“ME TIME” for Moms!

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This post was inspired by a recent conversation with a friend. She reached out to me from inside her closet….literally. I couldn’t help but flash back to myself two weeks ago. How many of us, as moms, find ourselves locked in the closet with a bottle of wine and some tears? I’m guilty. There are definitely days when my kids have pushed every single button I have.

As moms and wives, we tend to put our own wants/needs on the back burner. We make sure our husbands and children are happy and thriving, which is great, but what about us? Ask yourself this question…..What have I done for ME lately? That question shouldn’t make you feel guilty. How can we be the best wives and moms if we don’t take care of ourselves?!

I’ve compiled a list of self-care tactics that I would advise any mom to use.

Schedules are important! 

No matter what anyone tells you, schedules are important. In fact, they are life-saving! I have a paper planner that I use all day, every day!

 

It keeps me on track and lets me know what events or activities I have that day. It also helps me schedule time for myself which is my next point!

Schedule Time For Yourself!

You can see in my planner that I schedule time for myself every day. I turn on a movie for my kids or send them outside and I either take a hot bath with a bath bomb or I go in my room and read. I do one of the two everyday no matter what. I also schedule one outing by myself every week, even it’s going to the grocery store alone, I’M ALONE!!!!

I’m a stay at home mom and I home school my girls so I have them 24/7. It is vital for my sanity that I make time for myself. Otherwise, I find myself resenting my life, my children, my husband, etc. I’m not a hard person to please. Literally going for a walk by myself is a victory! Your alone time does not have to be some spectacular event. It can be simple.

Pamper Yourself!

This one may seem a little bit absurd. However, I’ve found allowing my self to get my hair or nails done once a month makes a massive difference in my mood and my performance in life. I do better when I feel better about myself.

Another option would be a massage. Allowing yourself to get a weekly or monthly massage is something that can help you relax and unwind and come out refreshed on the other side, which is also vital for us to be great moms and wives. Between house work, yard work, and chasing kids I wear myself out completely and taking time for myself helps me gather myself up and prepare for the coming week!

Write A Journal!

If you’re not a big reader, perhaps a journal would more your speed. Obviously I like to write hence the blog. However, you don’t have to be a blogger to keep a journal. I find journaling to be relaxing and it serves as a way for me to vent without venting to a person. I can write literally anything in my journal because no one will ever see it. I write my frustrations and worries as well as my victories and celebrations! The great thing about a journal is there are no rules! If you’re angry at your spouse or a friend, you can write about it. I find it helpful to write mine like I’m talking specifically to someone. I like to get my journals from several different places because I like variety.

 

 

 

 

Advice For First Time College Students: Be in the Know!

I’m sure everyone you know has given you some sort of advice at some point in your life. Whether it be what clothes to wear, what haircut to get, what classes to take in high school, people love giving advice. However, not all of that advice is helpful. Some of the best advice I got was not until later in my twenties when it was kind of ‘too late’ for me. I’ve compiled a list of tips I wish someone would have shared with me before I started school.

I want to help you succeed in your college endeavor(s). So what’s my number 1 piece of advice you ask?! Bare with me I’ll get there!

TIP #10

Ask questions about everything! I know that sounds kind of silly but how else are you going to find the information you need if you don’t ask someone.

TIP #9

Do your research. This means with everything. Research school options beforehand, research scholarship options, housing options,  tuition cost, and extra hidden fees. Research exactly what courses and how many credit hours you need for your degree. It is time well spent to know exactly what you’re paying for and how long it will take you.

TIP #8

Apply for financial aid. If you don’t have any clue where to start, begin by emailing the school’s financial aid department. They are usually really good at pointing you in the direction you need to go. Also, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov and fill out the forms. This is your best chance to receive federal pell grants and federal student loans.  Which brings me to my next tip…..

TIP #7

Show up to class! I know you’re a big kid and you don’t need to be told that right?! Wrong!!!! It is so easy to get caught up in the college life; partying, hanging out with friends, staying up all night, and neglecting your school work. Look I get it, college is supposed to be fun. I agree but in moderation! If you spend all your time doing that and not studying, YOU WILL FAIL! College is not like high school. You actually have to show up and participate and try. I’m with you and I agree that partying sounds more fun, but I learned the hard way it is not, and I flunked my entire first semester of college.

