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Topic: Work (07/27/06)
- TITLE: Stage of Life
By Kristi Wood
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Thereís an interesting thing happening here alsoÖI have two teenage daughters and both are graduating this year. One is sure about her future. She knows where she wants to live, go to school, and her career plans while the other is still searching. Iím not sure what Iím supposed to do when I grow up and here my kids are almost at that point for themselves! I sure donít feel like the mom of two grown children but here I am.
I had always thought that I would have the second half of my life to start over and have a career of some kind. Iím not even 40 yet. I guess I also thought Iíd have figured out by now what it is I really want to do. Or maybe better said what my purpose in life is. Well, I still donít know the answer to that one and my options have become quite limited because of my health. So I find myself sitting in a leadership class at church hearing about making a life development plan relieved to know professional adults have to struggle a bit at times with the same questions.
At one point I had pondered the idea that my kids are the one thing I could point to in my life and see success. I wasnít ready to face the idea of an empty nest and we even talked about adopting but, again, my health has altered those plans. So Iím facing the empty nest along with my encroaching blindness and Iím wondering whatís next.
For now, I think I should help the younger moms I know who are contemplating homeschooling their own children. It looks like Iím becoming the Titus 2 woman I was always taught to look toward for mentorship as a young mom.
I will keep scrapbooking for my own family for as long as my eyesight holds out. Iím learning to treasure the opportunities I have to serve my church family with my photography talents and also treasure watching that same talent blossom in that curious but wayward child of mine. And I guess we will do our personal and career development plans together as she finishes high school and I finish this chapter of my life. Pray for us both!
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