Today was a lot like most days.
But it was also a bit different.
Chad changed careers, so to speak.
After picking Cailyn up from preschool, Chad and I ventured to his office.
He cleaned out his cubicle and turned in his ID badge.
We had been discussing it for a while, and he decided he had put it off long enough.
A few friends helped him box up everything from his career in civil engineering.
Those seven canary-yellow boxes now reside in our mudroom, stacked half-way up the wall.
And there they will sit until we locate the determination to find a permanent location for their contents.
Books. Calculators. Rulers.
(Which I’m sure all have fancier professional names than that…)
We spoke to a few of Chad’s co-workers and I entertained Cailyn while Chad’s boxed-up career was loaded into the back of our van.
Was it hard?
Chad worked so hard and genuinely enjoyed going to work before he was diagnosed.
He was always thinking of ways to do his job more effectively and help others do the same.
He studied and sacrificed so much to complete his Master’s Degree and Professional Engineering license.
My neighbor & I were talking yesterday afternoon, and he said something that validated a topic I’d been pondering lately.
He said, “You know, Skye, sometimes bad things happen. But who’s to say that it’s not really a good thing? God doesn’t make mistakes….Chad no longer works. But that means he’s home with you and the girls.”
And it’s absolutely true.
God does not make mistakes.
He makes statements.
And sometimes we struggle to determine the meaning behind it all.
I know what God wanted to share with us this time:
This is not the end of his career.
It’s the beginning of a new one.
He is with US.
He’s a Full Time, Stay-at-Home Dad.
And a Full Time, Stay-at-Home Husband.
We’ll have more memories.
We’ll have more laughs.
We’ll just have…Chad.
We’ll have more time.
More time together.
I just hope Chad doesn’t expect me to pay him.
I forgot to mention it was a non-paid position when he accepted my offer.