Today is rainy and cooler and I love it! Rain in the summertime always gives me hope... hope that it won't be such a long, hot summer; hope that all my plants won't fry and die of thirst; hope that, as much as people seem to mess up the earth and it's ecosystems, God still cares for the animals and plants and trees. Last summer was the mildest and wettest summer we've had since I moved here. The summer before that was the hottest, driest summer we've had since I moved here so this summer could be anything. It seemed to be heading for the hottest/driest type but the last few weeks have brought quite a bit of rain and cooler temps so who knows.
Daniel's first week in his new position was long. He didn't get home until 7 a couple nights last week and he worked from home for part of the day on Saturday. Their system is set up so he can access his work desktop and documents from his home computer so hopefully he won't have to go in on Saturday's, even if he does still have to work. At this rate, he'll be putting in between 50 and 60 hours a week at work. I'm a little sad that he has to work this much because we don't get to spend as much time together but there's something I've come to realize over the last few years of marriage. There are seasons of life when the options that you have are less than ideal but you make do with them because you know it's just a season and things will eventually be different. The season of our life where Daniel has to work long hours will probably be a long season. The responsibility of breadwinner will rest on his shoulders alone until our children go off to college. He's well aware of this and he's worked hard to advance his career so he can provide well for his family (which he does). Our decision for me to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschool our children also means that the majority of the parenting responsibility will fall on my shoulders, along with the responsibility for our home. Its very important that neither of us allow resentment to creep into our relationship. Are there days when Daniel would like to sleep in or take a nap (as I sometimes get to do)? Of course. Are there days when I'd love to get dressed up and go into a job where a child isn't hanging off my leg screaming or constantly making messes? Yes. But this is the path that we believe God has appointed for us and we know He will give us the strength to endure and that knowledge brings joy and contentment.