After being at home raising kids for the past 25 years, I am looking for a part-time job. All I’m looking for is some entry-level, part-time work somewhere, so I never thought that having a resume would be necessary. It turns out that this was one of the many things I don’t know about getting a job in the 21st century.
My last job was actually in the last century! I know enough to not put that on a resume. I worked in an office in 1991, which allowed me to hone a pretty special skill-set. I’m talking adding machine (including changing the roll of paper), electric typewriter proficiency, filing actual paper into actual folders, and I am swift and sure with a microfiche machine. I can do carbon copies in triplicate and answer up to five telephone lines.
Okay, so no one is going to hire me based on these abilities, however impressive. I will have to rely on the skills I have learned living life and raising kids. What have I learned? What do I have to offer someone out there in the world? I’ve thought about it a lot and I came up with a list.
- Making lists. I make thorough lists, especially if I dread doing the things on the list.
- Conflict resolution: Raising six kids will turn even the most average human into King Solomon. I’ve never had to cut anything in half, but neither did he. Because we both knew how to make this work. (What was that other woman going to do with half a baby anyway?)
- Anticipating needs: I am practically clairvoyant in this area. If I just mopped, a 2- liter of something will need me to clean it up within the next 24 hours. Did I just sit down? Someone will be out of toilet paper in the downstairs bathroom. (See also #5)
- Troubleshooting: 46 years on the planet has taught me some things the hard way. Don’t close the bathroom door if you are going to put lotion on your hands. Butter will make a band-aid slide off pain-free. A hair straightener is as good as an iron in a pinch.
- Allocation of resources: I locate and resupply the toilet paper every time. Every time.
- Negotiating: You get to go to your room. You get to sit down and hush. Something for everyone.
- Human resources: Like most moms, I can size a person up by the state of their shoes and hair. This will certainly be as helpful to someone else as it has been to me.
- Project management: I hid a candy bar and a $5 bill in your room. If you clean up long enough, you will find them. Nice doing business with you.
- Budgeting: I have put together three weddings with virtually no money whatsoever. Need a cheap but beautiful wedding. I got you. Need a Halloween costume? Pick what you want to be and I can make it happen without buying a thing.
Moms learn a lot being moms. It’s boot camp, trial-by-fire, on-the-job training. According to articles on the internet, moms should include these skills when making a resume. According to other articles on the internet, moms should not try to be cute by listing these soft skills on a resume. Sigh…Hang in there Mommas. Even if these skills are never recognized by the marketplace, their value in the lives of your children can’t be measured. We may not look good on paper, but we do God’s work.
So I binge-watched the rest of Fuller House. I had so much fun hearing feedback from all of you about the show, I thought I would type out my thoughts again. Here we go….
- Mother’s Intuition is a genius name for a tracking app. I’m sure someone is already working this up.
- Stephanie’s Coachella episode = Jesse’s ski trip episode.
- The Holy Chalupas catch phrase is not working for me.
- Ramona’s middle school dance team is very exclusive. Only four members?
- What a great stunt double they found for Candace! Did they do this scene just because they found a doppelganger stunt double?
- Now I want some boyfriend jeans and Keds. And all the rest of DJ’s clothes.
- Boobs, buns, plumbing innuendo, and “damn”….Candace is getting unfollowed by all the Pharisees and the Sadducees this week.
- Another satisfying Olsen twin shout out.
- A missed opportunity to educate the teen boys of this world about the abuse of body spray.
- Mary Kate and Ashley are going to sue for being blamed for designing that pink dress.
- Steph gets a telemarketing call from the 90’s about long distance?
- I love the Lucy and Desi thing Kimmy and Fernando have going.
- Washer/dryer combo is visible from the livingroom? I blame product placement. You too American Girl.
- Did the couch get smaller? That’s a love seat. (No, it is the same. I looked it up)
- Jesse and Becky have only been married two more years than I have?
- Candace doesn’t have the same screen kiss rules as her brother.
- The floozie principle is truth.
- Wish I had a Vine of my kid’s face when I told her that Steve is Aladdin. While he was talking. So great.
- The goodnight scene with the two guys and DJ is a new classic.
- What is with Tequila on this show? Are we supposed to be playing a drinking game?
- Uh oh. Didn’t anyone on staff know about the problem of cultural appropriation? This party is full of problems. Bollywood dancing is fun, but find another way.
- OH! Best moment so far. You oughta know which one I’m talking about.
- I’m on the last episode and I just got that Dj’s last name is Fuller. Anyone else?
- Kathy Santoni. That’s her name.
- Joey is still not funny.
- My preteen just mumbled, “I would love to spend the rest of my life with Uncle Jesse.
- IRL, Kimmy and Fernando would need lots of counseling to move forward.
- Now I want to eat a giant cake without cutting it. Just me, friends, forks and cake.
- Aww…Steve should be winning her over with the “Donna Jo” move.
- When is season 2?
I watched the first the four episodes of Fuller House and I had a lot of thoughts. Since I was watching alone, I am using my blog to share them all.
- Still not a fan of laugh tracks.
