Sorry for the month-long absence. I’ve been pretty drained of energy both physical and emotional. Had to say a difficult goodbye, have been dealing with some difficult toddler phases, and have been pretty much burning myself out trying to keep up with the house (and now it’s landscaping season to boot!)

I’m also wrestling with some different callings on my life. Obviously one of my first callings is to honour God in my family life. This has been taking and will always take first priority as far as how I manage my time (thus the drainage right now, see above). The other two callings I’m feeling right now are my photography and this growing passion for educating people about their money. I know, to some that last one seems a little weird for a Christian. I used to balk at thinking about money because I thought that would be wrong of me, but it’s not. That’s the subject for a whole other post (in my drafts, hopefully done soon), but the point is I really want to be sharing about it.

You see, I remember how it was to not understand money, and I was even ridiculed for not understanding it (by the very people who really should have been teaching me about it instead), so I was just plain afraid to deal with it. I really feel that there are a lot of women especially who feel that way, and my heart just breaks for them.

So…there’s that one explained (a little). You’ve already heard some about my photography, so I won’t drag you through that one again (for now).

Anyway, right now it’s all about attempting to wait patiently for the Lord to open the right doors. The photography doors haven’t been opening as quickly as it seemed at first, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a while before I really see anything happen there (though I may still do a fast-track program for it this summer…we’ll see what God says about that). Maybe this other path will lead somewhere?

In the meantime you, dear readers, will just have to be my guinea pigs.
Stay tuned for a money post.

Now for your viewing pleasure (and so that this post looks good on the iPad version of my blog), here’s a glimpse into the not-so-stressful part of parenting: fun in the backyard (finally!)

If you’re wondering, no, there was no reason for my son to be wearing a dragon costume except that he wanted to (when he tired of it, his sister tried it on too!). When his daddy tired of throwing him around, he stood on the tiny rock “wall” in our garden (really barely more than a border) and said “come on mommy! Let’s go fly to the clouds!”

I love how imaginative my kids are becoming…and yes, the dragon thing might be very much encouraged in our house, what with all the fantasy buffs around here (well, two anyway).

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