Tomorrow I start back in the Home Ec Dept at hubby's school as a Teacher's Aide. Some of you may remember that I did this late 2009 and for the first half of 2010 as part of our 'living-on-campus' responsibilities. I loved working with the students and our teacher, Jodie, but the position ended when we moved off campus and into the White Cottage (my nickname for our home). Recently I was offered the position again, but this time with a wage. \o/
It's 10 hours a week; enough hours to enjoy the responsibility, but little enough that my main love of being a homemaker is not affected. In fact, I get to have lunch every Wednesday with Mr E in his office!
I am sharing this news because my time on the internet will be reduced, and that means I'll be blogging a bit less. This is also a choice I have made because I feel that my time in the home has not been what I desire it to be. Things I love to do for my family are not being done with the patience and time that I used to afford them...blogging, designing, sewing, answering emails and comments - they each take big chunks of my time, my attention and my heart.
There was a time when those chunks of my day were filled with other things; things that blessed the ones I love most. I feel that the last two years has seen me rob my beloveds of my available personal touch in their lives. Each of them has encouraged and supported me in my designing and blogging - that's the true measure of how wonderful they are - but I want to slow down now, and really focus on them again.
I need to *be* there, not just physically, but with my full attention to their conversation, to their concerns and their joys; to capture in my memory every laugh, and the twinkle in their eyes when they play a joke on me, to listen intently and know what is happening in their day to day world without forgetting because I'm so busy elsewhere.
Cyclone Yasi did not change our day to day situation - we still have a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes on our backs, employment.
What it did change, was to open my mind (a needed refresher course!) to the fragility of life, the uncertainty of tomorrow, the need to embrace the ones you love and to pour yourself into those relationships with total abandon.
I hope you can grasp where I am coming from?
I am a Keeper at Home, a Help Meet to my husband, a child of God - these are the 'jobs' that require the most of me, and the ones I love above all others.
This next verse for your Give Thanks hanger came to me after Yasi had passed, but there are many manifestations of storms in our lives - sickness, financial struggles, death, unemployment, homelessness, estrangement from loved ones...the list can go on.
For me, the shelter through all those storms has been my faith.
You can download this mini-quilt verse HERE.
Have you unintentionally gotten too busy and taken a side turn from the things/people that matter most in your life?
It's never too late to hop back on the right path. :-)