Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of Love.

Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of love.

the catch up game & don’t worry about a thing.

…every little thing is gonna be alright. (Bob Marley, anyone?)

Since I went on a mini vacation this week, I have a lot to catch up on for the #31DBBB challenge. However, before I move on to the next steps in that challenge, I think I may need to soften any concerns that might have arose from something I posted a couple weeks ago. A few weeks ago, I posted a couple pretty vague posts (here and here) about how I felt God was telling me “No” (for now, at least) in response to a prayer. Apparently, I must have made the posts sound far more alarming than I intended (I did use life-changing in there, so maybe that sounded alarms), because some concerned people have surfaced.

First of all, I’m completely enamored that I have readers that care (all five of you that there are), but I must apologize for causing alarm. I did think a lot before I posted those entries. I went ahead and posted them because I thought it was important to share that God answers prayers, even though that answer is sometimes “No”. And I left the posts vague, because I was a little embarrassed to share what I was struggling with. However, after hearing some of the concerns, I thought it might be best to clear the air.

I was struggling with being a stay-at-home mom vs. work-at-home mom vs. working mom. I wasn’t sure I was supposed to have my graphic & web design business anymore. With my three kids growing & getting more active (and taking less/shorter naps), I was having trouble finding time to work. And talking to clients (on the phone) was next to impossible. However, my husband & I are trying to get out of debt, so staying at home with the kids (and not working at all) wouldn’t help us with that goal. I could work a real job, but then we’d have to put the kids in daycare, and factor in that expense. I didn’t know what I should do, I was tired and stressed.

I thought it was time for me to close my graphic & web design business. I did close my design queue and didn’t take on any new projects, so I could sort everything out. My husband & I talked a lot about it, and I prayed for God’s guidance. Really, I was unsure about what to do until this week. When I was on my mini vacation (with hubbs), I missed our kids like crazy. Everything I did on vacation, I found myself wishing that our kids were there doing it with me. That helped me realize that I really like being home with my kids all day, every day. It also helped me realize, that to decrease my stress, I need to have a set schedule for when I work and only select clients who are a good fit for me (and I for them). Hubbs even suggested that we could put the kids in daycare for a couple days each week, so I can work on projects.

What I’m getting at is, it’s going to be alright. We are going to be alright. I’m sorry if I concerned any of you.

Don’t Worry…. Be Happy!

dooo….do do do do do do……

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