Mommy, Come Home: Your Turn (with a Giveaway)


Gracious.  Encouraging.  Enthusiastic.  That’s you! Thank you, thank you for riding along the Mommy, Come Home journey with me!  I started this series in June, after much prayer and counsel from friends.  It was with trepidation that I wrote the first post, carefully choosing my words so that no mom would feel bad about doing what’s best for her family.

Your response has been tremendous.  From my guest writers, to those of you who left thoughtful comments and questions that inspired more post topics, to those of you who promoted the series in any way.  Thank you!

Just in case you missed any posts, or would like to have them all in one place, here you go.

To celebrate the end of Mommy, Come Home, I have an exciting giveaway to share.  I’ve been enjoying Rachel Campos-Duffy’s book Stay Home, Stay Happy: 10 Secrets to Loving At-Home Motherhood.  When I contacted her publisher, they agreed to give three books to my readers!


There are two ways to win. (Yes, you can do both!)

  1. Link up with your at-home story.  (One book will go to a Mr. Linky participant.)
  2. Leave a comment about being a mom (not just SAHMs!) or a comment related to the series.  (Two books will be reserved for commentors.)

Now it’s your turn.  What is your story? How did you come home?  What are your days like?  What are your biggest trials and most exciting triumphs?  Mr. Linky will be open all week for you to share your story.  Winners will be chosen by on Sunday, October 11 at 8:00 PM CST.


  1. Thanks for doing the series and for the giveaway! I love being a mommy and learning SO MUCH from my children about life, God and myself! Children truly can show you the heart of God and how He views us.

  2. I’d love to read, “Mommy Come Home.” This is something I struggled with ever since I had children and if your a real stay at home mom at heart, you continue to struggle. No one can do it all. It takes time to take care of home and family. Something has to give and usually it’s you! My kids grew up in the 80’s, now my daughter is nearing the time to start a family and I wonder what she will do. Thanks for the chance: D


  3. I would like to thank you for your series. It has really encouraged me to move towards becoming a stay at home mom and has given me the courage to address this with my husband, who I am happy to say supports me. I have a 3-year old daughter and work full time right now with a 45 minute (each way) work commute. I am often drained at the end of my work day, come home in time to make dinner, then clean up from dinner and feel like I barely get to spend time with my daughter before it is her bed time.

    I feel called to be at home full time with her, and your series has helped me realize there will never be a perfect time when everything falls in line to do this, I just need to trust in God and do it. Thank you.

  4. I love being a stay at home mommy! When I hear people talk about how we should get a good degree, so we can have a good job, I have to think of the only job that will really count for eternity. Staying home with my children, serving my husband & making my home a haven! There is no higher calling than that. Blessings!

  5. Your series has been a Godsend for me. I have recently become a SAHM through a very devestating job loss, but I am seeing the blessings every single day! Although I always wanted to stay home, I never thought we could afford it. I am now seeing that the “pay” for this job is better than any monetary “pay” I was getting in the workforce. Thank you for such inspiring posts!

    • @mollie, So glad the timing was good for you. You’d love the Stay Home, Stay Happy book. She didn’t really choose stay-at-home motherhood, either. It chose her!

  6. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I was willing to give up the new house we had, and keeping up with Joneses, in order to be a SAHM. Though I was looked down upon by some, both friends and family alike, I wouldn’t have changed that decision for the world. I breast fed and I used cloth diapers for the baby when neither was the “in thing” to do. I am glad to see society making a positive change when it comes to the subject of SAHM’s. My daughter has just become a first time mom, and I would love to be able to give this book to her. Thank you.

  7. I would love to come home. Husband and I are due in late April, and while the decision to cute our income by half is scary, it’s kind of not. I’d love a book of inspiration to help me out with becoming a SAHM. It’s what my Husband and I hope will happen. I recently found your blog and am reading though your series because it is so relevant to what is on my mind right now.

    And you’re on a teacher’s salary too – just like we’ll be! Thanks for being a blessing to those of us hoping to go against the gran for God’s glory. God Bless!

  8. I had planned to continue working because how could we possibly live on one income in this day and age?! But then I was hospitalized at 27 weeks. Our son was born at 29 weeks and spent 59 days in the NICU. My maternity leave ended the day we brought him home from the hospital. SO there you go, decision made with NO thought of how much money it would cost to live in the overpriced home we bought 4 months before. (thankfully we finally closed on the sale of my hubby’s bachelor townhouse 2 days before I was hospitalized!) There was ZERO consideration of leaving our preemie with a sitter. I’ve been happily home ever since and now our second son, born full term, is 3 months old. oh yeah and money wise: We are fine. I don’t even feel like we really make many sacrifices. Though we did make some good decisions that allowed for this: we bought our home in walking distance to my husband’s work even though it’s not the greatest neighborhood and it has turned out great. As a result we traded in our 2 vehicles for one brand new one. Saving so much $ on gas, insurance, upkeep. That was huge during the $4 per gallon season.

