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 It’s been nearly a year since I worked my last full month for Iowa State University.  I was coming up on my due date with Claire, working full-time for the Ag and Biosystems Engineering Department, looking after our little farm (throwing hay bales is a lot more tedious when you’re pregnant but it was a great workout) and taking care of Evelyn single-handedly while Jack completed a co-op for Rockwell Collins.  During the week, he was two hours away–a tad too far to drive back and forth without going broke or insane.  So, I tasted a bit what it was like to be a single mother and honestly, I don’t know how I did it.  I know I didn’t have much fun.


Now, I’ve got the best job in the world.  I know that lots of women claim they’d rather claw their eyes out than stay home with their kids and I’ll admit it’s not all wonderful all of the time, but most of the time, it’s fabulous.  Don’t believe me?  Look at some of the stuff I do day to day:


 Yay for jewlery making!  I like to pretend these are real diamonds and black pearls.  I don’t care that they’re not.  If they were, I’d probably worry about losing them and wouldn’t ever wear them.

I also run a full service salon.  I cut Evelyn and Jack’s hair (Clair’s hair is still too fuzzy to do much with) and perform routine and specialized nail care.  See?

Ten points if you can name this horse breed . . .

That’s right–a Fjord!  They were pretty neat.  They are one of the few horse breeds where they all look the same.  Thank goodness for the weekly horse shows just minutes from our place too.  I’d be having horse withdrawal otherwise.

And, of course we do lots of jogging on beautiful, secluded stretches of Cedar Valley trails and go to the park afterward.

I hope I’m not making anyone too jealous but it is pretty wonderful being my own boss (or maybe it’s rather that Evelyn and Claire are my bosses and I’m Jack’s boss who, ironically is the only one making any tangible money now).  Of course, staying at home is a scary way to kiss a lot of our earthly riches goodbye but to be extremely sentimental, I feel much wealthier now.  Things have a way of working themselves out and I am thankful every day that I get to be at the best job in the world.005-6921453

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