This is the list of things that make up my life right now. School is going well, while work is simply "going" though I don't know where. Life is in a holding pattern, waiting on school to really move on to the next step. Career wise, that is the missing piece.
Once degrees, licenses and certifications are in place, we can go about doing all the things that mark normal family progression; buy a house, get a dog, complain about the state of our IRA's. Family, being the most important always seems to be the one that gets slighted for the others, though I have been making an effort to cheat a bit here and there. I've been trying to get more days off of work by switching to a 24 hour shift, and never working more than 2 days a week. with school being 2-3 days a week, I can have a couple or three days a week to be husband and father. It may not seem like much, but with everything on my plate, it makes a big difference to have uninterrupted time like that. 48-72 straight hours of zero commitment outside my four walls. Maybe its a pipe dream, but its what I'm working toward right now. If I can do that, it will make the rest of my schooling much more survivable.