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Meet April

Posted by April W Gardner on June 2, 2010

My name is April Gardner, and I love being at home. Always have.

Yes, I travel a lot, but when I’m not gallivanting the countryside seeing new places and meeting up with old friends, I want to be at home.

When I was six I remember my older sister talking about going to college when she was grown. I insisted I would never go. “I want to be a mommy,” I told her. When Mom overheard, she declared I most certainly was going to college. I didn’t dare argue with my mother, but in my heart I stomped my foot. I wasn’t going.

Well, college did eventually become part of my future, and I’m glad it did. It’s where I met the love of my life. Shortly after I put his ring on my finger, I kissed college goodbye to start the job of my dreams—homemaker.

Looking back, at times I wish I’d finished, but I always remind myself that if I had, I wouldn’t be where I am today, being what I love most. A wife and mother. The author part is icing on the cake—a dream of mine God saw fit to fulfill.

Some of you might find me old fashioned, a woman living in an extinct decade and in love with an archaic role. That’s ok. It’s not for everyone. But it is exactly what God intended for me.

Despite of the absence of a college degree, I believe in improving one’s mind and skills. There’s so much I want to learn. And I do. All the time. One of the things on my to-do list is to finish my degree, but in the meantime, until I get the go-ahead from the Lord, my list includes items such as gardening and canning, teaching my daughter to be a confident reader, and conquering the mold problem in my shower.

Meet me here every Wednesday and we’ll talk about what God’s doing in our lives as homemakers. I’m honored and thrilled to share this exciting ride with you and look forward to what we might learn from the Lord and each other.

April W Gardner

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Wounded Spirits, November 2010

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4 Responses to “Meet April”

  1. Thanks for the introduction. It’s nice to know a little bit more about you April. :)

  2. Jen S. said

    How awesome that God provided what you wanted most, a family. I look forward to hearing how I can do better on the home-front. My daughter’s twelve, so I’ve only got six more years to nurture and train. Oh my, scary thought. With that in mind, I will be frequenting your posts. :)

  3. I remember so vividly the first few months of marriage. I drove past an apartment complex early one morning to see a well-dressed woman running up the steps with her baby held in front of her at arms-length, obviously in a hurry to get to work. I vowed I would never do that. I’m so glad I stayed mostly home to raise my own kids. It’s not for every body and there were days I was the worst mom on the planet, but I think it makes a difference–just to be there and to listen and to teach your kids how to ask questions and to bake cookies.

  4. Thanks, Jen!

    Love you line, Lisa “It’s not for every body and there were days I was the worst mom on the planet”. SO applies! So does the rest of it, although I often forget it. Sometimes, It’s hard to see beyond today. Thanks for the encouragement!

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