Upcoming and Exciting Change
Our little family is going to go through a lot of change this upcoming fall. Good change (and no, we aren’t pregnant! Though children are always exciting!). My husband, Joel, will be attending Bible Seminary. He has always had a heart for ministry and through wise counsel and many conversations together, we felt that this would be the best choice for him.
As his wife, I am so excited for him! I look forward to helping him meet his goals in new ways and making this possible for us.
Because of these new changes, I will be starting to teach classical piano again. Something I thought I was finished with for a while. The funny thing is that a few months before Joel decided this, I was starting to miss it. And now, what do you know, we have a need for me to start bringing in an income.
I know that I will enjoy bringing music back into my week. I have always enjoyed teaching piano, or teaching bread making classes, or just teaching! So, this will be fun for me. My” little” sister Hannah (17) will babysit my toddler, while I teach, and I already am gathering little learning games and flashcards for them to do together. Elena loves Hannah, so she won’t mind at all. I will, at most, be teaching 6 hours a week, which is very doable.
My schedule won’t be difficult, though I will have to watch my time a little more carefully. But don’t worry, I will definitely be continuing this blog. I love blogging about food, cooking, and nutrition. While this blog is currently not a money making tool for us, it could eventually lead to that which would help me justify all the hours I spend blogging here every week. 🙂 But regardless, I blog because I love the topic, so I will be around.
Obviously going to school is going to cost money. My husband is a music teacher and he will only be able to teach a small portion each day instead of all day like he has. Obviously, this is a huge loss of income. So what does this mean for us?
We get to become creative!
I have been trying to prepare for working with a smaller income. Food has been the one of most concerning to me. I have just recently started regaining my health and I feel that the good food we eat was a large part of this success. Joel and I are not about to lose all we gained by starting to eat cheaper food in the pursuit of his college. So my food budget isn’t going to be cut drastically. But I will need to actually always stay in that budget. We would often buy extra things (you know, like a quarter of a cow, or 20 pounds of frozen local berries) beyond our budget. So I will need to get more creative to make this work.
This is part of the reason I was interested in doing the frugal and nourishing carnival on the 11th and 18ths. I want to expand my repertoire of nourishing meals. I have other thoughts as well in how I will help our budget stay within it’s limits.
As I have considered my options, I have decided to approach it from a different angle. Instead of approaching it from the “what’s cheapest” point of view, I will instead be trying to get the most nutrition out of a buck that I can. With that in mind, tomorrow I will be sharing a list of things that I have made to help me reach that goal. Stay Tuned!