This year I have transitioned from working full time, to being a stay at home wife, to preparing to be a stay at home mother.
In March, my husband got a killer job promotion that would move us close to our families. Before, we lived over 8 hours away from them and felt discouraged when we looked towards being parents without family support behind us. So, my husband accepted the job and we began plans to move in May. We were elated to finally be moving closer to family and trusted that He would provide for us.
But this would be mean quitting my full time job. I was working at a Christian university and was able to bring in a good income to help our family save for a home, pay off student loans, and save for babies! I began planning to find another full time job in our new area.
Then my husband told me that he thought I should finally become a stay at home wife. We had always talked about it as a option, but never seriously considered it. I figured I would work full time until I was 8 or 9 months pregnant with our first and then stay home. But all of a sudden I was planning on developing my blog and my business with plans of being a stay at home wife.
So in April we decided to start trying for a baby with plans that it probably wouldn’t happen for a few months. Well what do you know, the Lord blessed us our very first month trying :) We got pregnant in April and then found out in July that it’s Twins!
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So then in May, Jason started his new job and we moved to just an hour and a half away from our family! I am now expecting twin boys that should be making their appearance sometime in December.
Transitioning from a Stay at Home Wife
Since May, I have been a stay at home wife. And I am so thankful. The Lord blessed us with this opportunity. I have been able to be home during morning sickness, take a trip with my Mom to visit our Grandparents, spend time on my business, my blog, and a new website my husband and I are starting.
Now as I approach my third trimester, I am starting to get the pregnancy aches and pains. I am moving much slower and feeling the weight of my sweet boys. But because I am home I am able to prepare for them.
I have the time and energy to devote to cleaning out the guest room and preparing it to become our nursery. I have the time to make real whole foods recipes for my family. And I have time to adjust to being at home.
I can better plan what our days will look like once we have babies. I get to participate in Bible studies with my sisters, and develop good habits at home.
I am so thankful for this time at home.
I am establishing our home and our routine now. And as I look forward to being a stay at home mom I am thankful that God has blessed us with this opportunity and that I can transition into life a stay at home mom now.
What I am Doing with My Time
This has been a great time of transition and I am so glad that I have had this time at home. I made sure that my time at home alone would not be wasted and I have invested time into becoming a better wife and future mother.
1) I have honing my homemaking skills. I am figuring out how to have better cleaning and organizing schedules and routines.
2) I have worked on our finances and tried to get better at budgeting (this is always something I am working on)!!
3) I have had the time to look into how to naturally care for my babies such as cloth diapering and making my own baby food.
4) I have the time and energy to shop at different grocery stores and plan our meals to save money and eat healthy.
5) I have invested time into learning how to cook a “from scratch” whole foods diet including homemade breads, tortillas, soups and stews, desserts, meals and more!
Because of this time at home I have been able to hone skills and develop new ones that I simply won’t have time to invest in once we have our babies. Now I can enter motherhood with these skills under my belt and am better prepared to be a mother and keeper of my home because God gave us the opportunity to stay home before kids.
*Please note: This is our situation and how God directed our paths. I do not think this is the path for everyone. I never thought I would stay home full time before kids and yet God knew a better plan for us!
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