Well Sweetheart, tough luck! Brace yourself because....IT'S FUSS TIME!!!
These last 10 weeks have been pretty exhausting in the Bush household. We have been both looking forward to and dreading this time for some time now. For a while now, Anthony has been studying his Secondary Teaching degree. This is no small feat, as Anthony is also the sole financial provider in our home. It's a choice we made years ago, and one we continue to make now, but it doesn't come without its own blessings and challenges. Studying whilst working to provide for your family, whilst raising two sons, and being a wonderful husband has been one heck of a juggling act.
Now, aside from the obvious delight it is being married to me, it also comes with the challenges of my health issues. This has meant that many times throughout our marriage, Anthony has had to be both Mum AND Dad. He has not once complained. When it comes to being a father, he is amazingly 'hands-on'. I hear some fathers refer to caring for their children as 'helping out' their wife. Anthony doesn't agree with this and simply refers to it as 'being a parent'. But during the last few years, he has had both our share of parenting at times, as well as working and studying. He's pretty awesome like that.
At the end of a teaching degree, there is a ten week unpaid internship that is like the final hurdle. There are shorter and less demanding teaching pracs earlier on in the degree, but ten weeks whilst still studying, and being a parent, and trying to make a living has been something we were nervously anticipating. Me not being able to drive made this even more challenging - perfect timing as always.
But tomorrow is the final day of that ten weeks.
Anthony has an incredible gift for teaching. I have known this for a long time now and knew that Anthony would do an amazing job on his Internship. The challenge would be the logistics in juggling it. There was a mixture of excitement and nerves as to how our little family would manage. Now I think I speak for both of us when I say it has been exhausting (the dark circles under our eyes will bear witness to that). The thing is, it has also been a really uniting thing to be working together for something that we all believe in. Our family has had a common, unified goal for the past ten weeks. It has been in our thoughts, our discussions, and our prayers. We have all tried to do our part to make it work, and it has. It's almost unbelievable that it's over.
I can't express enough how proud I am of the man I love. He has worked hard for years and now that he is at the finish line, I am so excited for him to be able to share his talents with the students he works with. It is something that comes so naturally to him. It is where he shines.
Congratulations my sweetheart - feel the weight lifted xxx