I heard someone once say, “Motherhood should not be thought of as a 100 yard dash but rather as a Marathon.”
I love that concept.
Not just about Mothering but anything I do in life.
The idea that I should not expect everything to happen in one day.
That a good thing can’t be rushed. That all things should be cherished and savored.
I was inspired with this line from the movie, “The prize Winner of Defiance Ohio”.
The Mother, Evelyn’s car had broken down out in the middle of no where. Her daughter was driving her to a destination that Evelyn had longed to go for years.
But instead of getting angry about her situation, Evelyn looked at her daughter and said, “I had intended to get to this meeting but right now I am able to spend a delightful time talking with my feisty girl Tuft, and I intend to enjoy this moment I have been given”.
Living in the moment regardless of what brought us to this moment.
I have for the last 13+ years been given an opportunity to mother my children as a stay at home mom.
It has been a gift to me and my kids.
I loved most days but I am sad to say that there were too many days when I saw my life as dull as dish water!
I had some days that we were gone so much I didn’t really feel like a “Stay at home mom”.
And then there were those moments when I sat down with my little guys to play, or snuggle with them for a nap and I remember vividly thinking , “I don’t ever want to forget this”.
Now my race seems to be taking a different turn and I am getting ready to take up the baton to run something that will look a little different.
After Sophie left for school last fall I wondered about what I would do to fill my time during the day. I have been volunteering at school but it seems I have “extra time” during the day.
I enjoy the flexibility but I often feel like I want more.
I have wondered what more I could be doing.
J and I have talked a lot about what job I could be doing. I have thrown around a lot of ideas but none seemed like a possibility.
With our county having a job unemployment rate of 15+% right now things looked pretty slim.
As I have been seeking God for direction in this,
I decided one week, this is the week I am going to go look for something.
So I got dressed up, went to my local bank and asked “Are you hiring”?
“Well yes, we are! You can fill out your application from home”!
I went through a series of interviews and as I left the last interview this is what I heard. “We have about 10 more people to interview but I will let you know by next week”.
I left for Florida thinking I would never see her again.
In my head this is what I heard:
You have no banking experience
You couldn’t find any professional references and
there are other people wanting this job who probably meet both of those requirements.
While in Florida I got several calls asking me if I could find anyone like a teacher I volunteer for who could be my reference.
I gave them one… and an hour later I got a call back offering me the position.
I have been so completely blown away by the whole thing. I will be 3 minutes from my house and J is flexible enough that he can cover when I am gone.
Only time will tell how it will work out for us but for right now I feel like this is a gift.
An opportunity to grow and be stretched in all kinds of ways.
I am hopefully optimistic about this new turn.
I think it’s so easy to identify myself by roles I am in.
I really don’t want to get caught up in finding my identity in any role.
But rather thinking of this as my service to God, my family and now my employer.
Once again, I am humbled that what seems impossible with man is always possible with God!
Pray for us as we adjust to all that goes with change.
I am wondering if blogging will be a thing of my past….I will just have to wait and see….
Do you work full time? What have you found helpful or not?
Do you do a lot of meal prep ahead of time? What about cleaning?
How do you stay organized?
Lots of questions…..Lots of questions…..