Wow, until Maribeth contacted me, I didn't realize it had been so long since I had updated my working mom parenting journal . . . and it's certainly been yet another interesting journey in the last few months, to put it mildly.
A few months after I wrote the last entry, and about two months into the new year, I was once (again) let go from my position as director of marketing and PR for a local hospital. Suffice it to say, I was very upset and angry, as it hadn't even been two years since the same thing happened with my previous position in state employment. Unlike last time, I was able to get unemployment and we had a bit of a cushion to see us through. But the search was beyond difficult . . . I filed more than 90 applications, got a handful of interviews, and tried not to stress out about it too much. I counted my blessings that I was able to spend more time at home with the kids and I didn't harass my husband too much (although he tries to blame me for trying to get him fat, since I was cooking a lot more, including desserts!).
But being unemployed (again) was scary. With one kid heading off to college, let alone trying to save for another child's college education and retirement, a second time of being laid off was very unexpected and angst-inducing. I put it in God's hands, kept plugging away, believing that (eventually) I would get a new job.
I started a new job in July with an e-government company . . . so far, so good, although since my part of the job comes in toward the end of a particular project, I'm working in a support capacity right now and sort of chomping at the bit to start my marketing/pr/communications work.
The kids like that I'm back working, but Cam (I think) had the toughest adjustment, as he got used to me being at home and picking him up from kindergarten and summer programs early. He seems to be OK with it now, as he gears up for first grade . . . and Cassie heads back to high school (11th grade!) this year. I'm still getting used to that, let alone her wanting to drive! LOL
I'm hoping things stay somewhat calm on the work front, as the home front is doing well and I always try to strive for a balance of sorts.
Speaking of home and things related to family, Bill and I recently celebrated 8 years of marriage - and we're still not sick of each other! We had our first date night out at a really nice restaurant we had been wanting to try for some time . . . the last date we had was around Valentine's Day, about two weeks before I was laid off. Yes, it was WAY overdue for us to have some "couple" time!
Well, that's all for now . . . just working on staying afloat and keeping my trust in God, as always.