Parenting is a sacrifice.
Home schooling is a sacrifice.
If we take on either of these roles we know that there is going to be
something we put off to ensure we can fulfill this role.
Many of us gave up our professional careers.
It was this past November that I had my latest job offer. It’s nothing new. Health care professionals are in short supply out here in the country. ‘Just a few shifts’ ‘You can choose’ ‘We’d love to have you work with us’ . . . and I’m going to admit it is just a little bit tempting. Even as I tried to sort in my mind where I could fit in a single shift, I knew that it is just not possible. My profession is part of my past life, it may be part of my future life, but it just doesn’t fit into my present. As much as I loved my patients, I have more important people to tend to — my four precious children.
I do miss it at times though — the respect, the adult contact, the challenges, the teamwork, the pay — all these I traded for dirty nappies, muddy children, grading math papers into the wee hours of the morning and a very round figured pay check.
Renata is an ex-medical imaging technologist, Christian, wife of 13 years, mother to 4 precious children ( including identical twin boys), home schooling mama, chief cow milker, chicken wrangler and potty lamb feeder! She journals at Sunnyside Farm Fun where she has recorded their many adventures since moving from the city to the country 5 years ago.