Friday, December 7
Caution:Changed Priorities Ahead! -or- More Mommy, Not More Money -or- "On the road again...!"
Several years ago- in what feels like another life- I had the good fortune to be able to travel overseas to Oxford England. We were staying with a friend who lived on a one-way street. A block or two up the street was a sign that read, "Caution! Changed Priorities Ahead!"
Those silly Brits! What is meant was that the one way street was about to change directions and if you go through the next round-about you'll be going the wrong way on a one-way street. Not that there's very heavy traffic in Oxford since the students all ride bicycles... but still it's a good thing to note.
I've been thinking of that sign since Jonah first became a part of my life, about eleven months ago. suddenly all the things that I thought were priorities are very unimportant. I think Josh would agree with me in many ways. Things have changed a lot over the last year. We bought a house and since then I've watched less T.V. (since may) than I did before in any given week. Also, I now weigh about 25 pounds less than before I was pregnant because I actually consider the food I stuff in my face. I'm not trying to brag; I actually find that somewhat embarrassing.
There are a lot of things that were in my life pre-pregnancy that kind of disgust me now. I feel calmer, happier with myself and more excited about the future than I have in a long time.
And that's good. Really good. It makes me want to honor the changes in my heart with more changes in my life. Josh and I have a slogan for it, actually. "More Mommy, Not More Money." Since I've found myself crying every morning as I unlock my classroom door I know that we're mkaing the right choice. At the cost of limiting our income we've decided that we both want to spend more time with our child and with each other. As of December 21st I will no longer be teaching, and Josh will begin a new career. Much like the roadway in Oxford, everything is about to completely change on us. For once I have a very good feeling about being unsettled. It means I don't have to walk away from my child every single day to deal with the depressing prospect of middle schoolers who have told me that they don't believe they will be alive in 10 years.
It's really quite bittersweet though, because we bought this beautiful house in May and here we are looking at leaving it. Even sadder, we will be leaving Nashville and living far away from my immediate family. We're not sure when we'll get this house sold and be able to buy a new one or what the exact time frame will be, but Josh has to be in OKC by January 5th because he start s teaching classes at Oklahoma Christian University on the 7th. I'll be staying home with Jonah at least until he's 18 months old.
Some of you have known about this and some of you haven't. It's hard to tell anyone when you haven't told your boss yet. Also, I know these choices are going to baffle some people. Choosing to seriously limit your income for the good of your family is a bit counterintuitive for many people, but as Josh was saying, some people define their whole lives by their jobs.
So here we go- off on a journey that might take us just about anywhere. Together.