I'm the weepy one that took a picture of my husband just now as he walked out the door with his lunch and a cup of coffee. He was wearing a tie. I think it's good that the season is markedly different than the last. I needed to know with certainty that things are different. I took a picture because I want to show our kids a memorial of when God provided (a la the Children of Israel who set up a memorial when they crossed the River Jordan - and a few other times too, I think).
I have no assurances that this season will be easy. After all, I don't think that my friends' lives - whose husbands have been consistently gainfully employed - are necessarily easy. But sometimes things are relative. So I shall say with all confidence: our life [read: a few of the details of our life] will certainly [read: most likely] be easiER [read: hard in different ways].
I'm pretty sure that a good job does NOT mean that I will suddenly be supplied with the following (but they are currently on my Amazon Wish List):
- time genie to rub - I still won't have enough hours in the day to complete the tasks before me (especially if I blog).
- house elf to boss around - I still have do the laundry and wash the dishes... go figure.
- money tree to pluck - I still have to budget (though I wouldn't call what we've been doing "budgeting"), and that means I will still coupon with the best of them.*
- Life's Answer Key - I will still wonder what calms a fussy baby, potty trains a toddler, entertains a preschooler, and teaches a "big" kid. While the Bible is my general guide to life and godliness, I believe the nitty-gritty details are left out so we can learn to hear His voice - He most certainly cares about those details.
- magic wand to wield - I still won't be able to make time stand still so I can muster up some self control and sip some (preferably hot) coffee.
- fountain of youth to drink - I will still have the energy of a woman in my 30s because I am a woman in my 30s. And my young children know very well how to exploit this weakness of mine.
It's a new day!
It's a new day!
*learning how to make every dollar stretch and sometimes multiply is my favorite lesson of this season.It's a new day!