Everything is Awesome.

I’ve been saying for awhile now, “When Jonah goes to kindergarten [in 2 years] I’m going to have to do something more…” meaning, I’m going to have to get a job. After all, we send the kids to Christian school and it ain’t cheap. When I went to kindergarten my mom went back to school and got her master’s degree and then started a new job when I went into 1st grade…so my parents could afford to send us to the very same school where I send my kids. (History repeating itself, much?)

Not that I’m considering getting a master’s degree. GIRL, PLEASE you know I am too lazy for that. I mean I tried my darnedest to convince Emily it was too much effort when she got hers, but she NEVER LISTENS TO ME, as you all have seen many, many times. But anyway.

I’ve done freelance work, both blog and non-blog-related, for a couple of years now. This spring I started a new job working just 5 or so  hours a week for the video website, Faithit.com, and I really liked it. I was good at it, it paid well, and it didn’t take too much time away from my kids. Win upon win!

Everything was flowing along quite smoothly until sometime in early July when I got an email from my Faithit boss telling me about another opportunity with the parent company. Although still part-time, it would be lots more hours, and basically, it would be a real job. A big-girl job, the likes of which I’ve not had for many years. What he proposed is that I would be the editor of a new site the company is launching specifically for moms. My first thought was There’s no way I can handle it.” The first words out of  my husband’s mouth were “It sounds like it was made for you.”

Can I just say I am thankful for my husband? Those words forced me to accept the possibility that I might be capable of more than I think I am. And also that yes, when Jonah goes to kindergarten, maybe I will need a job, but maybe I will already have one. Because as I should know by now, everything in life does not happen on the time table that I thought was right. 

Anyway, after lots of prayer, talking, emails and a few phone calls, I’ve accepted the position of editor of an as-yet-unnamed web site for moms. {Update, it has a name as of yesterday but I am not at liberty to say yet.} It’s going to be awe-some, y’all. It will combine humor with faith, hacks, and practical life stuff. It’s going to be funny and helpful and basically a big slice of mom awesomeness on the interwebz. I can’t wait and you can better bet I’ll be directing you that way when the time comes.

But back to the subject at hand, which is ME. I have a job. I have an awesome babysitter for Jonah (and the big kids briefly after school) 10 hours a week. I have a home office and a mobile office in various and sundry coffee shops in the Dayton area. (And a Macbook Pro, praise the LORD!!! I love it so much. )

And so far, I’m loving it. And thankful to Him who has given me exceedingly and abundantly more than I could have dreamed or asked for.

WHO’S EXCITED ABOUT BEING A GROWN UP?

THIS GIRL!

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Look! Mobile office! Also, another gratuitous selfie for Emily’s benefit!

And I’m glad to have you riding along on this new adventure with me, too!

 

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Near Misses

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This evening, I stopped for gas on my way home from work. The station was crowded, and I crept along at a snail’s pace as I exited the parking lot. As I passed a truck parked in front of the convenience store, a little girl about nine or ten ran right out in front of my van. I was going slow, and I stopped in time, but I could tell by the look on her face that in that moment she and I were equally as terrified.

It was a near miss, thank God, but it got me to thinking about how life can turn on a dime. A few seconds, a few inches could have altered the courses of both of our lives.

That’s somewhat melodramatic, I know, but it’s true. Everything can change just like that.

And I don’t like it a bit.

What near misses have you experienced?

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Blame it on the Rain

We have had kind of a rough start to the summer. Jonah has been sick with a bad cold this week (mostly just a cough that wears him out) and has been quite the grumpus, and the weather has been pretty rainy so we haven’t had too many chances for outdoor fun.  Yesterday, it was raining and storming quite a bit during the day, and we were all tired. I told the kids they needed to take a 30 minute reading break in their rooms. Jonah had been awake for awhile in the middle of the night because of his cough (therefore so had I) and I knew he was really worn out, so even though he doesn’t usually take naps, I decided to lay down with him to see if he’d drift off to sleep.

He was snoozing away in less than 15 minutes. I excitedly tiptoed downstairs hoping to actually GET SOME WORK DONE since he’d been pretty high-maintenance all week. But as soon as my feet hit the living room floor, I realized the pitter-patter of the heavy rain outside was a little TOO loud. I rain to the front door where I instantly saw and felt that water was pouring in my entryway ceiling.

Most of it was falling on our coat hooks which were still covered in winter coats (yay for me for never putting that stuff away!) but there was plenty of water on my hardwood floors, too. I ran upstairs and grabbed all the towels I could find, piled them on the floor, and then ran to the basement in search of a bucket. Then I removed all our poor coats and mopped up what water was on the floor. A little of the water was kind of missing the bucket and still hitting the coat rack, because it was coming in in kind of a wide area (yippee!) so I hung a towel ON the coat rack, too.

Then I collapsed on the couch. Not much else to do. Happily, the rain only lasted about 30 more minutes. And here’s what I am left with:

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My entry way ceiling. It is plaster, and 97 years old, and we lost some plaster yesterday. But don’t you love my old light fixture?

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Dirty water anyone? I think heaviest rain fell while I was upstairs with Jonah.

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So anyway…that was awesome. Fortunately it’s not supposed to rain today, and my handy part-time roofer (full-time teacher) brother is coming over to check it out today to see what we need to do. Besides just wear ponchos all summer.

How’s YOUR summer break going!?!?

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