Man, what a difference a month makes! Since my last self-portrait, I’ve found a job, Mike has started school, and life has turned in a much more encouraging direction. I’m so thankful for all the things that have come together for our family in the month of August!
My new position at Good Shepherd is such a Godsend– I’m on a staff that cares for one another, has a deep love for God, and shares great commitment to the church. I’ll be working part-time mostly from home for the next couple of months, and will transition into full-time work there in November. This is such a gift, since I can continue to spend more time with the boys and focus on establishing my photography business in a new city. And yet, in some ways, I can’t wait for November to arrive.
The last three+ months have been the longest I’ve stayed at home. When I was younger, I really wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom. It was how I was raised, and I knew I wanted to have kids, so it just made sense. As rich as this time has been, I realize now more than ever that I deeply enjoy and miss working in an office. Staying at home requires a degree of self-imposed structure to the day that I really struggle with (when it comes to the kiddos). Pair that with potty training, nap strikes, and other shenanigans, and I end many days much more exhausted than a 12 hour day at the office!
I knew being a full-time mom was hard. I just didn’t realize how hard until I was in it. The grass is always greener, I know, but I hope to strike a balance with work and home that can offer my best to both worlds. For now, I will frequent the playground and offer all the snuggles I can.