My husband called today with excellent news! Another army wife needs daycare for her 5 month old son. I have worked in daycares for nearly 13 years and one day planned on opening up our house for care. It's great because I could earn extra income, be home with Little Bit, and he would have a "friend" that is only 2 months older than he is. In about 3 months Little Bit would be old enough to play with this other little boy.
The only drawback of course is that I would need to be home from 7am-EOB (end of business) which is normally 6pmish. That would mean I can no longer go to my Bible study on post. I was really hoping to build those relationships so that I would have support, and have people to support, when our husbands deploy next year. I will still have church on Sundays and I guess I could look into finding a Sunday school class to join but that is sort of a bummer.
Another plus and minus is that I still have half a house (that can be blocked off) that is not in any way baby safe...boxes are piled to the ceiling. Although, I suppose this would force me to unpack and clean everything up quicker so the boys could play in the real living room and not in the room I call a living room, but is really the dining room. (Eventually it will be a sitting room.)
He said that she needed care starting on Monday so if she still needs someone, approves of me and my home, and decides I would be a good caregiver I only have 3 days to tell her yay or nay. What do you think? It does seem like a really good opportunity. I guess I just worry that if I take it and give up on the woman's fellowship I will become secluded and lose my way with God again. In what ways can I stay connected and still grow in my faith while staying home all day? I know it isn't any different than women who work 9-5s everyday but they normally have adult interactions at work. Working with infants can become very secluding at times. Perhaps I can host a nightly Bible study at my house or on post somewhere for working ladies?