Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Do-It-All Mom? Who me?

This week I'm starting a new venture. I'm a regular columnist at the multi-talented Nicole O'Dell's Choose Now Ministries. She's dubbed me the Do-It-All-Mom among a sea of really qualified columnists. Do-It-All-Mom? Me?

It's a wee bit intimidating. Ya know?

So I've been thinking about it. Do I do it all?

Yes, I'm a mom to the four amazing kiddos in the picture. I am forever grateful that God has entrusted them to us.

Yes, I'm an attorney, but I'm definitely in a season of slowing that down. I stay involved in a couple areas, but I'm not doing litigation, my favorite area, because it doesn't fit with my life right now. A choice I'd make again -- even though I love litigation.

Yes, I'm a contract lecturer at a University and adjunct faculty at a community college. I LOVE teaching and am so grateful God opened these doors. Lest you think otherwise, remember this too is part time.

Yes, I'm a writer -- between the hours of nine and midnight most weeks...because that's when my kids sleep.

Yes, I'm a homeschool mama -- it's a joy and honestly frustrating. If I can be real, I love watching my kids learn. But there are times I long for them to join the school bus crowd. However, God has made it clear this is for us right now, so I do it willingly. Even if it means teaching algebra to the oldest and reading to the 3 year old. I don't know how one room school teachers did it.

Yes, I serve at our church. It's the least I can do for the body God has planted us in and for God. He's given me so much. I'm more than willing to tithe my time and talent for Him. Besides, I've long known I learn more when I teach.

Yes, I do a lot. But I hope you're getting a sense of season. There are ebbs and flows to each of these. I love my class at Purdue, but right now it's not a year round commitment. Maybe some day it will be. I love the law, but it's no where near full time right now.

How do you balance it all in this do-it-all-right-now-life?


Marianne said...

Cara...just stopping in to say i got Cherry Blossom Capers today. Thanks.

Cara Putman said...

I really hope you like it. It was a lot of fun to work on that project.


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