When we found out we were expecting our first child, I had no other thought but that I would stop working outside the home and become a stay-at-home-mom. My husband and I never really sat down and talked it through [we should have!], but that was his desire for me as well.
In the years since I have realized many things about myself. The most glaringly evident being that I am not a very good housekeeper {I do smile at this, so you can too!}. But I love my husband and my children, and here are some reasons I am thankful to stay home each day.

[in no particular order]
1. My younger children can sleep until their bodies are ready to wake up [which is usually early enough!]
2. I can influence what goes into their minds each day.
3. We can learn how to keep a home. together! [they will probably be better than I am before they are teenagers!]
4. I have more opportunity to create meals from ‘scratch’ and have learned a little about nutrition and health.
5. I am available to my husband at any time to help with any project he has.
6. I am available to pick up my child from school if she were to be ill, and I do not have to worry about loosing my job in order to stay home to care for my children if they are sick. {edit: Now as a homeschool mom, we can do what is necessary to ensure health or take steps to get well while staying home.}
7. I can spend time learning something new–such as how to make food from scratch and how to use and organize a schedule! {edit: I am now pursuing herbal “alternatives” and more natural health.}
8. I have opportunity to help with different ministries [on occasion] in our church that I could not if I held an ‘outside job’.
9. In all honesty, I simply enjoy being at home [most days] and just loving on my kids and preparing for hubby and big sister to come home.
10. But the main reason for my being thankful for the opportunity to stay home is that I have realized just how important it really is. I will not go into all the detail of what and how… but only recently have I truly understood the importance of my role as a wife …and then a mother… and been able to find contentment [with God’s help] in learning how to be.
FOLLOWING THIS YEAR LONG BLOG HOP:
and beginning this Wednesday I will be posting something  “wifey” and prayerfully encouraging!!
the last Wednesday of each month for the rest of the year.
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