|Me with my lovely husband, Ross|
This is a stage of life where our children are independent adults who are thriving in their own lives. Our parents are older and approaching elderly but are still self-sufficient enough to get by with only a small amount of input from us. We have reached a point where we are financially stable and although we don't have piles of money to spare, we are living our lives comfortably and can afford to work less because we spend less. (Retirement is far enough away that I'll worry about it more when it gets closer to reality.)
Speaking of working less, up until recently I worked almost full-time for an orthodontist, but life was passing me by and the work environment was slowly but surely sucking me dry. So, I bit the bullet, quit that life and began looking for balance and a little bit of joy. After a few weeks of rest and refreshment, I found the perfect job working for a medical specialist 2 days a week and a new phase of life has begun.
We have two 'children' - Jared who is 29 and married to Hannah, and Erin who is 26 and married to Luke. Jared is a mechatronic engineer (you'd need to google that to have any idea what it is!) and Erin is a high school English teacher. They both moved to the city to go to university and are happy living in the big smoke and making occasional trips back to check we're still alive.
|Jared and Hannah Erin and Luke|