I am not sure why women find being called a woman offensive. I love being a woman!I feel that everybody depending on me means they think I am dependable. Everyone thinking I can do it all means they know I have the Lord in my heart. I feel so humbled by the title WOMAN. So many women before me did so much more than I do. I have a dishwasher, and washer and dryer 😉 There is no better feeling
then watching my family enjoy a meal I prepared for them with love. I will take my rightful place in the kitchen gladly and with honor. It doesn’t shame me, I feel blessed for the ability to serve my family in this way. I really enjoy owning my gender role. It fits and feels good. I will not deny that this “job” is more demanding than anything I have ever done before, but it is by far the most rewarding “job” I have ever had. Serving my husband and my children blesses my life as much or more than it does theirs. I am so glad that I don’t have the pressures of a man to provide and protect. I respect men so much for their ability to weather that storm and shield their families with the will and strength of the Lord. It doesn’t mean that I think what I do isn’t valuable, it means I know I am serving the Lord this way.
As a family we realized that being homebodies to help our budget wasn’t a realistic goal for our lifestyle. We absolutely delighted in family outings, but our bank account suffered for it. As a result we challenged ourselves to make our own fun at home. We soon realized our family was socially centered and we craved that interaction with the outside world. <
It became clear that we would never become homebodies, and we needed a budget friendly plan to get us out of the house and back to our fun-loving selves. My plan was to make a qualifying check list that would weed out outings that would sink our ship. I began to break down the cost of a typical family outing for us and realized that gas was one of the major expenses. Staying in town became our first qualifier. We live in a fairly small town so naturally our first qualifier eliminated a lot of choices. The next logical question was, what family activities are available in town? When I really dug deep I came across a lot of untapped opportunities. Before I considered any of them they needed to pass another test. Only activities that have low entry fees and low extra fees would pass the test. The cream that began to rise to the top was the local highschool sports events and plays.
Our children are homeschooled so I had never considered going to a public school event, but after thinking about it, it wasn’t any different from going to a pro football game so why not. Soon after making this discovery we attended the last home football game of the season. It was the most fun we’ve had in a long time. Not only did we watch the football game, but we heard the band and watched the half time show, and we admired the skill of the cheerleaders.
Splurging is the icing on the cake of a family fun night and we splurged on hot chocolate, nachos, and hot dogs. Boy oh boy was it sweet to have such a great family night out with splurging and all at a total cost of $28 for 6 people! Even though I planned it, I couldn’t believe we could have so much fun and never leave town and spend less than $30.
I would encourage you to take a look around you and see what untapped opportunities you have around you and get plugged in.