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Dawn - edging ever closer to 30, although I still feel like I'm 21. :) I'm married to a youth pastor ('Big G'), and have THREE wonderful kids: a five year-old son ('Little G'), a just turned two year-old daughter ('A'), and our newest little girl blessing, Baby R, was born May 28/07!! They keep me hopping as I juggle them, my WAH part-time job as an accountant, being a pastor's wife, and of course hobbies like quilting, scrapbooking, and blogging!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Business ideas
I've been thinking a lot lately about businesses I could do from home to make a little bit of money if I decide at some point to stay home and/or homeschool my kids.

Top of the list of course is bookkeeping for small businesses. I think I would enjoy this (well, it would still be work, but as enjoyable as work gets) and it wouldn't take much to get set up. Of course when people in real life found out that I was going to do bookkeeping, there would be a revolt - I'm a CGA (Certified General Accountant, which is like CPA in the States) and therefore would be perfectly qualified to set up a full-service accounting practice (and charge three or four times as much as bookkeeping). But... I don't think I could handle it. I don't feel capable of dealing with all the questions that clients would have, and it would keep me up all hours of the night worrying if I had given someone bad advice or made a mistake and was going to ruin someone financially. With bookkeeping, I am just responsible for record-keeping throughout the year, and then the client would take all the information I had prepared and take it to their accountant for taxes and other financial planning. Much less stress.

My other idea is making custom photo birth and wedding announcements. I have Paint Shop Pro and have a pretty good knowledge of the program, but I would need to get better at it, develop some samples, and probably a website. There seem to be a fair number of sites offering this service, some very professionally done, but I haven't found many in Canada, so maybe that would work to my benefit. It's something that I really enjoy doing.

My main issue with both of these ideas is how to know if there really would be any kind of market for this. I don't know if our area is totally saturated with bookkeepers, or if there's lots of clients just waiting for me to open my doors. ;) I have heard different people at work talking about how there really needs to be more good bookkeepers (which I think I would be) in the area, so I'm assuming they know what they're talking about and that I would be able to get clients. As far as the photo announcements go, I think all we have in this area are the WalMart-type of announcement cards from the big-box stores. But what if that's all people want? We're hardly New York here, maybe people wouldn't be interested in more artsy-type of announcements.

Particularly with the announcements, there would be a lot of work involved (making samples of several different styles, setting up a website, etc.) before I would even open for business. What a waste that would be (both financially and time-wise) if it turns out there's only three people that would ever be interested in such a product. I don't know if there's any way to determine local interest in such a thing before you start. The bookkeeping at least wouldn't be much of an investment beforehand (purchase the latest software, figure out how my organization system would work, and then buy a few office supplies), but still, if I decide to pursue one of these ventures, I would be making the decision to leave my job and stay home, so it's not really an option for it to fail.

I guess I'm just thinking 'out loud' - but if anyone has any insight on starting a small business like this, I would sure appreciate it!

posted at 10:15 AM  

Little G had his very first self-initiated playdate on Sunday. :) He asked us if his little friend D could come over and play, so I dialed the number and gave the phone to him. He asked if D could come over, and then I guess my friend gave D the phone, and the two of them chatted it up for a few minutes - it was SO cute!! "Oh, yeah, you will come play in my backyard? I so excited!" I was looking at Little G sprawled across the couch in the living room talking on the phone, and I just had a vision of what the next 15 years are going to be like, lol!! I'm sure I'll look at him one day when he's 16, lying on the couch talking to his girlfriend and have a flashback of the day when he was three and made his first phone call to a friend. :) Time is just going to pass too quickly, I know it.

posted at 10:07 AM  

Friday, February 17, 2006
What a cutie!
Yes, I'm biased, but I still think my munchkins are pretty cute! We just picked up A's six-month pictures yesterday, and they turned out pretty well. Considering she started crying as soon as I put her down and moved away so they could take a picture... They're not her usual huge open mouth grins, but I still like them. ;)

posted at 11:36 AM  

The 'Cheerios Stage'
I think I've discovered a new stage in infant development. We all know about the newborn stage, where the child is helpless and entirely dependent on its parents, and the sitting-up stage, the crawling stage, the pulling-up-on-anything-and-everything stage, and then of course the walking stage.

But somewhere in the middle of all this is a very distinct and separate stage that I think deserves its own mention: The Cheerios Stage.

At our house we are firmly in the middle of this stage. All of A's clothes go in the hamper at night with Cheerios mush across the front. We don't go anywhere without the trusty little Tupperware container of Cheerios in the diaper bag. Every piece of equipment of hers (highchair, exersaucer, and I wouldn't be surprised if the crib and change table too) has crusty little bits of old Cheerios in all the nooks and crannies. I keep having to stop and peel little Cheerios crumbs off my feet that have flaked off of her clothes as they dry.

