Well, I realized that I still had this blogspot, and had never updated it to say that I was not selected for the Peace Corps due to fact that I had been treated for mental health in the past. So what if it was 20 plus years ago! They did want me to be seen by a mental health professional for evaluation, and due to the outcome there, they felt that it was not in my best interest (or theirs) for me to be sent to a remote part of the world, with an entirely different language and culture and no real personal support system in place. So, they turned me down. This took me a long time to accept, but in the meantime, I continued to work for the Census Bureau (started Nov 1, 2008) and worked there for nearly two years. After a few weeks off, I began working for the Internal Revenue Service. However, I took ill from something someone shared at the office, and missed too much work for me to continue (I was on probationary status and could not go in the hole on leave)…so am back at the unemployed status for now! Also, now I have a total of seven grandkids, and the youngest one was born in May of 2009, so if I had gone with the Peace Corps, I would have missed being there for her birth…I have been at the hospital each time I had a new grandbaby, so why change that now! We have another one coming in mid-September this year.
Michael, my oldest, will be starting his 10th year as a Wildland Firefighter, and is a Crewboss. He will be leaving near the beginning of July to go to his site in southern Oregon (by the California border) for the fire season. He continues to try to see his children when he is able. Makayla will be 13 this month and Isaac will be 5 in July! Jaynee turned 7 in March. My middle child, Matthew has nearly completed his time on active duty with the Marine Corps, as has his wife. They will be returning to the Pacific Northwest in July for good. They have one daughter, Eilidh who just turned 2 and they are the ones with another baby due in September. Sarah, my youngest, continues to struggle with being a mom along with having to look for work and a place for her family to call their own. She has been attempting to find an apartment in the Albany area, but has not had any luck so far. My husband, Jon and I are currently taking care of two of her children, Victoria and Christopher who are 7 and 2 respectively. She has Byron with her (he is three).
As for the “new project”…I am not sure what it is, but I better figure something out soon! I will finish my classes for my MS in Psychology with an emphasis on Addiction Counseling next April, and I want to make it work for me somehow. I cannot go further on my schooling for several reasons (one is that I don’t want to), and I am not sure that without specific experience that this degree will grant me any ability to get a special job, but it does show my stamina and dedication to complete the work!
My hope is to get some sort of work that I enjoy, and that will be government work, so that my previous time with the federal government will count for leave and retirement purposes. Also, I hope to use the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for my student loans. I will be on an Income Based Repayment plan which can last as long as 30 years, and whatever is owing after that is forgiven; but with the PSL, I can work for 10 years (making the payments under the IBR plan), and after 10 years of making payments while working for government or nonprofit employers, I will have the rest forgiven! I look at this as a sort of Retirement Savings Plan! Ha, ha, ha!
Anyway, who knows when I will write blogs, but I thought it would be good to do it for myself! C’ya!