Ah, the great life debate among women – to stay at home or return to work after having kids. I really believe that each family has to do what’s right for them, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Sometimes our desires and our realities are in drastically different places. Sometimes we get exactly what we wanted, and then realize that the grass is always greener on the other side.
I think anyone who knows me knows that, without a doubt, I would trade almost anything to be a stay-at-home mom. I would even love the chance to work from home (but not a sales type job, like Beachbody or something – I would be awful at that and would make no money). I just feel like my life calling was motherhood and homemaking, not a career. However, my bills say otherwise. I’ve been researching all over the Internet trying to find some other options. The avenue with the most promise seems to be freelance writing, but even that seems, ahem, unlikely to be a solution.
I’m really trying hard to chop our budget down to the bare bones. The only debt we owe is our house payment, and a single credit card that gets paid in full every month. We do both have cell phones, and we have satellite television, so I’m going to try to decrease some of our expenses. I’ve also reached out to our mortgage lender about avenues for decreasing our mortgage. Of course, I have considered moving, but my husband is VERY resistant to that idea.
I’m just stuck. I feel like I’ve never really met a challenge that I couldn’t figure our, but this one is really stumping me. How can I make this work? I am trying to have faith that I am exactly where The Lord wants me to be, but I actually think that He instilled the desire to be a SAHM in my heart. I hope that if I continue to listen, I will find the path He has laid out for our family.