Today’s thanks is wrapped into two areas: free community activities for children and the gift of being a stay-at-home mom. Since Little One is beginning to develop skills which allow him to interact with others and the world around him at a deeper level, I have been on the hunt for free activities in the community. Today’s activity is awesome! A local church opens up their gym for young children to come and play with an assortment of games/activities, then participate in singing for Circle Time and then enjoying a snack. We have only attended two times at this point, but it is such a special treat! Little One is enjoying playing with other kids, riding on new toys, staying active and socializing with people OTHER than Mama (Amen! Sometimes Mamas need a moment to breathe.) It has been great to see him grow during this experience and I’m so thankful that we live in a community where this type of a free activity is provided.
Along those same lines, the reason I can take Little One to this gym time is because our family made the choice to have me be a stay-at-home mom. Now, this may rock some boats, but I’m going to briefly share my experience. I never wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I went to daycare and turned out just fine (Right!?!). However, as my due date approached, the thought of returning to work did not set well in my soul. Something felt off. I prayed and discussed it with my husband. No matter what obstacles come to mind, I felt like I kept being lead back to staying at home with my child. We broke down the finances and it made no sense to pay for childcare so I could return to work since that would nearly put us in the same budget as me staying home. We felt that it is our duty to teach our child lessons and values throughout these pivotal years. So I resigned and NEVER looked back! The same week that I resigned, I was offered several jobs that I could do at home with my child present. My husband secured additional work that has helped to meet our expenses. I’ve gone through some situations that reminded me of the unnecessary stress from the daily events at my former workplace. All of these elements, plus more, have shown me time and time again that being home with Little One was one of the best decisions of my life! And anyone who thinks it is easy is a fool. It is hard. Every day I am the one person who is taking care of this child’s every need, entertaining him, cuddling with him, playing with him, and teaching him that it is okay to play by himself at times. Our family has to watch the budget and we have had to make sacrifices on a regular basis. This means we don’t get invited to dinners with friends anymore, Starbucks and I are no longer friends and a common form of transportation has become walking. However, it is all worth it! I wouldn’t change a thing! And for this, I am very, very, very thankful.
How about you? What are you thankful for today? Share in the comments below.
Ahmeli… that we find thanks in situations which also may require sacrifices on our part.
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