Changing the plan

I think a lot. Sometimes, I think too much. It makes me stressed and confused.

I wasn’t supposed to make staff sergeant. Matthew and I had a solid game plan in place.

I was going to try and retrain in the manpower career field. If retraining was denied, I was going to finish out my reenlistment contract with the Air Force and then be a stay-at-home mom/online college student.

Life happened. This time, it was a positive thing that happened. It is a really good opportunity. I’m excited but I’m nervous at the same time. My husband and I made a new game plan.

I don’t know if I am ready to step down from the working world and be a stay-at-home parent. I confessed this to my husband. I’m worried about the cost of childcare in the bustling city of Las Vegas. We make more than enough money to support a child if only one of us stayed in the military. However, we maintain a healthy savings habit with both of us being in the military. I really like looking at those numbers. I don’t ever want to be so finicially strapped that I almost lose my home and my belongings get repossessed. This is why my husband and I plan our finances and stick to our budget.

The new game plan is slightly different then the previous versions of it.

I am still going to apply for retraining, but I am going to apply for the education and training career field (like my husband and roommate did) instead of the manpower career field. However, if my retraining request gets denied, I am going to reenlist in to my current career field (maintenance). I’ll only sign for four years. The mindset that my husband and I have is that if we have a child, by the time my additional four years is up, the child will be old enough to go to school. Having a school-age child would make childcare a lot cheaper. It would also give me the freedom to go to college or work a job.

I don’t think I will ever be ready to be a full time stay-at-home mom but my mind might change once we have a child. Sharing my life with my husband has been a learning experience so far. I’m grateful to have a willing and communicative man as my partner for life.


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