Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I've been distracted lately.  I feel like I have way too many things going on and I'm not doing any of them well.  I'm like the juggler who has all the balls in the air but at any moment they could all come crashing down. 

This Saturday I am hosting a Ladies Fellowship at my home for the women of my church.  I absolutely love to do things like this but I did not plan it well.  Sunday is Mother's day, and communion at our church, and our monthly fellowship lunch.  Did not think this though. 

Next week we are headed to the CHAP Convention (Christian Homeschool Association of PA) with two of our bestest friends.  I am so looking forward to this time away with our friends, but it's so much work to be away for a couple days.  My dear in-laws are taking care of our children again - can not thank them enough!

Then coming up is a money-saving presentation I am giving at a women's conference at my place of employment - which is a very public and liberal place.... I am nervous about finding the line between being truthful about why we are doing things and how and not seriously offending or angering people.... ugh

And by then it will be June.  Do any of you know what is coming in June????

I quit my job!

At the end of June I will officially be a full-time stay/work-at-home-mother/wife.  This is going to be a big, huge change for our family.  I will hopefully blog about the process and journey that we have taken to get to this exact place in our lives soon.  So that of course is constantly in the back of my mind.

I'm nervous and scared. I hope I can do it. I hope I don't get burn out.  I hope I can train and raise my children in a Godly and honorable way. 

Oh and then in July/August sometime we'll be putting a small addition on our house .... STORAGE!  Adding a basement, laundry and living room, and side attics.... can't be more excited about this. 

And before we'll know it - November will be here and the new baby will be arriving (end of October would be fine by me!).  And sometime in that fall time frame I would like to start a preschool curriculum for my daughter.

Anyone else think I might be biting off more than I can chew or is just me?

 Proverbs 31:27  She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.


  1. Jess, if anyone can do CAN! I am always amazed by how much you take on and do so well! Again, BIG congrats on being able to stay home come June! I am so excited for you!!!

  2. I agree with will do it, and do a great job at it. You really seem to have turned the reigns over to God, and we both know with HIM at the reigns, we can accomplish SO much more. So excited for your family and all your upcoming milestones!! Best wishes with it all and God Bless. Will be anxious to "follow" along with you on your journey.

  3. You'll be fine, remember that God orders our steps and directs our path. Just be willing to yield to Him when he changes something. When I stopped working (Robin and Jackie at home) I felt like I was jumping off a cliff. I had never not worked. After I got over feeling like I should be going somewhere, I couldn't believe how fortunate I was. Those were some of the best days I had, and you have the advantage of being good with budget things. You'll be fine. My advice about your presentation, go ahead an be yourself, THAT is what diversity it. You might even face that straight on, you know, "We talk about diversity so I'm going to be frank about why I am doing this...." If people are offended, they don't believe in diversity. XO have fun at CHAPS

  4. Chris PattersonMay 4, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    God led you to this, Jess. It is the right thing to do. I am happy for you and can't imagine how you feel knowing you will be done at the end of June. You are already an incredible wife and mom and being able to do devote more time to each will be a blessing to you, Nathan and your kids.

  5. You can do it - with His grace and help! You will love being a stay-at-home mommy! Praying blessings on you. (I am a homeschooling/stay-at-home mommy/homemaker and I love "meeting" like-minded women).

    Your blog is lovely.
    Be Blessed.

  6. Thank you all for the sweet comments. It's so nice to have support of like-minded women. I love you all!