|My First Day of Work!|
When we started having children the first time around, my husband and I agreed that we would not bring children into this world, if I was going to hire someone to raise them. So, I put my personal aspirations aside, and put all my energy into being the best mother I could be. I'm certainly not the best in the WORLD by any stretch of the imagination. But I was the best I could be.
When I wound up pregnant with our third, I put aside my aspirations again, and prepared for another round of motherhood. Then, 6 months later, BOOM! The pregnancy bomb hit again. We were going to have a fourth. This time, he was special needs. All my attention was needed to care for him, so I sold my online business and got serious about this mothering thing.
It's been nearly 5 years now, and little Jacob has one more year until he's in school full-time. This year he will be gone approximately 4 hours in pre-school and therapies. So, after much discussion with my husband, and exhaustive research, we decided that NOW was the time for me to get my education so that I could re-enter the workforce next year when he starts school.
Luckily, I had one year of college under my belt from before we were married, and I had taken 12 courses (yes, that's 6 per semester). Most of those classes still transfer after all these years (crazy, huh?). So, I am going to major in Addiction Studies (or Sociology, depends on what the counselor says when I talk to her next week).
I am working toward getting my ISAS - Idaho Student of Addiction Studies certificate - which only requires 8 classes (2 quarters of classes for me) and 300 internship hours. Rather than taking the courses and THEN interning, I'm doing this backwards. I have 1 month to get my hours while my oldest is still home from school and I have family to care for Jacob and minimize his shell-shock of me being gone. Then, when Elisha goes off to college, I will also go back through online classes so that I can do my work while the little ones are in bed. My daughter and I will both be Sophomores in college - AT THE SAME TIME!
At the end of my two quarters, I will in essence be just a few classes away from graduating. Until then, I am working 40-50 hour weeks this month, as an intern, learning all the in's and out's of addiction, case management, counseling and what-not. Wish me luck! And pray for me! It's been a really really REALLY long time since I've been in the work force OR in college. And I don't want this new endeavor to affect my family too terribly much. But I think the time is right for me and our family.
Cross your fingers!
...Oh, and by the way, I went to work with two different sized earrings on. Yeah, that's how I roll! :)