It has been 90 days since I quit my job so I could stay home with my children. For you who have been following me since the beginning of this journey, you may remember I gave myself a 30 day review. There are many things I have learned about myself but there are still many things I have yet to learn.
I have come to realize, I can’t do it all, so it comes back to focusing on our Family Mission Statement.
Listen to God and follow the Holy Spirit
I bookend my day with scripture readings, however I need to make time for reflection, and mediation…this has been a struggle for me since I have been home. When I worked I used my morning commune and lunch time for this. I love to get up before the day begins at my house, however many times a week my little early birds beat me.
Develop and enrich our marriage
My relationship with my husband has improved greatly since I started staying home. We have more time for each other, and do not feel like ships passing through the night. We have made a commitment to “at home date night” three days a week. Since we cannot afford a babysitter anymore, we have been trading off child care duties with another couple so we can spend some time out about once a month.
Educate, guide, and nurture our children so they can get into heaven
My relationship with my daughters has improved vastly in the past 90 days. This is my favorite part of staying home, spending time with the girls, especially reading to them and teaching them. Do they drive me crazy? Absolutely. Do they wear their old Mom out? You betcha, but I would not trade this time in my life for the world. For a great piece on being a stay-at-home Mom, please read this link from Feminity Revisited.
Live simply, so others can simply live
Since our income was slashed by 60%, it is amazing the things that we have let go of that, I do not even miss, airfare vacations, that $ 100 color & cut, $1,400 in childcare per month, the list goes on…
Create a peaceful, relaxing haven at home
I recently read a post by Simple Mom entitled Perfection, the thief of good enough that really sums up what I should be doing in this aspect of my life. This weekend I focused on weeding the flower beds our front yard. This small task gave me a huge sense of accomplishment.
Lead a healthy lifestyle
To me, this doesn’t just mean exercise, this means time for me to relax, to think, to breathe. I think of this blog and my Facebook account as therapy to me.