Summer is winding down…

Today is August 1st…in case you didn’t notice!  And summer is “officially” over in our house.  Lots of changes in store for the Derricks during the month of August — and change can be scary!  That uncertain feeling of how it is all going to turn out…..yep, that’s the feeling in my tummy this morning.  I begin my new job today.  It will be the first time in 18 years that I have been employed full-time.  I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home mother for all those years.  God has been so good to provide for us over the years.  I am going back to work to help pay for the college expenses that will be a part of our lives for the next 8-10 years.  I have also been blessed with a job this year that will allow me some flexibility during some months, and a boss that I love dearly (along with my co-workers).  I think it is a perfect fit, given my circumstances.  However, it is all still a little scary…

I woke up this morning and found the most precious note from Allyson — a word of encouragement — and a gift!  WOW!  What a fun way to wake up!  It was a box from James Avery and had a charm of an owl in it.  I will wear it proudly and think of my daughter’s encouraging words all day long!

I still haven’t shown you all of the great gifts that I got from my roommates at Convention.  I’ll try to finish up on these this week.  Here is one of the things Danielle gave to me.  A little notepad and pen set — sewn together with a zig-zag stitch on her sewing machine.  This is an adorable idea that every can do — even if you aren’t a seamstress!  I’ll be back tomorrow with samples for my next class that I made over the weekend.  You will like them!   Have a great day and think happy thoughts for me……please!


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