It's been an interesting week for us. After seven years at the same job, my husband started this week at a new fire department. Right now he is in training, which means he's not on a typical firefighter schedule. Instead he's driving back and forth (a longer distance than ever) every day. People have often asked me how I do it, referring to being without him so often for 24 or 48 hours at a time. And I just say I don't know any different. But this -- this gone all day, home every night schedule. This is different. It's been exhausting for him. He gets home in the evenings ready to eat, play with the girls for a few minutes, and go to bed. And it's put a little more pressure on me. I have to make sure I have dinner ready, with leftovers for his lunch the next day, as well as the girls bathed and ready to spend a little time with their dad. (And it will be this way most of the summer.)
I realized this week that this is the schedule most families handle all the time. And it's demanding! I think we all sometimes think the grass is greener on the other side, but the truth is, no grass is perfectly green. There are pros and cons to virtually every lifestyle and career. For us, making this career change is thinking about what will be best long-term. But in the short-term, things are going to be difficult for a while. Still we feel very blessed for this opportunity. It's something we have waited and prayed for for a long time, and I know it will be worth it in the end.
In other news, we are gearing up for Eden to finish school and graduate Kindergarten! And getting things ready around the house for the arrival of our little guy mid-summer. Lots of changes going on at our house. What's going on at your house? What do you have planned for the summer?