Thanks for clicking over to find out more about my blog and essentially more about me! I promise not to keep you here long, because I want you to have time to check out some of my posts. Really quickly, let me explain the concept behind The Teaching Wife.
In 2012, I guess you can say that I got my feet wet in the blogging game. At the time, my husband and I left our job and lifestyle as Family Teachers (House Parents). As new biological parents (I'll explain more of what that means, here), I felt led to begin blogging about our journey. Well, let's just say this didn't last too long. Money ran dry, and we were in desperate need of a steady income. Around this same time, my husband was being led to start his own business. From where would this steady income come? In an effort to no longer drown financially, I went back to work, and blogging became a distant memory.
In spite of feeling strongly convicted to write, blog, and encourage other wives and moms, I basically told the Lord that His plan wasn't going to work. There was no way we'd ever make it without one of us having job security. After 6 months of praying things would work out, we told God we were out of time. I returned to the same company we previously left. You may be thinking, '6 months! That's not even that long'. And looking back on things now, you are absolutely right. But in the moment when you are walking through it with 6 months of bills stacking up, Sallie Mae breathing down your neck, having to use government assistance, and having to live with family members without being able to help with bills, it gets ROUGH!
Work was work. I quickly found myself working hard to climb the non-profit ladder. I began pursuing my Marriage and Family Therapist License full-time and was gone from home so much that my husband started saying, 'I need a partner'. We now had 2 children. And although he worked from home, he needed help so that he could actually get some work done. We tried to solve this problem by hiring a nanny (who was super amazing, by the way) to work a few days per week. This was all good until I heard my newest little one call our nanny Mommy. Yes! Jab to the chest. Heart on the floor and stomped on. Our nanny quickly corrected her, and this was no fault of hers at all. But to have your husband desiring a partner, someone to just help out with the everyday tasks of parenting, and your daughter calling someone else Mommy was about enough for me.
By this time, I was crying and praying to the Lord for help. My husband and I began looking into other options, including him no longer pursuing his business and going back to work. We prayed, sought wise counsel, and prayed some more. I began asking the Lord to grow me spiritually, so that I could have a better relationship with Him. I didn't see how I could do this while being on-call for work 24/7 and trying to be a wife and mom. Almost every Sunday, you would find my husband and I in the prayer garden at Saddleback Church. We needed direction more than ever. I began reading my Bible more. And together with my spiritual mom (I call her Mrs. Clara) and sister, I started to read Fervent by Pricilla Shirer (A must read!). I began praying more specifically. And during this time, I finally felt led to submit to my husband and take a HUGE leap of faith. I quit my job as program supervisor, working towards program director, and agreed to move from California to Texas. It was in this move that God showed me that I had a lot to learn.
Almost 2 years later, I am back to blogging! What started out with the title of Consuming Faith is now The Teaching Wife. The Teaching Wife is a space where I desire to encourage and equip women like you to live a life pleasing to God. You can wear the many hats God has called you to wear with complete faith and confidence in Him. Whether you are a wife, mother, home educator, etc., I want to meet you where you are in your journey, grab you by the hand, and let you know you’ve got this, girl! I want to not only share ideas, love, and laughter, but also share our struggles, our prayer requests, and praise reports. It is my hope that we can live this thing called life together, to the fullest, and for the glory of God. I hope that you will find encouragement and practical support for whatever you may be walking through today. Together we can help each other succeed!
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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.
— Romans 1:12 NLT