We officially started a new year in homeschool this past Monday.
Little brother started kindergarten – big brother and big cousin started second grade.
This past weekend is a blur as I spent most of my time finishing up lesson plans, cleaning and redecorating our homeschool room, buying last minute supplies, and together with my hubby repurposing some materials to serve as a new activity table and desk.
Goodness, I hadn’t planned on that last one. I seemed to forget that little boys grow so quickly as both big brother and big cousin grew right out of their desk from last year.
Seeing the excitement in my children for a new year in education and finding a real God (big brother couldn’t sleep on Sunday night he was so excited), I started to feel overwhelmingly blessed to be at home with my babies.
This is the first time, ever, that I’ve been able to be a full time stay at home mom – an answered prayer from God.
On Being a Stay at Home Mom
I’ve prayed for the past seven years that God would allow me to be a full time stay at home mom without the need of having to generate an income. After much prayer, time, patience, and sacrifice, God made it happen. In his way, not mine.
I’m sure many of you that have been on this written journey with me are thinking, “You’ve always been a stay at home mom.” Since big brother was born, it’s true, I’ve been home with my children; however, I still had the responsibility of needing to provide an income for my family.
I was a work at home mom, doing graphic/ web design work and for the past few years I was also teaching web design courses a couple evenings a week at our local community college.
I’m very blessed and so thankful for the working opportunities that had allowed me to stay at home and raise my children, but with homeschool, the added work was becoming an extra weight much to heavy to carry, both physically and spiritually.
After Gabe lost his job this past February, I honestly thought I would have to work more hours outside of the home. Did God ever prove me wrong.
He found Gabe a great new job. He went from a graphic designer to a foreman.
I know… it’s crazy!
He loves it though. He’s working outside laying architectural panels on buildings. He gets to drive big Tonka trucks and all of that fun manly stuff that my man was built for. He loves reading plans, figuring out how things work together, and visualizing the three dimensional. He loves his big boots, his hard hat, and bright orange shirts.
I couldn’t be more proud of him.
I’m no longer working to provide an income, but I am continuing to work sharing posts on this website as it does generate some income for my family.
Just like the Proverbs 31 woman, I plan on continuing to work, as he wills, so that it blesses my family. This website allowed me to purchase all of my children’s homeschool curriculum, supplies, and extra curricular activities.
A true blessing for my family and for that I thank all of you that spend time here and read.
God is so good.
I plan on sharing a follow up post on how I went from work at home mom to stay at home mom. Also, a post on how to make some part time money, blogging. If you’re interested, let me know in the comments below.