My personality in a nutshell:
Myers-Briggs- ESFJ (The Supporter)
Enneagram- Type 2 "The Helper"
Marc Accetta's color test- Yellow
I truly envy the introverted women who homeschool or stay at home full time with their children. They seem to draw so much energy from being at home for large stretches of time. I am definitely extroverted. And that is the part of my personality that feels the most out of place in my current calling. My detail-oriented, organized, "feel all the feelings" traits are A-Okay. But my extroverted need to deeply connect with friends is struggling. I could never imagining thinking, "Yes! I am at home in my pajamas for the third day in a row!" Unless it is the week after Christmas, that would not cross my mind.
|New plaque in the school room: "In life we should leave our children two things Roots and Wings"|
I find that by this time in the year, I am exhausted. Although I am seeing people at the gymnastics classes, youth group drop-offs, co-op drop-offs, etc. I am not really connecting with many friends the way I need to. And it actually exhausts me. All the running around, cooking, cleaning, educating, parenting, wifely stuff is my joy. I have no greater earthly joy than seeing my family walk with the Lord and grow. But I am missing friend connections that came so easily when I worked full time at school.
|Math- First hour of the day after coffee and devotion|
I absolutely know it will pass. This is where being 40 has its perks. I know it is only temporary. I see God's provision coming in ways that will meet these needs that are so small, yet so BIG. I see what he is orchestrating for next school year to serve Lydia Joy and me so well. I remember that summer is just around the corner, and I am so excited already for our pool days to start where we hang out almost every day with loads of friends. My cup will run over like it did this past summer, I know it. I see my children doing very well. The boys are in 7th and 9th grade- SUPER HARD YEARS, and they are thriving. Too much texting- but hey, life's not perfect. And Lydia Joy is a beam of sunshine. And of course, my husband continues to be adorable and my favorite person on earth.
|Jogging at the park on a cold, gray day|
|Head banging to the vbs music in the car while we were waiting on Jackson. We live *and party* in the car. :)|
|Art project from a cold day indoors- Epsom salt votives.|