Thursday, June 20, 2013

Life Update! What's Changed Around Here?

Much has changed recently.

No, no baby yet. I'll just go ahead and clarify that.

But I did make a major change after much prayer and talking with Jordan - 
I quit my full-time job!

Me on my last full day :)

It was nothing against where I was working. I really liked it there and worked with some awesome people. It was a wonderful opportunity for me and I learned SO much. But it was getting to be a little much for us.

I know a lot of other wives have much more demanding jobs than I had, and I applaud them for fulfilling both work and home duties gracefully. But I was NOT being one of those wives. I was waking up at 6:30-6:45 and getting home between 5:45 and 6:15, Monday through Friday. We would try to go to the gym after work pretty regularly so that would put us back at the house around 7:30, or off to whatever activity we had planned for the night (basketball, church, Bible study, etc.). It was not unusual for us to eat dinner around 9:00. 

And dinner? Definitely not anything to look forward to. I've never had so many freezer meals in my life. (Although the ones from Trader Joe's are really good! Like the chicken/shrimp fried rice or orange chicken.) But I was HARDLY making anything myself. I felt triumphant if I even whipped up some spaghetti or meat for tacos. Yeah. 

Little Caesar's became our best pal. You can't beat it for convenience and the $5 price. You walk in and BAM there's a pizza in your hands. Crazy.

Jordan never complained. He would hug me and thank me for "cooking" after I warmed up a frozen bag of chicken strips on the stove. He highly encouraged me and supported me and I am SO grateful for that. He helped with everything around the house constantly. I didn't think I could love him more but he proves me wrong daily. 

The house has stayed consistently messy. I still have boxes to unpack from our move in OCTOBER. Yeah, over half a year ago. Ridiculous.

I would read stuff about the Proverbs 31 woman and honestly want to punch her. Good attitude, huh?
So Jordan and I started praying about me moving on to something part-time rather than full-time. 

Now let me just say that I don't want to sound ungrateful. I am SO THANKFUL God placed me there and provided that job for me. We were able to pay for a car with cash and to buy a house with a good down payment. Praise the Lord! 

It's just time to scale back and be more of a manager of my home. I'm also excited to focus on different areas of my life that have been on the backburner - my Scentsy business, church activities, cleaning, cooking, decorating, counseling at camp, family vacations, BLOGGING - haha. Spending LOTS of quality time with the Lord!

So for now, I'm on a break for the summer. That's why you see me active online so much more. :) I'm loving it! Follow me on Twitter or Instagram @ashleyshellz. And check out The Christian Wife Life on Facebook! Look for lots more blog posts coming up. And maybe some vlogs if I'm feeling ambitious...

Ashley



PS - I love you, Jordan. You are way, way, WAY too good to me.

8 comments:

  1. My husband and I just went through the SAME thing. Literally. We just prayed and prayed and realized no money is worth sacrificing a solid, steady marriage/home life. Hope you're enjoying being a stay at home wife as much as I am :)

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  2. Wow!! How brave of you. I would love to be able to devote more time being a wife and momma!

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  3. That's awesome, I'm so happy for you! I did the same thing in March and funny thing is I found out I was pregnant just a day before my last day at my job (I put a full two weeks notice in)! God had a plan for us and he has a plan for you! I think that staying at home or working part-time to fulfill your need to be at home more is wonderful! :)

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  4. Hahaha it's sad I laughed about the Proverbs 31 woman.. I have felt the same and it's a hard feeling to stomach, luckily God knows our faults and provides like He did for you! Enjoy your break!

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  5. That's awesome! After much prayer and consideration, we've decided that I will make that same leap after our first son is born in September and I have to say I am pretty nervous!

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  6. That is great, Ashley. :) I wish you all the best. It IS hard to be everything for everyone... I struggle with that lots. My house is usually a mess, I don't cook... Steve does, and I never feel quite together with all that I have. However, I know this is the season of life I am in at the moment and I am trying to keep it real and remember that the Lord has me here for a reason. Enjoy your time. As your family grows more and more will be required of you so take advantage of this time with you and Jordan. :) <3

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  7. I honestly think there's nothing better than making a decision in favor of a life change that's good for you, even if it's not something anyone else is doing or might necessarily support you for doing. Good for you for taking that step!

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  8. I quite my job last September because of how much of a time strain it put on our marriage and it has been the best decision! It was a great move, but transitions are hard for me sometimes...so it took some time for me to get used to it! :) I'm looking forward to how God uses you and grows you in this new season! It's pretty great!

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