Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Anniversary of Staying Home

Before I was a stay at home wife and mother, I worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in some doctors offices of a nearby prestigious medical center. I worked in a specialist clinic Monday through Friday, with weekends and holidays off. It was my first job out of nursing school. And I loved it.

This week marks ten years since I quit working as a nurse. It's hard to believe it's been that long. There are times when I do miss working as a nurse, the patients I had, and the doctors I worked for.

Before we were married, Steven and I discussed our desires for me to stay home with our children, if and when the Lord chose to bless us with some. I became pregnant with Hannah in July 1999 and the plan was to work through most of my pregnancy and then quit towards the end. But my morning sickness was bad, and the stress of being one nurse to four doctors made my morning sickness even worse. So on October 1, I broke the news to my doctors and then turned in my two week notice to my nursing supervisor.

I quit when I was just three months pregnant and haven't worked as a nurse since then.

I had six months of being home before Hannah came along. It was wonderful.

I am extremely grateful for Steven's job and his earnings that allow me to continue to be a stay at home wife and mother. Especially through these times of economic distress when I see so many stay at home moms having to go back to work, or seek other ways of bringing money in to help supplement the husbands income. I'm grateful to be available to go on field trips with my girls, to work in their classrooms, to be the one to pick them up at the end of their school day. And I'm thankful for my husband whose desire is for me to be home with our children.

So "Happy Staying at Home Anniversary to Me!". I wouldn't change the last ten years for anything!!!

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