I slightly touched on this subject in my about section, but this morning my real job has been on my heart since I woke up. It could be because Melody starts school next week and has me thinking about my time.
I’ve already cried a few tears this morning as we loaded up in the car to head to the grocery store. Such a silly thing to get me emotional, but there’s more to it. She’s always been my grocery shopping buddy. We wake up every Monday morning and load up in the car to get our grocery shopping done. She has her mini basket and I have my “mommy basket.” With her in school next week, this has me thinking about our weekly routines that will all change.
I remember putting my two weeks notice in after Melody was born. My original plan was to go back to work. I loved my job and “staying home” just wasn’t for me. I’m too social, I enjoy working, and staying at home with a baby just didn’t seem fun. Sounds terrible, huh? But after she was born the Lord began to deal with me on my new, updated calling in life: being a homemaker. Josh and I had “the talk” about staying home and although it made us both uncomfortable at the time, we knew we were being obedient to the will of God and therefore, He’d take care of us.
5 years ago I would have never imagined this life. It’s beautiful.
Morning coffee and bagel traditions.
When you happily accept the calling on your life life, it becomes fun. Call me crazy, but I enjoy my job as a homemaker. That doesn’t mean I have moments where I don’t like it, but for the most part, I love every minute of it! I enjoy doing laundry. I enjoy vacuuming. I like washing the windows. I like sweeping. etc… I used to never enjoy these things (hence the reason I said “call me crazy…”) but when I accepted my calling in life, they became enjoyable to me.
This is what God has called me to put first. My family. My home.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the other hats I wear. As youth director, we have about 30 teenagers we love so much. We enjoy game nights with them, we love the worship services with them, we love getting together and making fun memories… but they are not my number one calling.
I enjoy being media director and filming our churches weekly announcements. I enjoy creating the graphics for the upcoming series. I enjoy working on our website….but that is not my number one calling.
This next year is going to require some adjustments on my end as our daughter starts school. I have questioned many things the past few weeks: the main thing being how I do what God has called me to do with her being out of my care for 6 hours a day. But He is helping me and giving me all the answers I need.
I guess it’s time for this momma to realize that this is part of your child growing up. And the cliche statement of “make every moment count” wasn’t so much for when they were newborn-5 years old…but it’s more so for when they get older and time with them is less and less. I have realized that my calling in life doesn’t change just because my daughter starts school – it just requires tweeking the way I go about it.
Sleeping in and waking up to this sweet face asking to watch cartoons and snuggle.