Family

Photobooth Friday!

If there is any one thing most people can agree on, it’s that photobooth never gets old. I’ll be cleaning today, so I don’t have much time to talk. But I wanted to give you something to laugh about, so here ya go!

 

Workin’ Girl.

Today is a neat day because I get to work with Daniel! (Yes, I just used the word “neat”)

Daniel works for signsite.com, which is a company that offers online solutions for the sign industry. They provide services for businesses like signarama.com, which is the largest online sign company in the world. They also have there own signage brands, like speedysigns.com. I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out in their warehouse/offices which are located in Lake City. The atmosphere is energetic and motivating, and the people are wonderful. There is a spirit of encouragement and productivity in the air, and employees get rewarded and praised for doing a good job. From what I’ve observed and what Daniel is experiencing, this isn’t a place where your working dreams go to die. The more initiative you show, the more responsibility you get and the higher you move up. It sounds like the perfect place to work!

Due to the election season, Daniel and his marketing superiors need some extra man (or in my case, WOMAN power) to get research and find candidate information for all the counties in the country. Daniel offered my help, and I am excited to say that they gladly received his offer! I get to work part time with ma man on Wednesday, calling government offices and working my magic. The rest of the days of the week I get to work from home! They are going to have me set up a phone that I can use to make the calls, and I essentially get to be my own boss. Now I can play with Abram all day, and still be able to contribute to our family income. I get paid per call, so I choose how many calls I make a day. Or perhaps Abram chooses how many calls I make…. haha.

It feels good to be able to do this for my family. I’ve realized over the past few months that my etsy shop/blog is not something that happens over night, and it is going to take a great deal of hard work and dedication to getting it off the ground and see a profit come of it. This opportunity gives me the chance to make some money in the meantime, and also gives me the flexibility to work on the things I am passionate about. Back when Daniel and I got married, we talked about what I would do when we had a child. We committed to decision of me staying home with our child until he/she goes to school. Well, our plan was not to have a baby for at least 4 years. HA. Clearly our plan was squashed, and God had a different one. We were not financially ready for Abram to come, and so the temptation was to go back on our commitment and have me work. But at the end of the day, we knew that our commitment was God inspired and that we needed to have faith that God would provide.

Abram will be a year old next month. Every bill has been paid, every meal has been eaten and the gas tank was full enough to get us where we needed to go. A lot of sacrifices were made, but the decision to stay home with Abram has been an incredible one, and we have been completely taken care of. I feel like this opportunity for extra income is just an incredible blessing and a reward for all the times I didn’t give in to the attractive idea of getting a “real” job.

Don’t you just hate when people talk like being a mom isn’t a real job?

Oooh, that just burns my biscuits.

The Week’s End Activities.

This weekend was a nice one. We enjoyed the farmers market, a few yard sales, and got to spend some quality family time together. Daniel also preached his very first sermon yesterday, which was special. I’m not just saying this cause he is my husband, but for the first time preparing and delivering a sermon, he did EXCELLENT. We have discovered that my husband has quite a bit of natural talent for public speaking. While listening to him, I became overwhelmed for a few minutes with emotion- both good and scary. For months I’ve been feeling God moving us towards a pastoral or some kind of leadership calling. I also felt very undeserving of such a wonderful man. I am so grateful.

Over the weekend I got some stuff done and picked up some things here and there. Wanna see?

I ordered striped paper straws for Abram’s birthday party and they came in Friday afternoon. They are really cute!

I made a bunch of hair clips for a little girl at church. I always love to decorate and package my orders and gifts, because it always brings a smile to the receiver.

Picked up this cute pair of overalls at the Educate BV yard sale on Saturday. From the looks of the tag, they might be vintage. I just really liked the colors.

Snagged this gem of a vintage bag for a dollar at a yard sale.

FINALLY found a pair of shorts that fit me comfortably. Still working on the post-pregnancy bod, and man things just fit so weird. These are cute, and go along with the nautical theme I seem to be following lately.

Bought this liquid container that we are going to use for the bubble station for Abram’s birthday party. This will hold the refill bubbles, and I’ve saved baby food jars here and there to hold the bubbles in for the kids. Recycle!

Decided to finally get a case of ball jars, they’re real cheap: only 9 dollars for 12 jars at Wal-mart. I want to use these for pretty drinks for the Bachelorette Party I’m hosting for my friend Kay. I also want to use them for everyday drinking. That is green tea in there, btw. I realized after taking the picture that it looked kinda gross.

I made a list that gives Daniel and I a daily reminder of the things we need to do to the house so that it is guest-ready for when family and friends come in for Abram’s birthday.

 

Well that was my weekend. How was yours?