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God always opens a door when you least expect it. Beginning on July 7th, 2014, I will walk through another door that GOD has opened for me. Do I really want to go back to work? Hmmmm…. It’s a question that I ask myself everyday, along with other questions such as, “Why has this door opened again this time? Why is the door always opened when I am not searching for a job? Why now? Is it worth going back to work with all the expenses for childcare, after school care, gas, clothes, etc.?” Naturally, I do not have any answers other than the assurance that there is something on the other side of the door and I must walk through it.
Since the layoff in 2012, I have enjoyed being a SAHM. I love being available for my family. I have heard friends in my son’s class say they wish their parents could have lunch with them or come to the parties at school. This breaks my heart but the reality is that parents must work in order to provide for their families. Additionally, the reason I like being a SAHM is that I have flexibility when the kids are sick or when I need to take them to their many appointments. Last but definitely not least, it just cost less to stay at home with 5 children.
Nevertheless, the door of opportunity has opened and it is time to walk through it. It’s not like this is the first time that this door has been opened. In 2003, I became a SAHM by accident due to a lay off at my job as a Business Analyst. I stayed at home with the first 3 children until 2009 when the door of opportunity opened to return to work. However, at that time, it was not as hard to return to the workforce. Why? I am not sure. But this time around, I am struggling with the decision. I am happy but not happy. I am excited but not excited. However, I am grateful because there are many people who are looking for jobs and are unsuccessful in their search.
We all have doors that we must walk through at some time in our lives. We either choose to walk begrudgingly or with grateful hearts. I am choosing to walk through with a grateful heart. Although I cannot understand the reasons why the door has been opened, it has and I must walk through it. What doors have you walked through in your life that caused you to ask the question, “WHY?”
Whether you’ve been blogging for a decade or for a week, sometimes it can feel like inspiration has taken a day off. Next time that happens, give these post ideas a try.
1. The quote-first post.
It’s sometimes easier to put your own thoughts into words when someone else’s words are already there on the screen. Have you come across a powerful quote in the news, or read a great opening sentence in a novel? Is there a line in a song you’ve recently heard that you keep thinking about?
Stop! Leave me alone! Don’t do that! Don’t touch me! Are we there yet? The radio is too loud! I don’t like that song. It’s too cold…no it is not! Yes, it is!! On and on and on it goes until at least the youngest three fall asleep. Then there are a few moments of peace and quiet. And I do mean just a few moments. Then it is back to the exchange. Hence, the reason why the DVD player is a MUST HAVE on road trips.
For our trip to Destin, FL, we decided to rent a van instead of putting the miles on my 2005 Honda Odyssey which has a DVD player. Yes, I use movies to have some quiet time in the car while I am driving, especially since I drive a lot. When my husband reserved the car, he specifically asked for a Chrysler Town and Country because we KNEW it had a DVD player. However, when we went to pick up the car, Enterprise only had a Dodge Caravan which did not have a DVD player. Naturally, I was not happy because I had checked out videos from the library to avoid as much bickering as possible. Can you imagine riding 5 to 6 hours with kids ages 14 to 2 years old? If they were quiet, it would not be a problem. However, my kids are boisterous, independent and bold. This is why I prefer driving at night while they are asleep. Therefore it is a MUST…a REQUIREMENT…not an option to have a DVD player in the car for our next vacation.
In January 2014, my church began planning our Summer youth trip. Our two planners, Meghan and Monique worked tirelessly researching the best hotels. After comparing several hotels, we selected the Summerplace Inn in Destin, FL. Summerplace Inn is located at 14047 Emerald Coast Pkwy (Hwy. 98). It is located in the heart of the Emerald […]
Getting ready for a vacation is very hectic especially when you have to make sure that all SEVEN of us have the things we need and are ready to leave on time (yeah right). The kids definitely do not understand all that goes into going on a trip. Their only concern is how many days are left before we leave. Meanwhile, I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Preparation.is.not.a.laughing.matter. I am not excited until I am riding and the car is loaded. But, if you are the mommy or parent that has to prepare, you already know what needs to take place. Let’s just start with ensuring that all swimsuits and swim shoes from last year still fit…but of course not…at least three of the 5 have grown so off to the store. Then you have to make sure that Ariel (the 2 yr. old) has NOT “misplaced” the “#vacation” toothbrushes. Yep…she misplaced them…so add that to the list. Then, of course, I cannot find the sunscreen and floats from last year…so these things are added to the list. Then, on top of all that, I still have to clean the house, plan to cook just enough food prior to leaving to avoid leftovers, do laundry and pack. Oh, and let’s not forget all of the unexpected things that happens and throws you off course. Just thinking about all of this has made me tired. I need a another vacation already and we have not left yet. Nevertheless, we are #blessed to have this chance to enjoy time away from the hustles and bustles of life. #Vacation #Destin #longridewith5kids #funwithfamilyandfriends
Well, the time has come to introduce myself to the blogging world. My name is Michele. I am a wife, mother of 7 of whom five are at home, and a Pastor’s wife. Oh, did I mention that we are a blended family? With all of these hats I wear, I am busy. A busy bee and loving it. I would not trade it for anything. I am balanced and blessed.
I have been married for 16 years this year. My hubby is a great provider, father, Pastor and most of all my best friend. Our children range from ages 29 to 2. My oldest two are grown and on their own. Our oldest daughter, 29 years old, is completing her Masters degree in Education. She is a Kindergarten teacher and is getting married in October 2014. Our second daughter who is 26 years old is free-spirited, a writer and an upcoming blogger. Our first son who is 15 years old son plays the cello, loves soccer and is an avid reader soon to be blogger. The 8 years old son is the social butterfly, basketball player and drummer. Our youngest son, who is 4, is the ultimate drummer and singer of the family. He will break out with a song at any given moment. Then we have our two daughters at home. Our 7 years old daughter has Severe Speech Developmental Delay but she does not allow that to stop her. She is very friendly and loved by all. Last but not least is our 2 years old ladybug who is the princess of the house. She is the last child and she knows it.
Hence, the reason for my blog. It is my desire through my stories and experiences, I will encourage other moms/dads through it all, and you will survive and even have some fun along the way. We are all busy and balanced, but most of all we are blessed.
Don't ever change yourself to impress someone, cause they should be impressed that you don't change to please others -- When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, always remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test --- Unknown