I almost started this post with the sentence, “Last year, was a crazy year”, but then I realized, every year is a crazy year! lol We don’t plan it or even wish it, but every year brings it’s share of life changes and harried scrambles to adapt to them. Granted, last year, and the beginning of this one, definitely brought us some new ones in the form of my husband’s health issues, eight months of our primary bread-winner not working, me taking a job outside our home, discontinuing our 23-year homeschooling journey and enrolling our last two children in public school and eliminating activities and projects that working outside the home no longer allows for. Are we still in the middle of that harried scramble to adapt? Definitely! Is it getting better? Yes, it is.
God uses difficult times and major life changes to get us to step back and really evaluate our priorities. Where are we headed? Why? What eternal significance will that have? We’ve done a lot of that soul searching lately, trying to find the balance between doing what’s necessary to survive, financially, and doing what we know God has shown us is important for the health and well-being of our family. Not surprisingly, me being gone from the house 10 to 12 hours a day, especially during the time when homework and dinner happen, has not been a great thing for our kids. The toll on a marriage when there is no time to just be a couple is overwhelming. Add that to an already strained relationship, eight months of illness and loss of income and my work hours have not been the recipe for God’s best in my marriage, either. Plus, I have been completely AWOL from here. I miss Busy-at-Home and all of you. I long for the back and forth, the sharing ideas and helping each other to do all that God has put in front of us with wisdom, common sense and an eye to the budget, stewarding our time and resources for His glory, by the way we build our families and share Him through the hospitality and warmth of our homes. I didn’t realize it when I first started giving things up, to do what our family needed, but Busy-at-Home IS one of my priorities. In the hustle of all that I do and the hats that I wear, it is one of the things that is purely joy and completely me. I need some of those moments, to be renewed and enthusiastic about the other hats I wear. I have missed not having the time to devote to it.
I’m going to be working Busy-at-Home back into my scheduled priorities over the next couple of weeks. Food, family and budget friendly DIY are still on the agenda and as I learn more and more about living healthy, as opposed to medicating symptoms to hide illness, I will be sharing some of that, as well. So, are you in? Are you ready to share ideas and info about cooking food that can provide nutrition and life for your family, as well as taste delicious; and to enjoy making your house sparkle with your own personality without blowing your budget? Do you want to have a garden in the back yard, on the patio, in a pot in your kitchen window and enjoy the whole-food, nutritious abundance of flavor and life-giving nutrients that comes from producing your own food? Me, too!
It won’t be happening overnight, but changes are going to be happening with the number of hours I’m working away from home. With family, home and honoring God with the way I take care of both, being back in focus, I will be able to honor Him with putting my whole heart into the hours I am at work, as well. Instead of feeling guilty and pulled in so many different directions without enough hours to do any of my jobs, well, I will be striving to find the balance that permits me to help my husband meet our family’s financial needs, while still concentrating on my first and most important job, our family. Busy-at-Home has always been an outgrowth of all I do at home and so it is natural that it will be exuding the new life and enthusiasm I am feeling as these changes happen.
Thanks for your patience and encouragement over the last few months. I have read every comment and email and hopefully, responded to each one. If not, I apologize, and want you to know it wasn’t because they weren’t appreciated. It’s meant the world to me!
One of the first frugal, yet major, projects I’ll be sharing soon is our daughter’s bedroom makeover. It’s a big change for the better and she’s in eleven-year-old designer heaven! Secondly, I’m finally getting to that kitchen makeover this spring and summer, with some great sponsors, giveaways and projects that you won’t want to miss. Bear with me through our growing pains and I promise you won’t regret it.
Have a blessing-filled Easter! I hope you know the significance and joy of the truth that He is risen, indeed, and celebrate it to the fullest with the ones you love. (If you don’t know the joy of a personal relationship with Christ, I would love for you to send me a note and I can share how much He wants that.) Happy Spring and Happy Easter with much love! ~Glenda