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To Stay Home or Not

Stay at home mom

To stay at home or not?

That is the million dollar question.

I know what my heart says and I think I know what God is telling me.  Signs just keep pointing in the same direction.

To stay at home it is…right?  Why is that easier said than done?

So let me fill you in on my issue. My husband and I have been trying to figure out for the past 2 years how to get me home with the kids full time versus working outside of the home. We have kind of chatted about it and we have thought about it but we have not really “talked” about it.  The biggest hurdle is going from a two person income to a one person income.

I will have to supplement at least some of the income that I will lose.  So I have been doing my research and crunching numbers and I must say that is not a fun job.  Anyone want to do it for me?  But for free of course because I can’t afford to pay you!!  Fine, I guess I will do the dirty work:(

There are more work at home jobs than I thought. I guess in this day and age with all the technology the opportunities are endless!

Just to give you a little background on my career path.  I graduated from high school in May of 1999.  We had our first daughter in August of 1999.  Since I was a mother, a young one at that, I couldn’t go to college. Well that was what my silly 18 year old brain told me anyway! So I worked a few dead end jobs until I realized I really could go to school and make a better life for us. My husband worked a lot and was gone all week so my idea was going to be an interesting journey.

In 2002 I signed up to become a college student!! That was exciting but not exactly the college experience I had dreamed about. Not many other students my age had a three year old and a husband at home.

I ended up graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work in 2007. I had always longed to help people. This was the perfect field for me!

My first job in the social work field became mine right after graduation. The sad news about this field of study in a rural midwest state is that the travel is profound. I found myself working 14 hours a day in which half of that time was traveling. With a family of little ones this was getting very hard to manage. I loved my job and the foster families I worked with but I was drowning so I ended up taking a job for a small law office which is only 3 miles from my house. I work 30-40 hours a week and it is flexible. I enjoy working there and I have made some amazing friends.

BUT…with four children ranging in age from 14 to 2, I am needed at home much more than I am there.

Now that you know my story have a good evening!

Just kidding! We decided that We will try it and see how it goes. The law firm I work at does Income Tax preparation which goes until mid April so I will work until taxes are over. I actually talked to my boss yesterday and my co-worker today about my decision.

Now the transition begins:) Stay tuned to hear more as the stories developes!!

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2 thoughts on “To Stay Home or Not”

  1. Hey Crystal, so neat to see you’ve started a blog! I look forward to watching your journey unfold!! I so remember when I took the step to leave work and stay home. I knew it was right, but it was scary…two incomes to one…I left the secure one (I was a teacher) and we depended on the one that varies from month to month (the farm), but that was nearly 11 years ago and I can say this God has taken care of us!! If He’s leading you and you follow…He WILL bless your obedience!! I’ll be praying for you!!

    1. Thanks Jill. I know God will take care of us but getting my husband in the same thinking mode is a challenge!! I really believe
      That this will be a great step for my family and I am excited to share our journey!!

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