not edited them in any way.  I think this is one of those “once in a lifetime” moments and I’m glad I was able to witness it.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork–Psalm 19:1 

daily life, faith life, simple living, thankfulness

One Another

I spent the afternoon at a friend’s house learning to make pot stickers.  It was much easier than I thought and they turned out delicious.  We had them for dinner tonight.  It will now be in the regular rotation of my menu plan.

It was nice spending time working on something together while talking about parenting, politics, and discussing the Word and how it relates to those subjects and more.  I’m thankful that my days are free and that I’m able to have time to invest in others’ lives.  And that they are able to invest in mine.  It’s what “one anothering” is all about.

Love one another.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  Serve one another.  Encourage one another.  Spur one another on to love and good works.  That only happens when we step out of our own little world and spend time with together.  I’m glad I was able to “one another” today.

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Here at Home/Monday

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Monday is almost always laundry day.  I try to get it started as soon as I get up and have it all finished before I go to bed.  It doesn’t always happen that way but a lot of times it does!  Years ago when I was homeschooling, I read about the Pilgrims and how they came ashore on a Monday after being in the harbor for a while.  When they came ashore, they had lots of laundry from the voyage over and did their washing right away.  That is why washday is always on Monday.  I don’t know if any of that is true but I liked the idea and followed.  I notice that “days of the week” towels always have Monday as laundry day so maybe there’s some truth in it after all!

Mondays are also for straightening up the house after the weekend.  There are only two of us here now but it seems like we always have a lot of things out of place after the weekend.  I’m not sure why that is because we’re usually out and about on the weekends.

I also like to spend some time at my desk planning for the week ahead; checking my calendar, planning meals, planning chores, etc.  It makes the week go so much better when I know what I’m doing ahead of time!!

I’ve been working at getting the rest of my homeschooling books together to take to a used curriculum sale next Monday night.  I did really well there last year so I hope to do the same.  If I don’t sell what I take, I’ll bring them home to get ready for the state convention in June.  Whatever doesn’t sell there will be donated.  I don’t want them back in my house!

I read a great article this morning about setting the tone for the day.  Our thought life can either encourage or discourage us even before we get out of bed.  Thinking about the Lord and all His goodness to us and being thankful for Him can really make the difference between a good day or a bad day!

faith life, thankfulness

Thoughts on God by John Piper


Before creation there was no void, no emptiness.  There was only God.  God was all.

God is utterly free from any constraints that do not originate from the counsel of His own will.

God consults no law for the right.  No almanac for facts.  No guild for excellence.  He Himself is the standard for them all.

God is not becoming anything.  There is no development in God.  No progress.  Absolute perfection cannot be improved.

The entire universe is utterly secondary.  Only God is primary.  All of it depends moment by moment on His thought.