My husband works in the trades and travel has always been an obvious factor in his work. Now that we have a 1 year old and another baby on the way, suddenly this not only possible but very likely.
There are two things in life that people in general cant seem to get enough of. Time and Money. So how does one make the most money in the time they have? They travel to Alberta and work like a dog. (Or so it seems) They draw of how much money a licensed plumber can make working on the camps in northern Canada has finally hit home as our family begins to really grow.
We are certainly not struggling now but the idea of where we could be, if we are willing to do some sacrificing, has been nagging at us for months.
Now that we will have two babies we need:
A bigger car (Our little Mazda 2 is simply not cutting it)
A bigger house (we live in a tiny two bedroom home)
Money for child care (any parents out there will appreciate what I mean…CHA CHING)
more diapers, more formula, more EVERYTHING. The “stuff” really adds up, I must say. In addition I have dreams of returning to school some day (and that’s not free) plus lingering debts and other life sundries.
The Dilemma is how much do you sacrifices? How much can you withstand to make a profit? The travelling will be incredibly hard on our family so I am currently riding that fence.
I am thrilled my husband will be expanding his experience and gaining strides for his career. I am pleased we will be able to pay off debts and take good care of our children. I am terrified of raising children on my own almost. I am overwhelmed by the house work, groceries, pets, laundry, cooking, and part time employment I will have to manage, for the most part, on my own. I am nervous to rely on family members so I can go to work and they drain this all my have on my relationship with my husband. I’m scared of him flying all the time to and from Alberta. And I’m afraid he might miss the birth of our second child.
But……… if we can just get through to the other side of all this, we can pay off debts, pay off our car, have money for a down payment on a house and I can probably go back to school and become a better contributor to our overall finances.
Then we can look back on these difficult days and wonder at how brave and smart we were!! Right??
Well, I certainly hope so because he is more than likely leaving in 2 weeks!! I am so excited and so terrified. But I truly feel like that’s a very normal reaction to change. Everybody fears change, the unknown. And whats more unknown than your husband quitting his job and moving away?? Yikes.
This is turning out to be a very interesting time in life for us, I feel as though this could open up some doors for us that we didn’t even know existed. We were just musing the other day at how close we had come to buying this old run down Victorian home, an extreme fixer upper and how that would have made it impossible for us to leave this small town for many years. Now it seems that all of Canada is a possibility for us!! We could do so many things together! Its all very exciting!
Wish us luck!!