Life Lately

A few bullet points about life lately:

–This weekend was awesome—three of my college friends flew across the country for a girls’ weekend!!  I love these girls so much and was so thrilled to introduce them to the little one who has stolen my heart.  Plus, my husband rocks and took my pre-trip conversation with him VERY seriously:

Me: “Now you know, they’re coming here for a GIRLS’ trip.  I don’t know how to say this, but just keep in mind that it’s a GIRLS’ trip.”
David: “Yeah, it’s going to be so fun! I can’t wait to hang out with them!”
Me: “Yeah…if we invite you.”
(Silence)
Me: “Because it’s a GIRLS’–”
David: “Ohhhhhhh! I get it.”

He took his cue, left us to our girly devices (unless we invited him,) and went above and beyond with Zoe care so that we could have plenty of “older” girls’ time! It was so fun!

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Of course, we spent PLENTY of time with Zoe, too!

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I’m thankful for friendships that don’t just survive change, but encourage growth.  When I’m with these girls I always feel comfortable and accepted as I am AND supported and encouraged into the woman I want to be.  They are gifts.  And they read this blog, so thank you, sweet gifts!!!

–Also, it felt so strange to say goodbye to them today at the airport and think, “well, back to the work week” and then realize that my work week is now hanging at home and caring for our little one.  I don’t have anything deep to say about that, but…yeah.  It was weird.  And notable, apparently.

-On that note, I’ve gotten a few questions about working part time.  It’s been going splendidly so far! I’ve been averaging about 8 hours per week, mostly from home.  I check email every day and work two afternoons a week when David is able to flex his schedule to watch Zoe.  I am able to do the bulk of my work when I have childcare, but Zoe has been to the office, has participated in a few conference calls, and even sat through her first webinar during an RFP announcement.  I had to commemorate the moment:

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Clearly, she thought it was scintillating.

I look forward to my work sessions all week, and I think that working helps me be a better mom because I get to use different skills and don’t feel like I am solely sucked into a childcare vortex all the time.  Full disclosure to other moms considering PT work–the downside is that I end up using the times when David has a flexible schedule as “work time,” which means I don’t really get “me time.”  To me, it’s worth it, but I am very interested in my field and love my job, so that probably won’t translate to everyone.  BUT for me it’s working and I’m so happy for the extra income and opportunity!

–One of the reasons I felt like I needed to stay at home was because I felt like God was calling me to continue in and expand my ministry with the girls in our youth group (there was no way I could have done that with my old position.)  It has been SO amazing to watch Him work in the time He has opened for me.  I may have left my old position, but I haven’t stepped away from positive youth development work at all! You can find teenage girls at our house several afternoons a week now chatting about life, faith, boys…whatever.  I LOVE IT.  Bonus: no classroom management skills needed.

–I have been EXHAUSTED for the last week.  It turns out I was coming down with a cold. Usually when I get sick I’m all like, “whatevs, I’ll push it” but today? I got some grocery essentials and now I’m just hanging at home praying Zoe naps well (so far, so good.)  Since we’ve had Zoe, I’ve unintentionally lost some weight (not a ton but enough to make most of my pants unwearable.)  I’m trying to stop that trend and take better care of myself by eating more, going to bed at a reasonable time, and forcing myself to take some breaks and sit.  We’ll see how that pans out…

Well, my little bundle of joy is up and crying 🙂 Here’s a cute picture for the road.  Thanks for reading!

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