Almost two years ago, I wrote this post about a little hobby I’d picked up. After 13 years in the computer industry, I’d quit my job to stay home with my first-born. It wasn’t long before I was looking for some way to exercise my mind and possibly contribute to the family finances. I settled on trying my hand at app development and began the learning process.
I was hoping to have something done by the end of the year, but the reality of motherhood intervened. Because you know what? Babies don’t raise themselves. And they do a lot of really cute things. And they grow so fast that you just want to memorize every moment, every expression, every new sound (but maybe not the smells). After working for an employer for so long, there were times at home that I’d get antsy and want to do something “productive”. But then I’d remind myself to just settle down because I had nothing better to do than to hold my sweet sleeping baby. Everything else could wait. And I’m so glad I did, because that baby is now a long and lanky three-year-old that spends most of his time in constant motion rather than in his mommy’s lap.
And then it was time to think about having another baby. I was just weeks shy of 35 when I had my oldest, so we couldn’t wait long to think about number 2. I was so hoping that my second pregnancy would be easier than my first, but the opposite proved true. Bless your heart if you had easy pregnancies, but if you did, please keep that little detail to yourself. Cruz (baby #2) is already 13 months old, but I’m still not over just how difficult the pregnancy and delivery were. Carrying and delivering my boys have been the greatest privileges of my life, but not short on sacrifice. Life became all about moving from one moment to the next, so continuing my app development endeavor became low priority.
In hindsight, trying to begin a new career while still in the first year of motherhood probably wasn’t the best timing. I often wonder if my “free” time (hah! what’s that?) would have been better spent crocheting. But I wanted to finish what I started.
So I prayed and pondered and worked. And God gave me the grace to finish. Last week, Lamplight became available in the Apple App Store for iTouch/iPhone/iPad!
Here’s the description, in case you’re interested:
Replace your stack of Scripture cards with this electronic version to organize your verses for prayer, meditation, and memorization.
* Create virtual “stacks” of cards and assign an image/picture to each stack.
* Add virtual “cards” to stacks by selecting from a topic list of over 140 verses or by dialing up verses from the New American Standard Bible.
* Edit verses that are added to stacks.
* Each card has a note area so that you can save a prayer based on the verse, save reminders for memorization, etc.
* Share verses via SMS, email, and Twitter.
* Link Lamplight to your Dropbox account and export your cards as a backup or to synchronize with Lamplight on other devices.
* Create stacks for each person on your prayer list.
* Create a Bible study stack of verses for further meditation.
* Create a stack of verses that you’re working to memorize.
* Create stacks for each day of the week.
I’m so thankful that God allowed a foolish woman like me that thought she’d have so much free time as a stay-at-home mom to complete a project that may help some people. It’s already helping me by making me more purposeful in my prayer life, and maybe that’s all that matters. If any good comes from it, all the credit and glory goes to Him.
By the way, I am crocheting now. I’ve continued a blanket that I started when I was pregnant with Michael. And I consider it time well-spent.
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2 thoughts on “Announcing a New App and a Return to Crocheting”
Congratulations on your app! It feels so good to accomplish something that you’ve worked hard for. Sounds like a great idea. Your boys are adorable. I’m so glad you’ve been able to spend time with them. Even if it means it’s harder to get things done in your free time. I understand completely!
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