Friday, April 27, 2012

E turns 12

E turns 12 today.  She really has come a long was and is turning into a great young lady.  She even practices the piano most of the time without being reminded.  She is pretty excited about her gifts.  She did pretty well--books, clothes, watch, a matching purse, wallet, and flip flops, and $$$$!  Daddy took her out to Dairy Queen since he is leaving tonight for a Cub Scout campout with Z.  We will have her birthday dinner and cake on Sunday when he is back.  :)  She has also enjoyed talking to those who are calling to wish her a happy birthday. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Everyone, please stop trying to out-martyr the rest of the world!!!

I have been observing for quite sometime this "contest" between stay at home moms, working moms, single moms, single people, etc. to prove they are the busiest and have the most difficult life.  This really bugs me!

First of all, if you are a Christian, you should be doing what God called you to do--whether that is stay at home mom, working mom, single lady, etc.  I know that there are some who would say that it is wrong for moms to work outside the home.  I don't agree.  I think we need Christian ladies and moms to work in the world and be salt in the work place.  I admit this is my opinion.  Each family needs to decide what is best for THEIR family and worry about THEIR family.  Only the family itself can decide what is best for their family since each family is unique.

Please stop playing the martyr.  I hate seeing discussions about who is busier--the stay at home mom, working mom, or single lady.  I've seen stay at home moms insist they are the busiest chasing around kids all day while trying to get the home school and house work done.  I then hear working moms who say they are the busiest because they have to fit all the house work, dinner, errands, etc in on non-working hours.  I then hear the single lady say she is the busiest because all those with families don't volunteer, work late, or help granny so they must pick up the slack.  *SIGH* Isn't this a way to make oneself feel superior to those around them and really just pride?

Can we not just agree EVERYONE is busy, but in different ways???  As long as you are doing what God wants you do, doing it to the best of your ability and contributing to society, you are a hero in my book and God is also pleased with you.  Please stop trying to prove something and just be content with the job God has called you to. Please just play nicely in the sand box with everyone else--stay at home mom, working mom, single lady, etc.

Thanks for listening.  :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hello again!

I realize my blog has been quite neglected, largely due to my job that takes more time.  It has been interesting to see how the Lord leads.  I applied for a job working as a manager and RN.  I truly loved this job and really felt comfortable with the work and the people.  The end of December, however, God saw fit to shake my work life up well, A LOT.  I went from having 18 people, including docs and 2 departments to manage to 47 people and essentially 4 departments!  It has been interesting and frankly difficult.  I also got a new boss out of the deal.  It has been interesting because my last boss had a hands-off approach and my new boss is much more involved.  This isn't bad, just different.  I also gave up all nursing duties.  This was probably the hardest thing for me.  I now only talk to patients when they are upset about something!  I have always enjoyed caring for patients.  I am grateful for the lessons I've learned and continue to learn along the way.  I feel truly blessed to know that God is in charge and even when we end up with something we didn't ask for and wasn't necessarily "fair," we can rest knowing that God is with us and has something to teach us!

Speaking of work, today started off as quite an adventure!  I received my second call in for the day at 0620!  My first was yesterday afternoon.  This is in addition to one person on maternity leave and another on vacation.  Did I mention on of the docs put himself out for vacation, then changed his mind and was now going to be in the office, so we were pretty skeleton crewed before the first call in!  I had to figure out how to rearrange staff as I had 2 docs in neighborhood sites...  This meant I needed to call 5 employees to rearrange where/what time they would arrive.  Oh AND get the kids ready and out the door!!!  When I arrived at work I had a brief panic attack as I was walking in and quickly looked down at my clothes to make sure they matched as I had no idea what skirt I grabbed out of the closet and hoped it matched my shirt.  :)  They did match--God even cares if we match apparently!

Funny moment #1 at work--My optical staff told me we received an advertisement display from a frame company that had an immodestly dressed lady on it.  I thanked her for being attentive to this because as an organization would want to be sensitive about this.  As I was walking across our skywalk later in the day I happened to glance over at our life-size bronze statues of the "naked" family as everyone calls them because they are well, naked.  I have no idea why one would create this, let alone buy it, let alone display it, but this is what we have in front of one of our buildings.  You have to admit this is pretty ironic!!!  So thankful my staff are sensitive about this, however!

Funny moment #2--we are going to have virtual take your child to work day.  How does that work????  This concept made me giggle.  On Thursday, we are supposed to talk to our kids about work and they have a video they can watch... I do appreciate the thought and effort that is going into this--they've come up with some activities you can do with your kids.  I just think it should be tell your child about your work day...  Here's hoping we can become virtual workers soon.  :)