Sunday, August 16, 2015

Making Changes

Nervous, excited, sick, happy, scared, faithful.  Just some of the emotions to explain the changes coming to our family.

Tomorrow, I'll submit a resignation letter from a job I actually like.  Why? Because my family is more important to me than my paycheck.  We'll almost be cutting our family income in half. (that's the part that makes me sick and nervous)  After crunching the numbers, it's going to be tight at times but I'm trusting in the Lord to help us through.

I'm hoping to use this blog to help me walk through the joys and troubles of this time in our lives and share experiences with others who may be going through similar circumstances.  I have a strong Christian faith and will be leaning strongly on my faith to get us through.

There are a number of reasons that I have decided to take this journey for our family.  First and foremost, I feel that this will bring peace to our home.  We rarely have family time and even more rarely do my husband and I have time with each other.  He's working or I'm working or the kids have to be somewhere or when we are home we're cleaning and working on things that need done around the house.  It's constant chaos.  I'm stressed all the time.  I'm always on edge and most recently have been experiencing chest pains due to the stress.  

The second reason is that our youngest son needs to be home-schooled.  He's been dealing with lots of emotional and health issues and was bullied last year in school.  We looked into private school and I just couldn't bring myself to sign the papers knowing that I can give him a better education at home.

Another reason is our family health.  We are constantly eating quick meals or eating out due to the lack of time that I can devote to preparing menus and meals at home.  With a lower food budget I will need to cook more at home, We won't be spending as much on convenience foods and we'll almost never be able to eat out.  I'm ok with that though.  I can cook just as well as most restaurants and I enjoy cooking.

I also plan on working on my master's degree while I have some time off of work.  I don't plan on never working again and want to be able to return to the workforce stronger than when I left.

Lastly, I want to be able to volunteer more of my time.  I'm not sure what that's going to look like yet. I just know that my heart is being called to do something on a volunteer basis.  I'm open to see what God leads me towards.