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A Sign or a Test?

One week after I decide to stop working and become a stay-at-home-mom, I get “the call.”  Yesterday, at home with a cold and two stir-crazy wee ones, the boss calls and tells me about an “opportunity opening up.”  While I don’t have any details, I find the timing to be far too suspicious.  Trouble is, I don’t know if it’s a sign or a test.  

Time to pray.

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When I told my mom this weekend that we’ve finally decided that I’ll stay home with the kids, I also said it will be a relief not to be constantly pulled in two (or more) directions.  I told her how it’s so hard to try to give 100% across the board, and how it will be so great to focus my energy on my family.

My mother fell quiet and got this faraway look in her eye.  Finally she smiled and said, “Dear, you don’t actually think you’ll be less busy, do you?”

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As it stands, I get up for work at 5:00 a.m.  So naturally I assumed that, once I’m home for good, all that early-morningness would fade like a bad dream and I could snooze until at least 7:00 a.m.  Well, my three year-old cleared up that nonsense this morning when he reminded me that he now wakes up at 6:00 a.m. (a late-coming daylight savings gift).  So, if mommy wants any mommy time before the madness begins, she’ll have to rise at…oh, 5:00 a.m.

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After 15 years in the working world, I’m about to become a stay-at-home mom.  In about 60 days my life will be turned upside down as I leave corporate America behind to care for my family of four.  They’re my everything, but I’m nervous.  Really nervous.  I believe in this, though, and while I may kick and scream at times I know that, at this stage of my life, home is where I belong.  I’m blogging about my new adventures in case there are other ladies out there struggling with making this same decision.  I have a full-disclosure policy.  None of this, “oh, it’s going to be WON-derful!” business.  This is going to be darn hard.  I promise to report back on all my discoveries (what it’s like learning to function as a single-income household, giving up adult conversation…) as I fumble through this process.  Welcome to my journey home – more soon!

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