New Beginnings

“You hear, o LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.” Psalm 10:17

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned the fatigue Stephen and I have been experiencing due to the rigors of his job and the toll it is taking on our family. He was emotionally, spiritually, and physically exhausted from it, and I was pulling further and further into myself from the isolation and loneliness his long hours caused.  We found that even when he was home, he was so weary he didn’t have the strength to help around the house or play with Jeshuah.  We found weeks and months even passed without us getting to have a deep conversation with each other. While I felt the weight of the household on my shoulders, I felt that loneliness was something that I couldn’t share with Stephen without burdening him even further.  I knew how weary he was, so I attempted to keep quiet and fill as many of the roles as possible to give him a break.

But we could only keep that up for so long.  All my pent up weariness, loneliness, and frustration came pouring out of me one day in a torrent of tears and words.  The events of that day caused us to do a lot of thinking and praying in the following weeks, as Stephen was as exhausted by it all as I had been, but he didn’t realize just how much it was affecting me until that day.

Since moving to the Quad Cities and discovering his job was not anything like he had originally been told, we had been praying for deliverance, for another way for Stephen to provide.  But month after month, nothing presented itself, so we plodded on. Finally, last month, we realized we had to make a change.  Our family was suffering, our ability to serve in our church was suffering, and our spiritual lives were suffering.

And then all the doors opened up for Stephen to work with his brother in the insurance business. Within a week, Stephen had quit working for Aramark and plunged head first into getting licensed for insurance.

While we know that this new joy will have challenges of its own, we can’t help but count our blessings with this job change.  We feel like we see Stephen so often now! What a blessing to wake up with him, to have a full two hours of quiet morning time with God, breakfast as a family, and even some play time before he heads out to work. Then he’s home again for lunch and more fun ensues.  Then by 5, he’s driving into our cul-de-sac, honking at Jeshuah and running out to toss the ball around with him.  We are so relieved not to be working in such an oppressive atmosphere anymore, and everyone comments that Stephen is “back to his old self again”–talkative, creative, funny, fun-loving, and all around wonderful:-)

Here are some fun things we have done lately (that wouldn’t otherwise happen):

  • Breakfast on the porch
  • A spur-of-the moment trip to Naperville for Stephen’s classes, when Jeshuah and I joined him and we stayed a couple of days with some dear friends. What a blessing!
  • Walking to Walgreens because I was craving Laffy Taffy
  • Family worship around the breakfast table
  • Washing off a neighbor’s unused slide and letting Jeshuah enjoy it
  • Filling up baby pool on deck and positioning said slide to form a water slide landing in the pool
  • Morning puppet shows with Jeshuah’s stuffed animals in his crib
  • A trip to a friend’s soccer game with Daddy
  • Daddy coming home for lunch every day!
  • Stopping by to see Daddy at the office
Stephen drinking his coffee and strolling around the yard one early morning

Breakfast on the porch

Trips to the park!

Daddy helping up the slide

So proud of himself! (and an even more proud dad!)

Water slide!!

Jeshuah loves having water poured on him!

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4 responses to this post.

  1. […] New Beginnings (via Organic Matters) "You hear, o LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry." Psalm 10:17 A couple of posts ago, I mentioned the fatigue Stephen and I have been experiencing due to the rigors of his job and the toll it is taking on our family. He was emotionally, spiritually, and physically exhausted from it, and I was pulling further and further into myself from the isolation and loneliness his long hours caused.  We found th … Read More […]

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  2. So happy for you guys! This makes me look forward even more to the day when Aaron will be done with grad school and, Lord willing, in a teaching job with a schedule much more conducive to our family life.

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  3. What a blessing! Praising God with you for this change in your lives. Love you guys! 🙂

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  4. Posted by anna on August 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Hey AShley-Nicole!!! SOOOO happy to be hearing this great news! Praise the LORD indeed for His deliverance and provision!!!

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