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In just five months I will be having my baby and there are so many things that I have been thinking about. I have so many decisions to pray about, and so many options to choose from. After talking with my husband, praying about it, and just really thinking about all my options, I came to the decision that I am going to be a stay-at-home mom.
Before I go into my reasons why I want to be a stay-at-home mom, I do want to say that I see nothing wrong with moms who do go to work. This was a personal decision that I made because I think it is best for me and my family. If you are a working mom, good for you! Every family is different.
Why I Decided to be a Stay-at-Home Mom
I have always had it in my mind to be a stay-at-home mom, but with the economy the way it is, and with my husband being lower ranking in the military, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out. The area we live in does not have many jobs anyways, so I have been babysitting for different families over the past year that we have lived here.
I finally talked to Jon about it and told him that it had always been on my heart to be a stay-at-home mom and he is willing to help me achieve that. I am sure we will be fine, but if need be he has already offered to get a second job. It makes me so glad he understands and that we are in agreement!
When I was younger, my mom was a stay-at-home mom for a long time, but my dad was laid off from his job and eventually it was necessary for my mom to go back to work. I am not upset at all that she did because she did what she could for our family, but I also wish she could have stayed home. I missed her, and I think my brothers did too. So that did have a small influence on my decision.
I want to be there for my children, and be home with them, and be able to spend as much time with them as I can. They grow up so fast you know! I also want to be home to teach them things, like how to read and write, how to cook, and how to have manners! I am also thinking about homeschooling, and that is another opportunity I will have as a stay-at-home mom.
I am excited to see what God will do as my children grow up, and I know God will provide because this is what he wants me to do!
What about YOU? Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?