|Home Office: Managing the House|
People keep asking me if I miss working outside the home. I don't. Not even a smidgeon. It baffles me how something that I poured my life into for 12 years, something that I really enjoyed, suddenly ended and yet I don't miss it at all. I kiss Mason's head and praise God each day for providing me a new love and the opportunity to focus on my little family for this time, however long it lasts.
Each season of life brings new lessons. Here's what I'm learning as a stay-at-home-mom:
1. A shower, make up, and wearing something besides yoga pants makes me feel purposeful and productive, even if I haven't been either of those things.
2. Getting up at 5:30 AM, like I used to, is still a good idea most days.
3. Children's moods are real, and are a force to be reckoned with.
4. Play dates, or any commitment or appointment involving children, have about a 50% chance of happening. (See #3.)
5. Spontaneous play dates are welcome surprises!
6. When in doubt, go outside.
7. There will be days when nothing gets done and the schedule is shot. Life will go on. Go to bed and try again tomorrow.
8. Regular, at-home date nights, with the computer/TV off and the phones put away, are a necessity for a marriage in a busy season. Schedule them if you must. (We do!)
9. Young children are demanding, intense, and irrational. Their emotions are raw and unchecked. But the many ways they show their love make every exhausting minute and unglamorous task worth it.
10. Staying at home with Mason is the most demanding job I've ever had, but it's by far my most joyful. By all means, there are challenges as a SAHM, but they are happy ones.
What lessons are you learning in your current season of life?