Thursday, January 5, 2012

Momma's Got a Paid Job!!!

While on the hunt for a home, the reality of having a "big" family and living on one income has caused many conversations about this Momma getting a job...

I mean, I HAVE had a job these last 7+ years ... it's full-time!! Very challenging, demands lots of creativity and energy:)

But the pay is non-existent... LOL!!

I gave my husband a couple of ideas of how I could continue to stay at home and bring in a little income... working the graveyard shift at Wal-Mart, getting a paper route, selling my hair ;) LOL!!!

Thankfully my husband is much wiser than I!! And he is in demand at work... so much so that he figured out that I could take some of his load off him by "teaching" some of the classes he was being asked to teach at the community college.

And yes, I was qualified to teach them:)
Gotta love finishing my Masters before the kiddos came... thanks MOM, for those words of wisdom!!

So this semester I am a new online instructor at our local community college. I get to teach Old Testament and New Testament! And all online!!! Responding to students during nap time and posting new assignments, grading, making assessments and keeping up with the reading after everyone is tucked in for the night!!

If you think I am totally relaxed about all of this... then I've done a good job to mislead you:) I'm a bit freaked out... just a BIT!! LOL!! It's going to be a challenge to keep up with teaching my three (teaching and planning) and then have almost 30 more students online.... thankfully its only two classes/subjects to plan for AND subjects I have been taught and have studied before:) And my husband is a great resource having taught both the classes online last semester and being a pastor;)

So, Momma's got a job.... a paid job;)

And I have to share this... 
Anna had heard our conversations about the possibility of me getting a job. She knows friends whose parents work and the kids are school age or go to daycare. I think the idea of me getting a job scared her but she didn't say anything.

When I found out that I got the job I shared it with her. She was silent for a moment and then said," So what will happen to us?"

I was taken back a moment because I didn't understand her point-of-view. But then I explained that it's an online teaching job, so nothing with our family would change.

Her face lit up and she said, "So you get to stay at home still?" and gave me the biggest hug!!

I am blessed that I get to stay home right now and I am thankful that my kids like it that way too:)

And I'm thankful for this job... we'll see how it goes;)


Kate said...

Exciting Kelly!! Congrats!

Kayris said...

Congrats on the job!

Two of my three jobs are from-home gigs. And the third job also has some from-home element because I handle the practice's FB page and I write the monthly email newsletter.

And working from home can be really challenging. Not only trying to balance time between working and meeting the needs of the kids, but not getting distracted! I have to set myself a time to work without checking my email or reading articles on Yahoo or getting sucked in Facebook, otherwise I'd never get anything done.

Good luck!

Jaime said...


I am so excited for you.

and your lil cute...made me tear up actually.

With being a working mom I would give anything to stay home with my kids...but it isn't possible.

So glad you are able to and so are your kids...

You will do great as a teacher...didn't know you had your great!!

Good luck!

Jenny said...

Congrats! That will be great to have some extra income. I'm excited for you!

I'm sure it will be a challenge to get into a new routine, but you can do it!

Poor Anna, Abby would have wondered the same thing though.

Stacey said...

Wow! Finding a way to contribute to the family financially is a huge blessing :)

Aliesha said...

That's great you found this flexible opportunity! You'll be wonderful. Anna's comment was so sweet. :)

Anonymous said...

YAY! How awesome so funny about Anna.

Ika Devita Susanti said...

Wow! Congratulations! I am happy for you and I am so excited! Working from home is really my dream job because I can take care of my children and also be paid by the job.