really am posting to my blog for the first time in 4 months! The new year has come and so many things have happened in the course of the last few months that it would be impossible to include it all in one simple post.
What does that mean for you?
A lot more fun and interesting insight from my family to yours, of course!
For our little family, changes are happening that are truly a gift from God. Only he could have the glory for all of the unique things that had to happen to make it all come together.
First, and one of the most notable changes, was that Boy 1 started public school. For many of you moms out there, that might seem rather ho-hum. But for this primarily home-school-minded mother it was a big step. And now that one semester is completed I can happily say that he has flourished!
I'm sure many of you, if you have followed my blog up to this point, know of the things that Boy 2 has experienced in the last year. A mess of medical issues that resulted in a diagnoses of Epilepsy and regular medication. It was a hard decision, but ultimately the right one. Now he is actively participating in 6 therapies a week and is headed in a very positive direction.
My little sister (who lovingly reminds me that she is not so little) moved in with us for a short time and significantly eased part of my burden of running the family while the Man finished his last semester of school.
The biggest change and subsequently the reason why this post is timed so well? Is the culmination of all of that hardship into a new job.
I would argue that a family is not defined by the jobs they have. But I would be remiss to say that it doesn't play a major part. With that said, the Man has been employed at McDonald's for 9 1/2 years now! This was both of our first successful jobs; where we met; and where much of our time would be focused for years to come.
It is the location of dozens of people that have played such a special role in our lives that I would classify them as family rather than friends!
This was where the Man learned what a good employee looks like and how to stretch himself to become a better man. This is the place that taught him what management looked like and how to operate under pressure. Any of you who have worked in a service industry know what I'm talking about. This type of work isn't for everyone!
We got lucky not only to have a primarily positive experience but also to see what real leadership looks like. I know I speak for both of us when I say that we have an intense respect for many of the people there.
And even though I knew that this new job would be a better fit for where we are in life now, it still made me cry to think of everything we would be leaving behind.
When you spend almost a decade dedicating your efforts in one direction, it leaves an impact. Even though the Man was the only TRUE employee, our entire family was closely tied there. Because of that, we will be there when the Man walks out that door- and I know I will be crying those bittersweet tears.
To those of you that we have been so closely tied to for the past decade- even if the words aren't often spoken, we love you and hope for good things for you all! It has been an honor.
What does this mean for the blog? I'll be honest, it may change a bit. But what is life but an opportunity to change and adapt to what God gives us while holding onto his truth?
I will still be dedicating my words to my passion- running my family according to God's infallible truth, but may be posting with less frequency.
I will still be sharing wisdom that I have gathered in my unique way, but while re-learning how to run a household with a restored family (having the Man home more regularly!).
And finally, I am honored that those of you that have followed our family this far have chosen to return. Expect more fun to follow!