Well the wait is finally over!! We are so excited to announce that Si Robertson has teamed up with Operation Christmas Child to help get the word out about how to share the love of Jesus through a shoebox!!
Go to www.shoeboxsi.com to see how you can get involved and pack an OCC shoebox!!
You can also check out http://video.samaritanspurse.org/story_line/uncle-si/ to see some hilarious videos with Uncle Si Robertson.
Before you read this blog....please understand this is my personal experience and opinion based on my situation. My perspective is uniquely mine and I have no desire to start a debate about where a mom should spend her time.
I've spent most of the past 18 years as a full-time stay-at-home Mom. I've always felt that it was the hardest job I could ever have. There were countless days with no showers, no adult conversations, and endless cleaning that never resulted in a clean house. I spent many hours a day driving children to and from school and sports events. Most of my days were spent meeting the needs of others and I ended each day weary and exhausted.
Back in May of this year, I was blessed with the opportunity of a full-time job for a season with Operation Christmas Child. When I started my job in July, I was a little anxious about transitioning out of the home and into the workplace. My fears were about all of the "things" that I normally did during the day. Things like schoolwork with Maddy & Tyler, making dinner, and other household stuff. I knew I would also miss out on certain things at church as well. Things like Tuesday morning Bible study, VBS, and family dinner on Wednesday.
As I began working, many of my fears were quieted as my hubby took on the majority of the household duties as well as the schooling with Maddy & Tyler. Other people stepped in to fill the roles at church that I wasn't able to do. The people I work with are amazing and I really love my job. The transition was extremely smooth and for the most part things have gone very well. But I have come to the conclusion that being a working mom is so much harder than I ever imagined it could be.
In just the few months that I've worked, I feel that it's not really the "things" that I miss; It's the relationships and interactions with people I love. I've missed lots of time with my kids. I miss spending my days at my desk in the dining room helping Maddy & Tyler complete their schoolwork. I miss the friendships from ladies Bible study.
I miss being home on Friday afternoons to talk to the boys before they head to the football game. I really miss cooking for my family. I hate that when I come home in the evenings that I have no energy to do much of anything.
The continuous internal battle of excitement for my work and disappointment for not being there for my family is exhausting. I have gained a whole new respect for working moms. In my opinion, it is so much harder than being a full-time stay at home mom.
In just 4 weeks, my job will come to an end and I will make the transition back to being a full-time mom. I will make that transition thankful for the season that God allowed me to work outside the home. But more importantly, I will make that transition thankful for my job as a full-time mom.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.