Wow! It has been about a month since I started planting vegetable seeds in containers. I wanted to share what has happened since then. Some of my vegetables started sprouting while others never germinated :( My hubby and son started my 16x8 garden spot in the backyard.
I transferred tomatoes, bell peppers, cantaloupe, summer squash, broccoli, cucumbers and zucchini so far. I planted the following straight into the garden by seeds: peas, and green beans.
I read brewed coffee grounds are good to mix in the soil so I tried that with my tomatoes. To save money on purchasing mulch, my husband created our own supply of mulch. It has been two weeks since I first planted in the garden and the hard part for me is keeping them alive and waiting for veggies/fruit to appear!
Okay, I am just going to say it...Stay At Home Mom is something I NEVER thought I would say I was.
I have secretly been praying for a long while that I could be a SAHM and hopefully I could eventually go back to school and finish my degree. Now with that being said, me and my husband both knew I couldn't stay home with our finances not really in order to support that move. I kept praying that if it is GOD's will for it to happen, I still desired to be a SAHM. The first day back from summer vacation, I had a quite emotional experience..... and I resigned but with the intent to find another job, QUICK! The day after I quit, I was on the hunt to find another job...and so I searched and searched. I didn't want to just work for pennies, I thought if I am going to work 8-5pm, year round, I need to find the higher paying job and in a different work setting than I previously had. After the first week, I was talking to my husband about my job search and he said to me, "What if you just stay at home?" I knew he liked the idea of me being home but realistically we knew that we weren't at that point, or were we? What if the LORD made that terrible experience for me to be a stay-at-home-mom? I have heard and read so many families who have been so blessed with the moms being at home and even with the sacrifices they make, their needs are always met. Could we financially do it? That is where we are at...trying to evaluate our expenses based on his income alone and I admit I am scared about putting a burden on my husband and family. The last few weeks of me being home has been AWESOME!!! I definitely feel happier and I have heard my kids say they like me being home. I pray this new chapter in our life will continue to have HIS blessing over us. I am looking up scriptures that touch on faith, having our needs met, and prayer. Here are some scriptures I have enjoyed reading:
2 Cor 9:8
One of the hardest struggles I am dealing with right now is wanting to make more money although keeping the schedule I have. My current employment is with the local school district, which translates into summers off and some extended holidays also. Honestly, it has been a huge blessing getting to spend more time around my kids. However, the trade off is that I make very little which doesn't allow much for any "extras".
I have been searching for better opportunities through the school district but so far nothing has worked out. I can endure the sacrificing aspect but when the extras stuff pours down like rain...school related items, fundraisers, something needs to be repaired or my favorite, or a higher bill than anticipated, I am quickly frustrated and ready to go back to a full time job and make the money I used to make. On the other side of that double edged sword is I don't want to miss out on my kids because as you know, you blink and they are all grown up!
I go back to work next week and in my prayers I have been asking for HIS direction. Ephesians 6:7-8 "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free". While praying about this work dilemma, I must remind myself that all my work is for GOD. Even though I feel unsatisfied financially, I must rely on His will for me and know that he will lead me in the right direction. (Harder said than done) This has been on my heart for a long while now and I wanted to share it in hopes that maybe people can relate to this.
Galatians 5:22 –“Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control”. This is one of my earliest scripture memorization. How interesting now as a mother this scripture is a focal point in my home. These fruits of the spirit have come up a lot in recent days and I realized that GOD wanted me to “salt the oat”. I want to encourage our family to emulate these great character qualities and to reinforce this I have them posted on our refrigerator as a constant reminder. We even play a game of memorization, where throughout the day I randomly ask for these fruits to be repeated. It is a great resource to help correct our children’s behavior, because it is so easy for me to repeat these 9 words to remind them (and me) to act like Galatians 5:22 instructs us. I would love to know if you use the fruits of the spirit with your family.