It’s been a long time…

It has been quite awhile since I posted anything on my blog.  I wish I had some funny excuses but in all sincerity after taking the new job opportunity, I have been unable to adjust.  Returning to work has been a great experience on one hand; however, on the other hand, I feel totally out of touch with reality.  As a former SAHM, I was actively involved in the lives of my children.  I would go on field trips, meet with the teachers after school when I picked up my daughter, have lunch with my son and complete homework with them when they came home.  NOW…that’s not even in the cards. There are days when I feel like a bad mommy and the guilt feeling overtakes me.  Yes, my husband is at home to pick up the pieces, drop off the children to school, cook dinner and keep the youngest child at home to help save daycare costs, but it is still not the same.  On top of keeping up with schoolwork, three of the 5 children were involved in soccer this year, which meant two practices a week and 3 to 4 games on Saturday and possibly one on Sundays.  Oh, let’s not forget that I am a Leading Lady of a church.

In addition, returning to work has caused my house to go lacking.  It was depressing to come home to a house that looked like nobody cared.  Don’t get me wrong, the house was not dirty dirty, but it was definitely not the way I like to keep my home.  So, during my week long Thanksgiving vacation, I cleaned my house.  Now, the house is where I need it to be whenever I come home and I am no longer feeling overwhelmed or depressed when I walk through the doors.  The challenge is keeping it this way until my Christmas break.  This definitely was not the way that I wanted to spend my break.  But, it needed to happen.

Needless to say, going back to work has not been easy but the door was opened and I had to step through it.  I am taking it day by day, moment by moment.  Do I want to come home and become a SAHM? YES! YES! YES! I love being at home! But for now, this is my season to work.

I am going to make the adjustment.  It is just taking longer than I expected.  At the end of the day, I am going to keep pressing and remind myself that even though I am busy and tired, I am BLESSED!

Advertisements

Beba Bean Design Giveaway!

I wish Beba Bean Design had been around when I was having babies. Even though that time is up for me, I look forward to giving these gifts to other mothers who are taking on the life of motherhood.

Welcome to the beba bean Designs
$25.00 Gift certificate Giveaway
Sponsored by beba bean Designs
giveawaybuttonbebabean
beba bean Designs have the cutest baby clothes. They are sponsoring a giveaway for a $25.00 Gift Card to their website to one lucky winner. You can use it on anything in the whole store.
Enter below and Good Luck!
The Giveaway Starts July 15 and ends July 29. Open to US residents only.
Be sure to check out Tales From A Southern Mom’s Review on beba bean HERE!
Enter the giveaway via Giveaway Tool below.
Good Luck!

Disclosure: This Blog and all other promoting bloggers have not been compensated in any form for this publication, nor are they responsible for the fulfillment of the prize. Please contact julie.talesfromasouthernmom@gmail.com if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you

The DVD player is a MUST!

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.

New in town…BLESSEDOLOGIST

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.