My maternity leave is officially ending this month. Wow. You think that a year is a long time but its really not. With that comes a decision... Matt and I have decided that I will not be returning to work and will be staying home with Noah full time.
I love being a mommy. Its what I always dreamt of doing one day. Stay home, raise my children and take care of my house. Not very woman's lib I know, but its what I love to do. I feel very fortunate to be in a position where that is an actual financial possibility for us. I know its not for many.
Stay at home mommies get flack sometimes because people think its an excuse to be lazy (people who haven't done it Id imagine...) But I think anyone who actually takes care of a child and a house fulltime knows that there is not alot of sitting around watching TV time. Its busy and exhausting, and sometimes lonely. It would be easier for me to go to work and spend a day socialising with people my own age. But I feel called to concentrate on my own family for the next several years. I want to put all my energy into raising my children how we want them raised. And for that I need to be at home.
Its hard because I really did love my job. I worked with the most wonderful people everyday. I also found it to be an incredibly rewarding job.
I am not totally saying goodbye. I do plan to go on the sub list for the three schools I have worked at. It'll be good to get out of the usual routine now and then, be challenged in a different way and it doesn't hurt the bank account either. But for now, this is our plan.
To all of you whom I have had the joy of working with at the Christian school the past several years, both staff, parents and students- you have all made an impact on my life and it has been a joy being around you each day. I will miss you!