Today I am kicking off the first Thankful Thursday post of November. Is anybody else surprised that it is already November? Next thing you know we will be taking down the tree and getting ready for the new year.
I am thankful for many things in my life… for everything really but when it came to writing about something specific I couldn’t help but think how thankful I am to be blessed with the opportunity to stay home with Noah everyday. I understand that there are lots of moms who have to work for whatever circumstances but would love to stay home with their children. This post is not meant to make you feel bad or guilt trip you. I also understand that there are some moms that absolutely love their jobs and feel incredibly blessed to have an amazing career as well as a beautiful family. Whatever our circumstances, we are all blessed and God can use us in each situation he has placed us in.
If you had asked me back in college if staying home to raise our kids was my dream. I would have probably responded with, “What kids?” and then “No, I want to continue working and and advancing in interior design, even after kids.”
Well slowly all this changed as did my desire to actually have kids. It’s funny how you can so clearly see God’s hand at work looking back. He was slowly preparing me.
Now that it’s been almost a year since God blessed us with Noah and I took an immediate leave of absence from “work”, I can honestly say, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to get to rock her to sleep everyday, play with her, and experience so many of her “firsts”. In a way it has also helped us to save money too. We don’t have the added cost of daycare and while many parents warned us to stock up and save for diapers, they have barely put a dent in our budget because we just had the initial $300 up front cost for our cloth diapers that we absolutely love! Feeding Noah has been super inexpensive as well because staying home with her made it easy for me to breast feed her as well as prepare all her baby food myself. I think I have only bought like four jars of baby food and now she just eats whatever we eat.
This job isn’t always easy and there are definitely days when I can’t wait for Michael Luke to get home so I can have an extra hand or two but it truly is a blessing and I thank God for it often. Right now as I type this Noah just woke up from her morning nap and I can hear her cooing and babbling away in her crib.
It’s the simple things in life that bring the biggest smiles.
Ok, so now it’s your turn. Link up your post describing what you are thankful for. It can be anything… a good hair day, your dog, the great sale you just found, your crummy job that feeds the family, your great job that you don’t deserve, your husband, the happiness in singleness that God has given you, or maybe just getting to sleep in on Saturday mornings. Whatever it is I want to hear what you are thankful for. If you don’t have a blog just comment below with what you are thankful for.
Last year during the month of November I gave thanks for Noah, our house, and my freedom from migraines.
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Thanks for stopping by. I will definitely be following along on your 30 days of thankfulness. Today and every Thursday in November I will be hosting a Thankful Thursday link up. I would love it if you would add your posts to the lists!
Thank you! I will plan to do so this Thursday 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment inviting me here! I love your post about Noah and your family today – I can so relate! Once I had my son my view on being home and having more children changed so fast! I only have one child but would love to have more if it’s ever in God’s plan and never have regretted staying home with my son for one minute! Have a great weekend!
Thank you for joining the Thankful Thursday link up. I look forward to reading more as we share what we are thankful for this month.
Such a sweet post! I really want to focus on things that we are thankful for this November/Thanksgiving too.
Thanks, Ashley. It becomes so amazing when we stop to realize how much we actually have to be thankful for! ymj
Hi Krystle – Firstly, thank you for visiting me over at My Daily Walk, Secondly, I have linked up and placed your button on my post, thirdly, I would like to invite you to link up with my bloghop, Winsome Wednesday which is open still open, and fourthly (and finally) I have a list halfway down on the righthand side where you could add a link to your bloghop for others to find. It works like a linky too. Look forward to seeing you there. Such a blessing to link up like this.
Thank you for linking up and letting me know about Winsome Wednesday. I’m sorry I haven/t made it by to link up yet but definitely plan to join tomorrow. It’s been kinda crazy around here… my little one turns one this weekend so I am trying to get everything in order for a little get together.
I absolutely love your “thankful” for the day! It’s a super fantastic post. I too love being able to be a stay at home mom, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for reminding me of what a blessing it is and to be thankful in every way for it.
Joining you from Davonne Parks and Mine LInk Up, but will also be joining you in your Thankful Thursday as well. 🙂
Thanks so much for dropping by. I am look forward to the rest of the month getting to hear everything everyone has to share that they are thankful for.
You will never regret staying home with your kids-at least I never have. Those years will fly by and then you can focus on your career if you choose. I think God will honor your decision!
Thanks, Susan. I can hardly believe that I have already been home with her for a almost a year. It has flown by and definitely been the most rewarding job I have ever had.
Oh it’s so good to hear how you love being a SAHM and how you’ve made it work! Definitely something to be thankful for! 🙂
Thanks, Natasha. I’m truly thankful for it and enjoy it. Motherhood is such a wonderful blessing from God. I love following along and hearing your motherhood adventures about Ethan. He is one precious baby and has two wonderful parents.
I understand your feelings before your first child. I had those feelings when I found out that a 4th one was on the way. I love your story and family photos. Thanks for hosting the linky. My link: 4th Child Blessed is about how God provides even when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.
Tina – American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa
HAHAHA. I love that pic of Noah.
I am thankful for my little man. I really had no idea I could love someone so much. He is such a blessing!
Thanks! It makes me smile every time I see it. ML used to have it as the cover photo on his phone. It is crazy how you can never imagine the love that you can feel for you little one. It’s overwhelming and amazing. Such a blessing from God.
Aww, what a sweet post. 🙂 A lot of people have criticized me for taking off college to be a stay at home mom for the first year of each baby’s life, but I don’t regret it for a second! So my education takes longer, but it’s so worth it.
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