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Update on staying home

I'm not going to quit my full time job.

I was devastated when I first came to this realization, but I'm feeling okay about it now. Being a stay-at-home mom is the hardest job I've ever had. In my whole life. And I have worked at McDonald's.

So truth be told, teaching in a public high school every day will be like a little vacation.

Okay, that's a stretch.

In reality, the reasons for me to keep working are entirely financial – the furnace has to be replaced, we have to have medical insurance, and I have to pay for the master's degree hanging in the hall.

I'm almost at peace with this. Really. Remember that Grace goes to daycare during the school year? Her teachers were sad on the last day of school; they cried. Grace didn't cry, but I think she didn't really know what was happening.

A week after school was out, Joe and I attended a church service for the first time. We were apprehensive about leaving Grace in the church nursery with strangers, but we gave it a shot.

As soon as Joe put Grace down, the nursery worker stooped down to Grace's level, introduced herself, and welcomed Grace to the Ladybug room. Grace took her by the hand, and they walked into the room together.

Leaving Joe and I gaping in the doorway.

Grace never looked back.

We collected ourselves and sniffled our way to the sanctuary.

That little episode in the church nursery has been weighing on me. Clearly, Grace likes daycare.

The sign I've been praying for came. I'm going back to work.

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10 thoughts on “Update on staying home”

  1. Well, I know it’s been a difficult journey for you. I’m glad you’ve come to peace with a decision. It looks like there are several bright sides, when you look for them. Enjoy your summer!!!!

  2. Well, I know it’s been a difficult journey for you. I’m glad you’ve come to peace with a decision. It looks like there are several bright sides, when you look for them. Enjoy your summer!!!!

  3. Tara – wow, what a roller coaster. I’m sorry you have been facing such a rough decision for so long. I hope you truly are at peace with your decision

  4. Tara – wow, what a roller coaster. I’m sorry you have been facing such a rough decision for so long. I hope you truly are at peace with your decision

  5. i know it’s been difficult making the decision. i’m happy to hear you are at peace with your decision. i’m sure that must have been one of the hardest parts. and how great that you’ve found a church you like. i’ve loved reading about how you’ve grown as a wife, mother, and also in your spirituality over the past year. i’ve learned a lot from you. 🙂

  6. i know it’s been difficult making the decision. i’m happy to hear you are at peace with your decision. i’m sure that must have been one of the hardest parts. and how great that you’ve found a church you like. i’ve loved reading about how you’ve grown as a wife, mother, and also in your spirituality over the past year. i’ve learned a lot from you. 🙂

  7. I’m so glad you have been able to work your way around to be at peace with this. I can totally relate! I have said for a long time that teaching allows me to have the best of both worlds!

    I am not too proud to say that I am a better mom for working. It allows me to be out in the world of grown ups, but it also allows me to really see how important my time at home with my boy.

    Keegers is well adjusted. He is adored by Miss Mary Lou. He still goes to her house once a week during the summer, just so that he can see her and his friends. He gets happy as soon as we pull in, and fights me to leave.

    I’m happy for you!

  8. I’m so glad you have been able to work your way around to be at peace with this. I can totally relate! I have said for a long time that teaching allows me to have the best of both worlds! I am not too proud to say that I am a better mom for working. It allows me to be out in the world of grown ups, but it also allows me to really see how important my time at home with my boy.Keegers is well adjusted. He is adored by Miss Mary Lou. He still goes to her house once a week during the summer, just so that he can see her and his friends. He gets happy as soon as we pull in, and fights me to leave.I’m happy for you!

  9. A huge lesson that I’ve learned in my short parenting journey is that you have to trust your instincts and make decisions that are best for YOUR family. It seems like this is the best fo you, and that’s what matters most.

    Personally, I couldn’t imagine being away from Ladybug so much. But that’s me. We made the decision that was best for us. And I’m very thankful! I hope you feel the same about this decision.

    I hope this doesn’t sound like a negative comment. I don’t mean it that way. I’m glad that you have peace with your decision.

  10. A huge lesson that I’ve learned in my short parenting journey is that you have to trust your instincts and make decisions that are best for YOUR family. It seems like this is the best fo you, and that’s what matters most.Personally, I couldn’t imagine being away from Ladybug so much. But that’s me. We made the decision that was best for us. And I’m very thankful! I hope you feel the same about this decision.I hope this doesn’t sound like a negative comment. I don’t mean it that way. I’m glad that you have peace with your decision.

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