Thursday, March 27, 2008

Worker bee...that's me!

After being a work-at-home mom for the past 5 years, it's time to re-enter the workforce. Partly due to necessity...partly due to choice...probably more necessity.

There are so many changes in the air. It seems like for so long we were in a holding pattern of waiting. Now Maria's home and the employment restrictions with FamilyLife are no longer an issue and well, I just feel like possibilities are busting out all over. So here's what we've done.

We traded in the 1996 Suburban (a.k.a. beast, tank, camel) for a smaller, more fuel efficient 2004 Honda Pilot. I don't actually have possession yet, that happens tomorrow when Don gets back in town. We're hoping that the savings in gas will help to offset the car payment. And to be perfectly honest, I wanted a new car. Is that so wrong? I don't know. I'm kind of struggling with it. I'm a mess aren't I? I whine when I don't get what I want and feel guilty when I do.

Speaking of car payment. That's where the new job comes in. I'll be working part-time at Hobby Lobby and I'm really excited about it. I'll actually be working in the scrapbooking department. How perfect is that?! It will just be Monday evenings and Saturdays for now but when school starts (and if the job at Little Rock Christian doesn't work out), it sounds like I would be able to work more hours. I've felt for a long time that Hobby Lobby would be a great place to work. I hope this is where God will use me outside that Christian "bubble" that I've found myself in. I start Saturday!

Part of me feels a little off balance by all of these choices. Freedom to choose can be quite heady. Don't get me wrong, we loved every minute of our time at FamilyLife. However raising support did make us accountable to a whole group of people for how we spent our money and in many ways our time. It's rather refreshing to only be responsible to ourselves (and of course God, but that should go without saying).

Oops. Time to head off to soccer practice. More later!

Simply stated: I'm bringing home the bacon, baby!


Anonymous said...

You are going to be working at HOBBY LOBBY?! How could I not know this?! I am so envious that you even have one where you are--there are none in this part of the country. Then again, perhaps that's not such a bad thing. They say God works in mysterious ways, right??

Anyway, I digress. Congratulations on your new job. I'm sure you'll love it. I've heard Hobby Lobby is a great place to work. Have you ever noticed the Muzak while you're shopping there--it's all Christian music :)