It has been a few days since I last posted . . . Though I’m done with the daily grind of a 90-minute commute and hospital chaplaincy, life hasn’t gotten any simpler.
I’m currently in northern Virginia (sans wife and kids) looking for an apartment or condo to rent. We move in late August. While on internship we will have the following expenses: up to $2000/mo in rent and utilities; $2000/mo in childcare for two children (if we go with standard child care centers), over $3000 once Baby #3 comes along. That’s $60,000/yr in housing and childcare for three children – and we haven’t even eaten, driven a car, or bought diapers yet! That’s a tough way for a pastor, let alone an intern, to live. How do people do this?
These transitions – new jobs, new home, growing family, new child care, etc. – are daunting. Where is my fairy godmother when I need her? Perhaps she could wave her wand and turn a pumpkin into an apartment . . .