Wednesday, November 24, 2010

initially un-thankful

I'm taking the "challenge" from Courtney today to blog about something seemingly-unlikely that I am thankful for. I believe she titled her post Initially Un-thankful, so I'll continue with that idea.

I am thankful for the 3 months that I had to work outside of the home. I am "relief" status for a local health system and usually only work a few hours a month, but while my hubby was unemployed this summer, I worked 20 hours a week for several weeks. On those days, I kissed my hubby and kids goodbye, commuted 30 mins, put in a full day, then came home. During that time, I did enjoy using different skills and interacting with people on a daily basis, but the time away from my kids was hard. Juggling my normal household responsibilities while working was tough and I battled many (negative) emotions during that time. Ok, getting to the thankful part... the time away lead me to greater appreciate being a stay at home wife and mom now. It lead me to see that (for our family) it's just not worth me working, even if that were to mean extra material things. I enjoy the flexibility and freedom in my at-home schedule. I enjoy seeing the little things about my kiddos... I now see even homework time as a blessing (hmm... well... the time together is anyways). :) So, unexpectedly, my time working outside the home was something to be thankful for in that it reminded me what a blessing it is to stay at home.

How about you? What has happened to you this year that turned into an unexpected blessing?

1 comment:

Courtney said...

What a beautiful post! I love the "beauty through the storm" type mentality you have. And I love that you were able to find a deeper appreciation for being a SAHM. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!