I've learned in my short time as an adult that we go through "seasons" in our lives. Some are sunny and fruitful, and we never want to leave them; others are cold and hopeless, and we can't wait for them to be over. I've also learned that we need to experience the full spectrum of seasons in order to fully appreciate what each brings to our lives.
Our little family has recently begun a new season, and it looks quite different from just a few short months ago...
The first major change is our address. We put our house on the market right after Morgan's first birthday party in the spring of 2016, but the market was flooded and it sat for months before someone made an offer. Yet another dissapointment came when this buyer was unable to get the loan just a week before we were scheduled to close. Luckily, he really wanted the house, so we entered into a rental agreement that finally led to him purchasing the house on December 30th, 2016. We were so grateful for this individual to finally be able to call this his home and for us to be done with the whole selling process.
It's bittersweet leaving our first home as this was a place we literally built from the ground up. It was our first major purchase together and where we first brought our daughter home from the hospital. This house was pretty perfect when we bought it, but it still led to some challenges as with owning any home, as well as projects that brought us a lot of laughter, frustration, and overall appreciation for making something our own.
We are currently staying at my very generous parents' house. The next move for us will probably be to an apartment while we figure out where we want to be long term and save up for our next house. We are seriously considering a big move to another city, but for now we are very content where we are at.
Another major change our family has gone through recently is with our jobs. I'll start with my husband's since his is a little less complicated. Joe has always had an entrepreneurial heart, so this past summer he decided to leap into the world of independent insurance sales and he is loving it. It was risky considering he is now working off of 100% commission, but he is so much happier and is already seeing more success than we ever imagined.
Now for the more complicated change: we've transitioned from me working full time to staying at home with our daughter. This is something that we have wanted ever since Morgan was born, but financially it just wasn't possible. With Joe's business getting off to a great start, though, it has put us in a position to give this stay-at-home-mom thing a shot.
Another major driving force behind this decision was me becoming completely burnt out at my teaching job. This was my fifth year and my heart simply wasn't in it anymore. I used to embrace the challenge my students have always seemed to be, but now that I am feeling pulled to be home to raise my daughter, it just wasn't something I felt I could do to the best of my ability anymore. While it is very 'taboo' to leave your contract mid-year, I felt it was necessary for my family's sake and my own to leave at the close of the first semester. I officially resigned on January 2nd, and as one of my wise and wonderful co-workers told me: I am now "free to be where I am called and let someone else come and be a blessing to those kids."
I am very thankful for my incredibly understanding and supportive co-workers who saw me through my last few weeks and were always there with a word of encouragement that I was doing the right thing for my family or just lent me their ears so I could voice my concerns. It meant more to me than they will ever know.
I also have to say that my husband has been such a rock for me this entire process and loved me through the good and bad days as I weighed this decision. He also didn't shy away from the idea of being the sole provider for our family and that makes me love him all the more because when he sets his mind on something, he gets it done!
This move out of teaching has brought a sense of relief to me that I really can't put into words. I am positive I will return to work one day as I will always have the urge to be productive, but for now I am going to help my own children grow up and become the best version of themselves they can be. That alone is the most vital job I think any of us can have!
So that's where our family is in a nutshell: new address, new jobs, new perspectives, and new adventures to be had! I am so grateful for everything we've been blessed with this year, especially all of you who choose to follow me along on this little journey! I am very excited to get to grow this blog and share more of our lives as well now that I will have a little more time to focus here. If I know my daughter, though, she will be keeping me on my toes and giving me plenty to do, and I am perfectly okay with that. : )