Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Making adjustments.....

Making adjustments has never been easy for me and this time of year we makes lots of adjustments.  They make me feel like this....



Yes, tax season has come again.  This is the time of year I spend a lot of time alone.  I put a picture of Russell in every room so I'll remember what he looks like!  O.K. I may be exaggerating just a little. Please let me assure you that I am NOT complaining.  I know in these economic times, we are extremely blessed and we don't take it for granted.

Some days, all he sees me in is pajamas!  A few nights a week, he's not home until 10 p.m. or later....but tonight, he got here at 7 and we had supper together and he stayed home!  So here we are, both of us with our laptops on our laps....duh....but we are enjoying being in the same room!  Russell is doing sudoku keeping his brain sharp.......and well, I'm surfing the blogworld!

We do find time to do some eating out and attend church and other functions......like the banquet I want to tell you about below......

About two years ago, I started volunteering at the Pregnancy Resource Center in our town.  I met so many young women who were there for pregnancy and parenting education.  The center has a great system of educating the young women.  All the young mothers must earn their mommy dollars by showing up for classes and completing and turning in homework.   There is a great store in the center......there they can find anything from diapers to baby beds which can be bought with those mommy dollars.  Some women from the local churches make beautiful baby quilts.    So they're learning to take care of themselves during their pregnancy, to care for their babies and to take responsibility at the same time.

Each girl who comes into the center is counseled and every girl hears the gospel.  These girls come from all walks of life and some of their stories will break your heart.  But they all find love and acceptance and the love of God at the pregnancy center.

Even though I had to stop volunteering for now due to family obligations, we continue to attend their fundraising banquet each year.  Our hearts are always touched, but this year I was particularly happy to see one of the girls who delivered preemie twins while I was working at the center.  They were such precious infants, so small that they fit into the same car seat....so cute!  I had a picture and of course can't find it now.  But man have they grown!!!


Their mama is a very special young lady.  She also has an older child. While she was pregnant with the twins, she attended classes at the Pregnancy Center and went to nursing school......she never missed a day of school even though the twins were born during her time in school.  She's a wonderful success story and a great example of redemption!  I was so excited to see her and her children.

I hope someday to be there volunteering again.

O.K. now I think I'll go actually spend time talking with the husband!

10 comments:

Needled Mom said...

What a wonderful story! It is so encouraging to hear that they can change their lives like that.

Enjoy your hubby!

creative gal said...

I love that story! I volunteered with a local preg. center and love it! :)

The Hatcher's said...

That story about the pregnancy center really puts things in perspective. That sounds like a wonderful organization.

Deb said...

what a great place to volunteer...with a little help everyone can do great things...hope hubby and you plan a long vacation after tax time..

Tonja said...

I'm sure you find many ways to minister to those girls. Good for you! Enjoy your time with hubby!

Stella said...

Sounds like this center is a very special place for these young women. Just the presence of our hubby's is the house is a comforting feeling even if they aren't in the same room. April will be here soon and you can plan a speacial evening.

Just Breathe said...

How wonderful that you did that volunteer work. Beautiful story.
I often go from PJ's to PJ's! I just bought some lounge type dresses so I can shower and look dressed!

The White Family said...

Those babies are ADORABLE! So sweet...

Let's be honest, even if R came home for lunch, you might possibly still be in your pj's! (J/K!)

nancygrayce said...

Oh, yea, that is true Mary Grace! I'm sure a lot more comfy in them!!!

Becky Smith said...

Our church just set out empty baby bottles this past Sunday; members of the congregation take the bottles home, fill them with change (and bills) and then bring them back in a month.

I love that you've been involved with your pregnancy center there; what a great thing to do.

And I'm also glad you and your husband got an evening together at home! HOoray!