It stays with you ya know. I have those big ol’ fat F’s on my transcript forever now and I cannot make them go away. It’s not worth risking your career over I know that for certain.

 

TIP #6

Make friends with your student adviser. This person was basically put on the Earth to help you navigate college. It is such foreign territory when you start out, but it doesn’t have to be so scary. Advisers are usually people that have attended your school or are doing so currently. They know the ins and outs of the school and where things are and what corners you can cut to graduate the quickest way possible. Use them, heck take advantage of them! Please!

 

Also stay in good standing with you professors. You will need references if you plan to attend graduate school!

TIP #5

Take a tour of your college if you plan to attend on campus. This is one I was actually wise enough to take advantage of. It helps to get a feel for the school and the way it operates. If you set up an appointment, a nifty little guide will show all the “awesome” stuff their school has and tell you 952,843 reasons why you should go there. It’s good to know especially if you are considering multiple schools.

TIP #4

Take advantage of AP (advanced placement) tests and CLEP (college level examination program) tests. These tests may seem silly or not worth your time but for just a little bit of money, you can basically skip having to take those courses (if you pass). I took AP classes in high school only to prove my laziness by not taking the AP test before entering college. I could have skipped out on 3 college courses which is almost an entire semester! Please someone smack me in the back of the head for that one! Contact your school for more information and requirements to take these exams.

TIP#3

Find out what sort of student life programs they have. Whether it be fraternity/sorority or athletic programs, or nerd clubs, or music clubs, or whatever your interests might be. Check and see if they have clubs that interest you so you can get connected with people like you! Find out what the requirements are to join said clubs. Being a part of the community at the school is a great way to be successful!

TIP #2

Pick a major that is meaningful. Pick something that truly interests you otherwise, 2 semesters in you’ll be changing your major and prolonging school… It’s miserable to have to start over. Try to know what you want to be when you grow up before you actually grow up. I majored in psychology which is not a bad thing unless you have no plans to continue on at the graduate level. Make sure you know your path and set goals along the way to make it reachable!

Also just an extra tip, buy your books used! It’s waaaay cheaper and sometimes the student before you leaves notes in the margins (cha-ching) that is seriously gold when that happens!

TIP #1

Be careful with student loans. This is not something to mess around with. It may seem like fun to take out all these loans to pay for school and take out extra so you can live on them. (I did this, it’s BAD) It’s not good for your credit and it makes it not nearly as much fun to graduate with your degree. If you can avoid using loans, DO IT! Take it from someone who had no help and learned this lesson the hard way. I maxed out my student loans and grants. Now here I am post undergraduate school and I’m $43,000 in debt with nothing but a fancy piece of paper to show for it. Oh and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology but that’s another story for another time…..

Also these bad boys run out. The federal government will only give you so much money in a certain period of time to complete your degree. So don’t be stupid like me and drag your degree out over 10 years. It’s really not a good idea. AT ALL.

I hope these tips helped you in some way! I want every person to succeed at college and better themselves for the future. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I will do my absolute best to answer them for you!

Until next time, keep living the dream!

 


DEPRESSION: POSTPARTUM AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT!!!

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MY STORY

Postpartum depression is a very real thing that happens to so many women. It’s not something we choose and it does NOT mean we’re weak. There is help out there but a lot of times that means swallowing our pride to ask for it.

I suffered in silence after my first pregnancy battling some pretty awful depression. I had so many of the warning signs. My husband noticed and said I should get help. Of course, I ignored him. I didn’t NEED help. Well actually I DID. I was a very overwhelmed, depressed new mom who felt inadequate and incapable. I spent a lot of days carrying my child around while I cried. I stopped taking care of myself. I barely showered or got out of my pajamas and I rarely left my house.

ASKED FOR HELP

Finally, when my daughter was about 8 months old, I asked my doctor for help. He put me on anti depression medicine and told me things should get better.
WRONG. They got worse. They got much MUCH worse. I started having suicidal thoughts and actually came incredibly close to attempting to take my own life. I immediately stopped the medication (which in hindsight was a bad idea). I met with my doctor and he explained my options to me. Basically, my options were different medicine, higher dosage, or nothing and live with it. I opted for NOTHING because I was scared to death after the first experience.

