For quite some time now we have been trying to make a decision - we knew our family situation has not been working - but did not know what to do about it. Mark works away from home - 2 weeks away and 1 week off. I work 5 days a week and every third month is quarter end where I put in an additional 40-80 hours on top of my regular time. This is quite difficult when Mark is away due to Karter. Thank goodness for Marks parents who at a drop of a hat will pick up Karter from Daycare so I can tend to quarter ends. Besides our busy work schedules - it breaks our hearts everytime Mark leaves. I think there has been only a couple times where his goodbyes do not end in tears. I absolutely dread the first day Mark leaves and I pick up Karter from daycare. It breaks my heart bc I know when we open the door the first thing Karter will say is Daddy - and start looking around the house for him. On the way home I coach him that Daddy is gone to work and he will not be home when we get there. But - it never works, he still does his look around.
So what do you do - Mark really likes his job and gets paid quite well. We threw out us moving to Lloyd but we decided it is not the quality of life we could have if we stayed in Saskatoon. So - we have finally come up with a game plan and Mark will be going to school starting April/May this year for a Home Inspector certificate. It is scary for Mark - leaving a well paid job to making nothing for the next year. I of course worry about finances but we have saved and my wage covers all the bills with some extra - and there is other sources of income to fall back on like our stock and stock options. And it really will not hurt me to clip a coupon every now and then. But in the end - nothing can put a price tag on education and seeing the smile on our little boy waking up to both of his parents every morning.