The Man I Married

Those of you who remember the last 2 years of our lives will know the reason for our somewhat frequent moves was for Simon's quest for the perfect job.  But we all know that finding such a job is a feat few people seem to achieve.
We moved to Indianapolis when Simon joined Truth @ Work, where he had been hired to be the director of a new program for young Christian business-people.  But over the first 3 months working there, it was realized that they had wanted more of a salesman for the new program rather than a director.  Needless to say, they parted ways on good terms, and this event happened the same week that Adriah was born (mid June).  The timing was both good and bad.  Bad because, well, no job.  Good because what mom of 4 wouldn't want another helper around for a few weeks!?
A few odd jobs later, Simon ended up working at Carmax (a nationwide used car dealership) starting in August.  It was good for a time, made ends meet, and was close to home.  But Simon was still searching for more of a long-term job.  He prayed desperately for a new job for the new year, and had been looking at some business opportunities here in Indy.  The same day he realized one job possibility wasn't going to work out, he got a call from his previous boss at Indiana Wesleyan University asking if he was interested in coming back to the admissions office starting January 2?  Oh yes, we've heard it before, God does have a sense of humor!
Simon is enjoying the familiarity of working back in the same office he was in for 4 years.  IWU is a wonderful place to work.  It is a one hour drive, but thankfully there are a few other people in our area with whom he carpools.  He also has a flex-day on Tuesday when he works from home and is also able to watch the kids while I go to IWU to teach my class.  Based on our past, we've learned not to guess at our future, so don't bother asking how long he'll be there or what we want to do next!
Simon is a wonderful father.  He and Christian do a lot together and Christian wants to do everything just like his Daddy.  You can find out what kind of Father he's aspiring to be on the blog he just started writing, Intentional Fatherhood.  I'm glad he's taking the time to write about something that is so important.  He has been very helpful with the children, I don't think I could handle being a single mom--- you're not meant to do it alone!
We love spending our evenings together after the kids are asleep, usually on the sofa catching up on one or two of our favorite shows.  (I'm actually writing this while we are watching The Bible series... what do you think of it? It's like reading the Bible in super fast forward and skipping a whole bunch of stories.  I'm still enjoying it's documentary-type storytelling).
I guess that's the summary of Simon for now.  He's a very supportive and loving husband--- we need each other!


Blog Resurrection

How does a person go about writing a blog in March when the last entry was in August?

Me-oh-my.  I don't want to overwhelm you with an entire life update in one post, so I will take a few entries to recap the lives of each person... not just for your reading, but for my own recording.  I'm afraid with four children, I have all but stopped writing in my journals for them.  The blog is sometimes the easiest way to remember events and special memories in my children's lives.

I'll start by updating about myself:

I love living in Fishers, IN!  I spend most of my time at home with the children--- they provide plenty to keep up with without even leaving the house.  They are lot to keep up with, trying my patience more than I imagined being a mother would.  But I love them so much.  I stay busy with the mundane and never-ending laundry, dishes, toy up-picking, and diaper changing (only one kid though!--- but I'm almost convinced that the time I spend wiping bottoms at the toilet each day takes just as long as diaper changes would.  Thankfully less expensive!).  They are growing fast and learning so much.  I'll tell you about them soon.

In January, I started a new endeavor: I am teaching a college class at Indiana Wesleyan University!  I was thrilled at the opportunity, it is an interior design class called Rendering.  Funny part is, there's only 4 students, but that's perfect for my first time!  I'm hoping it leads to more classes in coming semesters.

I also have about 4 interior design jobs that have come my way, and they are all so different!  God has really opened the doors to some neat opportunities, and I'm putting my faith in Him to help me accomplish what is required.

I enjoy our new church, Trinity (Wesleyan) Church and am starting to get connected by helping out in the nursery and attending Wednesday classes.  I'm also going to transition to the nursery coordinator position over the next few months.  I have been so encouraged and challenged by our pastor's messages that are pulled straight from the Word of God.  I am thankful.

I am quite excited for warmer weather to arrive.  Last spring was a whirlwind of pregnancy and moving, I'm hoping to do a little more yard work and garden prep.  And just to be outside and breath!  Big deep breaths of fresh air!  And SUNSHINE!  All you mommas out there are nodding your heads in agreement, I know.

I can't leave out the fact that I've steadily and slowly been doing house projects!  So far, I've primarily painted the basics to cover what was here when we moved in.  I still have to finish the laundry room, guest bath, and huge 2-story front living room (I'm considering hiring this out?!).  Once all the walls have a nice shade of paint, I will probably start getting a little more creative with embellishing them.  All in time.  I've obviously had to slow down the projects since January (with teaching and designing for others).  But that's okay!  Good things take time.

That's all for now.  Next week, I'll give you the scoop on the man of the house. :)  (and if you feel like reading ahead, check out the blog he just started: www.theintentionaldad.com)!

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