Fast-forward 1 year later, I became pregnant with our second child. We were so excited about completing our little family. 12 weeks in, we were hit with the devastating news. We went in for an ultrasound and the doctor informed me that our baby was not forming. They told my body was going through a miscarriage of sorts. My body thought it was pregnant. I formed the egg sac that all babies grow inside of but nothing ever formed inside of there. (This is also known as a hysterical pregnancy…but I hate that name. It makes me feel like I’m crazy.) My only option was surgery because my body couldn’t pass it on its own. Through all of that process, I was okay. I was sad but okay.

HICCUP IN THE ROAD

Surgery came and went then my body reacted. I had another type of depression; this time because my body was geared up to grow a baby but that was abruptly cut short. My hormones and emotions were all over the place. I didn’t know what to think or how to feel. It was miserable. It affected my ability to parent my oldest child and I began to resent her. (Looking back I think that has something do with my whole labor and delivery with her. Read more about that here.)

Fast-forward another year and half and we became pregnant for the third time. I’m not going to lie, I was full of fear. I was absolutely terrified of every single thing that could possibly go wrong. I couldn’t even let myself get excited. For almost 9 months, I was depressed and hiding well.  My friends didn’t know, my family didn’t know, and my doctor definitely didn’t know.

I said all that to say. Get help. It’s not cowardly to ask for help when you need it. It’s BRAVE! It’s BOLD! It’s IMPORTANT!

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MY HAPPY ENDING!!

I found a few things that really worked for me (one being vitamin B12) and I have never felt better. I still have bad days (mainly at that wretched time of the month) but I can say with 100% honesty, I’m nowhere close to where I was back then.

 

I’m here if you have any questions or need to talk. Don’t hesitate to send me an email!

 


Party Planning Without Going Bankrupt!

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It’s that time of year again when I go crazy planning a birthday party! My youngest daughter is turning 4! She requested a ‘rainbows and unicorns’ party! This should be fun! I decided to blog about my process of planning and where I find my good deals so I don’t go bankrupt in the process!!! I’m linking exactly what I bought so it’s nice and easy for you! This entire post will clearly be themed but there are many different themes you can find through the links!

First off when planning a party I make a checklist of everything I will need!

Check List

  • table cloth
  • plates
  • napkins
  • cups
  • decor
  • pinata
  • cake

Now where to find good deals on party supplies so I don’t drop $300 on a birthday party….

 

This pinata is super cute and it’s actually priced cheaper than I’ve found at local stores. I don’t know about others, but my kids absolutely love pinatas at their parties so I always try to find one to match their theme.

My daughter begged and begged to play some games at her party so I found this super cute “pin the horn on the unicorn” game! I cannot wait to watch her and her friends play this cute game!

This awesome set here takes care of the plates and napkins in a nice little combo! (thank you amazon!)

Here is another great set that helps incorporate the rainbows with unicorns and the price is AMAZING!!! This one is great because it includes cups and a banner as well!

If you don’t like those colors, Amazon has this other set that I actually might purchase instead! My daughter likes it better because it actually has a rainbow and unicorn on the plates.

I’m not sure where you’re located but where I am, Party Galaxy is usually the go-to place for balloons and in the past I have used them. However after searching around online, this deal is too good to pass up!!!

This is the place where I got her tutu for her party outfit! They have bomb sales and I love that all of their products are dress up clothes. I also purchased two of her birthday presents from the Little Adventures store!

I’m having a friend make her shirt to complete her outfit! You can see her work here 

She is amazing and makes all kinds of stuff for us!!! Check her out, you will not be sorry!

Another way to save some money when it comes to parties is:

Make the cake or cupcakes yourself! 

I almost always make my kids cakes myself. I am by no means a baker but I can do a decent enough job and for a fraction of the price!

If you’re  just not the baking type, another option is to find someone local that you know. They may be cheaper on prices and possibly willing to give you a good deal.

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Back to School: Prayers from Mom!

 

 

 

 

We’re headed back to school around here and I can guarantee you that I am just as nervous as every mom out there. We’ve been back and forth with home school and public school and now we’ve settled on public school permanently. My daughter is super thrilled and pumped about making new friends, momma over here is a big hot mess of tears. So why is it that kids are so comfortable going back to school and the mom’s aren’t? Where do these tiny humans get all this confidence? My daughter brought tears to my eyes this morning when I asked her that question. She told me “Mom, Jesus makes me brave. I know that I can do all things because He makes me strong.” (meanwhile I’m a blubbering mess now) I just hugged her and told her how proud of her I am. She smiled and said “I love you” and then she was on her way.

