Life is full of choices.
Who will you marry? What job will you take? How many kids will you have?
And sometimes life seems like it throws things at us and we had no choice.
I wanted more kids, but we couldn’t get pregnant. I can’t find a job – there are none here close to home. My house fell down and now it seems we have to build a new one.
But really even at these moments, we make choices that are our decision. We could have brought in a double-wide. Would that have been a good choice considering my husband is a contractor and builds houses? Probably not. Would it have been a lot less money and less hassle? More than likely.
It’s easy to see this with some things, not as easy with others. Sometimes we go ahead and get pregnant, even when maybe it’s not the most ideal of circumstances. Sometimes we don’t return the phone call an extra day, and now that job is unavailable. Sometimes we are married to someone who just doesn’t have the same plan we do.
Life isn’t fair. And life is not this cut and dry, really, either. None of these decisions or situations are really as black and white as we might want to make them, or as we wish they could be. Some of our children think that mommies have babies because they prayed to Jesus and asked him for one. If only it was that simple. Some of our husbands think that we are home all day and so the clothes should all be put away. Again – not quite that simple.
Either way, we have to admit the law of cause and effect is alive and well. When our choices have led us to this moment, we have to work with it. I want to be working at the new house. In my mind, this “needs” to be done. Thankfully I have a lot of family to turn to. But I didn’t ask my mom or Aunt Kathy it was ok with them that I had a third kid or that we were going to build a house “on our own” (which really means with the help of those who love us). I didn’t check with them first. So if they can’t watch my kids, it’s not their fault. The choices I have made have led here to this moment.
It’s not that no one wants to help me. It’s not personal. It’s my problem. I have to make choices because I have this set of responsibilities in my life right now. I might not be able to go shopping with my friends or scrapbooking of an evening, because I’ve used up all my babysitters and I can’t afford to hire someone. I might not be able to make my dr. appointments when I want or go get groceries when I want, because I don’t have help at those times. I’m learning that the list of things that “need” to be done is a little different than I might like it to be.
As we get closer to moving into our house, and running out of money 🙂 , I find myself wondering how we are going to pay for all of the things I undoubtedly will “need.” Closet shelving, curtains, fireplace mantle and surround, front porch finishing, lighting on the front of the garage. Yes, these were originally part of the budget, but they have been pushed off the list as other things encroached and now I’m faced with some choices: Can I have everyone over to my house with an unfinished fireplace?
I’ve decided to embrace my situation. We won’t have enough money for me to have things the way I want within the next 6 months. I’m going to be proud instead of embarrassed. We have made the choice for me to stay home and take care of our family. Result: We don’t have enough money to make our house exactly how we want. I’m hoping I can be ok with this. We aren’t going anywhere. Those details will still be there when Edwin is school age. I can address them then.
I was raised in a society that likes to blame others. I do that. But I was raised by parents who taught me my life is my problem. And as I get older I recognize that more, I guess. As I get older it’s a little easier to see the big picture. What I think I “need” to have or to do today, is probably not as pressing as I think it is. I have choices.
And one of them is calling my name right now. 🙂