We have news! We got family photos done!
Just kidding, that’s not really the news. But we did, and I’m going to pile them all over this post while I tell you the real news.
Oh look, here comes one now!
If you’ve been reading here, you might know that I stay at home with my two littles while Andy teaches high school math. When Weston came along, I was working in corporate PR and loved my job and my coworkers. Andy was teaching and making less than I was. We prayed like crazy about whether he should quit his job and stay home with the new baby or I should.
(This photo doesn’t seem to fit what I’m talking about right now, does it? But here it comes.)
Right at the last second before we had to make a decision, an opportunity opened up for me to move to part-time and work from home. Total dream come true! We couldn’t believe it.
For about a year and a half, I enjoyed the best of both worlds, with one foot in my job and one foot – okay, my whole butt – at home with my babe. Then, my company downsized and all part-timers were let go. I found this out the exact same day I found out I was pregnant with Mila. Andy and I assumed this was NOT just a weird coincidence: it was just that God had a plan for the next step in our lives, and it was for me to leave my job and be home.
All along, I’d been blogging for fun and loving it. We decided that now that I’d be staying home, we’d give it a go together and see if we could turn the blog into my dream job. We’d be living on a teacher’s income – newsflash: that ain’t much, y’all – and it’d be really nice if I could make a little extra to give us a tiny bit of breathing room.
If it didn’t work out, I had a few other options but nothing I really wanted to do as much as I wanted to just write a silly little blog about fixing up our house. It’s been about a year and a half since I left my corporate job and it’s just been incredible. All along, our long-term goal was to grow the blog so we could work from home together and Andy could be here while the kids are still tiny.
In January, I asked for Andy’s help dealing with some of the technical stuff on my blog. He started helping some of my blogger friends do the same thing, and before we knew it, pretty much overnight, he had started a new business. (Fellow bloggers: he’s doing ad optimization. Email me for info.)
The whole idea and the business kind of fell in our laps, but it doesn’t mean Andy hasn’t been working like a busy little bee. He’s has been coming home from work every day, playing with the kids for a couple hours until their bedtime, then working all night until 1 or 2 a.m., and starting again the next day. He’s been going nonstop, working like crazy, and loving that his work is making it possible for other bloggers to now quit their day jobs, or contribute to their family’s incomes in a new way. It’s been the busiest, craziest season of our lives since February.
At some point over the last two months, we both realized that between my blog and his new business, it’s the right time to make a change. Andy put in his notice at school that he won’t be teaching next year, and instead he’ll be staying home, working here with me and the kids! We’ll be blogging together, running his business together and raising the kids together.
Our goal as a couple and as a family has never been to just make craploads of money. (We’ve both been content on a teacher’s salary.) Our goals have always been about freedom, flexibility and time together as a family. We’re more than a little thrilled that starting at the end of May, when the school year ends, we’ll reach that goal, at least for the near term.
It’s a bit of a leap, but we’ve run the numbers a billion times, saved up an emergency fund, and prayed a lot. We don’t know if this next stage of our lives will last six months or six years or whatever, but we do know that the kids will only be this little right now. And thankfully, Andy has solid relationships at his school – they’ve been so wonderful to him there! – so if he needs to go back to teaching at some point sooner or later, that’s okay.
What this means for the blog? OOHHHH YOU GUYS!! It means MORE PROJECTS! I can’t even wait. We haven’t done much real reno for the past few months because Andy’s been so busy, but once summer hits, we’ll have sweet precious *time* to knock out some major projects we’ve been thinking about for years. So excited to get a fresh wave of befores-and-afters in the works to share!
(By the way, aren’t these photos amazing? If you’re in the Atlanta area, I can’t recommend E.G. Allis photography enough. She was delightful to work with. This post is not sponsored or anything; I just love to share a good thing when I find it!)
So that’s what’s next! Pardon me while I go polish my honey-do list.