Saturday, July 03, 2010

Why I Am a Stay At Home Mom

Sometimes I just need to remind myself why I choose to stay at home vs going outside our home and work.

1. I believe it's what GOD wants for our children. (For us I think he wants Chad and I to be the primary influence in our children's lives, not another person, group of people, etc)

2. I actually like being around my kids (they're some of the funniest, sweetest, kindest, craziest people I know and I had a hand in making them!)

3. I'm selfish (I don't anyone else to get to spend these precious moments with my kids and I don't want to miss a thing. Be in the first year where they are discovering so much about themselves or in the first 5 years where they're discovering who they are with me and without me...I will NEVER be able to get these moments back).

4. Time is precious (I think most mom's get how precious time is with their kids, but sometimes some need a reminder and here's the facts: tomorrow's not promised even for our children and I personally refuse to spend 8 or even more hours away from my children and allow someone else to have that precious time with MY babies, no matter how much they care or love my kids...missing moments is not worth a paycheck to ME)

Being a Mom, staying at home with our children, watching them grow up, playing with them, loving on them, teaching them that's what I'm meant to do. I know that when GOD placed these children in my womb the only thing I ever wanted to do was stay at home and raise them. I want to know that it's Chad and my values being placed on them, that it's our morals that are growing in their hearts, most of all that they're learning about Jesus's love, grace, mercy, and teachings daily.

As I'm writing this, Emma's in a timeout and it's been a long one as she's not sat there quietly as she's been taught to do, she's lost her shoes that she just got yesterday, she's lost her babies blanket, and yes she's recieved a swat from Daddy and one from me as well...but through it all I wouldn't want it any other way. I am thankful that I'm the one home to dole out discipline and not someone else. I'm thankful that I am the one who has taught her and just heard her say "I'm sorry for misbehaving and not doing what was asked of me, Mommy. I'm sorry for not doing as you said, Daddy"....and I'm so thankful that she got to hear both of us tell her that "we forgive you, Emma". There are few things in this world we can count on....the Love and Grace of Jesus to those of us who believe he's the Son of GOD and that he died for our sins and accept his gift.

I feel so truly blessed that I'm a stay at home mom. GOD has shown us it's possible and it's what's best for our children and our family. I'm to grateful and thankful.

Now I'm off to give my newborn a bath! :) It doesn't get better than this!


That corgi :) said...

all great reasons to be a stay at home mom Christy!! My pastor said, and I agree, that it is up to parents to be the pastors of their kids and not expect the church to teach them about Jesus or the schools to teach them about responsibility etc. He says the church only has them for about an hour or two a week and the school has too many other things they need to teach and it is up to parents' to pastor/shepherd their own kids. Seems like you/Chad "get this" and are making the sacrifices needed in order for you to be at home with them :)


The Household 6 Diva said...

This is a lovely post that I relate to on many levels!

I wanted to stop by and see if you've heard about the Military Spouse Blogging Community I created?

I'd love for you to stop by!

Amanda said...

Amen to that!!! I totally agree. Plus, I just dont want satan to get a foothold through others with my kids. Even our families dont feel about God the way we do... I want my kids to have a core, a foundation of truth and security before I send them into a world that wants to break them down.

Three things every child needs:
(from Grace Based Parenting, AWESOME book!)

Is anyone else going to work on giving those to me kids? Are they even going to care? NO! Why would I just hand them off to someone who doesnt love them??

Ugh. I shudder at the thought!

Be blessed...and confident!