Monday, March 30, 2009

Working, marriage, kids, dogs, and general Raising Five craziness

Where to begin?

1. Work sitch. When I last wrote about working, I was told I had to go back to school for an RN refresher course, even though my license had never lapsed in the years I had been out of clinical nursing. The rules were confusing, though, so I wrote our state's Board of Nursing and received this reply:


Thank you for the inquiry. You do not have to take the refresher course. The course is for those who haven't practiced in 4 years AND have not kept up their license. As long as your license is current, it doesn't matter how long it's been since you practiced. Your job may not be comfortable with that, and they may require you to take it. That is at their discretion, but it is not a requirement of the Board that you do so.
About a week before I was to start school (and subsequently have to agree to work full-time for a local hospital - the only way, it seemed, I could get a nursing job! ACK!), I got a call from a local pediatric home health agency. They were willing to give me an extended orientation, and would let me work as much or as little as I wanted to!

Hmm. What should I do? Go to school for 16 weeks and then work full-time? Or go the easy route?

Yup, I chose the easy route. Last week I started orientation. Beginning next week, I will be working every Monday, taking care of the cutest little eight-month-old baby. After only two days of getting back in the swing of things, it's just like they tell you: it's like riding a bike. I think I'm going to love this! My friend Kelly has offered to watch Ruthie-5 on the days Dennis is not working from home, so everything has just fallen into place.

This last year has been full of HUGE transitions for our family: a move, a new business, a cratering economy, a new job for Dennis (business on hold for now). To look from the outside, things have appeared very bleak at times, and I'm the first to admit I have not always been cheerful and full of faith. But through it all, God has been our anchor and our Provider. I suppose we just needed a reminder: He is in control, and He is SO good.

2. Marriage. Now that you know what a wild and crazy man I live with 24/7, you can understand why things are never dull around here! Ah, I love that man. I'm still thinking of a punishment to fit such a heinous crime.... =)

3. Kids and dogs. As you can imagine, things were a little nuts the first day in almost nine years that I donned scrubs to do something other than paint in them. Ruthie-5 was awake ALL NIGHT LONG dreaming, kicking and talking in her sleep. Allie-15 had to be at school at 6:00 a.m. for a tennis tournament. The middle kids were whining because (How Awful of Me!) I made them RIDE THE BUS. Then somebody remembered they needed a poster board about 15 minutes before I needed to leave. That sort of thing.

So since things were already insane, when Dennis's brother called to say he'd found a (free) puppy for us, we thought, "Hey! Why not? Today would be a GREAT day to get a dog!"

Meet Ginger:

When we weren't cursing how much he shed, we loved our old lab, Buster, may he rest in peace. We wanted a big, outside, country dog.

Ginger is going to be an enormous mutt: she's half black lab, half Great Pyrenees.

So far she's done what all puppies do: eat, sleep, pee and poop (specializing in doing the latter two in the three seconds you turn your back). Don't let those innocent eyes and all that cute puppy breath fool you: I'm thinking my little eight-month-old patient is easier to take care of!

But...Cowboy is stepping up to the plate as the man of the Raising Five canine world, the kids adore her, and some day - maybe when she's potty trained - we will probably have an irrational attachment to Ginger like we did to Buster.


Jill said...

This sounds like our house. Crazy and just for fun lets add to the craziness!

Beck said...

Congratulations on the new job! It sounds perfect for you, and it also sounds like everything is working out nicely. And awwww, puppies!

mholgate said...

I'm so happy that you found a job that you will enjoy!

That's so funny about the dog! Sometimes I wonder what state of mind I was in when I said "yes" to taking in a dog of our own! :)


Susanne said...

LOL. Well, if you're going to go then go all the way right? You crack me up.

Mommahen said...

Oh Katherine! I have been out of the loop the past few days it seems. I just now read Dennis' post. I wanted to cry. While it is my nature to worry about making ends meet, I know it bothers my husband even more when they don't. He has never been resentful of me staying at home, and I have gone back to work on two different occassions during our marriage to help. But reading Dennis' post makes me so proud that I did. He put into words what my man probably would have never said. And how proud YOU should feel! You are a blessing to your husband, and your family. Craziness and all! I am happy for your new job. Because you chose to help your husband God blessed you with what sounds like a perfect job for you! anniversary is June 2nd (but we will only be celebrating 14 years this year).

Rachel Anne said...

Happy Birthday, and lots of wonderful thoughts are sent your way today! I can't wait for lunch on Thursday!!

Mary Mc said...

I am so proud of you! It is hard to step back into the working world - I know...I really haven't done it yet - it is scarey! As you know I have taken on various jobs from teaching Algebra, working for Andrew and now for Marissa - but all have pretty much been on my terms, not somebody elses. But those I know that have, have found a unique reward of another group of people who LOVE them in a different way from their families. Many have said they have recieved an appreciation that their family can not give them becuase it is such a different circumstance of giving (and receiving.)

...oh, and a new puppy - WHAT were you THINKING???? (You know we love animals!)

Love you - Mary

mholgate said...

(Your sister told!)

Jill said...

Happy Birthday!!

Michelle said...

Such a blessing - this being able to ease back into the working world. Let me just tell you that Great Pyrenees are the sweetest most loveable dogs on God's green earth. They are known as gentle giants - such a great dog for kids. Enjoy. Although, if he stays in the house you'll wear out more than one vacuum cleaner with the hair. That's the thorn in this rose. We're on our 3rd Pyr though so obviously we don't mind too much.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday!! Hope you have a fabulous day, and a blessed year ahead!

nettebini said...

Happy birthday, Kath!

Phebe said...

We have a Great Pyrenese-Lab and he is WONDERFUL!!! He's awesome with our kids and with others. He's a good guard dog, but also a gently giant (well over a hundred pounds at 18 mos). Congrats on your dog--you'll love him, I'm sure!!


Laurel said...

Your jobs sounds wonderful.

I worked outside the home for 6 years (after being home for 12 years). Then, last summer, just after bringing home 3 new children, I lost my job. Since we lost 1/2 of our income, we have lived off of our savings account for the past 7 months, and it's almost gone. I am totally stressing. My last job was perfect for our extra-large homeschooling family. (I actually created the perfect job for myself, but after 5 years things got political with the "higher ups".)

Anyway, the past 2 days I have spent hours on Craigslist looking for some type of job that would work ... and have found nothing. We have about a month's worth of savings left and then we are in BIG trouble.

Please pray for us ... I KNOW that I know that I know that God WILL provide. But, right now I've let the worry creep in a bit. With 11 mouths to feed, it's pretty important to have a food budget.


mama of 13

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Unknown said...

My husband brought home a puppy one time as a "gift". Sigh... I still think about that every time he drags a dead animal carcass on my porch. This morning I found him sleeping with one in my chair on the porch. Good times!

Ginger said...

Ginger??? I don't know if I should be flattered or offended. TEASING! :) Congrats on the new job and puppy!