Remember how I was dreading school and sad to be missing my Emma? Well, I still miss having my little girl around, but this school thing is working out pretty well. I was talking to my mom's friend the other day and I remarked, "I feel like the world is my oyster - between the hours of 8:30 and 3:00".
I'm not sure if I'm being terribly productive, but it's nice to be able to do my work during the day so I don't have to take time from the kids to accomplish the mundane jobs of mothers. I will admit, though, I have become an expert at wasting time. Maybe I'll just give myself one year to not accomplish much.
In a week's time, Rob and I enjoyed a walk to Starbucks and a coffee date and then a few days later a nice trail run through a local park. After twelve years of staying home with kids, I'm kind of reveling in my new found freedom.
I have taken a part-time job where I can work from home about 8-10 hours a week. It's basically data entry for a small business in our area. I also have a few cooking jobs I'm looking forward to over the holiday season and I absolutely love having the time to blog.
I still pray with our Moms in Touch group for our school district. I've joined a bible study, which meets once a week. The ladies I study with are a blessing and it's a great time of grounding for me. I was obsessively protective of my kids home time when they were little and though I tried to join other groups, I found it was better for me to wait until I didn't have to drag them with me. I remember when they were little and it would be so stressful for me to haul Josh to preschool and then race with the two girls (who were babies) to a bible study. I'd always be late and then I'd have to plan to leave early to pick up Josh from school. It was not a good thing.
I'm able to be more consistent with my exercising, which is very enjoyable for me.
I don't know how long this "life of leisure" will last, but I'm enjoying it so much. I'm perfectly willing and able to work more outside the home if need be, but I think my husband wants me to be happy. I'm not the type of person who can handle being busy all the time. I'm basically a homebody and my moods can either create tension in our home or allow us to be relaxed and happy.
Thank you, everyone, for all of your words of encouragement as I transition into new and different roles. I'm going to enjoy this time for what it is, before everything changes again!