Hubby has been working on this dissertation on and off since fall, but its tough to get any meaningful work done with his full-time job and teaching as an adjunct. Ultimately he would like to teach at a Catholic seminary. Finishing the doctorate will give him the credentials he needs.
This summer he is quitting his full-time job and working part-time as director of religious education (DRE for grades 1-8) at a smaller parish. He will have summers off and two full days a week to focus on research and writing his dissertation.
We decided it was a good time to do this, since we don't have kids yet and I am working full-time at a job I like. It feels weird though, since I'll be the primary contributor to our finances. I'm also a little sad to postpone buying a house a while longer.
I'm still SO glad that hubby can do this!!! First of all because he is an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G teacher and writer and has so much to offer the Church. Also once he has the doctorate, his job prospects will be better for our long-term financial future.
A few people mentioned to me: "Maybe this is why you haven't had kids yet, so you have the opportunity to do this." For some reason this rubbed me the wrong way.
There's no doubt in my mind that God wants to use hubby's gift of teaching, but I really hope it's not true that God didn't bless us with kids for 4.5 years and counting, so hubby could finish his doctorate sooner. Am I terrible for thinking that?
There are ways to continue your education while working and being a parent. We both desperately wish we had kids, even if it would make the doctorate difficult or impossible.
Anyway, that was a little bit of a vent.
Hopefully good things will come out of this decision! We are also going to pursue adoption again in the summer, and see how things work out.
On a side note, I might be a little out of touch awhile. When I started my new job I learned that my main duty for the next 2 months is income tax preparation. I like preparing taxes, but the crazy hours are rough. I'll be working every day, every weekend, until April 15th. April 15 is Tuesday of Holy Week, so I'm offering up working so much as part of my Lent.
Easter can't come sooner enough!