Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stopping By

Hello, dear readers!

My husband has been at his new job for a week and a half. We're adjusting.

And what do I have to say about re-entering the corporate job world schedule?


That wasn't a word, but it is now. You have my permission to use it.

In all seriousness, our new life has been both easier and harder than life with a small independent business.

The part that's easier:
  • Set hours
  • Regular income
  • Guaranteed income
  • Health insurance
  • Steady work

The part that's harder:
  • No help at home
  • Far less daddy time and family time
  • Schedule and workload set by an employer rather than self

My main conclusions:

(1) I am extremely thankful for the Lord's provision through this job.
(2) I hope that my husband will be able to work from home again at some point.
(3) We both have some learning to do to work into our new schedule.

In some ways it's felt like taking up where we left off three years ago, when my husband left the corporate world, and that's nice - we've been here before. It's not all new territory.

But both of us are still having to learn to be more independent rather than interdependent, and that's a challenge.

My secondary conclusion is simply that this new life of mine leaves almost nothing left over for extras.

When I get up in the morning, I set immediately to working through my daily routines. When those routines are over, it's time for bed.


Time for blogging? Hobbies? Even little things, like extra cleaning projects?

Nope. Not one bit.

And I'm also good and tired. Except for our one-hour daily quiet time, there's no down time. Not that there was before, but there were more breaks - for example, when my husband took the older children to run an errand, or when he watched the children play outside while I cooked dinner.

So... I'm tired. Very tired. I'm trying to pay attention to the things that need to get done, and to jettison all else.

It's very good discipline for me. I need it. And it's always good to learn to make better use of the time that we are given to steward. My husband, too, is learning to steward and guard his time more carefully.

But there's very little time for blogging, even though I have half-written posts running through my mind most of the time. Right now I can't even make it to my inbox to answer email or respond to comments in a reasonable time frame.

As an aside, I would also appreciate prayer for our family, as my husband's mother received a diagnosis of cancer this week. While it's supposedly an operable form with a decently good prognosis, we are all still concerned (especially as she already has numerous other serious health challenges).

And I'll try to update on recent events, the homeschool convention, etc., when I can, which will be... sometime.

Readers, have a wonderful Sabbath! Love to you all.


  1. I got a chuckle because I can relate! Sometimes I considered just recording myself speaking those half-formed blog posts in a video or audio format to publish instead. Surely that would be better than nothing, and if I did audio format it wouldn't matter the state of my clothes, hair, or kitchen, nobody would see it. ;)

    Praying routines become easier and you find ways to get some breaks too.

    1. Yes! You understand the no-time-to-blog issue, I know! LOL

  2. Times of change are always hard--even when the change is a blessing! Trust that it won't be this hard always. Perhaps you can squeeze half an hour to write into your routine so that eventually the half hours will add up to finished posts that satisfy you.

    You are such a good and faithful woman.

    And I will definitely remember your family in my prayers.

    1. Thank you, Anne! I think it's going to take me a while to adjust to this new schedule, for sure. I always take change hard - I think that's one reason why parenting has been so difficult for me. It's always changing!! :) But big changes like this will take a bit of time to work into, and I'll have to tread water for a while before I know where I am. Thank you so much for your kind words!


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