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A Big Announcement (For Me, Anyway)

I’ve been meaning to write this post since March 8.

March 8th is when I submitted a letter to my employer, explaining that I would not return to work after my maternity leave ended.

This Friday, I will officially be an at-home mom.

When Grace was born, I cried every time I thought about going back to work. I sobbed for hours my first day back.

For 4 years, I’ve felt incredibly guilty about leaving Grace at daycare so that I could teach other peoples’ kids. stay at home mom

When Allie was born, I told Joe that I could not go back. It didn’t make financial sense, but (more importantly) it didn’t make emotional sense, either.

I need to be at home to take care of my children.

I’m just another stay-at-home mom.

I do laundry. I cook. I blog. I play. I clean. I garden. I read books. I push swings. I homeschool.

I feel like I’m doing everything badly, and I am not getting things done that I want to do. But I do spend every day with my kids.

My life at home is harder and busier than I ever expected as I try to balance this blog and my other work with the challenges and adjustments of adding a baby to the family and becoming an at-home mom.

I am tired.

Because we lost 2/3 of our household income when I resigned, we have become frugal in earnest. You’re going to see a lot more posts here about how to maintain your lifestyle in a more economical way.

Cloth diapers. Less driving. Smarter spending.

I’ll be writing about all of them in the weeks ahead.

For now, I just thought I should share my big news.


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11 thoughts on “A Big Announcement (For Me, Anyway)”

  1. Congratulations!! And I love the picture of your girls 🙂 I’m a stay at home mom who homeschools too and I look forward to any insights on frugality you have 😉

  2. CONGRATULATIONS! I quit work when my son was 3 and it was the best decision we ever made as a family… my “babies” are now 16 and 11 and are growing to be fabulous human beings with many great childhood memories of time with their MOM. I have done some part time work here and there since they have been in school, but I am always here to see them off in the morning and here to greet them when they come home. It’s a wonderful gift to give your children if you are fortunate enough to be able… and yes, sometimes it is HARD but I guarantee you will never regret it.

  3. VERY happy for you and your family, Tara! I stayed home with both sons (one almost 25 & other almost 15) and it was the best decision for me and them ;~D Time is so precious and can’t be recaptured! Enjoy your moments each day… if I can ever help in anyway, don’t hesitate to connect!

  4. That is great, Tara! We as mama’s need to do what feels best for us and our families. congrats on your decision 😉

  5. You lost 2/3 of your income?? Wow, that is quite a sacrifice. I’m impressed. I have no doubt you’ll soon be raking in the big ol’ bloggy bucks, though. ;0) You’re a hero of mine, you know.

    • Thank you, Cindy 🙂
      I made 2/3 of our household income, yes. That is the primary thing that kept me working so long. It was a big change, and we did have to make a lot of changes. I have been thinking about writing a post on it, actually.

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