The phone bill has been paid. :)
It has been very different to live in a foreign country as a mother instead of as a student. While it's certainly restricting in some ways (it's often not quite worth it to join my husband on long trips around the country), there are other opportunities that come up that I wouldn't have otherwise.
Some are a result of not working, like being able to to go the baby house often. Few are able to do that here because of other commitments. But some are simply because I have children. I'm a mother, not some American girl running around the world. I've done something that many people here think is worthwhile. Good for me.