Planning to Stay Home with Baby

I've heard this one a lot.  It goes right along with "You're so lucky to be at home" and "There's no way we could afford for me to stay home with my children." Why didn't anyone tell me I'd want to stay home with my baby? I know that in this day and age, it seems quite impossible for mom to stay home.  In fact, many couples never think twice about mom quitting her job, … [Read more...]

Mommy, Come Home: What do You Say?

You can read the rest of the Mommy, Come Home series here. If you haven't seen the look or received the (sometimes) well-intended comments, you will.  "You're so lucky to be at home."  "It must be nice." How do you respond? Me?  Sometimes I really want to launch into a litany of all the material things we've sacrificed to keep me at home.  Let the questioner know … [Read more...]

Mommy, Come Home: On Purpose

The rest of the Mommy, Come Home series can be found here. A few weeks ago I left a comment on AmyLynne's post about setting up her classroom: I shouldn't have clicked over here. ;-) I loved getting my classroom ready every year. Such promise in a bright, clean classroom! It wasn't until she replied to my comment that I realized I was fighting the "grass is always … [Read more...]

Mommy, Come Home: Stay the Course

You can catch up on the Mommy, Come Home series here. I was very excited to hear from these next two ladies. In a season of life I have not yet reached, they shed some light on a topic I've been pondering a lot lately: what will I do when my children are all in school? Do we need the money that my own teaching income would bring to our family? Sure. I know … [Read more...]

Mommy, Come Home: Choosing Your Lifestyle

Tonight's guest post is from Ellen, who blogs at Thrifty & Chic Mom.  Ellen's perspective is timely, coming off the heels of my Leap of Faith post. First of all I want to say thanks for the opportunity to share about being a SAHM; it is the best decision I ever made and it was very easy for me. I have always wanted a family, and being a SAHM has always been my priority. … [Read more...]