While Spring is not my favorite season, I do enjoy watching the wonder of new life in God's creation. I also enjoy the Spring traditions we have established as a family. One of which is making stepping stones. Every April, since Jack has been 6 months old, we have made stepping stones. Each child makes their own stone, and I just love the collection we are getting along our walkway!
Stay tuned ... more Spring traditions coming your way!
I have been back to work for about a month now, and we continue to adjust to new schedules. My maternity leave went so, so fast. Where DID those 12 weeks go? But then I look at the boys and wonder where the years have gone. It seems like just yesterday I was returning to work after leave with Jack ... with Samuel ... with Owen ... all very different returns.
Jason was still working when Jack and Samuel were born so our routine was different then. My dad, Jason's mom and Rita watched Jack for nearly the first year. Then, Jack started going to Tina's house. We were so, so blessed to have such wonderful individuals to care for and love our little ones!!! Samuel started at Tina's house right away after my leave. Of course, I knew the boys were well loved, but it is still with a heavy heart that I left them to return to work. With Owen, my leave was, of course, very different in so many respects. Going back to work after having Owen, while hard, was part of the healing process.
Jason has now been at home with the kids for nearly three years. I am so grateful for that. (Tip - if you are a real-life friend - please don't ask if Jason is still at home "babysitting" the children ... um, no, he is not at home "babysitting" the children ... and, yes, someone really did ask that). It was still hard leaving Lydia to return to work, even though I knew she was with her daddy.
I struggle with balancing a career outside of the home, being a wife to Jason and a mommy to the kids, being a friend and doing the domestic things at home that I love. I struggle with accepting that I cannot get everything done I'd like to ... I have to give up some of my controlling tendencies ... and, gulp, I have to find peace in that ... kind of hard considering my Martha tendencies!. And, it tears at my heartstrings that there are some things I am missing as the kids grow. Of course, we question if this is God's plan for us. For now though, despite the things we struggle with, this feels right and we are thankful that we can have a parent at home (and, Jason is an amazing husband and father).
Plus, an income does seem to be a necessity these days. And, it helps fund some of the new "addictions" that I've developed since having a girl such as purchasing ...
Sweet Flower Headbands ...
Adorable, little shoes ...
And, all things monogrammed - like these little bloomers.
Longing to serve with joy and desiring to lead, with my amazing husband, our precious children to have hearts that beat for our Lord. Rejoicing in the love and grace of our Father and the endless blessings He has given us.