I quit my job at the library this week. The decision was not an easy one, and it overshadowed much of the last few weeks, but it feels so good to have made it. I've been joking that telling people that I am leaving my job to spend more time with my family feels like I got caught in some indiscretion, but no. This time it's true. I really do need to spend more time at home, and it will be good for all three of us. For the last few years Dave and I have juggled childcare and household duties while having both of us working, and the fallout has recently become difficult to live with. As Dave put it, not only has no one been home for Little C, no one has been home "for home." And so I am stepping away from the job I've loved to step into the job of homesteader, mother, artist, writer, farmer, wife, etc. I am SOOO excited! I feel like I have suddenly been given permission to sink my creative energy into my own life, rather than always feeling so sapped by outside pressures. Of course, being home will have pressures of its own, but I am ready for a new season. Already Dave and I both feel like we are exhaling a breath we didn't know we were holding. We all feel so at peace with this decision, and expectant about the months ahead. I will keep working at the library until Valentine's Day, and in the mean time am looking forward to honing my photography skills and trying to get the house organized. It will be so good to do more than just crash at the end of the day in this cozy nest! Hooray!