The Bear loves to help with the filing around the Young Life office (my dining room). And by help I mean destroy every file folder within reach and repeatedly open and close the filing cabinet drawers. He really has been the best baby ever while I’ve worked from home this year, but it kills me every time he wants my attention and I can’t give it to him fully. Which brings me to my next point…
Over the past 2 years we have prayed, discussed, debated, and finally decided that it is time for me to quit my job and stay home full time with the Bear. I am so sad to leave Young Life, but at the same time so excited to start this next chapter. I can’t wait to be able to focus my attention on my family. I love my job, but as anyone in full time ministry knows, it has a way of owning you. This ministry has given me so much over the last 12 years, and I am so thankful to have had the privilege to be a part of the lives of so many people through it. If you had asked me 5 years ago if I would ever want to be a stay at home mama, I would have said you were crazy. Now it is the desire of my heart. Thankfully we have budgeted and saved and are debt free so that we can afford to live off one income. I know things will be much tighter around here, and I look forward to sharing our even more frugal ways with you. I have a little over a month left at my job, and am currently trying to finish well and set my yet-to-be-named replacement up for success.
I would love to hear from any of you have made the transition from workaholic to stay at home mama. How did you make it work? How do you structure your days? How do you live on one income? Share your ideas with me.
I’ve found a couple of free activities for Harper and me to attend each week that helps fill up our time. We do Baby Bounce at North Park at least once a week (they offer several different times), and next year we’ll be doing a BSF bible study on Wednesday mornings. I’ll keep you posted on any other free activities we find. We’d love to play once you’re home for good. I have a feeling the hot summer will have us all itching for more playdates, even if they are all inside!
i’m leaving staff at the end of july and will pray for you as i figure it out, as well!