Decided to “shake things up” a little around here with a new theme … how do you like it? It’s simple, nothing fancy … and I didn’t even tweak it after “stealing” it from the themes directory. I post a few photos from time to time and I decided that I needed a more simple layout that wouldn’t fight with the photos I share with you. So there it is.
My girl and I attended a retreat this past weekend — A Maiden’s Quest — it was very inspirational for both of us, even though it was aimed at 12 – 17 year old young ladies. If I didn’t have a pile of laundry and other things to take care of, I would tell you about it in great detail. The shortened version is that the young ladies were encouraged to become God’s vision of young women, rather than the cheapened version the world would have them emulate. I think one thing that made an impression on me was that they were encouraged to see wifehood and motherhood as legitimate “careers” … so many young women today do not see the value in these callings, thinking that they MUST have a career like that of doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc., with a salary attached. I truly believe that a big reason so many of our children are falling through the cracks, so to speak, is because they are not “mothered” in that good old fashioned way. Rather than greeting Little Guy or Gal with milk and cookies and a good conversation about what happened in their day, the combined paychecks of Dad AND Mom distribute “love” in the form of activities and material goods. Both jobs are NECESSARY because all the “needs” of life can’t be bought with one paycheck. And there’s the debate … just how much do we really NEED? Could we live with careful frugality on one paycheck and find ways to nurture the parent/child relationship without the need for a second income? This is my ultimate goal … to work with intensity to pay off a few debts so that I can shut my business down and be there for my girl before it is too late. …but now I’m getting into a lengthy post and I really do need to go. Maybe I will expand on this line of thought a bit later.
Have a good afternoon!