Friday, September 28, 2012

In The News

Some interesting things I've encountered in the news lately; articles about education and having kids are in my field of view recently, mostly because I teach at a community college (which has enrolled a large variety of type of student), was a non-traditional student myself; and Ed and I are making plans to start adopting beginning in the next year or so:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Future Begins

It's been a rough 16 months since we got married. A week after we got married, Ed lost his job; although he was able to find another one quickly within the same company, it was at a 40% loss of income. Lots less money = no honeymoon. This summer, my mother-in-law died, the result of which was two months of several cross-country flights. Deceased mother-in-law = no honeymoon. 

 

I didn't like having the realization that every summer since we've been married (I know it's only been two summers), things devastating to my husband have happened. It's better having had these things be external - it's easier to deal with than having issues with one's new spouse. We have our priorities: Family always, always comes first - no regrets about that; they were good reasons for staying put, but we've felt that we haven't really had a chance to establish ourselves as a new family; we haven't had the luxury to develop plans and goals.

 

That's changed since Judy passed away. If anything good came from this, it's that we came into a small amount of money that will allow us to take a honeymoon next summer; we can put money aside for adoption; we can afford for me to get a graduate degree. We immediately paid off the car and half my student loans, with plans to pay off the remaining balance within the next couple weeks, which we can afford easily (waiting for paperwork to come through is unpleasant, but we were able to get enough to pay off some immediate expenses). We'll talk to a financial advisor to ascertain the best way to invest, how we can best put aside money for the things we want to do in the next couple years, and for retirement.

 

It's such a great feeling, being able to make these plans. They're scary and overwhelming - the next five years are going to be busy - but I'm so happy we can get our lives started.

 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Let the Future Begin


It's been a rough 16 months since we got married. A week after we got married, Ed lost his job; although he was able to find another one quickly within the same company, it was at a 40% loss of income. Lots less money = no honeymoon. This summer, my mother-in-law died, the result of which was two months of several cross-country flights. Deceased mother-in-law = no honeymoon. 

I didn't like having the realization that every summer since we've been married (I know it's only been two summers), things devastating to my husband have happened. It's better having had these things be external - it's easier to deal with than having issues with one's new spouse. We have our priorities: Family always, always comes first - no regrets about that; they were good reasons for staying put, but we've felt that we haven't really had a chance to establish ourselves as a new family; we haven't had the luxury to develop plans and goals.

That's changed since Judy passed away. If anything good came from this, it's that we came into a small amount of money that will allow us to take a honeymoon next summer; we can put money aside for adoption; we can afford for me to get a graduate degree. We immediately paid off the car and half my student loans, with plans to pay off the remaining balance within the next couple weeks, which we can afford easily (waiting for paperwork to come through is unpleasant, but we were able to get enough to pay off some immediate expenses). We'll talk to a financial advisor to ascertain the best way to invest, how we can best put aside money for the things we want to do in the next couple years, and for retirement.


It's such a great feeling, being able to make these plans. They're scary and overwhelming - the next five years are going to be busy - but I'm so happy we can get our lives started.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Greek Festival & Orthodoxy

The weekend after Labor Day, the local Greek Orthodox church, Holy Trinity Cathedral, holds a four-day Greek Festival. It's a huge affair - lots of dancing, cooking demonstrations, things to peruse; we went yesterday, and we ate very well.

Ed is a quarter Greek, and his father was raised Greek Orthodox; as practicing Catholics, it's interesting for Ed and me to compare the differences between the two religlions: For example, the Nicene Creed we say at Mass is only slightly different than the Nicene-Constantinoplitan Creed said during the Orthodox Mass. Much of the dogma is the same or in closer alignment, more so than with the Protestant branches.

We were struck by the beauty of the cathedral itself. Greek Orthodox cathedrals - and I have to say, every other Orthodox cathedral I've visited as well - are absolutely gorgeous. 


I'd particularly wanted to hear the Cathedral Choir sing - in this case, the joint choir of Holy Trinity Cathedral and Prophet Elias Church.