1) the money. Let's face it, it is expensive to raise a family these days whether you have one kid or 7. I make really good money as a nurse and this allows us to live a lifestyle where we do not have to pinch every single penny. We have done that and we don't ever want to have to do it again.
2) I love what I do. In Kindergarten we were asked to write what we wanted to be when we got older. I put down two things, a nurse and a teacher. This piece of paper was then sealed in an envelope until I graduated from high school. When I opened said envelope after graduation I was shocked to see the fields I was deciding on my junior year in high school were the two careers I had wanted to be at age 5. I am so glad I choice nursing because I am pretty sure I would have become burnt out as a teacher by now. There is something I love about a hospital. I feel at home in them and walking into them brings me comfort; the way people move around when things get busy, the jargon that is used, wanting to know what everyone is there for and even the smell that hospitals have. It is an environment that I thrive in. I can not imagine being anything else except maybe a barista at Starbucks! Nursing allows me to think critically, to take care of others, to become a part of someones life even if it is only for a couple days or weeks, and there is nothing better than a good adrenaline rush after taking care of a sick patient. My career has always been in the intensive care units and there is no where in the hospital that I would rather be.
3) when I go to work I get to have adult conversations. Being at home all day long with 7 littles can get a bit mundane. When I go to work I can talk to others about real life and not just sing songs that start with M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E. After a couple days of being home I am ready to go to work. After one day at work and catching up with everyone I am ready for a couple more days at home. Work is my only sanity break sometimes for weeks.
4) two words...health benefits. Besides the money this is a huge reason why I will continue to work. When we got pregnant with the quads we had thought about having me cut back to a per diem position after Paul got a job with the company he is currently with. After looking at what we would have to spend on health care benefits and the plan coverage we knew I would continue to work. I having amazing benefits and spend less than $30 a paycheck for coverage of our entire family. That includes health, dental and vision. The plan coverage, no deductibles and minimal co-pays says so much these days when healthcare has been in the news so much this last year.
|She looks really sick doesn't she?|
|Hopefully she learns to look sick when she is telling me in high school that she has to stay home because she isn't feeling well.|
|Brother greeted Sissy at the door when she got home to see if she was feeling better.|
|They all wanted to love on her when she got home and she wanted no one to be touching her. It made for some sad big kids.|
|So very proud of her sticker sucker for being good.|