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Has Anyone Seen My Husband?

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About two months ago, hubby and I agreed he would only work three nights during the week and one weekend day doing side work. The other two nights and other weekend day, I would work from home on my side work while he ‘relaxed’ and watched the baby.

Over the last month, he’s been gone every night since folks wanted to get that ‘one last thing’ ready for the holidays. Right now, he’s installing lighting in a kitchen and since the homeowners can’t use the kitchen while he’s working on it, he’s been over there every night.

I’ve been doing my side work from home while our kidlet keeps himself entertained with toys our neighbor gave him – I’m SO thankful to have a happy, mellow baby – but I work slower than usual since I have to juggle feeding and rocking him while typing. We are tired – definitely hubby more than me (poor guy!) – but all this extra work makes a huge difference. We were forced to rely on our guestimated tax refund to pay off the rest of our debt but now it looks like we may have enough to put us on our way toward saving a larger emergency fund.

I just keep telling myself, it won’t be like this forever. We won’t always be this tired and we won’t always be blessed with this much work. Yes, I see all this work as a blessing – especially in this economy.

Two more months.


School, Family, & Money

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My husband has been in school since we married… well, even before we married… and we will have been married 7 years this fall. It’s only been a few weeks since he graduated and I’m really enjoying having him around. It still feels a bit weird to have him home every night and not in school, studying, or working on a project.

He was considering going back to school this fall to get a few more certificates and licenses that would allow him to take on larger side projects, and in turn, make us more money. While beach camping, lulled by the relaxing waves, we talked about his desire to continue on with his education. I admire him for always looking out for us as a family and keeping our finances afloat but I asked for a small break. Yes, I understand that my decision to request a delay in pursuing a specific license will have an immediate impact on our finances but, we’ve been hanging on without it for this long, we can hang on a few more months.

He’s going back…just not right now.

Best decision for our finances? Not a chance.

Best decision for our family? I think so.


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