Monday, August 24, 2015

Blessed beyond measure

It is the first day of school. Alarm goes off at 5a. Shower, dress, eat, go. Arrive at 8a to greet the students. A new year, new faces. Routines, to be predictable. Learning, exploring, laughing. Another school year.

And I am not a part of it.  No more, "Teacher Whitney."

I have been given the greatest blessing of spending another year at home with my babies. This is all I have ever wanted. And to be able to do it is overwhelming.

Our savings account does not hold three times the rent. Our bank account is often in the double digits. Our splurges are few and far between, but we lack for nothing. We may not own our house, but we own both our cars outright.

I get to start and end my days with my family. Wake up time is 8a or later. I know the morning lineup of cartoons on the television and the times Brielana goes down for naps. I know Kinsey's cranky time kicks in around 3p or 4p, so a quiet activity helps to ease the strain.  All these little details I missed out on when Kinsey was a baby, because I returned to work when she was 2 months old.  I appreciate those idiosyncrasies that much more.

We dress late in the morning, sometimes get on each others last nerve, but love each other regardless. And then we get to do it all over again the next day. I know our days won't always look like this so I want to treasure it as they are now; life with a 4.5 year old and 1 year old, life at home.

In this season, it is where I am exactly supposed to be.  And I am forever grateful for Brian who supports me being at home and for God for providing for us in all seasons.  Amen.

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  1. Oh Whitney, this is a beautiful post!!! I am so happy for you to be able to stay home with your beautiful babies! Enjoy this day! Think not of where you could have been but where you are and know how much your kids LOVE that you are home with them. I often feel like you... we have little to no savings, sometimes I tell Seth not to use the debit card for gas because we need to pay our rent in a few days, we don't own a house (though I am DYING to), we rent, but the love we all have for each other is more than worth it!

  2. This is exactly what I needed to read.
    I've struggled for sometime with my role as a domestic engineer (fun fact: I pretty much despise the term SAHM...). But, when I read posts like these, or stop and really reflect on my position, I can't help but be humbled that I get to do this every day.
    Like you, our bank account and savings account aren't booming, but we have so much more than money could ever possibly give us.
    Thanks so much for such a beautiful reminder of how lucky I am to get to stay home with my babes.

  3. Love this!! It's some tough days but we're so blessed to be able to do this!!!

  4. Well said, mama! This is such a beautiful post! You are raising amazing kids and they are so lucky to have such a great mama!

  5. AMEN!

    You get a loud amen from us.It is hard, but boy is it worth it.

    Funny side note a few months ago I found an OLD copy of our budget.... from when I used to work. Yup, I nearly cried. But in the same breath I thought what I have now is so much better. Thankful for men who work their buns off to let us live out our dream!

  6. I love this and totally needed it today!

    1. Awe thank you Whitney! Sending you a virtual hug. You know what they say, "the days are long but the years are short." You got this!!! :)


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