I'm in an area where buying, even with a small down payment and taxes and insurance, is cheaper than renting. I would save money if I could buy. Just waiting for my credit to "season", as they say, and then I am going to buy.
I need to read What Color is Your Parachute. One thing, though, be careful of choosing a career based on what you are good at....just because you are good at something doesn't mean you will love it, I found this out the hard way, lol.
Here in CA you would definitely be more in demand as a mental health counselor (assuming you were licensed). There are so many opportunities with it, too....you can work with foster family agencies, government agencies, military social services, etc, and there are so many specialties, too. It is hard to get internships/supervised hours, though, you do need to be proactive about that and start networking asap. Good luck!
You can find used phones on ebay and I have had great luck finding them on a local facebook group, check to see if your area has a buy/sell/trade page. I got an ATT iphone 3 for 30.00 :) it worked great until I dropped it, then the screen cracked, still worked well though. I got my husband a used phone on ebay, the seller had good ratings and you can also get a warranty added from square trade for about 20.00. Just search for AT&T or unlocked GSM phone
LOL, isn't that the way it always works? I'm sure your house will look great, update when you have a chance. We have a while before I actually pick up the phone and chose an agency (or go with the county, not sure). I'm estimating about nine months or so is when I'll start really researching the many agencies, and my goal is that a year from now, to select one and start the classes.
I think that Aricha has great advice on explaining to your dd why her cousin is acting like this. I would have your FH talk to his sister, too. I would also make sure to have an adult near them when possible so that dd isn't subjected to indiscriminate meanness. Hopefully the jealousy will die down soon.
My ex and I adopted a teen girl. We were foster/adopt parents and only took kids from 2-9 (bio kids were around 3 and 13 at the time). We did foster care for the state and for the local Native American tribe. The tribe called on a Friday and begged us to take a 16yo girl for the weekend only; as the group home was overcrowded. Well, we said yes, figured that two nights wouldn't hurt. She was fantastic, we all got along great, so we kept her, went from foster to legal...
I'm with you! I interact with my kids, but I don't "play" with them. I will do board games or wii, sometimes.
I don't play pretend or hide and seek or do arts or crafts (I have always hated crafts, even as a child). I will not go to water parks, and I don't think I'll go to an amusement park anytime in the near future, unless it is free and not crowded. I cannot stand most kids movies and won't watch them (other family members take ds2 to the movies). Despite this,...
I'm in a similar boat, my ex and I did foster care for about three years, including "professional" level care. I stopped when it became clear that I wanted a divorce. Anyway, that was years ago, I'm happily remarried and dh and I have been talking about it. He is willing, I am in theory but have the same concerns you do. Also, I really want an "ours", and dh does not, fostering and foster to adopt he is happy to do, and I think that may cause some issues since I want a...