It’s been such a blessing to share my story with so many people. I know my situation, although not unique, is not one often shared publicly by people in my situation. As you wonder what each post may bring; I equally have no idea what may or may not make it on the page. I should try to use a more professional writing style and I should likely edit my posts before posting.
When I look back through my posts and see the ebb and flow of life, I am still amazed by the grace extended to me, the mercy shown to myself and my children.
If your only understanding of the world is the negativity found on news channels and social media; you’d likely think we live in a really crappy country. I am sad when I see people forwarding negativity through social media and the keyboard warriors who exacerbate the negativity.
It starts at home.
The good, the bad, the right, and wrong.
When my children see something negative with words like everybody and nobody, I challenge them. They are learning that absolutes make a news story less credible. They are learning that their contributions to charity make a difference in the lives of people right here in our town.
They are 10 and 13. They already know that they can make a difference in somebody’s life. They know they have the power to change the outcome of certain situations. They know that serving others out of love is more important than doing their regular chores. My son’s have the compassion of true gentlemen.
We’ve been through some tough times and I am so very thankful for the trials we have faced as a family. They have strengthened our faith in God, they have helped us learn to reach out to people and that there are people who genuinely care.
They still see the ugly in the world. It’s unavoidable unless you live in a bubble. There will always be negative in the world, learning to deal with it, and face it with your head held high is a gift I’m grateful to pass on.
We are a Christian family. We believe in God, the Father Almighty. Creator of Heaven and earth. We believe in prayer and that God will provide for His children according to His will.
As I have given my income potential over to God’s will, we have been blessed. We are not rolling in money, by any stretch of the imagination, but our bills are being paid on time. I am less panicked at the end of every month about adding up my pennies to pay the rent on time. I know the money will be there.
My last two paychecks have been bigger than my paychecks when I had an actual job at the school. I was just given the opportunity to take a full time, temporary position for the next 7 weeks. As it is double the hours and increased pay rate, it will be like working for almost four months. It will ensure our bills are paid through the summer.
The cost of this position is that the first three weeks are an evening shift of 4:30 – 10:30. I talked with the boys about it and we added up the costs, the pros and cons, the friends we have available to step in when needed, and I prayed about it. We decided that this is an opportunity brought by God and we are going to ‘bite the bullet’ for a couple weeks.
I will have supper ready before I leave for work and I can take my dinner break whenever we figure is the best time. I may even have the option to start a little earlier than 4:30…if I start at 3:30 I can then be done by 9:30. If I skip my lunch break I can be done at 9:00. Lots of options to discuss with my supervisor on Monday.
Also, as this is a 30 hour per week position, I am able to still take day time calls for some part time subbing as long as I stay under 40 hours/week.
When I heard God telling me to be a sub the rest of the year, I had no fear. I knew I would make enough money to make ends meet. I never expected to make more than I had been. My goal was to make the same amount of money but have the increased flexibility in scheduling. While I knew I had the potential to make more money than I did working in the kitchen, that was not my intention when I quit my job.
I have been able to volunteer at the school, attend to friends in need, and take care of myself emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
I am excited to see what God has in store for our summer. I have been looking at purchasing a new tent, and some camping equipment so we can get out and enjoy nature. The tent we have, I bought when they boys were much younger. It is a 3 person tent; much too small for actually camping for a mom and two growing boys! Okay for a night on Grandma’s front lawn…not so much for spending a weekend together!
I look forward to sharing our summer with you and all that God puts in our path. We are truly blessed to share this journey with you.
We called, You answered. Your unwavering love fills us with hope every day. It is such an honor to be Your child and to teach my children about Your great love.
As school comes to an end, be with these boys and their activities, their friendships that have blossomed this year at their new schools, their growing independence from their parents.
Help me to facilitate their maturity and goals in ways that give them the roots to know where they come from and the wings to fly to places unknown without fear.
As our summer plans come into focus, I thank You for provision to continue to serve You fully, completely.
My big-ask-prayer is vehicle related and I am confident that the right vehicle will be available with the funds needed when that time comes.
Thank You for Your great love.