Winds of Change
The first third of 2013 was fairly uneventful. Ken changed jobs, but otherwise, the kids all rolled along with school, TJ turned 10 and I worked part time as a Video Interpreter for ZVRS, and we actively sought out a church home. Otherwise, there wasn't much to report.
(We did have stuff going on. You may not guess the way I sometimes blog, but I don't share everything on here; probably not even a 5% of what's going on in our lives.)
Ken has always been an entrepreneur at heart. He has some pretty amazing product and business ideas. (He had the idea for this service, which we now happen to use and highly recommend, way back in the mid-1990s. Certainly before its time.) He's innovative. He's forward-thinking. His co-workers both in the law enforcement community and in telecommunications industry have called him a "maverick." One person meant it as an insult, but he always saw it as a compliment. Some of his friends call him "Deaf MacGuyver," which fits him to a tee.
At the beginning of the year, Ken took on a new job, looking forward to the challenges and projects. But it just wasn't "fitting." He was feeling burned-out and restless; so he approached me with a proposition: Let's switch roles for a while.
Since we've moved to Austin...well, let me be honest...since a few months leading up to our trip to China, I've felt "off" regarding homeschooling. I mean, we check most of our boxes. The kids keep up with their Three Rs. They read a lot. We read together a lot. We did a few science crash-courses. Did I mention that we read....a lot? But we weren't getting the structure that I desired into our days. For the past few years, I've asked Ken to take a week off work and "do school" with us to help me find some solutions to work out the kinks, but it's never panned out.
When Ken first told me about his desire to resign from his job, I was scared. That fear lasted about 60 seconds, then turned into excitement. He needs this. My kids need their dad! I still have vivid memories of the semester my dad stayed home while mom worked full time. I remember watching The Price Is Right and eating grilled cheese before Dad walked me to afternoon kindergarten. How precious that my kids will get those same "daddy" memories.
|We make a good team.
Through thick and thin.
I've been homeschooling for 8 years now. For 5 of those years, I homeschooled exclusively, not working outside the home more than once every two years. I've always loved my professional job. As an independent contractor, I can make my own hours, both in weekly scheduling as well as total volume of work. Because of that and because I'm truly passionate about interpreting, I don't get burned out.
So, we saw this as a great opportunity for both of us. Ken turned in his notice and is no longer a sales engineer, but a stay-at-home dad/homeschool instructor!
Over the summer, we'll work together on a plan for the school year. We still have a lot to prepare and to pray over, but we both feel a sense of relief and excitement. For now, we're committing to six months, but just might keep going if we both love it. I'll be working more hours at Z (the absolute best work environment, I'm telling you) plus picking up some contract work in the community. **Shameless plug: Request me or contact me if you need interpreting services in Austin!**
While this change is scary and I certainly have a few fears that dance around in my head, I'm excited! Prayer coupled with my trust in Ken have given me peace about this new adventure. We cherish your prayers always.
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