Ranchman, good point. positivity is the key. For the record, I'm a full time student working toward a teaching degree. Once completed and employed that will take care of the long term financial situation. Not planning to get rich, just pay the bills. And while summers off is a sweet perk of teaching, that is not the reason I want to teach.
Dirtbag, you have your point, but I have to contend that the research you provided is all statistics and surveys, good for looking at the big picture, but not so great at analyzing individual cases. Think what you want, but I have always provided for my family, and I always have their best interests in mind. I would not consider this adventure if I thought it would hurt my family. Thanks for your input, but if we can make this happen we're going for it, and if we keep a positive outlook as the experiences roll in, we will have positive outcomes. Simple as that.
life is too important to be taken seriously