So you see, my demands were extremely reasonable and simple.
My plan was to get an Etsy shop up and running. I couldn't think of any other income-producing thing that would meet my list of "requirements" for my family time. I had just been praying about what God wanted me to do...understanding that "unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain" (Psalm 127:1). I wanted to stay home and build my Etsy store. But I didn't want to do it if God had something else in mind. And in August, a friend of mine called me to see if I'd be interested in taking care of her kids during the day; she'd just gotten a teaching job. So that's...no nights, weekends, summers, holidays, snow days, sick days...plus I could even bring the piggie-doggie with me if I wanted to. AND, it was a guaranteed paycheck, unlike the uncertainty of how much I could earn on Etsy, and how long it would take to even get that ball rolling. So I agreed to do it.
(Did I mention that my friend has 7 kids? Oh, and the oldest one is 7. They got married and had a baby every single year for 7 years.)
It is probably one of the most challenging jobs I've ever had, actually. I tell people what I do, and almost 100% say, "are you crazy?" (which by the way I think is kind of rude...but I know they don't mean it that way.) When I've been out with only a few of the kids, people ask me the things I hear actual moms of lots of kids talk about, like..."are they all yours?" and things like that. And I think, ha. You think 4 is a lot? I've got the rest of them stashed away at school right now...just wait till they get home. THAT'S a lot!
It did take me the better part of the ENTIRE FALL to get used to handling all 7 at a time. My whole perspective has changed. I now think that having "only" 3 kids in the house - the baby, toddler, and preschooler - is a piece of cake. (In what kind of world-gone-mad is that a piece of cake???) And being at home with my own two school-age kids? Absolute luxury.
Well anyway, I always enjoy having a job where I have lots of stories to tell over dinner. With this job, I am never at a loss for a funny story. Here are some snippets from the last several weeks...