So here it is...
Marion (the wife) and I are separating. I cannot say it was entirely a mutual decision but rest assured the emotional parts are over with, if not momentarily paused. We are not going to seek a counselor; we are well beyond that point. If we wish to tell you why, it will be on a personal basis.
Marion will be moving in with friend due to the smaller cost of living. That way, she will be better able to financially care for Annabelle (our daughter). She doesn't want to move back to Oregon, at least not at this time. She has realized that she wants to pursue further career advancement at her work.
I haven't had a job since March. I left my position at Barnes and Noble in a somewhat shaky manner, but at the time it was financially smarter for me to be a Stay At Home Dad. The cost of driving back and forth to my parents for baby sitting during the times where we both worked was not balanced with the hours I was pulling. Now, I'm trapped in the same vicious circumstances that my father is in.
The job market is crap. We can all agree that the economy isn't helping that much. I'm thankful for those of you offering what help you can in that regard, but I must admit to a certain amount of pessimism for the immediate future.
Another thing is that since Marion is done spending money on a household that is a lie and is moving, we don't have the money to continue the use of the current apartment. I might have some help there as well, to which I could never be thankful enough for, but with the current lack of a job and a current lack of roommate/s to divide the bills, it would only be postponing the inevitable.
As far as Annabelle is concerned, she'll be staying with Marion for the time being, at least officially. With Marion's work schedule, either I or my parents or a third party (in that order) will care for Annabelle as needed while she is busy keeping things in working order at her job. Whenever I get my feet fully on the ground, and I mean fully, we have agreed that I am to be Annabelle's primary care taker.
So, in summary, I have a lack of job, finances, rent, and my wife is leaving me. In the absolute worst case scenario, I have a place to stay with my parents. I REALLY don't want it to come to that. I moved out once and I mean for that to be the only time. But the important thing is that Annabelle will always have someone there to care for her.