October 24, 2011

A Big Decision

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  We certainly did, though I had my doubts about how it was going to turn out Friday evening.  Tim and I ran over to Greensburg to pick up a blouse I'd put on hold at my favorite store (Fashion Bug) and then had dinner at Bob Evans.  The longer we sat the more Tim said he was hurting (his shoulder and hips have been bothering him a lot since he spent the day working on the church roof a couple of weeks ago) and not feeling well.  We'd planned to shop some more, but made only a brief stop at Wal-Mart to pick up some Aleve for him and Zyrtec for me.  We'd barely gotten in the door when he went running for the bathroom and got sick...as in I think he brought up food he ate 6 months ago.  Not knowing if he was coming down with something, I spent the night on the sofa, which was "interesting" and not at all comfortable with the Beagle/Basset mix curled up behind my knees and hugging my legs and the poodle camped out on top of me.  I felt so loved.  Sigh.

Saturday was much better.  Tim felt fine and went off to an equipment auction with his brother.  Megan and I went to to the mall for a couple of hours.  I was excited that she'd agreed to go shopping with me and had planned to make a bit of a day of it, but her boyfriend called while we were having lunch and said they had to leave earlier than they'd realized to go to a haunted attraction down in West Virginia.  So, that cut us short.  Oh well, at least we got a little time together.  Tim and I went to church at 5:00 and afterward to our friends' home up in New Florence for their annual Halloween bonfire.  Not many showed up this year, which was a shame since it was perfect weather for it.  We had a good time and enjoyed the time with friends.

Yesterday was a productive one around here.  Tim spent the day working in his workshop and doing the little jobs Megan and I found for him.  Megan cleaned her room and bathroom in anticipation of Beth's arrival on Wednesday.  Beth said she was used to teenagers and would be okay as long as there was a path from the bed to the door.  I was not going to tell Megan that!  I worked on cleaning the rest of the house and did a major grocery run.  I do big shopping maybe once a month and then pick up little things we need here and there.  It's looking pretty good around here...except for the laundry.  With Megan around we could use a second washer and dryer.  I love my energy efficient front-load washer, but each load does take a LOT longer than in a traditional top load machine.

Now about that big decision....

I've spent a lot of time thinking about it and I've definitely prayed about it and I've come to the conclusion that I just can't handle 2 college credit courses at the same time while I'm also working full-time, taking care of my family and doing all the other things I already do.  In fact, I'm not sure this program is for me at all.  So, I sent off an email this morning to the registrar and the professor for the Basic Foundations course asking to drop it. Between my computer woes a few weeks ago and then computer issues on their end, I am hopelessly behind and lost in that course.  I do intend to finish the Spiritual Formation course, but then I am going to have to do some serious praying and soul searching to see if I should take any more classes.  I enjoy the things I'm learning, but not the process.  No, I'm not enjoying that at all.  After hitting "send" on that email this morning I'm feeling.....relief.  It's like a huge weight has been lifted.

Well, time to get ready for work.  You all have a great day!


Anonymous said...

You know something?! You have inspired me for quite a while now, to learn and to find out how taking classes can fit into MY life. I admire you for all you do! I know, for sure and for certain, that taking any class outside my home would never work, so I'll be looking for online stuff only. There is only one YOU and she sounds like she is stretched WAAAY to thin! I am sure that G-d knows your heart and will lead your feet to exactly where you need to go, He is amazing like that, isn't He?! Let G-d have complete control of the whole class thing, it won't seem like a burden when HE orchestrates it all! Biggest HUGS to you today and blessings too!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

I've been so crazy busy this year with my class and new school demands, I didn't realize you were taking TWO classes (a fact I probably skimmed over a number of times.) I can completely understand you dropping one. It's for the best, and I'm glad you feel relieved.

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Sounds like you had a busy but fun weekend. Glad you got to spend some time with your daughter and I am glad the Tim is better. You know Stacy you inspire me also. You should be proud of yourself for all that you do. Hope you have a great week.

Prairiemaid said...

Hi Stacy!

You know, speaking from experience, there have been times when I felt the LORD was leading me to do something. But instead of waiting on HIM, I have often tried to "help" matters along....and I usually end up overloading my boat! Sometimes, that just happens and you are wise to step back and re-evaluate your situation. It is all good, if we treat it like a learning experience and move forward.

Just my 2 cents!

But, I REALLY stopped by to tell you and Beth to have an awesome time!!! I know you will.

Praying for safe travels and that you girls enjoy every minute.


Stacy said...

Wow, ladies! I am humbled by your kind words. Kelly and Rochelle, that you say I inspire you just floors me. Most days I feel completely UN-inspiring.

As expected the professor and the registrar have tried to convince me to stick with it and the professor says he will work with me and work with me until I am comfortable, but I just don't have any peace about continuing, while there is great peace in letting the class go.

I think it all comes down to a revelation or epiphany or whatever you want to call it that I've had in my other class. And that is that for now my LIFE can be my ministry, that each thing I do can be dedicated to the Lord's glory and minister to someone. I don't have to buy into the mentality of the church that I have to have a specific calling to a specific ministry. Maybe being a light and serving where the opportunity presents itself is my calling for now...or for life.

Cheryl...thank you for the prayers for safe travel, enjoyment, and learning at the conference. I am so excited to be meeting Beth and going. I think it's going to be such a time of blessing! :)


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