This week I've been thinking about how blessed I am to be a homemaker and a stay at home mom. When I was in Arizona this past month someone said something to me that really put things in perspective for me. What they said reminded me that this job that I have of keeping our home and raising our son is something a lot of women dream about and may never have. Now if you've been with me for a while now you know that I'm always putting my gratitude out there... especially towards my husband for giving our little family this wonderful life and making it possible for me to stay home. In fact I think I thank him almost every day. However... even though I'm grateful... coming to the realization that there are hundreds to thousands of moms out there who every day say to themselves or to their best friends, sisters or moms... "If only I had the chance to be a stay at home mom I would......" has stopped me in my tracks.
When I thought of that simple phrase, I have to be honest... I somewhat panicked! Sure I've been appreciative and grateful that I've been a stay at home mom, but have I been doing "what every mom dreams of"? My son is two and a half now and knowing that my only responsibility these past two years has been just HIM... I have to say I don't think I've made the most out of our days. I don't think I've filled in the blank to "If only I had the chance to be a stay at home mom I would _______". Don't get me wrong... this isn't a post about not living up to expectations or not being a good enough mom. It's not about that at all... I've taken a million pictures, we've laughed, cuddled, played, made millions of memories and I've recorded as much of them as I can... I've done my best as a mother.
What I'm talking about is taking advantage of this amazing and beautiful opportunity that we have as stay at home moms... Living out our dreams... Making one or two days a week all about enjoyment and fulfillment instead of chores and schedules. We needs to sit back and meditate on what it was we once dreamed way back when... During the time when we were waiting to meet "the one", or when we were trying to conceive, or even as we were watching our bellies grow.
If I'm a stay at home mom my baby and I are going to have lunch at the park every day!
Wouldn't it be awesome if I was a stay at home mom and could meet my girlfriend for lunch with our babies all the time?!