Monday, December 13, 2010

Full time Mom and full time job?

I need guidance and MUCH counsel on this subject. My heart and mind are burdened at the thought of me having to go to work when our little one is only 6 weeks old. I truly want to cry at the thought of working 40+ hours a week, missing so much, not being able to teach and guide in the most crucial years. God has known and continues to know my deepest heart and longing for being at home with our children. I know he has a plan and a way, just like he always has with everything in our life, thus far. I do not want to miss opportunities that God is putting in my life to be able to make my dream come true. For those of you who stay at home, what do you do to help support the income of your home? Or do you? What are the pros and cons, what are the concerns and down falls? What are the biggest joys and benefits? For those who struggle with the income part of not working, what are some things that you have done to supplement?

I know God knows my heart. I trust that. I continually give this concern to him, knowing he can blow me away with his plan, show me that even my own plans are insufficient compared to his, and that when I fully trust him with every fiber, he is always faithful. my mustard seed seems so small, but He says that is all I need.

Prayers are appreciated. Any advice and counsel is appreciated. Encouragement is also appreciated as well as prayers for Nick's job. :)

:) Thank you,


Sarah said...

This is Sarah Alexander. I've read your blog for a while and just had to comment on this. :)

Shaina, do what your heart and the Lord are telling you. I stay home with Katy and I wouldn't trade it for the world. We are living on a teacher's salary and yes sometimes it is tight, but we have just chosen to make sacrifices. We live on a budget and stick to it. We do not have the 'extras' in life like cable or netflix. We have no debt. Our cars are bought and paid for. I do make some extra money here and there by doing some freelance stuff - mostly for my Dad. Nothing consistent and nothing substantial. And we are happy with our lives the way they are.

Now sometimes it is just not possible to stay home. If after a hard look at your finances you decide you just can't stay home then you will just have to become a more intentional mother. You and Nick will just have to make the most of the time with your little one. And you will have to instruct and guide in the time you have. It will still be amazing. And you and Nick will still be wonderful parents.

Enjoy your pregnancy! And continue trusting the Lord.

Megan said...

Shaina!!! Congrats on your pregnancy! Just saw this and am SO happy for you! You will be a wonderful mommy and it will be the most rewarding thing you ever do!

The G@llery - Fine Art & Design said...

thank you both so much! your comments mean very much to me!