Meanwhile, I'm still staying busy as a mama, and homeschooling the six older children. I know the Lord is helping me, as there is simply no way I could do this on my own. My sweet husband has been working two jobs (one full, one part-time) for over a year And working towards his Masters; and while he's held up bravely, it's clear that he's getting burnt out fast. At this point, I am beyond anxious to help him achieve some of his dreams as well (he also longs to write as a full time author), but am unsure how to go about doing that. All we can do is Hope, and Pray, and trust in the Lord.
He's has been teaching part-time at BYU-I online, and this was the job he enjoyed most (he loves to teach!). Unfortunately, his contract is ending this month and they've informed him that at least the next semester or two they can't renew it. My first thought when he told me was, "Really?! The ONE thing he does that he gets anything good out of is disappearing just when he's struggling the most??" Then my second thought was, "When one door closes another door opens. Have faith, God knows what He's doing." We are currently still at the "doors closing" portion of our journey, so please keep your fingers crossed for us!
On another note, our youngest, Elora, who is one and a half, LOVES to have me read books to her- over and over and over again. ^___^ She never gets tired of it, and when I try to stop she cries and keeps trying to give me the book to read Again, saying "Read it, mommy, read it! Boot, boot? Booooot?" It's so very endearing, even when it's exasperating ;) her current favorites are 'Amelia Bedelia' and 'Amanda Pig.' It's pretty incredible how precious and unique each child is, how they each have their own little spirit, their own interests, personalities, and quirks. Nothing could ever be so fulfilling as being a mother, unless it's being a father- or an aunt, uncle, grand-parent, god-parent, mentor, teacher, etc. ;) I count my many blessings, and see how truly rich we are in all the ways that matter. God Bless!