I had a post all ready to go for today and I lost it. It’s gone. I didn’t press save and now it’s gone. Wah. I’ll have to recreate that one later in the week, I suppose.
I am feeling much better. Thanks for the well wishes. I really don’t like being sick. It just lasts too long. I don’t have the patience for it. I thought my head might explode over the weekend, but now I’m just back to a stuffy nose.
Enough of that.
I’ve been formulating this post in my head for a while now. Kinda’ scary, right. I don’t want to blow a synapse or anything.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about being a stay-at-home mom. I have actually thought about this daily for the past 6 years that I have been at home. I do work part-time as a preschool teacher (3 days a week), but I still consider myself a stay-at-home mom.
First, let me say that I don’t want to debate stay-at-home mom vs. working mom. That is an individual choice. I am speaking only of my specific situation.
I hear a lot of times how I am so lucky that I get to stay home. Right now, Dan is a full-time seminary student and a student pastor (and a father, husband, son, brother, friend….). I teach part-time preschool. Needless to say, we do not have a lot of money coming through the family. So, I’m not lucky in the sense that we earn so much money I do not have to work full-time.
What I do have is a very supportive husband. I have a husband who believes that right now God’s call in my life is to be a full-time mommy. My husband and I are willing to give up some things in our lives for a little while, so I can devote my attention to our children and have them at home with me.
That’s not luck. That’s hard work and support. We took a class a few years back that changed our lives. I’m not being overly-dramatic. I’m serious when I say that. We took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. There is no way that I would be able to work part-time at this point in my life without this class. Dan works hard with the knowledge that he gained from this class to work our money into a balanced budget. I work hard to stick to the family budget and not go over.
We give up certain luxuries in order for me to work part-time and be a full-time mom. I’m still driving the car we bought when we first got married, for intense (and it has seen better days!).
As I’ve learned with D3, kids grow up so fast. In those preschool years, the days are long but the years are short. Before you know it they are in Kindergarten and beginning to lead their own little lives.
I am very fortunate that I have a husband that understands that this is a temporary situation. That our family will be a two-income family when B is a little older. I am fortunate that Dan is willing to give up some things, so that our children get to spend their preschool years at home.
I thank God daily not for the luck in my life, but for the wonderful family that I have and the blessed life that we lead.