Before I explain the title of this post, I first need to give you some background. Bear with me :-)
My mother-in-law lives with us, and has for 4 years now. I love her dearly, and having her here has been a great blessing.
Essentially, life around here is like this:
I leave for work while everyone else is still asleep.
My husband and his mom chat over coffee, and she usually takes the kids to school while he gets ready for work.
She doesn't work, so she picks them up from school. It makes for a long, boring day, so she usually does the grocery shopping, laundry, housekeeping and starts dinner to keep busy.
I know. You all want her :-)
That is an IMMEASURABLE blessing to me. But...sometimes having her do so much made me feel inadequate, unnecessary.
That's all coming to an end.
Well, you know in my last real post how I shared my discontentment? How God has turned off my desire for the things I usually do, and I'm not sure what to do next?
Little did I know just how soon I would have an answer.
The very next day after that post, I came home to see some scribbled notes on a piece of notebook paper. The following day some included some conversations, which ended with a handshake.
Three days later: suddenly Jeff's mom is working, and life as I've known it has been turned upside down.
Aaron will now have be enrolled in after-school care, because gramma won't be able to pick him up anymore.
She will also not have time to cook, and clean, and all the stuff she spoils me by doing now.
So guess who will? Me.
How's that for God speaking clearly?
My feelings of inadequacy as a wife and mom, my mother-in-law's need for something more, financial provisions in a tough economy, my discontent - God planned them all, to bring us to this place. This place where my kids will be mothered by their mother. Where I can do the things my traditional housewife mother trained me to do, so I can get back my confidence as a wife and mother.
I know this will be a big change, and it will be tough. Tough with increased responsibilites for me, tough adjustment for my kids. But God knows what He's doing, and this is His best for us right now.
So I gladly receives this blessing, and praise God for loving me and my family enough to take care of all the details.
But, if I don't post in like, 3 months, now you'll know why: I'll probably be falling asleep while I try to fold laundry :-)