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Now I’m back home and pondering over our conversation. How can I have childlike faith? How can I find that sort of confidence? How can I find that level of faith? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” I can say with certainty that I do have faith. So how on Earth do I bring it out in times like these? Prayer.  I believe that prayer works. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” So as I sit here alone this morning in the quiet of my office, I’ve been deep in prayer asking God to give my baby a great day as she goes back to school but not only that. I want her to be Jesus with skin on while she’s there. My prayer for her is that she is confident enough to talk about God and tell people how awesome He is. I pray that she can extend grace and show other kids what it’s like to have Jesus in their life.

As for me, I’ll be praying all day. My prayer for myself is to have confidence that my child will do great! She is a strong, confident girl. I hope she can be a friend to all. I pray that she can stand up to bullies and not be one herself. (she’s too sweet to bully) I also pray for protection over her entire school and everyone inside, teachers, students, and other staff. Heading back to school is always full of uncertainty, but I believe this year will be awesome!

It’s hard as a parent to trust someone to basically raise my kid most of the day. It’s hard not to question that person’s morals and beliefs. I pray my daughter’s teachers know Christ and that it spills over in the classroom. I hope they love my child and that they have a mutual respect for one another. I have FAITH that this school is going to bring about amazing things. I’m praying and believing that my child will come out of her shell and not be quite so shy. I pray that she makes amazing friends and that they become lifelong Godly friendships. Every parent hopes their child makes lots of friends and that’s great. For me, I pray she finds a few great friends that influence her in a positive way and vice versa. I hope she changes someone’s life this year. I pray that she has the courage to stand up for her beliefs and makes choices based on what she knows is right.

 


Cheap Forms of “ME TIME”

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Everyone likes to have alone time. If you say you don’t, you’re full of bologna! Some people are able to manage their time well and have some alone time every day while others rarely ever get that time. If you’re a stay at home mom like myself. You may be wondering what is this “me time” she speaks of? I’m not saying it’s an easy thing to come by in my home either but a few times a week, I make it possible.

I’ve been trying to get creative in ways to “escape” my family and have some peace and quiet without spending a ton of money and without ever having to leave my home! So I’ve compiled a list of ways you can get that “me time” we call crave!

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1. Go for a Walk!.

~I like to do this in the mornings before my husband leaves for work. It is a great way to get up and get going, it’s healthy for me, and it gives me my alone time with God that I need in the mornings to start my day off right.

2. Take a relaxing shower or bath!

~This is my most favorite way in the entire world to have my alone time. Sometimes I take a book with me. Other times, I just play on my phone or listen to music. I love to add my Young Living oils to my bath water because it really helps relax me. Whatever you decided to do, make sure it’s something you enjoy!

3. Do some gardening!

~This is a great way to spend some time outdoors in the fresh air. We moved recently so I’ve been spending my evenings trying to clear out a flower bed. It is so relaxing and helps me clear my head. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer evening.

4.  Take a drive!

~Okay this one does require you to leave your house but if you can do so with no children or spouse, it can be really relaxing. I like to get in my car and drive around the neighborhood blasting my worship music while giving the best karaoke performance of my life. ( It really is spectacular)

5.  Work out!

~If you prefer the gym, then by all means, GO! I hate going to the gym.  I don’t like going where people can watch me die while I attempt to exercise. I workout at home after my children are in bed. I pop in my 21 day fix workout routine and get to it. It helps me unwind from the day’s events and obviously it’s good for my health!

There are so many things you can do just to enjoy a little quiet time or just be alone with your thoughts. I also journal quite a bit because it’s my way of venting. I do blog some when I’m feeling creative as well!

This isn’t just something for you ladies, this is for men as well. My husband’s favorite way to grab some “me time” is by going out in his man cave and working on his guns. It helps him relieve stress and probably helps keep him from murdering his nagging wife. (Thank you man cave!)

If you have any other tips or advice, feel free to comment below and let us know! I’m always looking for more ways to unwind and enjoy some alone time!!! (Seriously though….what is “me time?”)


Snacking made easy!

