Well, today is the first day I was not on my way to work. I decided back in January that I wanted to pursue photography and come on with Midwest LifeShots, which meant leaving a beloved job with some of the most fabulous people. It's 7:45 am, the time Lakin and I would typically be wrestling one another over a coat and some buckles on a car seat. Instead, we're watching the Today show, sitting in our pajamas and thinking about the open day ahead of us. I'm enjoying coffee, making a to do list for the summer and spring and Lakin is trying to feed soggy Dora cereal to her giraffe, Raff.
The whole thing is a bit bitter sweet. Yesterday was wonderful as my co-workers wished me well and sent me off, bringing cards and flowers and kind words. I realize, in many ways, Kingdom Kids is the means that God used to root us in Rochester. These people were the ones who met me as a brand new mother, watched my daughter grow from a nap-refusing baby to a lively, sassy toddler. She knows them each by name, offers kisses and hugs, goes nuts when she sees their kids arrive; this is Lakin's first home. My baby grew up in that daycare. Tear.
I loved my job. I loved the people I was blessed to work with. I am thankful that I will still see them at church and in the future when we bring our kids to the preschool.
And on the horizon is so much excitement and possibility with photography. I get to work for friends, who graciously have taken me in, taught me to use a camera (and are continuing too) and value my ideas and opinions. They are setting me up with Photoshop, getting me training and knowledge as I join their awesome family of a team. My job is capture happiness. I get to experience the most monumental day in a individuals life. It is an ideal job and I can do it while being home more with my babies.
I know these next couple of months being home will be an adjustment. I also know that they are a gift from God. Here's to a new chapter for the Jaegers.