Monday, January 25, 2010

Changes Can Be Good, Right?

I’m nervous.

Today marks the beginning of a new era for me. I am uncertain what the days ahead hold, and I don’t know how to respond to the changes.

Do I continue on with my days as normal?

Do I look for new tasks to busy myself?

Do I seek outside distractions?

What, you may ask, could cause such disruption in my normal routine?

I will tell you.

After nearly twelve years of being alone daily as a stay-at-home-mom, my dear husband Steve is coming home to work.

Actually, last week was his first official week with no office in town, but he was away for a few days at a sales meeting, so that really didn’t count.

Am I justified in being nervous? I don’t know. I will admit, however, this event has forced me to do some soul-searching.

I am concerned that I have taken for granted the blessing of being home daily. I have done all that needs to be done, but have I gone over and above what is expected? I must honestly confess I have not.

At first when Olivia was very young and in lower school grades, I was busy at home, school and church. But as she has gotten older the requests for volunteers have lessened, and I have found myself not as challenged with activities. Nor have I looked for more opportunities. That’s where I have fallen.

Just like with money, I believe the Lord expects us to be good stewards of our time. In that area, I have failed him many times.

But thanks be to God, He gives us new opportunities each and every day -- hence the title of my blog, which is based on Lamentations 3:22,23:
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
It’s never too late to begin again.

So today I intend to go forth and be productive. I want to be a good steward of my time, first for my Lord and also for my husband.

I will keep you posted on how things progress.

Meal Plan

We are still eating little-to-no meat. I had intended to bake a chicken yesterday, however, due to some changes in our weekly schedule, that meal has been pushed to another day this week.

Monday – Pecan crusted tilapia, slaw, steamed broccoli, rice pilaf

Tuesday – Baked or rotisserie chicken, parsley potatoes, green beans

Wednesday – Leftover bean soup, cornbread, salad

Thursday – Spinach lasagna, salad

Friday – Out

Saturday & Sunday – May possibly be out of town, so no plan at this time

I intend to do some “freeze-ahead” cooking this week. On my list of things is waffles, spaghetti sauce and calzones. My goal is to share with you my waffle recipe.

Have a great week!


  1. My dear Jenny- as you know, I began this very same journey of having my husband work from home almost 4 years ago. And just this past Saturday during my quiet time, I began to feel so overwhelmed with all the ways that God has blessed me with Steve being home all day every day. Now, of course, for 3 of the years he was gone Tues- Thurs., but he's now home all day, every day. I cherish the thought now and just LOVE having him home all to myself. But I will admit, there were some adjustments I needed to make myself. I am praying for you, girl. I can't wait to just sit and talk....

  2. Who knows? It could be fun! Think of it as a second honeymoon.


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