  9. Wow, what a blessing being with my kids has been. It has allowed me to make the choice to homeschool and even change how we eat to improve our health.
    It has been very, very difficult at times…usually when I start looking around at others who have time to shop or visit during the day, or who have a large home and go on vacations…but when I stop and think of what I really want in life, it is to love these kiddos and see them growing up learning to love the Lord.
    It has all been worth it.
    I love that you wrote this series and encouraged others to stay home…I didn’t get to read them all, but I’m sure they were wonderful!

  10. I, too, have been blessed by your blogs. I recently started a blog to create a journal of my life as a stay at home mom. I cannot say that every day has been successful, but I will say that I have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams! The Lord has known me from the beginning, and He instilled upon my heart to raise up a godly generation. My passion is to teach my children the virtues and characteristics of Christ. I love it.
    Thank you for sharing your heart with us!

    • @Jeanne, You are sweet. I’ve had many a failed day myself. So thankful that my kiddos are forgiving and don’t let me get them down sometimes. Such a blessing.

  11. It was a great series!! Thanks so much for offering me a chance to participate:-)

  12. Would love to win a book. This series was wonderful Amy. Thanks for putting it together and encouraging me and so many others.

  13. I left my story on the link though my story isn’t actually on my site but on a friend’s site (Hearth Management). I linked it up anyway.

    I have loved your series and been encouraged/inspired by all. THANK YOU!!

    We are all so blessed to be mothers! Whether we are at home or out working, we can still be the mothers He wants us to be with the time that we have!!

  14. I loved how you shared your heart in this series, as did several of your guest posters. I look forward to reading the posts that are being linked up and learning from others and their experiences.

  15. That looks like a really good book. I love being at home with my children and being there to share all of their experiences. After missing so much with my first child and then being home with my other three, given the choice I would not go back to work. It is so important for me to be at home with my children and to guide them through life and help them to make the right choice.

  16. I am so happy to being making special memories with my daughter since I am home alone with her for most of the day. What a privilege!

  17. Thanks for your series. I have enjoyed reading it and feel very encouraged. It even lifted me up on some recent bad days. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. This was such a great series! Thanks for bringing it all together Amy!

  19. I really do need to sit down and write out my coming home story, but first I just wanted to thank you (again) for this series. I followed it all the way through and found every single post well-written, faithfully thought-out, and so supportive and inspirational to moms who either have or really want to come home. As I was just very recently a working-outside-the-home mom I didn’t feel at all bad or put down by any of the posts. You and your guest posters really know how to pull at the heartstrings!

  20. Amy, this series has been so wonderful! I have a few littles (Hannah 11, Haileigh 6, Ben 1/2, Aaron due 1/2010) and my husband is a jr high teacher and football coach. It wasn’t until a year or so ago I really started thinking about staying home with the kiddos. I work full time outside of the house. Unfortunately, we haven’t figured out our finances to make such a transition happen.

    I’ve loved reading others’ posts linked here because the ideas are quite thought provoking. Why not move closer to hubby’s work to have just 1 vehicle? Why not start a garden to help trim the food budget? Why not…? These are all things I really have needed to hear.

    I do enjoy hearing about your time as a coach’s wife because I don’t know any other women in such the position that we are in. It’s fun and wonderful, but it can be tough too!

    Although I work outside the home, I feel that your posts were well written and encouraging to women in all various stages of mothering (no kiddos, full house, emptynesters, etc). I’m glad that I started following your blog through Reader.

  21. This series has been inspirational and affirming for me. I was teaching full-time and our family life was pretty much non-existent. It hasn’t always been easy financially, but I wouldn’t trade my time at home for anything. We began homeschooling too, and I can’t even begin to list the blessings we’ve received from that.

