11/02/2005

Local Career Women

It is really strange. I go to a church where there are countless career women----or at least women who are single with no families of their own. They have degrees---lots work on the Hill, or write, or do something crazy that I would never dream of myself doing. This is what happens after the dream of completing college. Last night I was singing at a benefit concert and we had a lady come from my bible study to babysit. We all got into a conversation with her once we were home and my husband asked her what she really wanted to do (since her job is not exactly what she wants). I was surprised at her answer. She said that she wants to be a mom. I know of a few more ladies that have this same dream. It is just funny how blessed I am---how my position in life could be a dreamlife to others.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

As one of those "career women" from your church, trust me that you are the envy of many women. :) We are all thankful for our callings, but we definitely admire you greatly at this phase. Thanks for your example and for allowing the Lord to work through you, Rachel.

Anonymous said...

As another career woman from your church, I would agree. I want to be a wife and a mother more than I want a career yet this is the place that the LORD has me so I will trust His sovereignty. Thank you for singing last night at the concert. Y'all were AMAZING!!!

R said...

Thank you for the compliments. I have a feeling I know who each of you are. Ha ha.
God definitely has us all placed in different positions. I have learned that a lot living in this area. I had never really thought much about the fact that I did not get a degree or even have a second to myself since having my first child when I lived in rural Idaho. I mean, the life here in D.C./NoVA is so different from there. I have actually given that stuff thought now because I am a minority. Not only am I a mother of three at 27 years old, I home school, and all this other stuff that puts me in a smaller percentage. I can be tempted to look at my life and say I am not doing much for the world or that I am just at home doing stuff, etc. etc. I can glorify the single position because I have never had it! "I was a child and then I had children!" So, it is a kick in the pants to hear someone say that their goal is to be like me---a mother. I thought, "Oh my goodness, I need to be more thankful for what I have! I need to take this thing seriously!"

Mindi Wilhelm said...

As an "almost done" homeschooling mom who has yet to finish college, I can sympathize with the feelings that you have experienced. For years, I lamented my lack of a degree; I even painstakingly worked towards one for a while. However, I have found that if you take home education seriously that you will learn many things, even before reaching the high school level, that are essential to a great education. You are a conscientious mom, and I know that you are striving for the very best for your children. An education absolutely will not pass you by. In fact, one of the great benefits of home education is that it is restorative; in the process of preparing and teaching your children you will learn many, many things that were either slighted or completely neglected in your own education, especially if it came from the public school system. You will also one day look back on this time spent investing in your children and say to yourself, "It passed in just a moment." You won't say it with a sense of grief or regret, but with the knowledge that you caught the golden ring as it flashed by on the merry go round of life. You will also still be so young that you can reach for other rings in that season. None of them will ever be as precious to you as this one is. Carpe diem.

R said...

Well said, Mindi. You are a well of wisdom and I mean that.
Thank you for your continual support.