Thursday, September 12, 2013

My New Job

I think that this is pretty common knowledge by now but I wanted to make it blog-official. :) I have a new job! And I am so so excited about it!

First let me back up - the plan all along from the beginning of when I found out I was a pregnant was for me to return to work part-time in my same position. My bosses were so incredibly understanding and accommodating and generous to work with me and I was thrilled to be able to continue working in a job I loved. I don't have any free options for childcare since all my family in the area works full-time (or lives too far away) so the plan was for me to work primarily from home, coming to the office frequently to check in and for meetings.

Due to some changes in circumstances, I was unable to return to my same job after Kate was born. For awhile, we tried to see if other positions might work. I was anxious to keep working there and to stay in the same wonderful community that I had known and loved for so long. The staff was my family. They were the main community I have known since I graduated from college almost 5 years ago. I had worked there for 4.5 years.

But during the same time that I was talking through some different positions with them, the Lord began to do a work in my heart and in Rob's heart. Maybe he wasn't calling me to return to work in the same job. Maybe that was what I wanted and what was most comfortable for me. Maybe he had something new - something better - for me, even though I didn't really want it.

After A LOT of praying, talking, list-making, and pondering, Rob and I decided that I would start my new job as a full-time stay at home mom. And let me tell you - I LOVE it. I mean, LOVE it. By staying at home, I not only get to take care of and nurture my sweet little girl, but I get to take care of our house, cook meals, meet neighbors, and support Rob in his ministry in a way that makes me feel like I am doing exactly what the Lord is calling me to. I finally feel like I am not being pulled in a thousand different directions. While some women may be able to juggle a full-time job, be an awesome homemaker, a supportive wife, and mom - I simply could not. I don't have the capacity for it. And now that I've stopped comparing myself to these other women (who are awesome and just have a different capacity than I do), I am so much more at peace.

My New Job

Financially speaking, we are definitely in a tight spot and we have had to make quite a few sacrifices to make it work for now. I think I will definitely be looking for creative ways to make some extra money to help out (no thank you, Mary Kay) but for now, we are living with less and learning to trust the Lord to provide. It's so good for me to remember that everything comes from him and we have been seeing him provide for our needs in very tangible ways.

So that's the update for now. I actually cook meals now (poor poor Rob was very patient for the first 2.5 years of our marriage), and I am loving the all-day baby snuggles. I feel so blessed that the Lord has called me to this season right now.

2 comments :

  1. Wonderful wonderful wonderful! You will never regret this decision - EVER. Money will come and go, but your baby girl is here to stay.

    You are fortunate to have an incredible husband who will honor your work at home. Being a full-time Mom requires more smarts, patience and dedication than any other job on earth. Summer LOVES being at home.

    Love you both. Miss you too!

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  2. I am beyond thrilled for you! Definitely brought back memories of when I wrestled with the same things you did. Always planned to return to teaching after I had Tara, but my heart quickly changed once I had her in my arms. The big question was how would we afford to do this "family thing" on one salary? God was so faithful to supply all our needs. He has done this for Tara and Leah now as well, enabling them to be stay-at-home moms. Enjoy every moment!

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