Saturday, August 26, 2006

Blog Challenge 2: Remarkable

Note: This is my response to the second of our weekly blog challenges that have been posted on the message board I frequent,

This week our challenge is to write about our "Remarkable" life.

The following is part of the text for the challenge that was posted:

Admit it. You've said, "I have nothing to
blog about. My life is boring." Haven't you. Haven't you? Your challenge
is to write about it anyway about your less than remarkable life. Write
about your routines, your habits, your schedule. Find the unremarkable things
about your life and CELEBRATE them.

My Response:

For some reason this week's challenge was so much harder for me to write about than last week's color challenge. Perhaps that is why it has taken me the whole week to write out my response. I have to admit that I will be shooting from the hip as I write this response. I have tried and tried to come up with a great response, or at least a focused starting point, but I have been unsuccessful up to this point, so I've decided to just write as it comes to me.

Maybe it is because this weeks challenge delves into a much deeper more personal aspect of me, a part of me that I'm not always happy with, my everyday life. For the most part I love my life, but sometimes it is hard for me to see the greatness in my everyday life and routines, or as is sometimes better stated in my case, my lack of scheduled everyday routines. Sometimes I feel like I should have achieved so much more greatness in my life than I have at this point. Sometimes I feel like I should be doing so much more every day than I seem to get done, but there is also a little voice in my head that speaks up every now and then and tells me that maybe I am doing just what God has intended for me to do. This blog challenge made me really think about myself and I have come to realize that, for the most part, I do love my life, even if in my eyes it doesn't seem all that remarkable.

When I am out and about or meeting new people for the first time I can sometimes feel embarrassed or ashamed to admit to other's that I don't work outside of the house. Sometimes I feel like I'm in one of those scenes in a movie where I'm sitting there with a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The devil keeps telling me I should be ashamed of not having a "real" job, while the angel keeps telling me to be proud of who I am and to not be ashamed. In a world where so many women juggle careers, children, and married life it is sometimes hard to explain to others and to justify my decision that I made, after loosing my job nearly 3 years ago, to become a stay-at-home wife. However, both my husband and I realize that it was the best decision for me and for him.

I love being a stay-at-home wife., a very part-time Tupperware consultant, and as of recent months/weeks & thanks to my husband's push and encouragement, a budding entrepreneur. I am not and have never been a morning person, so I love knowing that I don't have to wake up to the squeal of an alarm clock every morning just to hurry up to get ready and on the road as I join the morning commute rush to a job that I don't love with a boss who tells me when to jump and how high. I love knowing that my schedule can be adjusted to fit perfectly with the non-traditional schedule and days off of my husband's job as it changes every several months. I love knowing that when he has his current Tuesday and Wednesday "weekends off" that I can be here with him and enjoy spending our days together in each other's company, whether we are doing things around the house, running errands, enjoying a leisurely drive, or a mini vacation away together. I love knowing that when we do get the chance to take those mini vacations on his weekends off we almost always get great mid-week hotel rates. I love knowing that I have a husband who has always been there for me. He has always encouraged me and believed in my talents, abilities, and my intelligence. I love knowing that my husband sees the good in me, even when I can't see it myself. I love knowing that he knows just when I need that extra push to get me going in the right direction, even if more often than not I put up a fight. I love knowing that he saw a perfect opportunity for us to start a business which will utilize my God given talents & my education, and it will help me to continue to be a stay-at-home-wife, and hopefully God willing, a stay-at-home-mom someday soon. I love sitting here in front of this computer and working on projects that will help build our business as I imagine our success and set my mind to doing my part to make it happen. I love being able to dream about my future as I envision my husband and I purchasing our dream home, raising children, and being able to provide them with all of the love, attention, and great experiences that were provided to both my husband and I by our parents when we were children.

Mostly, I love knowing that no matter what the future holds for me it is ultimately in God's hands. So far in my life God has been very good to me and he hasn't let me down yet.

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