Finding Work ~ Life Balance, How We Did It #NaBloPoMo

Making family time is important for me. How do you balance your children, relationship and work life? ~ Ricki Lake {Guest Prompt}

Family PictureI won’t lie, when we lived in Pennsylvania, finding balance was hard. Everyone was operating on their own schedules ~ the hubs was working overtime, the kids were involved in different activities and I was working evenings and weekends. There were weeks when I saw my kids maybe 15 or 20 minutes a week and the hubs even less. My home life was basically falling apart. But we were doing what we had to do in order to survive. Raise your hand if you know what that’s like.

The hubs and I knew things had to change in order for our family to do more than survive. We wanted our family to live. So we started praying that God would make a way for us to not only make our family a priority but make Him a priority. Honestly, everything had taken a backseat to making ends meet ~ even God. But, for whatever reason, He had mercy on us and the hubs was offered a promotion that required that we move to Missouri.

Everyone kept asking us if we were nervous or scared but we knew that this is where God wanted us. Everything just fell into place. So here we are 3 months later and things are going really well…

National Blog Posting MonthThe hubs works regular hours and is home every night in time for dinner. This may sound like a small deal but this is the first time in years that we’ve ever been able to eat meals together as a family. The kids’ schedules have slowed down a bit so they’re home every night, which means that we get to hang out and enjoy each other’s company. We’ve been to the zoo, taken a driving tour of Civil War monuments, visited the Conservation Center and walked along the Mississippi Water Front. And I work from home, so the only thing I really have to do is make sure I accomplish most of my work before the family gets home.

More than finding more family time, this move has allowed enabled us to put God first. Now that we have our priorities in line, everything else really has become easier.

How do you balance work and life?

  • I came from a family where my dad worked 60+ hour weeks… or at least it seemed like he did. Now, I’m lucky to have a husband with a 40/hr a week job and a 5 minute commute. 

    I had to find balance by leaving my job… the 1 1/2 hour daily commute + a 40-hour week meant I didn’t get to spend much time at all with my family… and I just couldn’t do that. So now, I am full-time SAHM, but am keeping the option of doing some graphic design work on the side when I am ready. And… blogging is a great way for me to have a creative outlet, some bloggy friends, and a bit of pocket change & freebies now and then too. 🙂 

    • It’s funny how those priorities change when we have little people in our lives. I used to think my kids needed me less as they got older, but I’ve come to realize that they still need me just as much, just in a different way. I’m glad I can be here.

  • Anonymous

    it’s wonderful how God had made everything worked out for your family! It’s great to be able to be with our family spending time together..I have to say that I am really blessed to be able to be a stay home mom, it takes loads of stress off me to have to juggle work and family. I really admire you and other working moms. I do some free lance work at home occasionally just to earn some pocket money for my personal expenses. God bless you Daenel,  God will continue to provide for your family!

    • Amen, Mongs. I’m so happy to read that God is blessing you as well. Like you, I get enough free lance work to provide me with pocket money but I’m not complaining because I get to see my family and attend church on a regular basis,something that I’ve always wanted to be able to do.

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