We have been so blessed to have started our little freezer cooking home party business at a perfect time for our family, in late 2003 right before my husband got laid off. He was out of work for 2.5 years and we were able to earn enough to keep our heads just above water, even though we had to sell our home before he found his current position as a city bus operator in 2006. This business is getting more difficult to run with our combined schedules and having a 9yo DD plus not having a garage in the rental place we're at (in addition to all it's other problems). I've been able to change the business in response to the local demand for organic and natural ingredients but don't have the ability and/or energy to really expand. So, I only have one or two sessions a month, again just enough to help us stay up with our regular bills but not get ahead.
Also, coordinating the sessions is physically demanding, hauling around almost 200 pounds of meat plus the other ingredients and supplies, and I'm not getting any younger at age 42. I've had lots of physical ailments manifest themselves in the past couple of months; mostly I think my body is finally reacting to almost four years non-stop stress and not taking care of myself. So, while this business helps other take care of their families, I feel like I'm slipping a bit more behind every day on our home front and personally.
This is not how this post had started out ... TFF Tuesdays were meant as a way to help me focus on staying on top of the business but just writing this has also provided me personal perspective. I don't know what it all means, but I do know I won't get my e-newsletter written and sent out to clients tonight! LOL!
The one thing I DO know -- I know who holds me in the palm of His hand. This may be my time to tested through the furnace of affliction in order to refined (Isaiah 48:10). But, I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever (Psalm 52:8)