Friday, February 8, 2019

Nonessential Functions

Over the years, I have come to realize that it takes me longer than I think it should to regain my bearing after a major life change.  Every time we welcomed a new child into our family it took at least a year for me to feel like "me".  When we would move, I would regain my equilibrium in about a year and a half.   I functioned well and accomplished what I needed to accomplish, but I shut down all nonessential functions and concentrated on immediate and essential concerns only.  It takes time for me to emerge from "fight or flight" and settle into a fully rounded, fully functioning lifestyle.

It is now a year and a half since we've moved and opened our own business and I'm just beginning to get nonessential functions back on line.  This blog has been nonessential.  As much as I have missed sharing our lives with you, it wasn't a necessary function and so it has been woefully neglected.  The blog, along with myriad other pleasures in life, have taken a back seat to trying to keep my head above water in wholly uncharted territory.  And, at this point, I can't say with any certainty that I will be writing with any regularity - but I will write when I am able.  I promise!!!

Right now, we are in our "slow season" at the butcher shop and I can't tell you how thankful I am!!  One of the most challenging aspects of our new life has been learning how to integrate our home life with our work life.  I've had to learn how to school the children and run a business - at the same time.  I have found it incredibly challenging to work at the butcher shop and still school the kids, manage our home and be a good wife and mother.  The learning curve is steep.

The butcher shop was extraordinarily busy from late August through the beginning of January.  The kids became accustomed to doing school in the office and then helping on the cutting room floor.  Calvin (Master Calvin) learned to debone meat, help skin and weigh hamburger for wrapping.  Snack (Princess Dragon Snack) became adept at wrapping and labeling meat, along with answering phones and taking cut lists.  Elizabeth (Maid Elizabeth) and Serenity (Miss Serenity) ran our slaughter team, along with our pastor, and were more often than not covered in blood from head to toe!  Our butcher shop is truly a family enterprise.

Connor skinning a lamb

Sabin working on a cow (in her fire fighting greens)
Knight (Sir Knight) and Master (Master Hand Grenade) ran the cutting room floor masterfully and gained a reputation for top-notch work.  Although we had a few challenges, with equipment and suppliers, and we dealt with a few unhappy customers, our first year in business was very rewarding.  Truth be told, it was harder than we had expected it to be.  I was ill-prepared for the customer challenges involved in a service industry.  Most of our customers were very happy with our work, some singing our praises, but we did have a few that were decidedly unhappy - and that was hard to take.  We are learning and we are pushing forward and we are trusting that God has us exactly where He wants us.

Our first year and a half has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows.  We have been humbled and we have been exalted.  And we are exactly where we should be.

Thank you for your patience and your understanding as I navigate these uncharted waters.  I hope to write soon.  All the best, Enola (Enola Gay).


  1. Nice you see you back, we've been patiently waiting....

  2. Great to hear from you and knowing that all is well, we will be here whenever you have the energy and time to update us on how you and your family enterprise is doing. God bless you!

  3. Wonderful to hear from you again.

  4. Write any time you can. I'm just so thankful and pleased you continue to blog. Sure I enjoy more posts, but understand real life takes priority. Hard to believe it's been 18 months since your move. Wow!
    My first job for a regular paycheck was in the service industry and, yes, customers can be challenging to deal with some times. It was a great learning experience though and helped prepare me for my career in accounting. You're giving your kids some great life skills through all this.
    Cheering you on, SJ in Vancouver BC

  5. So very happy to see your post. Glad you and your family are doing well. Post whenever you can. We'll be happy. Pat

  6. Thanks for the update. I'm glad that you feel comfortable to share your real names with us now.

  7. Welcome back. Great update. Now that is a real family business.

    Holy Batman! With these new names it will take me a year and a half to regain MY equilibrium.

  8. I check in regularly to see if you have written something. It is always such a treat when there is a new post. Look forward to future posts. God and family first!!

  9. I ditto the "Welcome back!" God bless you and your family!
    A sister in Christ from the frozen tundra (a.k.a. Iowa - who knew?!)

  10. I am so glad you are back! We all realize that you're extremely busy so any kind of post is so welcome. I'm especially glad to hear that you are all well.

  11. Glad to have you back!

  12. It's so good to see you post again and I'm glad you're feeling more "settled." Blessings for the year ahead. Jenny