Many of my readers I’m sure are already the homesteading type. As I mentioned in my last post, I have been trying to get really intense on little ways to make or save a little money here and there so we can put it towards our goal of living on the homestead. We have the property, but no job in the area and not a whole lot more than water on the land as of yet. This past summer we put a little money into getting a bunch of trees cleared from our homesite, and we invested in a good Stihl chainsaw. The chainsaw is awesome, I might add – I can still lift it to cut, though I am a bit too weak for my own comfort. But it is a nice powerful saw and still usable for me if I ever had to take over the tree-cutting-down duty from Mr. Hot Stuff.
Well, so much has happened I should update all of that, at least the stuff I can remember. You know, it’s kind of funny because I remember thinking quite often “I need to blog this!” but I just never had the time. I heard it said by another woman who made the swap from working mother to stay home mother that one of the things that bothered her the most was that her job and employer got her at her best… and her family got what was left over. I agree with that statement wholeheartedly. Some women are cut out to be working mothers, but I was never very good at it. By the time I got home, I was tired and was not interactive with the kids. As I’ve mentioned before, housework was constantly piled up. If one of my children was sick, I would fret all day because I wanted to be the one caring for them, but I had to be at work. Not only that, but my job entailed taking the occasional verbal abuse from a customer because of an issue that needed to be resolved. Some days were worse than others. There’s nothing quite like going to work all day long, listening to people berate you over things you have no control over (and quite frankly, were most of the time their own fault), then come home to a dirty kitchen, sit with your kids in an exhausted silence for an hour while they watch TV, put them to bed, sit in your own exhausted silence for a little while longer, then go to bed. Many of my days were like that. There’s no health to a life like that – there’s no “life” to a life like that.
The other day, my mother emailed me and sent me a link to a post I made about a year & half ago to here. It was interesting to read that. The last two years were difficult for me in many ways but there are always bright spots. As a result of being in daycare for the last few year, the girls have stronger immune systems and are socialized well. We were blessed with a wonderful daycare that taught Godly principles and so my girls came home with few bad habits.
Well yes I know it has been just MONTHS since I posted but I have some very very good news. A lot has happened in the last few months, the most significant of which is that my husband has gotten a job which allows me to be a stay-home mom. It wasn’t the job up by our property, we actually had to relocate to the Seattle area, but it is definitely a step in the right direction! We moved at the beginning of September and have been staying at my parents house until our new home is ready.
I’ve got a couple blog posts to do here tonight or in the next few days so bear with me, but I’ll try and keep it somewhat topical.
Well this last weekend was great! Sorry about the long absence… no promises that it won’t happen again, either 🙂 I just don’t have time while I’m still working but the good news is we probably only have another 6-9 months to go before I can officially be a STAY HOME MOM and won’t that be great! I’m pretending that I’m one today… my little sister got married early last week and I took the entire week off last week and also today.
Yesterday Ballerina Girl brought home a note from the daycare director that her teacher was leaving because she has the opportunity to now stay home with her kids. I am really happy for her, but it also makes me melancholy.
I sorta knew this would happen, though. I get so busy with work, keeping up with housework and kids, and also doing projects here and there. I think it’s hard because I don’t blog because I don’t have PICTURES because who wants to read a boring old blog with no pictures???