A lot has changed in 2011, and we're not even in March! In early January, my husband and I decided for me to return to work full-time. I am a pediatric nurse and have worked part time in a pediatric urgent care center for a while, but they recently offered me a full-time position. I accepted the position in mid-January, because we wanted to save more money each month.... to start building a retirement, figure out what we will do for our kids education, etc. We paid of all our debt (except my student loans and our mortgage) last year and are now looking at building our savings.
Our God is so sovereign, for He knew in advance all that 2011 would bring. The first week of February my daughter (21 months old) was diagnosed with verbal apraxia, a neurological disorder which makes it very difficult for her to form words. I anticipated this diagnosis for a while, but it was still hard to see it officially in writing. We also learned that we would be expected to pay about $4000 this year in co-pays ($40 every time we go to speech therapy, which is twice a week right now). We were so relieved to know that I was working full time and we could use the extra money to help pay for speech therapy.
In mid-February, my husband lost his job. It's a long story, but we now see it as God's Sovereign hand to lead him back to school and finish some things he started back when we first got married. He has always wanted to counsel, and started a program back in 2005 but we were re-directed after a few months. He will start the process of certification as a Nouthetic Counselor in March.
So, all this to say that we are more sure than ever that God is all-knowing and has led us on this journey. We will not save as we planned or hoped, but we will also not go in debt or distress over medical bills. I'd like to ask you to check out two blogs- my other blog, about our journey through apraxia, and my husband's blog about his new adventure towards a certification in Nouthetic Counseling.
Thank you for reading all the way to the end. I'd like to reward your support of this blog with a coupon code for my etsy shop- 20% off your entire purchase! Use the code WINTER2011 to get your discount. This code expires March 15, 2011.
Oh, and BTW, I still plan to continue sewing and posting about it even though I'm working full time. Creating is such an outlet for me and it brings such stress relief.... I've got some great posts scheduled for next week so stay tuned!