My school loan (all of grad school and half of my undergrad) is insane. The payment on it is insane. We wouldn't be able to pay that if I didn't work. If we didn't pay it, our wages could be garnished (especially our income tax return), we wouldn't be able to purchase our "forever" home, etc., etc.
I like being able to pay all of our bills and still have some "fun" money. Without the fun money, we wouldn't be able to be members at the Y, be members of TLG, or have memberships to the zoo and Children's Museum (all of which we have purchased for Hunter... believe it or not I've only worked out twice with our Y membership).
I also like the fact that we can pay our mortgage so we have a roof over our heads. And we can put food on the table. And the fact that we could afford to have Hunter on Nutramigen like he needed.
I like putting into practice what I spent so many years learning about. It is fun. It gives me adult interaction. I enjoy my job. Do I love it more than Hunter? Of course not! But my job is what helps allow us to do the things mentioned above (this is all including Carl's job as well). It is also very rewarding to make a difference in a child's life. I still remember my speech therapist.
Ultimately, I do what I do for Hunter. Everything that Carl and I do, we do with Hunter as our number 1 priority.
And I just want to say that I love Mrs. Cathy (Hunter's sitter) and I'm very thankful she is in our lives.