Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
I have been hibernating lately...I've been here, but not really in the mood to post.....I've been doing some "soul searching" so to speak.
When I made the decision at the age of 41 to leave work and stay at home with my children, I did not do it lightly...I had been at the job for 20 years, but I KNEW that the time was right, and it was what was needed to be done. I had wanted to do that the entire time I had been married.....fast forward 11 years.....I am still a stay at home mom, with the exception of a 3 year stint as a school lunch monitor at my childrens' school (again I felt it was needed for a couple of reasons).....and now I am at the age where had I stayed at my origional job of 20 years, I would be 3 years away from retirement. Do I think I made the wrong decision? Not on your life, but there are times when I wish my future years were more financially secure. I think what brought this on was a change in one of the jobs that DH does. We thought it would always be there....it is no longer going to be there after next week...and it was a shock to us. Not the end of the world, but it was the job that paid our medical and dental benefits, and therefore we must (and have) search out alternate benefits. I don't like change...I am the first to admit it! I have been thinking that maybe I should start looking for a part-time job, now that my youngest is almost 13....but at what? I am not trained for anything anymore and the thought of a department store makes me gag (sorry if any of you do this...I admire you, I could not do it)...so....I have been doing some soul searching and whining! When I read Katy's post today I realized how selfish I had been...and how fortunate I am......thank you Katy!
I guess we all have days/weeks where we feel unsettled, discouraged, etc...
I took a couple of photos, (borrowing from Katy's idea)...of the wonderful things in and around my home, and yes, I am truly blessed.
My doggy...Nallie...who is 12....and my daily companion:
Looking out my large kitchen window to the back deck and back yard...
My other kitchen window...looking towards the road that passes by our home....
Here it is in all it's glory!!! I love it!!!! "STILL WATERS"
I truly love this piece and am so glad I decided to stitch it (and finish it! LOL)
Have a great evening everyone!! Maybe you each can tell me one thing you are thankful for in your life today!