As you might know, I substitute teach 60 days each school year to help round out our family finances. Spirit Blade Productions is able to pay for some of its own expenses at this point(Thank you Insiders and Customers!!), but not all of them. And it certainly isn't a source of income for us.
As I tend to be an out of the box thinker, I put a somewhat wild idea on the table, thinking she would hate it. The idea being that I would fully embrace the role of "Mr. Mom" five days a week, allowing her to work during the day every day, while I do my work for Spirit Blade Productions beginning at 4pm or so every day.
I hate working nights, but have found on the two days each week that I normally watch the boys during this time-frame that I can leverage my time well enough to get some work done during the day while watching our boys so that I can justify ending my work day around 7:30 or 8pm each night. That gives me around 3 and 1/2 to 4 hours of completely focused and undistracted work time, which I typically use for a little study and then largely creative endeavors. And this is typically what I manage on my best days anyway.
If we go this route, Holly will work two extra hours each week, all year long. I will also take on more responsibilities for running the household... and completely stop substitute teaching. Something I've wanted to do for years but had always hoped it would happen because of SBP's income. The timing isn't right for that to be the case, but to my surprise Holly was open to this idea.
We're still working out details and it will require some significant stretching and growth on my part. But in the end we both think the pros outweigh the cons. Still, we want to experiment with a trial run for one semester before committing long term. For that to happen, we need the approval of her supervisor for more hours (which already sounds likely to happen). It would also be nice to know that, if we decide to stick with the old routine, my name will not be dropped down in priority in the automated sub selection system our school district uses to employ subs. (The system calls you more often the more jobs you accept.) So I'm checking with the sub office supervisor to see about what that scenario might look like.
All this yapping to say that we could use some prayer as we navigate this possibility. It looks like it could be very good for both of us, our family and Spirit Blade Productions. (It might significantly increase my progression on "A World Of Shadows"!) But we want to be on Yahweh's agenda.
So if you think of it, please pray that God will give us clear resolution to this quickly and that we'll be at peace and confident in Yahweh no matter the outcome.