It was hard work. I had to say no to many trips to the pool. I did not instigate many camping trips. I did not take any of the job offers. I was officially named "the Sissy who doesn't do anything but listen to lectures and read books for school" and heard over and over again "Do you have any lectures toda...." and looked up to see that whoever asked the question assumed the answer was yes and walked off.
Sounds absolutely terrible doesn't it?
Well, that's just it, even with all that it wasn't. You see, two things made it great:
#1: By God's grace, I take the time to do this work knowing that by giving up my todays I am building better tomorrows. Not only for myself, but for my husband and the children and the grandchildren I hope the Lord blesses us with.
#2: I have a wonderful family who did a great job at extending that extra grace I desperately needed. Even with all let downs, weird meals I put together, clutter building up, and laundry in places they never knew we had - I knew that their jokes, shoulder slumps, and sometimes even the callous remarks came not out of malice toward me but a serious longing to have me "back".
So, to God, I thank You for strengthening me! I thank you for providing the awesome friends (you know who you are) who encouraged me, listened to my doubts and worries, and prayed for me through the highs and lows of college at home! I thank you for the resources You continue to bless me with as I seek to serve You. I pray that You would continue to strengthen me, provide for me, and guide me in this journey I've committed to live for You!
To my family, I thank you for standing by me! I thank you for supporting me! I thank you for putting on those happy faces!
Through the last year and a half, I have accomplished much. But I take zero credit. I could have done absolutely none of it without all of those who have come alongside me in the process.
Here's to a long summer.
Sissy's home, grab the books, the mop, the games, the tea, the car keys - it's time to get back to the way things were!