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Becoming a Stay-at-home Mom

September 7, 2010

Recently, we made a pretty big decision in our family. I transitioned from working in the office 30 hrs. a week to becoming a stay-at-home Mom. After a lot of thought, prayer, and counsel, we felt this was the best situation for our family, our son John, and baby girl soon to come in October.

It’s been a whole new world for me because shortly after John was born, I went back to work part-time while Jeremiah kept John and did his studies. It was a great situation to help him get through seminary and to bond with John. It was just what we needed in that season. But I had never known โ€œlifeโ€ exactly being full-time at home.

It was a bittersweet transition for me especially because I love everything I do as a writer for Bluefish TV. I loved my comfy office. I love the people I work with. I love using my gifts day in and day out, going in every day on mission and with a purpose. I was afraid of losing that. I feared what it would be like to put my dreams and career on hold to serve my family. I even wondered if I would lose my identity, as weird as that might seem.

9-5 Job vs. Being at Home

My mom had even told me before the transition that it would be easier to work a 9-5 job, than be at home full-time raising babies, but that it was worth every bit of sacrifice. She had been a stay-at-home mom all my life.

So far, I couldn’t agree more with her wisdom. My feet ache as I write this. I never sit down except during nap time. I spend about 3 hrs. a day in the kitchen attempting to cook healthy and delicious meals. I’m always thinking of ways to entertain John and get him outside or playing with others so he isn’t bored in our little 700 square ft. apartment. I regularly connect with other mom friends for the support and encouragement that is so crucial.

My phone conversations last about 10 minutes until there’s whining, screaming or a tug on my pants. I change clothes often from milk and peanut butter stains. Vacuuming and cleaning is a regular part of the day. I can handle about one or two big events in a day and after that I’m done. I’ve learned that I’m horrible at multitasking. And most of all, I’ve learned how impatient and easily angered I can become- especially when John has his fits.

And all this has been learned in just a matter of a few weeks. I’m not even a seasoned stay-at home mom yet!

Hard work? Definitely. And some days, more like exhausting. Worth the sacrifice? Most definitely.

Mom’s are always right.

Joy in the Sacrifice

In the midst of it all, including a tighter budget, less time with my husband, or for “me” time, I’ve found no greater joy than watching my little boy say new words, interact with others, discover beauty in the world, say “Mommy please, or Love you.” I love being able to cuddle with him when he wakes up cranky after a nap. I love that I can devote my time to him and let him know I’m fully there. I love that I get to teach him about Jesus in the small details of the day. I love that I’m the most important person to him simply because I’m his momma. I love knowing that if I wasnโ€™t there for him, he would know it.

On the occasional days where I wish I was in my office again or where I feel like I’ve done absolutely nothing, it’s often that someone, something, or my husband reminds me that I’m molding and shaping John’s life day in and day out. That is the greatest job anyone could ever have.

And I smile again with renewed strength.

Dividends in the Future

God did open the door for me to still work a few hours from home each day and be connected to my work at Bluefish and it’s been a huge blessing, one I don’t take for granted. He’s taught me that I can still use my gifts at home. It will just take hard work, time and planning so it doesn’t take away from the needs of my family. Their needs are number one.

Whatever the future holds for Jeremiah and I as we build our family and think about our dreams and goals, the decision to love and disciple our children by me choosing to be a stay-at-home mom, is one I know we will never regret.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    September 7, 2010 9:18 am

    Hooray for stay at home moms! I’m so glad you can do this. I can understand your fears – and the rewards. There are some great websites out there with ideas of different activities for different age levels. You might check them out if you start to feel in a ‘rut’ with trying to be creative about what to do next. ๐Ÿ˜› Can’t wait to meet your baby girl!

  2. September 7, 2010 12:28 pm

    Thanks Anna. I will definitely be on the hunt. So glad to live here as well where there are tons of moms in similar shoes ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you and Adam are fabulous!

  3. September 7, 2010 3:22 pm

    Wow, big transition! But so glad it’s one you can make! When I first came home full-time when the twins were born, I literally would day dream about my “old life.” What I wouldn’t have given to have the bus drive to read and hours to spend working on the computer while drinking coffee and listening to Pandora again! Of course, I was only remembering the good parts. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m so glad I did it!

    • September 9, 2010 5:02 am

      Drinking coffee and listening to Pandora! Yes! I did that often ๐Ÿ™‚ I still try to during nap time as it’s so refreshing to work to.

      So thankful for your encouragement Danielle ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. September 8, 2010 8:19 pm

    Congratulations on the big move, Samantha! The first little while might be a bit awkward (it was for my wife), but I’ve no doubt it’ll be great in the long run ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. September 14, 2010 7:19 pm

    You are a great inspiration to all moms, Samantha!

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