Tuesday, May 26, 2009

From homeschool mom...

To working mom. Yep, that's me! : )

I got THE job!! The foot-in-the-door job!

Now I get to shop for these. There are so many cute styles to choose from, don't you think?

The hospital job is 12 hour shifts and considered full time. The department store job is very part-time, so for now I am going to do both. And I am actually really excited!

While this may not be what I had planned for my life, you know what? God is indeed faithful and His timing and provision are perfect. Always. The same week Zach graduates and leaves for the summer (working as a counselor at Camp Ironwood), I will be starting this new phase of my life. And I am so thankful for the opportunity to finish out our homeschooling years without interruption.

See? The Lord is with me every step of the way. He goes before me and gives me grace and strength to take the next step, which often feels like I am in a foreign country with no map and unable to speak the language. Sometimes I just stand and wonder...where am I? How did I get I here? How do I get back home?

And that is when my sweet Jesus reminds me He is my guide in this very strange and sometimes scary place I find myself. I am not alone.

So thank you for your prayers regarding the job(s). Today I go to fill out paperwork for the hospital job and tomorrow I start training for the department store job. Oh...and plan for a graduation party next week and get ready to send Zach off for the summer. Lots going on for sure! : )

Have a great day! Blessings and love to you all....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Job hunting

I got a job!

It's at a department store and it's very part time...but it's a job!

I have another interview this afternoon and I am a tad nervous about it. This particular job would be a very good foot-in-the-door for me. I'll keep you posted.

So in a matter of days I will go from homeschooling mom to employee. Who would have thought? Certainly not me. But God is good. Always.

Thank you for your prayers...I love you all! : )

*Painting: Job Hunting

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Girlfriends, I know you've got my back...

And I want to thank you for it.

Whether you are my sweet precious daughter, my sister-in-loves, my nieces, my dear friends who text, email or call to check up on me...

To my friends who are helping me find a job and putting in a good word for me...

To those of you who give me hugs at church and tell me you are praying...

To those dear ones who faithfully send me cards with words of encouragement...

And of course, to my bloggy friends...

Thank you for praying for me and standing with me through this. The past two days were so difficult in so many ways, but praise the Lord, I got through it and I'm still standing (although a bit wobbly). I was completely buoyed by your prayers and in my hardest moments I thought of you, my support team, and knew there were prayers being lifted up on our behalf.

You ladies are amazing! And I love you all. : )

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


"Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God." Psalm 69:1-3

Today is the day.
Today is the day when the final pages are being written in a story that began 26 years ago.
Today is the day when my husband comes to pick up the last of his things that pertained to what we called "our life".
Today is the day when I feel like my heart is breaking more than I can bear.
Today is the day I am clinging to my Jesus with everything I have in me...because I if I don't, I will surely sink.

But as for me,
my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Deliver me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.
Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or the pit close its mouth over me. Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. Psalm 69:13-17

Today I am praying for a miracle.

Monday, May 11, 2009

I am blessed

Mother's Day 2009...

A delicious breakfast made by my super-special son-in-law

Thoughtful (and funny) cards and gifts given by my children to make their mom smile : )

Going to church as a family and hearing an awesome message

A relaxing lunch back at the house, followed by an even more relaxing afternoon

Snuggling with my precious grandbabies during naptime

Feeling so very loved by my family

Thank you Zach and John for making this Mother's Day special with all your thoughtfulness and care. And thank you to my sweet Ashleigh for once again, giving so much of herself to help her mama through these hard days. This was her day too, but her concern was not for herself and having a day 'off', but instead on what she could give. I love you my baby girl.

I am blessed indeed.

Hoping all you Moms had a wonderfully blessed day too! : )

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I did it!

Today I filled out and dropped off my first job application in over 20 years. Yikes!

It's not for a specific job, but if I got my foot in the door at this location, it would be a good start. And goodness knows, I have to start somewhere. My days as a homeschooling mom are numbered (only 20 more to be exact) and it's time to enter a new 'season of life'. So here I go...

I'll keep y'all posted. : )

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Night To Remember

Zach graduates from high school in four weeks. I can hardly believe it!

Each year our church's school hosts a dinner for the high school students and their parents called, A Night To Remember. It's a time for everyone to get dressed up, enjoy delicious food at a nice restaurant and good fellowship.

Zach and I drove to the dinner with his good friend Brock and Brock's parents. They have been so gracious and kind to us during the past few months.

Brock and Zach.... These two are so funny together. Brock spends a lot of time at our house, which is nice because it means I have a reason to cook real food. : )

This is Rebekah (or Bek as we call her). Isn't she so pretty? She is our pastor's daughter and just the sweetest girl. She's also my snowboarding partner. : ) I love this girl! I thought those of you who used to live in our town and attend our church might like to see how much she's grown up.

Miss Terri, my pastor's wife (and lil' ol me). You can see why Bek is so pretty, huh? I love Terri...she is a true gentle spirit and prayer warrior.

Zach, Brock and Randy...the Three crazy Musketeers.

Some of the high school students...looking so handsome and pretty.

I'll be honest. Zach and I weren't overly thrilled to be going to this dinner. It had been a very rough week. It's hard for me to suddenly be a single parent. It's hard for Zach to not have his dad here. It's just hard.

But as with so many things right now, we just did it. We went and were glad we did. We need to surround ourselves with those who love us--and we are so grateful for each one of you. Thank you.

We are making it. One day at a time. : )