My Transition

I am transitioning from 20 years as a full-time worker (with almost all of those years in Human Resources and Payroll) to a stay-at-home mom for my three girls ages 1, 6 and 10.  I started running the household like an HR department by breaking up fights and asking questions like “When did this start?”, “Tell me what events transpired that led up to this moment.”, “What steps are you going to take to resolve this conflict with your sister?”  I just can’t stop the HR person in me.  It is going to take a while before I realize that my girls are looking at me funny for using phrases like “unsustainable long term”, “knowledge, skills and abilities”, “Do I need to document this?”, etc.  I can tell you that as a stay-at-home mom I work harder than I ever have before.  I do not get any breaks.  Going to the bathroom is a risk that I must take for my health.  I usually start early (around 5-6am) and could literally work until 12am and still not come close to finishing my job tasks.  There are days where I do not get to eat until 2 or 3pm.  With my husband gone at least 8 months per year as he is an airline pilot, I need to learn how to balance life.  Therefore, I am a self-proclaimed married-single mom of three.  I hope that you will enjoy this journey that I am embarking on and comment on anything that you have learned as well.  It will be such a great experience.  Here is my life verse Psalm 27:10 (NCV) “If my father and mother leave me, the Lord will take me in.”  The whole song was written by David to show his full trust in God no matter what happens.  This has been my life’s journey. 

3 thoughts on “My Transition

  1. Haha- I can relate Michelle with my own 20 month old and near 6 year old- going to the bathroom is a risk we must take on occasion… I also start and finish my day with much on my to do list… and mom’s have no designated breaks- I am sometime jealous of my husband’s hour long lunch at work! But God is sufficient, I’ve had to reframe my expectations and definitions of success. It hard to feel like you are “good” at this job- because it’s demands are truly beyond our abilities- who is equal to shaping human souls, caring for so many needs, and doing it consistently with love, patience and grace? It is the most challenging, rewarding and sanctifying work of my life. I fail in it time and time again but God’s grace is enough for me just as it is for my children.

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