Saturday, April 28, 2012

New chapter and big changes

This week has been pretty emotional for me.  Those of you that know me personally know that the hubby and I have been married for over eight years; it will be nine years in November (married in 2003).  Once we got married, I relocated from my hometown to a city two hours away.  Within a month, I had interviewed, accepted, and began working for a consulting firm.  The thing I really loved about the company is that the owner was a Christian with views similar to mine.  That felt safe to me.  And, I knew that business would be conducted with integrity.

Fast forward to 2006.  I was finishing my clinical hours to become a surgical technologist - I was so excited to be in the operating room.  I absolutely LOVED school - everything about the OR was exciting to me.  During this time, I also became pregnant with my sweet little boy, and continued to work for the same company (they were great about working around my school hours).  When I became pregnant, I couldn't imagine leaving my son every day to work outside of the home.  I knew that although I loved surgical technology, it wasn't part of the plan for my life at that moment. So, my boss developed a plan to allow me to work from home once my son was born.  How amazing is that?!

For the past five years, I've been working from home while caring for my children.  It hasn't always been easy, but it's been wonderful to be with my children every day.  It's been wonderful to be there for each and every milestone.  I've loved the opportunities that this position provided for my family.  Now, my sweet boy is five and will begin elementary school this fall.  As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, we've decided that homeschooling will be the best way to educate him.  I'm very excited for this fall, however, it has become increasingly apparent that I won't be able to work (even from home) and homeschool.  I feel like both my son and my work would suffer from less than adequate attention. 

So, I talked to my boss and decided that it was best for me to quit.  It has been one of the most difficult decisions.  I cried while talking to him (and talking to my coworkers) since this isn't something that I'm particularly excited about.  Don't get me wrong, I'm ECSTATIC that I get to homeschool my child, I'm just not thrilled that I'm leaving a great company and wonderful coworkers.  And my boss was great.  He totally understands why I'm leaving and was so kind to me, which made it even harder.  I've been working there for over eight years, so in a way, it feels like a break up.  On good terms, but still, it's a huge change.  He even asked how he could help me with this transition and offered to get in touch with one of his old neighbors who homeschools so that I can learn more about their co-op group!   

I know what an amazing opportunity it has been for me to work from home, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity.  My last day of work will be June 30; this will give me some time to enjoy summer with the little ones, volunteer at summer camp, spend some time with the youth at church, and just relax.  I'm looking forward to it.  I'm looking forward to having time that's 100% devoted to my hubby and children.  We'll be (obviously) bringing in less money after June, but I know God will provide for us regardless.  I'm excited to see what God has in store for us.

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