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Loving Summer July 4, 2013

Filed under: faith,family,homesteading — ourprairiehome @ 4:30 pm
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This summer has been a very mild one.  Last year, we were already in the triple digits by June.  This year, we have only had 1 day in the triple digits.  The average temp has only be in the 80’s.  I love it!

On the home front, there are small changes happening that will bring great blessings to the family.  My Beloved husband has been truck driving throughout most of our marriage.  With this job, he is away from home a minimum of a week at a time.  Currently, he is home overnight once a week.  Not much time for family with that schedule, but it is what the company demands of him.  We have been working towards the day when he can be home more often.  In the past years, we tried twice to do this and failed.  He had found a local job each time, but they were not trucking related.  Living in a rural area as we do, you have to have a specialized job in order to make ends meet.  During one period of about 2.5 years, our family of 4 lived on a single income that was barely above minimum wage.  Our lifestyle helped to make that possible, but we still were getting behind.  Financial needs were met but we could not make any improvements to the homestead.  So, back to trucking he went.  The challenge now has been that I don’t have the ability to do all the work necessary on the homestead while tending the home, kids, homeschooling, etc.  We basically have been just taking care of essentials.  In many ways, it was no better than when he worked local.  Basic needs are met, but there is no time for expansion when my husband is home.  So, after much prayer, we were prompted to take it slower this time around.  Last week, my husband was able to get the extra endorsements on his trucking license to allow him to drive any type of truck, including those for the fuel companies.  Now, the next step is that he will be looking for a local trucking job that will allow him to be home more often, yet pay what we need.  Lord willing, he will have a new job by summer’s end.

Our children are having a lot of fun this summer.  Between trips to the zoo, vacation Bible school, and playing outdoors, they are kept busy.  In August, our baby girl will start going to Girl Scouts.  Wow!!!  The time has surely flown by.  She is so excited to start up.  We signed her up during the spring.  Our son is making headway in his development.  He has finally regained the ability to feed himself, even using utensils for the first time.  He is chattering a lot more often than previously.  He still doesn’t say any words, but jabbers like an infant learning to make letter sounds.  Cute part is that he does it in such a way that it sounds like he is singing.  He is such a happy little boy.

It has been such a wonderful time for us.  So many blessings that outweigh any challenges that we have faced.

 

One Response to “Loving Summer”

  1. Suzanne Roderick Says:

    Such a pleasure to hear you are making headway in so many areas. My husband is also a trucker and he got the extra endorsements. We are now in NV and he is working for one of the gold mines hauling the gold ore………..around and around……….your husband should not have any problem finding a job closer to home with OK being one of the oil states. Glad to hear everyone is doing so good………..


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