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We all know how summer goes. Kids get bored and want to eat all day long. In my home, my kids act like they have never had meal in their entire lives. They beg for food constantly which requires me to stop what I’m doing and get them something over and over. Since it’s summer, I don’t care if they have numerous snacks throughout the day. Some may disagree with this, but it works for us. I finally got sick and tired of having to stop every 3 seconds to get someone a snack so we created an easy-to-access (as in on their own) drawer in the fridge and one in the pantry!
 
I don’t mind my kids snacking all day as long they eat healthy snacks. As a mom, it’s my job to make sure I offer healthy options. Obviously if kids have the option, they will choose sugary over healthy. I mean what kid wouldn’t?
Here are some examples of what we put in ours:
Refrigerator:
  • String cheese
  • Cheese cubes
  • Bags of sliced fruit (ie…apples, grapes, pineapple, etc.)
  • Fruit cups
  • Go-gurt
  • Baby carrots
  • Applesauce cups
  • Hard boiled eggs
Pantry:
 
  • Granola bars
  • Bags of goldfish crackers
  • Individual chip bags
  • Fruit snacks
  • Crackers
 
Those are just a few examples and I try to change it up a little bit each month so they aren’t bored with it. It’s really helpful to have and gives my children a sense of independence. It also encourages them to make healthy choices. My goal is to get them so used to eating healthy snacks that they won’t crave or want unhealthy options.

 

 

 



Raising Confident Young Girls

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I am by no means the perfect mom or wife for that matter. I aspire to be. I would like to think I am not THE worst mother on the planet, but there are days when I certainly feel that way. Adulting has changed me in a way that I never thought possible. Growing up I was a fairly positive person, not necessarily outgoing but positive nonetheless. I was carefree, athletic, and most of the time fun to be around. All that has changed since becoming an adult. I have let life get to me. I have let it change me. I let the world determine my self-worth. I decided I do not want that for my girls so I’m going to change it! I want to raise confident young girls that know their self worth and their value.

So what are the keys to raising confident young girls and eventually young women? There are so many things that seem small but in fact have a lasting effect on girls.

  1. From early on in life, most little girls like to feel pretty and be told that they are. However, how you go about that is what matters. Do you tell your daughters, nieces, granddaughters, sisters that they are pretty when they are all dressed up? Or when they have on makeup? I do like most other parents do, but I also make it a point to tell them how beautiful they are when they are NOT all dressed up. I tell my girls they are the most beautiful when they wake up with sleepy eyes and some serious bed-head. ( I mean serious) Little girls should know and understand that makeup and fancy clothes are not what makes them pretty or beautiful. I believe that is of utmost importance when trying to raise confident young girls.
  2. Little girls feed off of the adults or teens around them. Having a positive self-body image is important, but especially so around the littles. Since giving birth to my two girls, I have been diagnosed with PCOS and getting the weight off has been a real struggle. I know that my girls can see that I am overweight and I am not as “skinny” as some of my friends. I do not talk about it much and I do NOT let them hear me talk about how unhappy I am with my weight and the way I look. When they ask, and of course they have, I tell them mommy is working on getting in shape and getting healthy. I never say  “I want to be skinny” or “I’m too fat” because I don’t want them thinking those things about themselves. Even though I am overweight, I’m working hard to change that and my kids can see that as well.
  3. Do you watch what you say about others? They do. While watching tv or at the pool or out shopping, do you comment on the appearance of others? I have caught myself doing just that in front of my children and what it is teaching them is to judge other women and girls. If you only comment on how pretty the skinny girls or women are, what kind of message are you sending to your children? I do think skinny women are beautiful, but I also think muscly women are as well and bigger women are too. I just want my kids to understand that no matter the size or shape of a person, they are beautiful. God made each body differently and He doesn’t judge us based on that so why would we?
  4. Talk about what you like/love about your own body in front them! I love my hair and my eyes but I also love that I have strong legs for running and playing ball! Let them see that it’s okay to love yourself just as you are!
  5. Above all, make sure they know that you love them for who they are and how they look no matter how that may be. Bodies change so much as we grow and mature that there is no telling what they will look like when they are older. They just need to know that your love for them will not waver not matter what.

I am by no means telling you all anything that I wouldn’t expect of myself. I try to implement these things in my everyday life as well. I am not perfect and sometimes I mess up, but my kids know they are loved and I hope they love themselves for who they are!

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10 Awesome Ways to Have Fun With Your Spouse!

