I apologize for not posting. It's been a little crazy around here the last week. My husband learned he's going away for about 3 weeks (he's leaving today) so we've been doing stuff with the kids. We also learned there's a good chance the company he's working for may want him to move up to supervisor much sooner that we thought so we may have a very large pay increase coming our way and a move to the next province over.
It's just insane. For almost all of our married life we've been firmly in low income territory. There were even a few years where we hovered above the poverty line. Now his salary will very likely double in a year and there's a possibility it may actually triple.
It turns out that people in trades are hard to find. If you do find them they're very often fresh out of school. My dear husband had no idea but his combination of an electronic technician degree (despite it being years old and never used) and years of management experience is gold to certain industries right.
So we're all in a bit of a haze in my house these days.