After several months of my husband being on a layoff he was called back to work yesterday!
Let me start off by saying how much I absolutely LOVE having him home and the flexibility it gives him to participate in the daily happenings with our family. Although it was a bit difficult financially we are already used to pinching and had some reserves left over in a small emergency fund we had just begun to rebuild after the last layoff.
In fact it was during this time that I was able to come up with these Tips for Surviving a Budget Hit!
Unfortunately this is the way the construction business goes in Michigan and we have come to expect tight winters and abundant spring/summers when the work picks up!
As much as I love him being here, it did something to our scheduled life that I was beginning to miss terribly.
When he is working we get up at 5 am every weekday morning, and even an occasional Saturday. After a couple days it really isn’t as hard and I actually love the time in the mornings I have to spend with my husband, God, and myself before moving on to my daily to do list.
Once he was home, there was no real time that we had to get up by each day. And therefore there was also no reason we couldn’t stay up until the wee hours watching one more movie together.
I am afraid to admit it, but we had been staying up WAY too late at night and sleeping in until 10 am or later every day! You don’t realize how much you can get accomplished by 10 am when you get up at 5 am. So when he called to check in if there was work and got the welcome back from his boss I thanked God because he knows exactly what we need and when we need it!
This is something that happens in my home every so often.
I wrote this post on Being Frugal With Time a few years ago, after rereading it this morning I can still totally relate to everything in it!
I saw Crystal’s call to be an early riser days before he was back to work and was secretly disappointed in my heart because I knew with him home there would be no way I would every stick to getting up early when I could snuggle in bed with him longer, and therefore wouldn’t be able to participate in the challenge.
But God is faithful, and he heard the secret desire of my heart to be back on our regular early morning schedule! I am so excited to be able to participate!
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
The Message Bible Translation
I am thankful that I am now able to reclaim those missing hours. I know it will make all the difference. I am able to spend time with the Lord and my husband, get a jump start on the days chores, blog, and just enjoy some time alone before the rest of the world wakes up and begins chipping away at my time.
Now, instead of saying I need a couple more hours in the day to get it all done I’ll be using the couple hours a day that the Lord is giving me.
I’m not trying to imply that everyone needs to be up at 5 am because I know each person has their own set of circumstances to work with. All I am trying to say is that you could reevaluate where you are. Can you set the alarm just 15 minutes earlier, maybe a half hour even to prepare yourself for the challenges of the day to come.
What is your biggest stumbling block when it comes to time?
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