  22. I became a SAHM almost 2 years ago when my middle son was born. It can be trying at times but I really do love it. My husband and I give up a lot so that I can stay home but it is totally worth it for us. Thank you so much for your Mommy Come Home series. I only recently found it and am enjoying reading everything! Thanks for the post putting them all in one place =)

  23. Long before I had children (or had even met my husband, for that matter) I left my job as Art Director for a Cosmetic Company to try my hand at running my own business out of an art studio in my home. (I had very little to loose and no-one depending on me) …but my plan was that if I could grow the business, then someday it would be the perfect setting for being a SAHM. 10 years later, I have hubby and two tots under 4 and for the most part … I am so thankful that I created this art studio that allows me to be A FULL TIME MOMMY … and a SOMETIMES WHEN EVERYONE IS IN BED SLEEPING/NAPPING artist, lol. Anyway, not nearly as easy as I had anticipated, but definately worth staying home with my kids. Time is flying by and I am so glad that I have been here with them. Love this series, thank you and God Bless!!

  24. Perfect timing for this series, I am “coming home” for good Oct. 16th – that is my last day at my current place of employment!!

    The Mommy Come Home series was very encouraging, thank you for taking the time to write it!

  25. Amy,

    This series has been wonderful for me as I’m preparing to become a SAHM! I’ve enjoyed sharing my story as well as reading stories of other women! I know once my little one arrives and I begin my real journey in motherhood that I will refer to this series for encouragement and advice!

  26. Jenny Zepf says:

    I love this series. I would love to win this book.

  27. I have a blog, but I have to ignore it while I work a seasonal job. It is truly a blessing because God is in NO UNCERTAIN terms letting my husband and I know we do NOT need to make this a permanent situation! I’ve been at home with my kids for 6 years, and money was the reason I am doing this job but we know now it is not what God wants for our family and He will provide for us in another way.

  28. Loved, loved, loved this series. It has encouraged and inspired me in many ways.
    God bless!

  29. I love being a SAHM. I homeschool my 4 kids and really feel like this is where God has called me to be right now. Wouldn’t miss it!

  30. Becky Ward says:

    I would LOVE to have a copy of this book. I have six children ranging in age from 12-18 mths. I have four girls and two boys. I consider being able to be at home with my childen a sacred calling and blessing. I had my first child at thirty and my last at fourty one. I have been asked to speak for MOPS to encourage the younger women as they begin their lives as SATMS. I remember the transition being more difficult than I had thought. The Lord changed my heart about this and I now know how blessed I am to be able to be at home with them. We homeschool , and enjoy our days together. I want to let other moms know the joy that can be had by submitting our will to His and being a keeper at home and invest in the lives of our husbands and children for His glory.

  31. Jennifer S says:

    Thanks for doing this series. I wasn’t able to stay home until our third child was born, but I am so grateful to be here now. If someone had asked me fifteen years ago if I could see myself as a SAHM, I would have laughed. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else and am hoping my newly learned frugal habits will allow me to stay available to my kids until they are all in college!


  32. One Blessed Mamma says:

    I always knew I was meant to be a mom. I never knew that would mean being a homeschooling mom of four kids. I love my life and all the things God has called me to…

  33. I’m a SAHM of 4 kids ages 4 and under! Some days I feel CRAZY and wonder what I’ve gotten myself into…rather, what God thinks I can handle! But I certainly love my “job,” and am continually amazed at the way my kids challenge, teach, and mold ME!

  34. Tracy Chard says:

    Hi and thanks for this contest.

    It costs us everything for me to stay home and homeschool our kids, but I treasure our lives here so much. We are charged by our Lord to shepherd our children by representing Him to them. It takes lots of time to do that. I am learning to surrender daily and my children are following!!! It is a lifelong journey, but I do feel that we have chosen LIFE, and what is BEST, over a facsimile of life, and what is only good, or even in some ways, bad.

    Tracy Chard

  35. I count it such a blessing to stay home and raise my own children! It has come with many sacrifices, not one of which I wouldn’t do over. It amazes me to see the silly things the kids come up with and the things they teach me about what’s really important in life! I also work from home a little bit, which adds a whole other dimension to my day, scheduling work around the kids, but it’s totally worth it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

  36. I would love to win this book. I started doing family child care in my home so I could sty home with my children.Thirty 0ne years later I am still doing family child care and I still love it. Susan

  37. Kathleen Seppala says:

    Being a stay at home mom is the only choice I ever wanted. Being there with and for your kids is the BEST! I wouldn’t miss it for anything.

  38. Most mother I know would love to be able to stay home with but with the economy the way it is most moms have to work. I started doing family child care so I could stay home with my children. Thirtyone years later I am still doing it with love. Every one of my mothers would love to stay home but are unable to do so .I have a lot of single parents who have no choice.


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