Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A New Season

I've been a stranger to my own blog.  That's an odd feeling.  I blogged back in November about my cup overflowing, and that was the way my life looked from September until last week.  All good things, but too many to keep up with to be able to do a good job of blogging, too.

My quarter ended last Friday.  For the past 2 years, I've taught college ESL writing courses online and absolutely loved it.  Balancing life as a work-from-home mom and daycare provider has been challenging, but it was a blessing.  I found out two weeks ago that the online program for the private university is closing, which means that my job ended, too.  I went into panic mode for a little while, but now I'm leaning on the Everlasting Arms and trusting that the One who provided me with that wonderful job in the first place will lead the way and give us wisdom as to what to do next.

I am sad, though.  I loved teaching--really loved it.  And my students were the sweetest, most caring people.  I've been really blessed by the relationships that were created over the last two school years.  Even though I won't be their teacher any more, many of them asked me to continue to send updates and pictures of Kayleigh.  I love that.  I'm so thankful for those kids!

Anyway, life is back to a new normal.  One where I wake up without a cloud of essays to work through before Kayleigh wakes up, and one where I'm not trying to steal spare moments during naps and bedtimes to write lesson plans and email students.  Instead, our dining table looks like my craft closet threw up on it, and I've had a needle and thread, a glue gun, and yarn out and in use ever since.  Simply being a mom/daycare provider/wife again is awesome.  I have no idea what our next plan is financially, but it's going to have to be something, because that job was 1/3 of our family's income.  For this week, though, I'm simply enjoying.

And cuddling, and crafting, and exercising, and spring cleaning.  It's a lovely week.

I have so many projects that I've made over the last few months that I'm dying to share with all of you.  The only problem is, I never had time to create tutorials for them, and half of them, I didn't even have time to take pictures along the way.  I'll be working to write up posts and recreate projects in the coming weeks and share a little creativity in this crafty space.

sneak peek of Kayleigh's Easter photo shoot!

Oh, friends, I've missed you!  It's good to be back.