Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Birthdays, Decisions, and other Family Happenings

As I'm sure you can imagine, this few weeks preparing for, hosting, and cleaning up after Eliana's birthday party have been nothing short of busy. It was such a joy to be able to plan and prepare for her birthday party... to have a house stuffed to the gills with family and friends... to watch her shove cake in her tiny little mouth and fling it all over the place... to catch up with out of town family... and to celebrate our little girl who is growing up much faster than I would like. Regretably, I don't have a ton of pictures of my own from our sweet girl's party, but am waiting on pictures that others have taken. I'll get a few of those up when I receive them.

Big decisions are being made in our house... most notably, Spencer and I have prarefully considered my work situation for next school year, and have decided that it would be best for me to take a leave of absence. So... June 17th has a whole new meaning, knowing that I will be packing up my classroom and will be getting to stay home next year with my sweet girl. Our hope is to max out the number of years of leave for which I am eligible, yet we are taking it one year at a time.

This was a big decision for us in a number of ways... and as you can imagine, reducing your household income by 50% can be a scary thing. As I was reflecting back on how I have made decisions in the past, I have always felt the need to look three, four, five, or even ten steps ahead so I could be sure of how everything would likely play out before making big decisions. And while I believe that it is wise to be prudent, I also believe that I have been more of a "Thomas" than I would like to admit...

Jesus Appears to Thomas (John 20)

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

There are a lot of unknowns as we move forward... whether or not Spencer will get promoted to an Assistant Principal position for next year, how we will financially be able to swing this. And yet, we are trusting that because we believe this is God's desire for our family, that He will faithfully provide and allow it to work. We don't know what that will look like or how that will play out; but we are trusting God's words of Matthew 6...

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

And to say I am excited is an understatment. I am so excited to be with Ellie... I am excited to see God's hand of faithfulness. I am excited to take a break from the working world (as far as a career is concerned), to be able to spend more delving into my role as a wife and a mother, and to spend time further developing the Isaac Delisle Foundation.

So we ask for your prayers as we make this exciting transition :)

Pictures from Ellie's birthday to come...

13 comments:

Sarah said...

What a great decision for your family! I know you have been thinking about this for awhile. I am so happy that you will be able to spend this time with Ellie!

Sarah

Paige said...

I am SO very happy for you- know it is a lot to consider it, but you will NEVER regret it. all the time with your sweet girl is worth far more than any salary you could ever make!

The Barron Family said...

I am so happy for you! Being a stay at home mom is very hard, but the most rewarding job ever. CONGRATS!!!

Nellie said...

Happy 1st Birthday to your beautiful little girl and CONGRATULATIONS too on what I'm sure was not an easy decision for a leave of absence.

I will continue to pray and know deep within my heart that all good and amazing things are yet to come for your wonderful, inspiring family!

SUSI said...

The party was great and so much fun. I loved all the detail you had put into the decoration and I loved how your entire house was filled with joy and happiness. Everyone there was so excited to celebrate Ellie's 1st birthday with her.

Also super excited that you are counting down the days of juggling a full time job and being a mom + wife. You will be having so much fun with Eliana.

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

So excited with and for you, my beautiful friend! Definitely praying as you proceed.

Love to you....

GreenGirl said...

CONGRATULATIONS!
I always think that the best things in life are initially the scariest.
I was laid off in November and I thought it was the end of the world.
Ironically, I started a new job yesterday in the early childhood field and I couldn't be happier...but sooo scary in November.
I will be thinking of your family...! I think it's great!

Angela said...

I am *thrilled* for you that you are going to be able to stay home. You will LOVE it! :)

Jacksmom said...

I was sure this was what would happen for your family next year. I am so excited for you, and while I know you're a planner like me and that's hard to accept not knowing what it will be like or how it will work, I am sure it will work out. So excited that you'll be able to spend more time with Ellie!!!

Laura McCann said...

I took this same 'leap of faith' when my little boy was 20 months old. It turned into being a SAH mom for 15 years and I loved every minute of it! God is faithful and He will catch you in this leap. He knows you feel strongly about raising your children to be His followers and He will reward that. So happy for you, Spencer and Ellie.

Ruth said...

I'm excited for you, that you're able to take more time off work. I've been on a "boo-jay" since my maternity leave started, and there is joy in trying to be frugal! :) All best as you continue to enjoy your daughter grow.

Blake, Alisha, and Jackson said...

I took a leave of absence several years ago...from teaching, and have not went back. God had all the details worked out...things I never even imagined. Bless you bon your new and exciting journey!

Adeline said...

How exciting that you will get to stay home with Ellie. :-)