Looking at the blog it has been nearly a year since I have posted. So much has happened in the last year. My heart had made some big decisions and my body and mind needed to catch up the last time I had posted. I, being the human that I am, kept telling God if you do ______ I will leave my job and stay home to care for my family. I could really feel that God was calling me home to care for my family and to care for me. The last few years at my job had really paid a toll on my mind, spirit and health. Of course, God doesn't really like for us to tell Him what to do. He instead led me to believe that He had this all taken care of and for me to trust Him so I waited for further instruction.
Fast forward a few months...my hubby was offered a job that he couldn't refuse and ... it came with health insurance. One of the big factors of my job was the health insurance. So that was the clear sign that it was time for me to leave my job of twelve, yep you got it 12, years. I had been there the longest of any job, the majority of my adult life. Many people thought I was crazy to leave a good gov't job after so long. My health and my family were paying a heavy price for that good job, I was having foot problems and could hardly use my left hand (thank goodness I am right handed but it did make for interesting times opening jars). I woke up the day after my hubby decided to take the job (he declined the job at first) I woke up with full use of my left hand, nothing like getting confirmation from God that He is taking care of everything. On June 20th I left my office at the court house for the last time and became a work from home mom!
The last six months have been an adjustment for all of us. Some of them have been great, spending the summer hanging out with my kids picking strawberries/cherries, canning and taking my kids to school and picking them up at the end of the day. Others have been an adjustment, learning to live on one income, while we have saved so much money by me being at home by not paying for daycare, eating out and convenience meals that use to fill our life because of my full days working outside the home. I use to arrive home from work after 6 pm to then have to think about what should be for dinner, I know I should have planned better for it and many moms who work outside the home do so much better with it than I did but for some reason I didn't make it work. So often I would be pulling through a drive up window grabbing dinner, running home to grab the family to eat somewhere or pulling something out of the freezer or pantry that was loaded with preservatives. I have found my love of cooking during these last 6 months. I love cooking meals for my family that are fresh and preservative free. Now each afternoon after picking M and E up from school we head home to do homework and work on dinner. Dinner is served in our house normally by 5pm and we are finished with dishes done by 6pm. It still amazes me that we are done with our evening meal before I would have gotten home from work.
I am so ready for the adventure of 2013. I am ready to embrace and find the love of cleaning and organization again. We have been living the last six plus years in a state of getting by, doing what has to be done and letting everything else skate by. I am so excited to have a home that is healthy so my family can be healthy. It's been amazing with the small changes we have made over six months how much healthier we all are. The kids have been fever and stomach flu free! My hubby has had a few cold bugs but the rest of us have been able to avoid it. In the past we were always fighting one string of illnesses after another. I have been doing so much research on healthy toxin free living and can't wait to share it with you.
Ok, enough of the story of all that was missed during this past year. Looking forward to being a better blogger and sharing 2013. Happy New Year!
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