We're definitely in the Cheerios stage.

posted at 10:37 AM  

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Do I even have time for work?
Today, I was out of the house from 9:30 until 5:30, at a friend's house setting up their business books on QuickBooks. Got home, threw supper down various people's throats, and then back in the van to head to church for worship practice for youth group. Then I've spent the last hour learning the new presentation software (MediaShout) we've set up at church. The missionary who is accompanying our youth group on a missions trip this summer is staying here for three days, so I've been providing meals as well. I've got a couple of errands tomorrow, then on Friday I'm watching my friend's son for a couple of hours, and probably doing some stuff at the church as well.

All this begs the I have time to go back to work???

A is at such a great age right now, she's so much happier than she was for the first six months of her life, and I'm not so sleep-deprived (well, yes I am, but I'm used to it), so I've felt more able to be involved with church things lately. I like being available to help out friends by watching their kids for a while, and it makes me feel good to be able (some days, at least) to have a decent meal ready for my husband when he comes home. I think I'm liking staying home.

Unfortunately, I don't think staying home is an option right now. I will only work part-time, which I'm very thankful for, but we do need even that part-time income. I was thinking it through last night and I don't think we could do it on Big G's salary even if we cut back on eating out and hobbies and such. The more I think about it lately, the more I don't want to go back (and not just because I know I'll be emotional about leaving A). We're talking about putting Little G in junior kindergarten next year, but it turns out Daddy won't be able to pick him up after school (it's just mornings) and take him over to my friend's like I thought he would. So now that's up in the air because he doesn't have a way to get from one place to the other, and I'll be far away at work. If I was staying home, that wouldn't be an issue. I could be here to pick up my child from school like mommies should.

I really like my job, but I'm enjoying what I'm doing now so much too. I don't know - I'm feeling like I want to stay home and maybe even homeschool my kids for a few years before they go to school. I used to feel like it was my choice to work, but now I'm realizing that I don't really have a choice right now, and of course as soon as I know I have to do something, I start not wanting to. Darn human nature. :)

posted at 10:00 PM  

Sunday, February 12, 2006
Lucky #100!
Alright, who was my 100th visitor??? Speak up, there might be a spectacular prize package in it for you. (Or there might not, but shouldn't my thanks and appreciation be enough??) ;)

posted at 8:45 PM  

Children running wild
What is the world coming to??? Little G was outside with Daddy this afternoon, shovelling the slush off the driveway, when a couple of kids came walking down the street, and started playing with Little G in the yard. Big G asked them if they lived around here, and they said oh yeah, up that way and down a couple of streets. They ended up playing in the yard for over an hour, and only left when we called Little G inside because it was starting to get dark. And these kids couldn't have been more than four and six years old! Their parents obviously had no idea where they were or what they were doing, since I have no idea who they are and they didn't know they were going to be playing here until they wandered by and saw Little G.

Yes, we live in a small town, and we're not on a main road, but I can't even fathom letting my kids wander around on their own at that age. Am I really that overprotective or are there just a lot of underprotective parents around here? The kids on our block play outside in each other's yards all summer, and maybe that's okay since they're all a bit older and they do always stay within these four or five houses, but I don't think I would feel comfortable not knowing whose yard my kids were in at any given time. And it just blows my mind that someone would just send their kindergarten-aged kids outside to play and not care that they were blocks away.

posted at 8:36 PM  

Friday, February 10, 2006
How has it been TWO WEEKS?!?
Good grief, it's been two weeks since I've posted here?!? I apologize to all my faithful readers (um, I do have some, right?) ;) As I mentioned before, we were away for a week (the conference went well, even with Abby), and then when we got back things were crazy for a few days here. While we were gone our new A/V computer had arrived at the church, so we had that to set up, plus the renovation of our church foyer had started, which meant the old nursery had been demolished and I had to move everything down to the new nursery downstairs. And then Monday night I woke up with the flu that seems to be going around here. Gavin and I were both sick Tuesday, which was not fun - it's always when I'm sick that I realize how dependent babies really are. It doesn't matter how sick I am, I HAVE to get up and somehow feed and change Abby or she wouldn't survive. It actually frightens me in times like that - I have no idea how single parents do it, or women who get severe morning sickness. I was only by myself for half a day (DH's job fortunately gives him enough flexibility that he took the afternoon off to help) but even that long was very difficult.

Gavin's take on the flu? When he woke up Tuesday morning, DH asked him how he was feeling, and Gavin said "Not very good. My tummy got very little and some yucky stuff almost came out of my mouth." I thought that was a pretty good description! He only threw up twice and seems to have recovered very quickly, although he does seem to be emotionally attached to his barf bucket now. Oy. He wants to sleep with it still and everything ("in case I need to spit in the nighttime, Mommy").

On that lovely note, I must close for now. We're off to an elder's retreat this weekend, so I'm busy packing for us and Abby (who of course comes with us), and for Gavin who is staying with some friends of ours. Seems like a lot of work for two days! Again, sorry for my long absence and I promise to be more regular!

posted at 12:21 PM