And no, I'm not pregnant.
The entire time that Shawn and I have been hanging out, he has worked from home. This has allowed him a great amount of flexibility in spending time with us. When we were dating, we were able to meet up some during the week while the boys were at school. We would have lunch and spend time talking and hanging out. This was huge because as an only parent, you don't get every other weekend "off" in order to foster a relationship. He had the flexibility to take off early or leave on a Friday if we chose to go somewhere for the weekend. Once we got married, this allowed us time to get things done around the house (moving him, changing names, etc.....all the business type stuff you must do in order to move) He has been able to take the boys to school on my preschool mornings so that I could sleep in an extra hour. He has been here when they are home from school and this has allowed us time to bond more as a family.
Back in the summer, Shawn decided he wanted to really pursue another company. While he has loved working from home, there are other aspects to this job that he wasn't happy with. He started looking and interviewing. He had a few companies that found him on Linked In and he pursued those as well. In June, he interviewed with a company and realized it was the place he wanted to be. Time moved on......things came up with the company and for various reasons (nothing to do with him) nothing transpired from it. All along we have just prayed and Shawn has had a great amount of peace about it all. He has constantly told me that God knows exactly where he needs to be. I won't lie......there were some frustrating moments for him along the way but looking back we can see that God knew the perfect timing for to make a move. We realize that if he had gotten this job back in the summer.....we might not have been able to take as long of a honeymoon, our Jackson Hole trip wouldn't have happened, and we wouldn't have had all this extra time to spend together.
Shawn starts his new job next Tuesday with the company he interviewed with in June and this means that our weekly lunches are over....our mid week movie dates are over....he will no longer go with me to pick the boys up from school......he won't be here while I'm making dinner. Life is really about to change for us.
More than likely it will mean late nights, business trips, stress from learning a new job, etc.... but we feel this opportunity is such a huge huge blessing to our family. Pray for us over the next few weeks as we transition once again to a new schedule.
It's definitely been fun while it lasted. I'm so thankful for this precious time we have had to spend together. I know it's unique and once again, God knew the best time to make all this happen.
This is a horrible picture but was taken today....on our last little lunch/movie date day.