November 3, 2009

On a serious note...

I've been doing a lot of soul searching since I've come out here. What else am I supposed to do with all this time?? We are lucky enough in our lives right now that I don't NEED to get a full time job while we're out here... great because there haven't been too many options open for me. I've been thoroughly enjoying my life as a housewife for the most part. I stay busy most of the time. I love for Trey to be able to come home to a clean house and dinner being cooked for him. I love that I can run all kinds of errands I need or he needs while he is away, so after spending a full week in the field he can come home and JUST BE. He doesn't have to worry about helping with the laundry or getting the bills paid. But there are times when I have NOTHING to do, and deep down I've known that I want/need to get out there and do something good for other people.

I've always had a huge spot in my heart for families that are less fortunate and can't afford to put a meal on the table every night and for the homeless. I know there are those out there that give people in that category a bad name, but not all the homeless are out there begging for money so they can buy alcohol or drugs. Not all of them got there because they did horrible things in life. You never know what hand someone has been dealt in life, and really, most of us are only one paycheck away from being out in the streets. Scary thought.
I've been looking around for different places where I could possibly volunteer for awhile now and yesterday I contacted the local food bank out here. The Executive Director got back in touch with me today and we are meeting tomorrow morning to see where I'd fit best. I'm really really excited about this. I've always known I wanted to be able do something like this and am very thankful that I have the time now. I'm just hoping it goes well and they'll have something for me to do... anything... wish me luck!

13 comments:

Kimberly said...

That's really awesome that you're volunteering. It's a great way to make good use of your time and help other people out...and it will look good on your resume when/if you do go back to work.

Ashleigh said...

great!! let us know how it goes! so happy for you- everyone needs to be fulfilled :)

high heels said...

I love being home too! I want to break down to tears when I drive by the Burger King on post and there is a 45 minute wait. Poor things....I feel so bad for them :(

What kind of organization are you thinking of volunteering at? I was thinking of the Red Cross :)

Lauren @ Dreams Take Flight said...

Oh my gosh, that's such a great way to use the extra time you have there! I hope something works out!

Kate said...

OH I know so many Military Spouses that are in the same shoes... Just taking care of things around the house and life stuff so that when the hubby gets back there is nothing but relaxation. Because we all know how hard they work!

BUT - it can be boring. And laundry, dishes, cleaning and cooking only takes up SO much time. Volunteering is a GREAT idea! :)
Many spouses don't take the initiative to get involved! I'm happy you are.... so have fun with it!

Steph said...

I think its great that you are wanting to volunteer. I have been tossing the idea around in my head for awhile but my problem is I don't really have time. I think I might wanna try to do something for my hubs new Reserves unit. FRG or something. I don't know.

But I think if you have time... do it. It will be very rewarding.

JG said...

Awesome! I've been really convicted along those lines, too, but with me it's been more in the way of giving financially. When we first got married we were really good about giving, not just to causes but to individuals. I'm ashamed to say that has fallen off as our standard of living has gotten higher (higher than necessary, really). So I'm trying to think of more ways to reach out, both physically and financially, while David is gone and our expenses are down. Kudos to you for stepping out! I'm sure the food bank is excited to have you!

Just Ask Beth said...

After 1 bottle of Chianti and 4 beers I love you even more!! God loves you for your compassion!!

The Neffs said...

I think it's awesome that you enjoy being a wife!! I agree I love having a nice clean, tidy, home. With dinner cooked and ready for us to enjoy! I think that is a lost art. So many women are consumed by sucess in the work world they forget about the importance of taking care of your husband and home! So kudos to you. Sounds like we have a lot in common. Good luck with your efforts to volunteer. I think thats great. I don't know if it's of any interest to you, but I know I have really enjoyed volunteering in the Frg. It makes me feel good giving back to soldiers and their families. Just a thought. Regardless, goodluck! Have a great week.

Carrie said...

I think it's wonderful that you want to volunteer. :) It would be a great way for you to balance your need of something more to do with your desire to be able to maintain your household work.

I can't wait to hear what you decide to do. :)

Karren said...

That's awesome! I've been wanting to do that in my area too.

GUAMtastic said...

LOVE that you are going to volunteer!! You also might look at USOs if the foodbank doesn't work out. I'm also a huge fan of figuring out things you've always wanted to do but never had the time. When we were in San Diego for 6 months (not long enough to get a fab job), I signed up for a month of unlimited dance classes at the Academy of Performing Arts -- there were only a few other beginners, but I took jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap, you name it. WHAT A BLAST!!!!! Good luck!!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I think it's great that you're going to volunteer! Good luck!