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Homeschooling and Medieval Living

The New Year for Trees

on January 25, 2013

From The Daily Compass:

Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for trees, begins this evening. You might not think that late January makes sense as a time of beginning for trees, since in many places they are still dormant and leafless. But in a climate like that of Israel, you can see buds starting to form this time of year. It’s still a considerable wait until leaves are out, let alone until harvest, but all of that is implicit in the first little buds.

What buds do you see in your life that might lead to a harvest down the road?

In the past, I have always thought of Erin as being the breadwinner. He would be the one working. I wanted to be a SAHM. That is all that I have ever wanted. I want to homeschool my kids, take care of the house and do SCA stuff. Then, he started school. He looked at all the jobs he wanted and saw that he needed a degree. So, he is now going for his Associates in Computer Science. He will then transfer to a four year college and get his Bachelor’s in Comp. Sci. OK. I can deal with that. In fact, I had decided that I would do what I could so that he could go to school. That has meant me going back to work. I have not worked in years. I thought I had no profitable skills. Then I looked at what I was doing in my spare time (as a hobby). I was creating and editing websites, writing handbooks, creating and editing policies, managing youth officers, creating Excel and Word documents, creating Moodle classrooms, and training youth officers. It seems like I should be able to pull something workable out of that. Now, just to find something I can do in the DFW area. I would like to work from home if possible. But those kinds of jobs are few and far between (or they are scams/pyramid schemes).

Anyway… all this background is really leading somewhere. I promise. So, I looked at all my skills and I set up a LinkedIn account and sent out a resume to Automattic. I started looking for other fallback positions, just in case. I am so scared I won’t get the work. But, I have at least had the chance to see that I have skills. I can see my skills get better as I practice and work. I have done a lot of work these past couple of weeks. I have brushed up on skills that I haven’t used in a while and I have learned new ones. I hope these budding qualities will turn into something great. I can finally deal with the idea of working. I am sad that I have to, but I can do it. I just keep thinking of my husband walking across that stage with his diploma. I really hope there will be flowers that bloom.


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