It has been a while since I have written anything. My family spent the winter in "transition mode". I have always considered myself to be able to change a plan in midstream, but this stream was a bit more than any of us had bargained for.
The week before Thanksgiving my husband was notified that the office he worked in would be closing at the end of the year. We have been lucky living in an area somewhat insulated from the economy and my husband had been with this company for over 20 years. Every time they downsized, we survived. So, we began thinking, looking, and planning.
I started looking for work. I looked for teaching jobs in every local district. I found a website that collects all the open positions in our county and let's you fill out applications for all of them at once. I logged in several times a week to check those openings. Imagine my surprise when a job opened in my home district. Not just any job- a job I had done before. I applied in early December. I interviewed and was hired. I started the job in mid-January.
I have developed a routine, found care for the kids, and managed having all 4 of them get sick (at 4 different times). I am lucky to have grandmas near by and friends that are willing to drive my kids around.
So, with spring coming I am hoping we are getting in the swing of things. It has been sad, thrilling, frustrating, challenging, rewarding and a ton of other emotions. I am happy to have found work (and my husband has found work too!) and that my insurance benefits will help my family.
I am sad that my plan was sped up a bit. I wanted to give Kid #4 the same amount of time home with me, but I needed to do this for my family. Life has changed and we are getting used to it. I am working hard to develop a plan and maximize the time I am home.
I'll keep you posted....