Saturday, November 10, 2007

Updates and stuff

Again, nearly a month gone by without a post. *sigh* Updates, updates....

The Princess was allowed to audition for the musical "A Christmas Carol," and made it! GH figured the commitment time was shorter than with her other theater group, so he allowed it! We're pretty excited. Rehearsals are Sundays from 1-5, so it doesn't interfere with any other activities...until Production Week. Then, we're traveling 40 or so miles, in traffic to rehearsal at 4, then picking her up at 10 p.m., Sunday through Tuesday! Then, on Wed., Thurs., and Friday mornings, we have to be at the theater at about 8:15 a.m.

Can I just be honest? I love it! I think I'm a stage mother, without the whiny, "my-child-has-to-have-a-lead-role" attitude. The Princess gets to do the stuff that I really wanted to do at her age (but was not motivated enough). God has essentially given me a second chance, and I'm so glad.

Both kids got to perform at a Senior Center recently. The Prince, playing the keyboard, accompanied his sister as she sang "In Christ Alone." There were audible approving murmurs from the folks in the audience. It really warmed my heart. The Princess also performed the song from "White Christmas" called "Sisters" with an 8 year old friend. They had done the same song for our homeschool graduation in June. Seeing as the average age of their audience was, oh, about 75 years old, and they therefore were very familiar with Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby and the like, their performance was well-received! The kids really enjoyed performing for the folks, and I made sure that they socialized with the folks a little, too.

I was always afraid of old people when I was a kid; my only exposure was at a rest home, where most of the residents were in really bad shape. I had this perception that all old people smelled bad and drooled. Sad, but true. I'm so glad my kids have energetic grandparents who live nearby so that they can have regular interaction.

My work has finally dried up, almost completely. I'm alternating between panic and peace. Weird, I know.

Here's the deal: For YEARS, I have felt the Holy Spirit's urging to stop working. I've even prayed to be "able" to stop working, meaning that I wanted GH to make enough money to sustain us. Well, I ignored the Lord's leading, time and again, always wanting to "save" us financially. And here I am, with a teenager and a pre-teen who become more expensive by the day, and not enough to make ends meet. And God said, "Guess what? You're not working anymore!"

I have to trust that He'll work it out...He always has. Miracle upon miracle, GH is applying for several much more lucrative jobs...which he put off for years, partly due to the fact that his wife (that would be me) wasn't allowing him to provide for the family! I respect my husband more than I ever have, watching him rise to the occasion; he doesn't even want me to look for a job. God is revealing to me how important obedience is; I've always known it, but this situation really drives it home.

The Princess is off camping with friends this weekend. The Prince and I are off to babysit three little darling boys while their mom takes the older two kids to a symphony. We are absolutely in love with babies, so this should be fun!

May the Lord richly bless you today!


eally said...

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The Homeschool and Etc. Blog said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you're able to post pictures sometime of the performance because it sounds like you have two very talented children!

Mrs. C

eally said...

What performance are you talking about? Did you read the right blog? LOL

Gombojav Tribe said...

You finally let me in on your blog! I see that others have already been here. *pout* I don't like being last. :-)

Thanks for watching the boys last Saturday. You probably needed a vacation after that!

Lady T said...

happy to hear things are working all sounds so exciting!


Just a Walk in the Park said...

God will always provide, sometimes we have to go through the valley's to stan on the mountain. Thanks for visiting my site, hopefully my baby brain will subside and I will be able to post again.

Lady T said...

thanks for those words....i appreciate it.

thats the part that kinda scares me....what if my industry experiences a downturn? i dont have the resources to ride that out, so a day job is essential. but i've GOT to get another day job. seriously.


Sniz said...

Thanks for stopping by my homeschooling blog. That is so neat about your kids' performances! I especially enjoyed reading about how you feel you are trusting the Lord more now with your work drying up and that your husband is rising to the occasion. May the Lord bless you!!!

Stacie said...

Hi! I wanted to thank you for your visit to my blog last week. I hope your day went much better after that and I hope your daughters play goes very well, Christmas Carol has always been one of my favourites. It sounds like you kids are having a ball with thier performances. Stacie