So, Joey and I are taking on another student boarder. In case you were keeping count, that brings our household total to two adults, two full-time teenage boys, two little girls, a baby on the way, and an average of three-ish extra teenage boys hanging out on any given day. And two dogs.
I really don't write about the boarders (how much of a genteely impoverished 19th century woman does it make me sound like, having "boarders" anyway? a lot?) here, because their business is their business, etc. But I have to interject them into this blog for just a minute because I'm so happy that we get to be doing what we always dreamed of doing, helping these guys and their families, and our family too, and we didn't even have to wait for some anonymous billionaire to give us a great big house to do it.
It is satisfying. It is needed. It lets me pretend that I am Jo, running a boy's school out of Plumfield in Little Men, which I always wanted to do ever since I was like nine. And I think it makes me be a little (no, probably more like a LOT) more deliberate about my mothering and home-making. I'm just more aware of the importance of the little things I do, and less inclined to excuse laziness or slackness in myself. Plus, it makes me have to be super-organized at home, and it's nice to have that motivation in place that this is part of my job. It makes things a bit easier on us, financially, too. And don't you think it's a little funny that my word for 2013 was Prosperity and like five minutes later I got a call out of the blue to start setting this new guy up?
I thought that was pretty funny. And awfully nice of God.
Not just financially, either. Our dream is prospering. Our family. Our home.
And plus, I have an ironclad reason to go to IKEA this weekend. IKEA trip for the win!