- Steve is old.
- Same couch? Ew.
- How did they know the Trump jokes would be so timely?
- So glad that accent of Stephanie’s went away.And Stephanie’s a DJ? Oh…I get it.
- The kids are less annoying than Disney show kids.
- Becky aged as well as Jesse.
- Tiniest playpen ever.
- Wasn’t Niki and Alex’s room on the other side and much bigger?
- Joey is still not funny.
- The pause after they call out Michelle is perfectly satisfying.
- That house is worth $3.4 million and Danny just hands it over.
- Trying to forget how crass Bob Saget is in real life.
- Becky and Jesse have wanted to kiss again for a long time.
- Reservations…hahaha….good one.
- Brightest dance club ever.
- Macy Gray is not an actress.
- The Chmermoskiy brothers are value added.
- The dance competition scene is best friend goals.
- No one could’ve predicted a Jodi Sweeten/Macy Gray duet.
- I can already hear Christian women everywhere judging every decision Candace/DJ makes on this show.
- Keepin’ it real with the devices in the kids’ hands.
- Candace has more star power than I ever gave her credit for.
- Required sitcom volcano project already taken care of.
- Oooh, workplace romance for Deej.
- But Steve!
- Kimmy’s crazy clothes are better than ever.
- Heart worm jokes are rare enough.
- Oh my lanta! Finally
- Kimmy can’t cry!
- I must save some episodes for later. Must….stop….now.
I have been in church since I was one week old. Every Sunday of my life has been about going to church or not going to church. After twenty-five years of attending one church, my family is changing churches. Just typing it is hard, but I wanted to share this change with as many friends as possible, all at once.
I dread talking about it to anyone because church choice is so personal. Churches are family. The church we are leaving is where we got married, dedicated all our babies, and watched them do Christmas programs and VBS songs. We forged friendships that enriched who we are as people. That church poured out amazing love on us when we had a serious house fire. The pastor there listened with love as I unpacked my issues in a heap at his feet and he helped me face them. He was quick to offer resources when we were out of our depth with problems our family had to take on more recently. For all this, all the teaching, the talks, the meals, we will forever be grateful to that church.
We are blessed to be leaving with no falling-out, no church split, no ugly drama that so many people have to deal with in their churches. I would still recommend our former church to anyone looking for all they have to offer. But, and you knew there had to be a “but”, that church has grown and changed into something different than what it was. Not something worse, but different. We have grown and changed from what we were. It no longer fits us as well as the new church we are attending. I hesitate to say that God led us to move on because it sounds like a vague cop out. Honestly, that is exactly what happened. I went from not being able to think of leaving to being ready to leave in a matter of days. Only God can do that. It was not about anything negative forcing us out, but God was drawing us away to the next phase of our life.
The church we are going to now is a plant from the one we are leaving, so I like to think we are just branching out from the same family. The friends from church that I’ve talked to have been very supportive. This post is for the ones I won’t get to talk to directly. I’m so thankful for Facebook. It will allow me to see you, watch your kids grow up, and stay in touch with the very special people I treasure there. God has used you to grow me and my family. Thank you so much.
Today is our 25th anniversary! On such a big day I’m gonna go ahead and be happy and proud with no holding back. It’s a universally acknowledged accomplishment to celebrate openly. That being said, I don’t take credit for success or rest on my laurels. By God’s grace we have come this far and we will lean heavily on His grace to continue on. But to His glory, we are together and happy.
The earthly odds were against us. I was only 18 when we married. He is 10 years older than me. People talked to my parents, trying to prevent our relationship. Two of my teachers showed up where I worked to question me about my future and my goals, obviously opposed to my choices. One substitute teacher told me flat out we wouldn’t make it two years. With all this great support, we headed into marriage without any doubts ourselves. I never questioned if I could live with him. I knew for sure I couldn’t imagine living without him.
If I had followed conventional wisdom, oh what I would’ve missed, like our first sweet baby who arrived ten months later. She was such a joy to raise, we just kept adding on til six kids were here to make our lives complete. If you’ve met my kids, you know I got a lot better than I deserve. Then to add two sons-in-law and a grand baby! This is the very picture of good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over.
There were trials, but so much less than what others have to go through. Financial struggles, several job lay-offs, a house fire, night school, hospital stays and too many funerals. We grew up together and forged a bond that resembles the alchemy of metals than makes and refines silver. The silver anniversary makes a lot of sense to me now. Many elements come together through fire to produce a shimmering, highly conductive product that can be useful, or decorative. I’m getting less decorative with every passing year so I’m striving to be more useful. And let me just say, the conductivity after all these years is all good. Ok, moving on.
This feels like rambling but I couldn’t let this big milestone pass without writing about it. I have to say thank you to God for being faithful to us even when we were not faithful to Him. Thank you to my family for the strong arm of support as we swam against the tide. And thanks to my husband for knowing how to do everything, being willing to do everything and for being the best person to do nothing with. Your heart has been open to God and to me, and that is the one essential element needed for a beautiful marriage. I love you and I love us. Here’s to the next 25 years with you!