Another 30+ days gone by in a snap. Overnight things have become different, for better and for worse.
My husband made two trips to Las Vegas scoping out job fairs. A few opportunities seemed good, and one seemed ideal, but nothing came of it. The door to Nevada is closed for now. In between job fairs, however, my husband was interviewed and hired at a company somewhat local to where we live now. This is the beginning of his third week there. It’s been an adjustment, but things seem to be going well. Having a little more income, a steady routine, and a productive hubby is so nice. I can’t stop working yet, but maybe next year.
Last week I started touring kindergarten programs for our daughter. As much as I wanted to homeschool her, I think this is where God is leading our family. She is getting too big, and I am too busy during this season to provide her education, not to mention the fact that she is extremely social and hungry for knowledge. Multiple people have voiced their opinion that non-homeschooling might be better for all of us. I agree; however, this whole process is outside my comfort zone.
We went on our camping trip just over a week ago, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I drank in every minute of that warm sunshine and breezy mountain air. Daily quality time was spend with family, old friends, and new friends in the great, beautiful outdoors. We climbed rocks and mountains, splashed in rivers and lakes, walked through the trees and meadows. My daughter adapted right away; camping is so good for kids! We both got filthy and sunburned and sweaty and bug-bitten and still had the best time. I actually cried in the car on the way home because it was so hard to leave.
My husband’s parents are experiencing a major financial crisis plus a death in the family. A dark cloud has settled over us all. The words of Job and the song Though You Slay Me have been running through my mind. This is the first time since we married that I’ve watched my husband’s family experience real hardship. We hope to be of support however we can, although our own financial discomfort may prevent financial assistance if they were to need it.
Life is just never dull. This morning I intended to take action on a bunch of tasks for the week, but my daughter woke up sick with a cold, and I’m feeling exceptionally sluggish. At least there’s a mid-week holiday. As long as I make progress on my transcripts and have dinner ready when the hubby gets home, the rest can wait.
- Go to bed early; wake up early :: Just what I expected: As soon as the hubby has to get up and be gone early in the morning, the entire household is positively affected. I wake up with him, prepare breakfast and coffee, and then settle down to read the Bible after he leaves. It’s wonderful. Still navigating the mornings I work, though. There are more elements to juggle within a delicate time frame.
- Finish Matthew commentaries :: Read some more this month, but didn’t finish the book I’m in. Just trying to be consistent, a little bit each day.
- Read three chapters of Scripture per day :: Finished Daniel, Hosea, and Joel. Starting on the rest of the Minor Prophets and will travel back to the early OT in hopes to finish Esther by year’s end.
- Fill up prayer journal by end of year :: I’ve spent more time in the journal lately. Pressing needs are driving me there. (What a encouragement that this still hasn’t changed.)
- Keep phone away from bedside; spend less time on social media :: This is basically my only unwinding strategy at the end of each day or during rest periods, so I’m checking a lot, but not really interacting.
- Openly share more spiritually-directed thoughts with my hubby and with others :: I guess I’m getting slightly better at this.
- Daily yoga at home :: Nope. I feel too stressed and tired to do anything physical at home.
Spend more time walking/hiking outside (summer camping trips are right around the corner!):: I am a slow hiker, as last week proved, but I don’t give up or complain. That’s what matters on the trail. Save up my pennies for some hiking gear:: I used my new Vibrams for all hiking and walking up in the mountains, and they were fabulous. After the 12-mile day, though, I wore flip-flops and had pretty sore feet/legs.
- Eat more strictly paleo, larger emphasis on daily bone broth and vegetables at every meal :: I’m about 80% paleo these days. I haven’t made a batch of bone broth in months even though the bones and veggie scraps have been in my freezer ready to go. Today it’s happening, and we are having soup for dinner.
- Coffee enemas 1x/week :: Haven’t done this in a long while now.
- Register for and earn RPR certification :: The last registration period came and went. I could have paid for it, but a lot of our extra funds were sucked dry this month for reasons that I will not speak of here. Let’s just say this is a problem in our household that has nothing to do with me.
- New business cards and rates sheet after RPR certification :: Soon??
- Finish self-directed software training :: *laughing*
- Improve audio recording setup :: Nothing to show here.
- Attend online classes/seminars for CEUs and realtime training :: Again, no idea how to find time or money for these, but I do need them.
- Start realtime reporting :: Feels so far away. Will pursue once the above goals are met.
Attend FPU with the hubbyand apply its principles :: Gosh, I’m embarrassed for us. The information is all there for us. But unless BOTH hearts are moved, we’ll get nowhere. Very difficult.
- Overhaul our financials and money management :: *laughing… and crying*
Help hubby find a full-time job after his GRADUATION:: He did it! I played no part in it; a friend of ours put a good word in for us. But it is full-time, not too far away, and provides *just* enough money to get by in case I have to stop working.
- Get pregnant with Baby #2 after that job is found :: In due time, Lord willing.
- Find a new place to live and finally close this chapter of our life :: Looks like we’ll be here for some time. We’ll re-evaluate at the beginning of next year when we have to consider renewing our lease or not.
*(These are contingent on lots of things beyond my control, but they’d be the most fun to cross off this list.)