I survived returning to work after 11 1/2 years at home

I did it. I survived returning to work after 11/12 years at home as a stay-at-home-mom. Whoa.

This is a totally new experience for me; not the “working” part, especially since I’ve worked at this company two times in the past. The new is being a MOM and working outside the home.

I’ve worked my tarkus off at home all these years, and now, I’m working outside the house, too. I’m still trying to figure out the balance between the two.

Add on that my hubby works weird shifts, and this is especially challenging.  I think this is a good time to pawn off, I mean, teach my children some new household skills.

Since I have to get up and go grocery shopping tomorrow morning, I think I will rouse one of them to go with me and help me. Taking them both would be a nightmare, but one would be great.

My oldest is 11 1/2 years old (seeing a correlation here?), so I think it’s time she learns how to do laundry.

My youngest, now 10 years old, needs to get over the stink of dog poop and pick the stuff up.

Hmmm…what else….

The hubby needs to get his butt out of bed on his days off and take the kids to school and/or pick them up.

I’ll still do all the cooking, because we would all like to do some eating, I’m sure.

We can ALL do the dusting, vacuuming and general cleaning.

So, think about this….I’ve been home all these years, doing all these things for zero pay. Now, I leave the house to go do easier work, earn a paycheck AND have other people doing chores around the house.

Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

Honestly, I know why. I wanted to be the one to teach my kids their colors, their abc’s , what a cow says, how to count, add and subtract, how to walk, how to talk, how to write and how to be good, honest, hard-working, respectful humans.

This was my desire, and I was (and still am) immensely blessed that I didn’t have to work to make ends meet. I will forever be grateful for that.

We were also smart and frugal. Our home is modest, my car has over 106,000 miles on it, my hubby’s has over 80,000 miles on it, we don’t have smartphones or iPads, and guess what? We have an amazing life.

We cherish the hours we get to spend together as a family. We like movies on the TV in our rec room (finished basement) with microwave popcorn and homemade pink lemonade (mix bought at Aldi’s).

We pack our lunches nearly every day, only treating ourselves to dinner out once every other week.

We’re saving for a family trip to Disney World, and my travel agent brother will help us get the best deal possible. It will take us about 18 months (maybe less now that I’m working) to have enough to go.

But now, with the girls being older and my guy nearing retirement age and longevity, it’s good for me to be back in the work force.

Hopefully, within the next couple of years, my part-time gig will become full-time, my guy can retire and HE can become the stay-at-home-dad (like Dad all Day).

I’ll still do the cooking, though, because we all like eating.

It feels good to know that I survived returning to work after 11 1/2 years at home; I’m certainly excited to see what the next dozen years holds.

Proverbs 31:15-20, 26-28 (MSG)

First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
    rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
    is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
    diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
    reaches out to help the poor.

When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
    and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
    her husband joins in with words of praise:

Source: BibleGateway

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