Also I've had a Wedding Reception, Bridal Shower, and 3 yes THREE baby showers to get ready for. And since I've found so many neat ideas I decided to do personal homemade gifts for EACH of these events. It was time consuming and a little nutzo on my part but it was totally worth it. We ended up saving money in the long run and the recipients seemed to really like them. I forgot to get pictures of my 2 'wedding' related gifts but the baby gifts I'll be doing a separate post on soon with links to the tutorials on how to make them.
THEN the hardest part of my life at the moment is that Dave is not only going back to school (for nursing by the way) but his business isn't doing so hot, so a wonderful friend at church got Dave a job at a factory. It is SUCH a blessing because we are going to be able to use the money to not only pay the bills but to also put back enough savings that next semester when Dave is doing his CNA, he most likely won't have to work. But that also means that right now is full of 7 days a week of work (cause there is MANDATORY overtime) plus 2 FULL days a week of school.
Dave works 10:30pm to 7:00 am and I start getting ready for work right as he is getting to bed so he can sleep until 4:30pm and go to work again that night. Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays he has class from 10:30 am to 9:30 pm, and in the midst of all this, I have so much going on in my own life that we aren't getting to see each other more than 30-45 minutes at a time and no more than twice a day. Today I saw him for about 20 minutes after I got home from work, before I went to church and after church before HE went to work I got another 15 minutes. 35 minutes total today! This is only until the end of the year, and the plant closes down at Christmas which will give us the Holidays together which is SUCH a blessing.
This is all only temporary and I know that but it's so difficult in the midst of it. God has blessed Dave with this job and we are SO incredibly grateful for the amazing money but it's bittersweet. Your prayers would be appreciated in the next few months as we figure out how to live this way. I don't know HOW military spouses spend so much time apart because I'm at LEAST getting a few minutes a day! God is so faithful and I know He will be with us during all this. Thanks for listening/reading! :)