Desperate to entertain my cranky preschooler, I asked him if he wanted to decorate his cardboard box.
Oops. Only half a tube of paint remained in the art box.
As I surveyed the quarts of recycled house paints, I thought, "Why am I wasting materials and time on a disposable project? Maybe it's time he learns to combine work and play."
Instead of painting windows on the cardboard box, we painted our front porch rockers glossy burnt red. It was messy. It took twice as much paint than if I had done it alone, and I'm pretty sure we both ruined an article of clothing in the process.
But, oh, if you could have seen his face when he unveiled "his work" to his dad.
He can't wait to show Grandma. And, he'll be reminded of the fruit of our labor whenever we sit on the porch to read a story.
I've been thinking a lot about work lately. Unless we can have another child, the pressure to reenter the "real world" will continue to mount. I would like to develop an idea or business from home, something that will challenge my intellect or stir my creativity, something to add a little extra to the budget without taking away my family time or freedom.
In other words, paint more rockers.
This week I will explore some ideas and resources for working at home. I hope you will join me with your comments and insights about starting a home business from scratch, in the Proverbs 31 fashion.
Tuesday we'll begin with a special review of Jesse and Crystal Paine's new e-book, Home Grown Business: How To Start and Run A Successful Home Business While Homeschooling.