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  1. Couple’s Bible Study

 

My husband and I are going to start a Bible study this weekend and we plan to pick one together from the list available on https://www.dougbrittonbooks.com/onlinebiblestudies-marriageinformationandadvice/

 

 

  1. Bike Ride (Motorcycle)

My husband and I like scratch that LOVE to ride the motorcycle together. It’s a great way for us to be together and also clear our heads from the crazy in our lives. It’s a way that we spend time together without really having to say much. We just simply enjoy each other’s company.

 

  1. Workout Together

This could mean going to the gym together or it could just mean going for a walk/run together. My husband and I have really opposite schedules so when we can squeeze in some gym time or a short walk, we jump at the chance. This could also mean just tackling a workout routine at home together. Either way, it’s good to get up and get moving.

 

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4. Nerf Wars

Sometimes it can just be fun to act like children and have a good old-fashioned Nerf gun fight. I personally recommend these:

http://Nerf gun choice 1

 

http://nerf gun choice 2

 

  1. Play cards (card games)

Sometimes it’s nice to just hang out at home and play some cards. There are many options.

Here are a couple that we like to play together:

http://skipbo

 

http://UNO

 

6. Hiking

This is a great way to get active and be outdoors all while being together. This one is on my to-do list with my husband. We both have a love for the great outdoors so I feel like we would love this one.

 

  1. Coffee, Ice-cream, Smoothie Date

We personally do Starbucks dates or smoothie dates. Since we are trying to be a little healthier at the moment, smoothie dates are more practical for us. What are some of your favorite smoothie combos? Someone help me branch out from my strawberry/banana smoothie. I’m not very adventurous in the smoothie department.

 

  1. Try a New Food

This one is more for my hubs than me. I’m just not very brave and daring when it comes to trying new foods. He, on the other hand, will eat anything at least once. I can say though through our 11+ year relationship, he has made me try a lot of new foods that I actually enjoy.

 

 

  1. Fishing date

I realize there are a lot of outdoor suggestions on here but that’s just we personally prefer. One of our absolute favorite date nights is heading out to the fishing dock kid free and hanging out (hopefully catching some fishies).

 

  1. Couples Massage

This is another one on my list of things to do. We have both gotten massages just never together. I think it would amazing to hang out together and just relax.

 

 

I encourage you all to spend time with your spouses doing something other than just watching television. Dating your spouse is one of the absolute best ways to make your marriage stronger. My hubs and I try to have “us” time twice a month. I would love to be able to go every week but babysitters are hard to find sometimes. Even if you stay home, put those babies to bed and enjoy each other.

 

Working vs. Staying at Home

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I have been a stay at home mom since 2010 when my first daughter was born. It has brought many trials but just as many triumphs. I wouldn’t trade those days I had with her for anything. It was just her and I for 3 years until her little sister was born in 2013. I consider myself incredibly blessed to be able to stay home and raise my babies and teach them about God as well as everyday life. My oldest is 7 now and we have homeschooled up to this point, but in August she will be entering public school and I’m actually quite sad about this. My baby girl will be attending a mother’s day out program and mommy is going to work. ( Time to adult…ugh)

I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology last May and I have finally decided to put it to use and enter the work-force. I’m scared and nervous. I feel like I’m grasping at straws here trying to figure out where I fit in the adult world. I mean up until now my days have consisted of being chef, nurse, referee, snuggler, enforcer, and maid. I don’t really know what my life will be like when I find a job and no one is home during the day. I find myself wondering how disgusting my house will become and how I will find energy to still be a fun mom and wife.

 

I’m a very organized person. I mean I make lists to make lists. (my husband makes fun of me for this constantly) I just want to be good at my job and turn it into a career but I don’t want to lose my role as mommy and wifey. I’m good at it and I like where I am in life but this economy has gotten us like so many other families and I am forced to seek employment outside the home.

I’m trying not to get discouraged about the choices I’m being forced to make but it’s hard when you get comfortable with the way things are. I know I’m going to miss the freedom to just take random trips with my girls and spend all day with them. I know that the socialization will be good for them but I just want to be selfish and keep them with me all the time.

I’ll keep you updated with how it’s going!

 

 

UPDATE!!!

God has blessed us and I am going to be able to stay home for at least another year! I cannot express how excited I am at this information!