family life · Life

Working outside the home

They say the  days are long the years are quick. They’re right. I can’t believe that April 9th of 2009 was my last day of work before gaining the Title Mom. Our first daughter arrived in early May. Now we have three daughters and time has gone by so quick!

Last month, March 4th to be exact, I started working. Though, being a stay at home mom IS WORK, this feels different. THIS IS DIFFERENT.

I’m a firm believer that we’re wonderfully made and yet we were never designed to stay the same. That’s why I blog, to share the new things I do, to share with you the various seasons I live through (I say seasons because seasons change, as does life) i do it to be Living Proof that Change is possible.

So here we are, ending week 5 of working outside the home – that  sounds funny because it’s not like I quit my inside the home job! 

That first few weeks were the hardest. I felt like I was junior kindergartener . I fell asleep before dinner a few times. At the end of the first week, I was reading my oldest her bedtime story (we’re reading the Narnia Series) and I couldn’t finish so she offered to read to me! Well, that didn’t last long. I fell asleep! She sent my husband this picture.

I ran a home daycare the first five years at home. I oversee and work with a number of Volunteers at church. This. Working with others in a workplace atmosphere, me on their territory, a female dominated place – need I say more? This. working in my field, doing the same job as I did before the first Gem was born, would be you know, an easy transition (let’s all smile at my naive heart) SO MUCH HAS CHANGED!

I don’t think of myself as one who is full of pride, but there have been a number of occasions where I have had to double check my heart, my motive and check in with co-workers if what I did was the right thing to do. Because ten years ago that action was acceptable, not so much anymore. My human nature I wanted to say ‘too bad,’ but my conscience wouldn’t let me. So I’ve had to humble myself and do things a new way. 

If you’ve read any of my posts or follow me on Instagram (handle: Belivingproof) you know that being organized has never been my strong suit. But working five days a week has not only forced me to be organized but it has also made me appreciate my time, my home and my family. I’m still learning this skill, but I’m amazed at how much I’ve grown in this area in such a short time. Even my kids notice it!! 

I’ve learned to be more intentional. I no longer have the luxury to say “I’ll do that later” I no longer have later. My weekends are jammed pack with extra story times, snuggles, and best of all, being unplugged.

So, for those who have asked, yes the adjustment is going well. 

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