Good Saturday morning, dear friends. I am writing to you from a very messy master bedroom that is yet to be unpacked from the day we moved in, nearly one month ago. We are at that point where you’ve unpacked the essentials, and just tend to turn a blind eye to the remaining “stuff” that is sitting around in corners and hallways and, well, everywhere, really.
OK, I lied, there’s no blind-eye-turning here. It frustrates me way too much as each day slips by in a haze of diapers and naptimes (not mine, unfortunately), crayons, whining, hubby working late, cooking, laundry, and dishes. And always, always the “I’m Hungrys”. (Oh my WORD, does that ever end?) And I flop into bed, exhausted, knowing that I’ll be woken by Crying Teething Baby at any moment. Of course it’s usually just as I’m drifting off. Then we get up and do it all again the next day, and still my bedroom looks like this:
(Our room is a bit of an odd shape, and that little nook is going to be my work space, as soon as I can find a desk for cheap at a thrift store. Yippee!)
What a fun pity party. Did we all enjoy that? I’d love a little cheese with my whine, except wait – I’m on Whole30. Bah humbug. I mean Yay for Being Healthy! (Cravings and mood swings, anyone? haha!)
One of the biggest contributors for why life has been especially hectic lately (aside from the obvious things) is something I haven’t yet shared here. I am pleased and honoured to tell you that just over a month ago (yes, just before moving time!) I was approached by Stephanie at Keeper of the Home with a job offer. It’s undoubtedly perfect for me: it is around 5 hours a week, working from home, and getting paid to do something fun.
So, I am now the Advertising Manager for Keeper of the Home. You can see my little bio added to the “Team” page over on KOTH, which is in addition to my role as a monthly contributing writer (an unpaid thing, in case you’re wondering). In fact, my first contributor post (10 Truths You Need to Hear When You Feel Like a Failure as a Mom) went up this week at KOTH, in case you missed it. I am humbled by the amazing response it’s gotten.
So with moving chaos, Chris working a ton (6 days/week), teething baby, and a new job… life has been very full (and at the risk of sounding too complainy: pretty stressful).
Somehow, in the midst of it all, we are Living. Hoping. Breathing in, breathing out. Sometimes intentionally so in order to slow down that racing heartbeat of Overwhelmed and Stressed Out and Fearful.
Some days I rush through with too much snapping and grumping, but some days wind their crazy moments right into my conscious heart of gratitude, causing me to wake up and see the gifts before me, even in the midst of midnight nursing and rocking sessions.
I am hoping that Crazy Season is winding down a little now, and I will soon be back to regular writing and posting. I’ve missed it.
Here are some links that caught my eye this week.
How to Make a Home @ A Holy Experience
How to Deal With (Your Own) Anger @ Simple Homeschool
I’m a Pee Fight Pacifist @ Five Kids is a Lot of Kids
When Thrifting Isn’t Thrifty @ This Sorta Old Life
Five Gentle Tools for Handling Lying @ Little Hearts Gentle Parenting