I have a friend who writes a “Weekly Miscellany” post on her blog, and I’m stealing the idea from her because it’s such a nice way to get caught up on everything her family is up to. Also our computer broke, so for a while I couldn’t blog, but then someone loaned us one to use. So now that we have a computer I can write again, but I got out of the habit. Once I stop writing for a while I never know where to start again.
This week Aunt Kiki/Tay-tay (depending on which child is talking) came to visit. She’s lots of fun, and now that she’s gone Emmeline has refused to change out of the pajamas Aunt Kiki put on her the night before she left, and Gareth keeps coloring pictures for Aunt Tay-tay and telling me we need to get in “Mommy car” to bring them to her.
Josh: Is furiously applying for jobs everywhere. He got one interview last week, which was very encouraging for him. But while he was in school we were using extra money from his student loans to make ends meet. Now that he’s not in school and hasn’t gotten a better job yet, we’re really struggling financially, and he feels the weight of that most of all. If you pray, please pray for Josh! He needs peace right now.
Me: There’s a sort of infertility to looking for employment in that it’s a lot of waiting, it’s mostly out of your control, and eventually it starts to seem like everyone else is getting job transfers and promotions except you. I’ve lost count of how many jobs Josh has applied for so far. Somewhere between 60-100 I think. We’ll just keep praying and waiting. He’ll get the job God wants him to have when God wants him to have it. Meanwhile I need to find someone to vent to besides Josh. I’ve developed this attitude of, “Sure, apply for ___ job. You’re probably not going to get it though because someone else will have more experience than you.” Just the sort of encouragement your husband needs to hear when he’s down about his employment search. I struggle with feelings of embarrassment when it comes to how little money we actually have–as though it’s some sort of reflection on our character. Josh constantly reminds me that we’re both very hard workers, and we’ve done all we can. When this season of life is over I’m sure we’ll be thankful for everything the Lord taught us during this time.
Emmeline: Just got registered for ballet lessons! There’s a studio in Nashville run by a Christian woman who offers tuition on a sliding scale, so we can afford it. She’s been asking for dance lessons for a while, but they’re just so expensive! She’s super excited. She also loves doing school in her workbook. Bless her little oldest-daughter temperament. School was made for children like her. She loves math and counting the best, and when she went with me to my allergy doctor appointment, it made a huge impact on her to see a female doctor. Emmie loved the books about body parts and the models of asthmatic airways, and now she wants her own body part book to go with her Doc McStuffins doctor kit.
Gareth: Loves to help me bake bread. He’s mostly in it for the samples of raw bread dough. I’m not sure how that stuff tastes good to him, but he scrapes the bowl with both hands, so he obviously likes it. Earlier this week he peed in his diaper, walked into the bathroom, took his diaper off, and climbed up on the toilet. I walked in to see what was going on because there was so much noise, and he shouted, “No! Mommy! Go!” Apparently he wanted some privacy. I’m hoping this will mean he potty trains early! That would be a huge relief for me since we’re laughably under-supplied on cloth diapers and wipes.