Oh, hi. Remember me? It’s been a long time, I know. A REALLY LONG TIME. I’ll say what I always say when I go on a blogging hiatus: life happened. That’s a plausible excuse, yes?
Dave and I have spent countless hours the last few months trying to answer the million dollar question: what should we do with our lives? Believe me, if parenting paid the bills we’d both be thrilled. Neeson is our dream and through slightly unfortunate circumstances, we’ve had the great fortune of spending A LOT of time together, all three of us. Even so, as much as we love parenting and ADORE our little nugget, I think for us both, a deep yearning for another form of fulfillment exists – where from, though, is the tricky part.
You know the saying, “when it rains it pours”? Of course you do. Let’s just say we’ve had our share of *40 days 40 nights* type of rain. Thankfully, no ark necessary. Ark or not, though, our situation is a very personal example of God stripping it all away in order to give us the opportunity to start over.
Finances haven’t been one of our strong suits during the first two years of our marriage, and when December rolled around and we found ourselves suddenly without our primary source of income AND THEN, two weeks later, without 2 of the 3 part time jobs I had, we didn’t have a whole lot to fall back on. Stripped bare, we’ve been humbled and forced to evaluate many things – our spending, our habits, our worth, and our faith. It hasn’t been easy. Armed always with just enough, be that through family, odd jobs, and plain ol’ good timing, but always through the grace of God, we’ve made it through.
The lessons we’ve learned are invaluable, and moving forward we know many things we will do differently to avoid this situation again. Always learning things the hard way, but learning them, nonetheless.
As we enter into uncharted territory, the changes for our little family of three won’t be the easiest, but we are thrilled about the direction we’re going. After feeling stagnant for too long, a sense of hope and excitement is much welcomed.
All that to tell you this: starting next week, you can officially call me Mrs. Breadwinner! As the Wedding and Event Specialist, I’ll be your go-to gal at Colorado Party Rental’s new Colorado Springs location. I could not be more excited! Of course, with my excitement comes a whole host of nerves – the normal ones that come with starting any new job and the mama ones that come with unexpectedly needing to leave your baby to provide for your family. The two things that make this bearable?
1. I am sincerely thrilled about this job! Like, THRILLED. I’m trying to refrain from using too many exclamation points in case my new boss reads this. I don’t want him to think I’m nuts. 😀
2. Neeson will be incredibly well taken care of and loved each day, at our home, by none other than daddy Dave. I am so thankful.
As we move forward with our new routines, we hope to also find the means for Dave to begin marketing his new video company and for me to finally be able to launch a little dream I’ve had for some time now, called Hey Neeson. Big and exciting ideas are floating all around here, and we pray to have the resources to make them a reality for us.
Those who know me know that I’m not the type to ask for anything. I’m independent and stubborn, but mostly never want to burden or cause worry for anyone I love. Through this, though, I’ve learned there is certainly no shame in asking for help. So, if you’re the praying type, I ask for your prayers for a smooth transition for my family in the weeks to come.
Pray for my mama heart as I walk out the door to go to work each morning and pray for patience and grace for daddy, as being a stay at home parent is not always rainbows and puppies.
Pray that we find the funds and the drive for each of our dreams and business plans to come to fruition.
Finally, pray that our sweet Neeson continue to thrive. He is the absolute light of our lives.
Cheers to new beginnings, everyone! Good things are ahead.
photo by the lovely Tessa J.