As an adult, I have been a young wife and mother living frugally to make it on one income. My husband went back and forth between the fishing and oil industries for several years, depending on which was doing better at the moment. I learned to go with the ups and downs and stock for the down times.
As homeschoolers, that was a stage of life in itself.
We have dealt with a work injury that put my husband out of work for a short time and left him struggling to find work afterwards. This led us to move from Louisiana to his homestate of Mississipi.
We had a few comfortable and stable years financially when my husband first entered the telecommunications field.
Then we entered into running a business. My husband worked contract jobs and we scrimped to live on very little so that the business had what it needed. During the early days of the business and at the age of 30, I had our last child so I juggled office management, home management, homeschooling and an infant. Our little girl was born with health problems and at the time, we were not sure she would walk and talk even so we we added doctor visits and health concerns on top of our pile. Our oldest brought us into the stage of being parents of a teen and her desire to be like other families and to have more added to the tension in our lives. This all led to my husband and I being co-workers sharing home responsibilities rather than a couple.
My husband closed the business front of his martial arts school to take a full time day job. Hurricane Katrina hit shutting his private martial arts down and putting him out of a job. We spent the next three years trying to find a permanent home and a permanent job for him.
He did find work in the telecommunications field again back in my homestate of Louisiana. We decided to follow the work by moving to the area we are now living in.
And here we are in a new stage of having a young adult daughter living back home again, preparing another teen for adult life, facing the stage of being middle age with no retirement savings, struggling in a shaky economy.