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.

books, daily life, faith life, home, home projects, homekeeping

This and That

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Today I’m at home working in the kitchen.  I’ve cleaned out the fridge and washed it thoroughly.  I’ve also cleaned out the freezer.  I still have our chest freezer to go through but that’s pretty up to date.  I use a freezer inventory form to keep track of stuff so I don’t over by.  I think I might need one for the fridge because I have 3 jars of salsa in there; all opened!

I’m making spaghetti sauce right now and later this afternoon I’ll be making some banana bread.  The bananas are perfectly freckled so I know it will taste yummy.

Last night Michael and I picked out the tile and flooring for the master bath.  Today I’ve been looking at paint samples.  The names of them crack me up.  There’s Encounter, Heavenly Day, Blue Gate, Storm’s End, Floral Cascade, Air Kiss, Escape, and Breezy.  All of these are shades of blue.  The one I’m going with is Clear Blue Sky.

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It’s a really small room so I want something light and airy.  Everything will be new in there.  The smallness of the room is good because it won’t cost a lot to redo everything.  We’re getting a new vanity and toilet, too.  We’ve been here for 23 years so it’s about time.  The hall bath will be next!

I’m reading Feeding Your Soul:  A Quiet Time Handbook and this was the summary for the chapter I read this morning:

Our choices, primary and secondary, enable us to make and preserve space in our lives for God.  Relationship with God is the “best dish” among all the possibilities of life.  It falls to us to hack back the busyness of life and choose to make room for Him.

What a powerful reminder that it’s the choices I make that affect all that I do and that God is waiting to spend time with me.  He’s always available.  I’m the one who needs to put Him first!!

books, daily life, faith life, home, homekeeping, homeschooling, simple living, thankfulness

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!

afternoon of life, beyond homeschooling, daily life, home, homekeeping

Here at Home/Friday

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Fridays are usually quiet here at home.  Today was no exception.  The sun was out after 3 days of heavy rain and I think it washed most of the inch worms away.  Happiness and joy!!  They aren’t as bad as two years ago but close.  I’m hoping they won’t be back.

My days here at home are ordinary.  Cleaning, organizing, reading, working on crafts, Bible study, listening to music or podcasts, and many other things.  It’s not exciting work but I always remind myself of what Elisabeth Elliot said:  “Ordinary work, which is what most of us do most of the time, is ordained by God every bit as much as is the extraordinary. All work done for God is spiritual work and therefore not merely a duty but a holy privilege.”   I can do my ordinary work here at home to His glory.  Being a homemaker is a holy privilege.  It’s a high and holy calling!  And I can be thankful that He has called me to this and He has sustained me in it.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  (Colossians 3:17)

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  (1 Corinthians 10:31)