Saturday, October 02, 2010

Fall Blessings...

Hey—I’m still here. Thanks for emails, thanks for caring. I hope everyone guessed it--- I got a job. We could spend paragraph after paragraph bad mouthing old jobs but it would be a waste of time and typing. Business Models change. The economy changes. It’s as simple as that. My old job gave me the gift of a paid summer off and the tenacity to look for a new job. Now my family has paid medical & dental insurance, a 401K with a match, a raise, and a bright future. I’m living proof that life goes on. It turns on a dime…. Never take it for granted.


I think I’ve got the “groove thing” worked out. I have different hours than before, plus I’ve cut wayyyy back on television so my attitude feels good.

I friend brought over apples for my Sunday school class. I love the bright colors. You can see it’s raining leaves here today. While everyone in the U.P. loves the colors --- it’s a healthy reminder for the winter ahead. The old people look at the squirrels, deer, and mice and predict a rough winter ahead. Me….they’re all kind of rough. Quilting weather I say.

I get a break daily at work and have decided to take it. I never did before. Wandering through a second- hand shop I found an old wooden box and some scraps of wool. Looks like perfect Christmas stockings. What is it about wooden boxes? Chelsey and I both gravitate to them.

I’ve made a lot of changes. My old job was a chore. This job is a challenge and a gift. Sunday evenings I spend getting my clothes ready for the week. I round up sewing for the week. I get my kids Sunday school letters made. The coffee pot is made the night before. It sounds like I’m overcompensating for something. But truth be told--- the less I have to think about first thing in the morning the better. And walking away from the television (I still DVR shows in case I need them!) all the things I thought I missed sitting behind a desk seem to be getting done.

Yeah, I know. I’m still “honeymooning” on this adventure. Sooner or later it will turn into work. But sometimes you have to lose something to appreciate it when you get it back.

Gratitudes:

A Pot of soup on the stove

Yankee Harvest Candles

Crunching leaves in the Woods

14 comments:

Darlene said...

It's simple - you've found Bliss! Enjoy it and don't question it.

Lindah said...

Congratulations! And thanks to the Lord for your new job. Isn't it neat how He sometimes takes away something we have depended on and replaces it with something better --to remind us that He is best. Enjoy! The fall colors are gorgeous.

Colleen said...

I am so happy for you :o) Enjoy your happiness... it is well-earned and well-deserved!

Sue said...

So very happy about your new job and the outlook it has given you:) What a blessing.

Autumn down here is looking pretty nice too and it's one of my favorite times of the year. Sipping on coffee and eating apple crisp right now:)

Blessing to you this week!

Journeying said...

Hurrah for you!
Hurrah for your faith to hang on and be confident that "better" would eventually come!
Blessed be the name of the Lord, from this time forth and forevermore!

Muddling Through said...

Oh, Melanie, I am so happy for you! God is so good, and always so on-time, isn't He!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Wonderful news indeed!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I love it when I go to your blog, and you have posted.

I think about your new job often, and I'm glad you are succeeding! It's a blessing to the rest of us when you share your faith walk, too.

Love your thrift shop finds! Please share the stockings if you get them finished.

Quilterbee said...

I'm so happy for you and that you like your new job.

Jeanne said...

Congratulations Melanie!!!
Jeanne :)

Rhonda said...

congrats on the new job!

Lorraine said...

Everything happens for a reason....and sometimes it takes a while to figure out the reason...so happy for you that you have a new job .....new challenges...new friends......and that you are taking your time out each day..just a few minutes can be so refreshing..the autumn colours are beautiful....!

Shasta said...

I am glad things are turning for the better for you. Great finds at the store, your new job, gorgeous apples, beautiful trees.

Vicky said...

Your post is plumb full of gratitudes and blessings! What a joy to read! Congrats on the new job!