Because the Lord has answered prayers and my hubby has found employment! Dave left about twenty minutes ago, which gave me time to sip coffee and read a bit of God's word, a practice I hope to continue more faithfully in these wee early hours.
The particulars of the job? He works in the same city as before, on the same street even. It's a factory based job but he's employed in Civil Construction now - which means, he gets to go to work and build things all day! Yes, pretty much up his alley eh?! They mostly retrofit these big containers (they look like the backs of transport trucks - I think he said they are called sea-containers?!?!) so yes, they retrofit those into water filtration units, to be used at camps, on islands, where ever needed.
The days start early but he is off at 2:30, plenty of time for him to be able to get anything we need in town and then pick the girls up from school! The pay is okay, not great but not bad and really, it is what we need, so that is enough! I'll just remind myself that when I'm "shopping" through the weekend flyers! ;)
And the timing is a gift, a birthday gift!! lol!! Tomorrow is my Dave's birthday - so I think this makes for a pretty nice present!
Truthfully though, this job came with such mixed emotions! I mean, I am happy he has work and I'm crazy happy that this job will be so much more enjoyable for my sweet hubby! Something he likes, something he is good at and not in a place full of chemicals! But it's hard to see him go back....for both of us....for all of us!
It's been just over eleven months that he has been off - first the eight months of parental leave and then the three months unemployed, so this will take some adjusting! Not of scheduling, or my having to wrangle all four Littles alone each morning, those will come with their own adjustments but nothing compare to the adjustment of time spent!
As a friend joked with me yesterday, "Those are pretty good hours. He's off early enough to pick up your girls and then you can all just go to bed at the same time!" lol!!
.Yes, our evenings have to be...or at least should be, cut much shorter! 4:45am comes pretty early! Ugh! And with this job my hubby has gone back to five days a week. Something we haven't seen in a few years! (Yes, I'm well aware that most people work that much and more but this is my blog and my story! HA! hahaha!)
We had time to drive the kids to school together and then pick them up at the end of the day. We had time for morning coffee, mid morning coffee and the occasional afternoon sip too! There was time for me to heal from the c-section and for him to learn just what it takes to manage a household! Time for dreaming and renovating!! (more on that one soon! *wink*) Time to enjoy friends, old and new! There was time to talk, and more time to "talk" and the occasion time of not talking...because that is good too! ;) We had late nights, early morning, 'tv' marathons, book reading, attempts at 'sleeping in' and well, lots of time to just sit together and be.
And so, having full time employment does change that and yes, in some ways I think we are both happy for the return of routine but I know the time gained in these past eleven months will be missed! We have hope in all that the future holds, for what we have learned in the time Dave was off and for all the we anticipate for the days ahead!
And well, the baby is stirring and it's just about time to wake my gals, if they aren't up already, and begin a new day, this new day, in this new season for us.
Thank you for all of your prayers and love!
You have been an encouragement and a blessing to our family!