Friday, February 21, 2014

SAHD

SAHD is an acronym for stay-at-home-dad, which is what I have been doing for nearly 5 years.
It could also be an acronym for stay away hairy dingleberries but that story will have to be a different day.
So I've been a stay-at-home daddy for a long time.
Well not anymore.
I would love to know your initial reaction to that last sentence.
If I was reader of this blog, I would assume that Mrs. Shife had finally kicked me out of the house because she got sick of having 3 children at home.
But fortunately that's not the case.
I got a job.
Besides staying at home with the kids, I also have freelanced for a few companies.
One of of those clients presented me with an opportunity that I could not pass up.
They asked me to come interview to see if I would be interested in working with them on a more permanent basis and if it would be a good fit.
I did.
And I liked it.
It's a great company with a casual working environment, and they offered good pay, a flexible schedule, and I get to work with a lot of cool, creative people.
Also, with the flexible schedule, Mrs. Shife and I have been able to work it out so that at least one of us will be home with the kids while the other is working.
I feel extremely grateful and fortunate for the opportunity, and that we're able to still be there for Kyle and Hayden. Oh and Tank too.
My first day was this week, and it was rough leaving the kids at home because I have been at home with them their entire lives but I knew they were in great hands and in the end it will benefit them just as much.
Yep that was my week.
How was your's?


My babies. 









I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

23 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

I think this is tremendous news. You have been there for your babies since birth and now you need to tend to yourself within the parameters of them being taken care of.
I think this is wonderful.

All will be well.

silly rabbit said...

It was meant to happen. I think it is fantastic that one or the other of you will be with the kiddos. The adventure continues and expands!

kden said...

It sounds like a great fit for you. The kids are old enough now that they will adapt well. Congrats to you...just hope that you will still have time to blog.

Valerie said...

Wonderful news, Matt. Everyone needs some life outside the family home and you will appreciate the little ones even more. Good luck with the job.

Jon said...

That's great to hear. The kids will understand, but I know you'll miss being around them all the time.

billy pilgrim said...

excellent news on the job front. it might be tough leaving them in the morning but their faces will light up like the sun when you pick them up after work.

37paddington said...

Congrats! It sounds like the perfect opportunity, with enough flexibility to feed your creative soul, fill your need for occasional adult interaction, and allow you to still be there for your babies in a meaningful way. Glad the magic worked!

Kenneth Noisewater said...

I don't like the acronym because it looks too much like "sad." And there is nothing sad about a dad raising his kids full time.

I would love to know what kind of work you're doing now.

Hey Jo said...

Congrats on the new job.

texlahoma said...

Oh, that's cool, sounds like a great place to work.
Good luck my far away friend.

Jay Noel said...

Read this last week. Oops, thought I left my thoughts on this...

I could never do what you've done. Maybe I'm just too whipped by the corporate world, but I couldn't have stayed home. A big part of me wishes I had the "stuff" to do such a thing.

But it sounds like you've found a great opportunity. It was pretty awesome that you were able (and willing) to stay home with the kiddos.

Mr. Shife said...

Thank you Ms. Moon. So far so good.

Mr. Shife said...

New adventures are always a little scary for me silly rabbit, but I think this one will be good for all of the family.

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Mr. Shife said...

I will always do my best to blog, kden, so don't worry. However, there might be a blog post or two in the immediate future that is full of suckiness.

Mr. Shife said...

Thank you Val.

Mr. Shife said...

I certainly do miss them Jon but the time feels right to get back out there in the working world.

Mr. Shife said...

Yes indeed 37paddington the magic did work. The universe does work in mysterious ways.

Mr. Shife said...

I'm working for an ad agency, Dr. Ken. My official title is Search Marketing Coordinator, which is a fancy way of saying I just do online marketing for clients. I've been doing it for more than 10 years now.

Mr. Shife said...

Thanks Hey Jo. It's a wonderful opportunity.

Mr. Shife said...

Appreciate it texlahoma. I can't complain too much about the job so far as it seems to be an excellent fit for me and the family.

Mr. Shife said...

They are really happy to see me when I come home BP, which is an awesome feeling.

Mr. Shife said...

It was a great experience staying home with the kiddos, Jay. Just feel really fortunate that me and Mrs. Shife were able to do that but I'm not going to lie, it was tough and took a lot of adjusting. The new job is great and feel extremely fortunate again.