Sep 6, 2013

Back to School, Back to School



I’m trying to share a little more about my personal life on the blog, so today‘s post is going to be more that route. I’m going to try to keep this type of post to Friday, so if it’s not your jam, feel free to skip Friday posts :)


Eric has gone back to school. I talked a little bit about some the financial changes we are going to experience (I plan to talk about that a little more at some point), but so far the whole time thing has been the most difficult.

Eric was fortunate enough to receive an offer from his company to stay on part-time. It was a very generous offer, and we both felt like it was something we couldn’t say no to. So he is working 20-25 hours a week at a busy financial services company as well as being a full-time student. I don’t think there are many other full-time MBA students in his program who are working at all.

So there is that. Then there is also the fact that we have been out of town the past two weekends (and not together). Eric had a fun weekend with a bunch of great guys swimming, playing golf and doing a fantasy football draft. I went to California last weekend (don't worry, I'll share more about that soon). So, they are all fun things, but that also means that we haven’t spent any time together. And since quality time is a love language for both of us… well, it’s been rough.

This isn’t meant to sound negative at all. Life is good. We are so blessed. We are blessed to be able to go to school, we are blessed to have a home to come home to, and we are blessed to be able to spend time with our friends. It’s just been a crazy time; and adjustment time.

We are learning to be more disciplined with our time. We are learning how to stay connected even though we are not together. We are learning how to plan meals way in advance so we have food to eat when we are too busy to eat. We are learning. 

And guess what? I’ll be sharing some of that journey with you. Woot woot.

19 comments:

  1. Ashley, I love this! My hubby and I are our best when we get to spend quality time together too. You two will find an adjustment that works for you, it just might take a little time. And planning meals when you're too busy? LOVE to hear more about that little trick.

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  2. Hey this is Kensie from over at Making a Life. My husband and I just finished up school (at least for awhile) and both working so I'm just over here feeling your pain. I have no words of comfort other than it's a season that WILL pass and God's grace can fill in all the gaps. Mostly though, I just empathize with you on how much school can suck for a marriage. I wish I had some brilliant piece of advice but that's about it: God's grace :)

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  3. Aww thanks for sharing! It sounds like you guys are in for a major adjustment, but it seems like you've already got some plans for dealing with it. As long as you stick together as a team you'll be fine!

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  4. I'm excited for your personal posts! Your outfits are always darling, but it's exciting to know that we'll be getting to know you and your little family :)

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  5. I want my husband to dress like your husband :) And good luck with the transition!

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  6. Thank you for sharing how you and Eric are getting through these tough times. My husband and I are also really strapped for time these days so we're also constantly trying to figure out how to be together more.

    cute & little

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  7. When Adam had one semester at Purdue left he got a job offer from where he is working now. He told them he wasn't sure because he had other offers and after interning there for 3 summers wasn't sure if he wanted to try something new or not. At any rate, the company did a similar thing for him and let him work from Purdue. Of course the company is different now but isn't it awesome when an employer really sees the value in their employees and does stuff like that?! Hope school is going well for Eric and hope you guys get your quality time together ASAP!

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  8. My hubby just started school again for his MBA as well and works full time it's been pretty tough these last couple weeks trying to figure things out . Can't wait to hear about ur journey with this and compare situations .

    M
    Rosuts.blogspot.com

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  9. First of all, Eric looks so cute ready to go off to school! It's interesting to see how the styles of older/grad students are usually much more put-together than undergrads, eh? Second of all, that's great that you're doing more personal posts here! As a new blogger I found it quite weird to just write about my life to the internet, but I've gotten more comfortable with it this summer as I've realized that's usually what I enjoy most about other bloggers - when they open up about what their lives are like and what they're going through. So don't worry, I definitely won't be skipping the Friday posts, and I look forward to reading more!! :)
    www.the-lifestyle-project.com

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  10. Hope you guys can find sweet little moments of time to connect through this process. (And, of course, find time to come play in OKC as well. ;)) Love you!

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  11. Yay for personal posts! They are my favorite kind.

    We love you both lots and lots!

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  12. Thanks for sharing this :) definitely a busy Tim in your lives but will definitely pay off!
    Ginny

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  13. I love when bloggers share more about their personal lives- it feels more like real friends that way :) And holy cow, go Eric on studying AND working. That's really hard to balance, but in the end it'll be so worth it (and I'm sure that extra income helps). I find that the more busier you are, the better you are at really making those hours in your day count (because none of them can get wasted!) I'm sure after a month or two after you get into the rhythm of this new situation you'll be reconnected and have everything down-pat :)

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  14. I needed to read this today! I recently found your blog and started following you because of your cute outfits; who knew that I would read something so perfect?! My husband and I are both full time students. I work 20 hours a week and he works a full time night job. Making time for each other is extremely difficult, and is something I struggle with sometimes. Thanks so much for letting me know we aren't alone in this! This was so encouraging!
    -Becca
    hertrashmytreasure.blogspot.com

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  15. Good luck with the transition! I'm sure once you find a new normal schedule it will be easier, but the switch is rough. My husband and I were actually in school together when we got married, so the adjustment to going out to two separate jobs was really hard at first!

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  16. So I found your blog through another Oklahoma gal's blog...so excited to see fellow Oklahoma girls in this big wide world of blogging! :)

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  17. I'm so excited to read more about your life! I won't be skipping Friday posts :)

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  18. Transitions are tough but good. We've been going through one as well and they're never easy. Sounds like you guys have got a great foundation to come back to :)
    xoxo,
    Nikki at www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

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  19. so frank & open...life is full of ups & downs & its a matter of changing your outlook to accomodate each situation as it comes. The good thing is that you are working on what to do to have quality time - so all will work out - stay positive ...

    mousumid@outlook.com

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