David and Joe-Joe are finally both sleeping for a few precious minutes, so I thought I would sit down and type an update...and then perhaps take a nap. It is raining and I have my French Vanilla tea- and the combination is making me sleepy!
It has been very busy up this way- the boys have kept me very occupied. My DH has gotten a new job, which is wonderful! However, he does work very unpredictable overtime hours and his shifts are not yet regular- and so for the most part, it has been just me taking care of the babies.
We are still living with my parents, but I'm hoping that within the next month or so, we will be out of the house and into an apartment. Grant it, it's not what we had hoped for. We had hoped at this point to be able to put a down payment on a house, but it's something. We are going through state-subsidized housing, and our application is just about complete. We are currently working on getting letters of reference, and then we should know in about two weeks whether or not there are any openings.
I'm disappointed that we don't have a house lined up (especially with two little ones)- but VERY happy to be making the transition to being a separate family unit again. It will be a blessing to have our own space.
I have the sinking feeling that I will need to go back to work. I'm beginning to look at daycare options- and I've started to put out my "feelers" for other jobs that have benefits. We really need to get back on our feet. I'm wondering if there are any businesses I can work from home that are reliable and that I would be able to keep up with.
I've also been looking at going back to school to obtain a teaching license. I've been teaching ever since I graduated from college, but I taught at private Catholic institutions and a license was not required. Where I'm living now, even the Diocesan schools require teachers to be licensed. I think if I take this route, even though I LOVED teaching high schoolers, I would opt for an elementary classroom. It's still the same amount of work, but the work is different, and I think the work load for me would be more managable with two little ones if I taught elementary school. Going this route would probably help us the most- and a job like this, especially if I decided to teach in a public school, would help with benefits.
After being a DRE and working with public school kids, I do feel that I could do a lot of good in that type of environment.
I've also thought about nursing school- but I think that the schooling would take too much time away from my family.
I'm praying that God will open my eyes as to what He wants for our family. I've been so conflicted about returning to work. If we get the apartment, we would have to move 40 miles away from my current job. And, although I feel that the current job is important and needs a young DRE, at what point to I start "working for" my own domestic church and make sure we are financially secure? Decisions, decisions! Please pray for our discernment.