Join me?

I’m gonna brag on my man right now… and at the same time ask ya’ll praying people to pray with me for the next few months, while curbing your desire to tease about retirement. Those of you who know us, know Guillermo has been talking retirement for a few years. Then came the addition/renovation.. and we found ourselves with a mortgage again after being mortgage free a few years.

Also, again.. those who know us, we both had to “start over” like young newlyweds, later in life due to failed previous marriages and some pretty big losses. It’s been almost 15 years now of A LOT of hard work, nose to the grindstone… saving, scrimping.. rebuilding.

Yah- so he’s not retired. But he’s beyond tired. Exhausted. And we’re facing some of the biggest challenges right now with him commuting 2.5 hrs a day (many of you say, so what? I do that!) in a 15 yr old van, to a very demanding new job in an unfamiliar workplace, while he’s 42 yrs older than when he first started his career in the steel industry.. when by right he SHOULD be retired.

On top of doing his best to be a great husband, church elder, treasurer and a whole lot more. It’s 11 pm, and he’s just finished his current work week, planning for when things get really crazy for the next 2 months of 60-70-80 hour work weeks plus commute.. and he’s still working at home planning next week.

He is work ethos embodied and every day I pray for his safety, wisdom and rest. Many say “first world problem” and yes I agree – he has work, we have income when many do not- I’m not complaining.

But I worry. About the 15 yr old Caravan with 310,000 km on it that he’s adding more than 750km a week on. About his exhaustion, mental health, our marriage.. cause we miss each other and tend to argue more when we’re finally together out of frustration. That we have ONE bedroom, he desperately needs his sleep and I can’t… so I end up keeping him awake..

Again.. all first world problems!! but it’s what is in my heart. On my mind. Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about the beans, the cucumbers, zucchini and the long rain we finally had after a 3 week long heat wave and drought, and I may even cook & bake.. but today- it’s all about my love, care and concern about this man who provides for us. I know to my orange painted toes that I’m blessed.

Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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  1. Yes, dear Amy. We join you every day and usually twice a day—for safety, health and rest for you both. Remember—His eye is on the sparrow and you are more valuable than any sparrow.
    Our love and prayers, Nan&Pop
    PS We so appreciate Guillermo taking the time to stop and say hello as he goes by. We feel so blessed in having such caring children so we pray for all of you each day. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Hey friends. You guys are on our hearts. As we see the journey you are on, we feel both pain and love for you. We trust God’s work in you, and know that what God has developed in you already will grow in ways we can’t even imagine. Hugs from miles away.

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