WORK It’s a Four Letter Word

WORK. It’s a Four Letter Word. Well you don’t say… Of course it is, anybody who knows how to read and count could tell you that. Why do people like to tell you how many letters are in words? I don’t get it. I can imagine myself having a conversation about that with my 3 year old, but it just sounds weird coming from a grown man. He says, “WORK. It’s a four letter word.” I’m all like, “Wow! This guy really knows what he is talking about! I better listen real carefully… He probably has something important to say.” I wonder if it is kind of like when people ask themselves easy questions to make them sound smart.  Let’s try it.

Do I want to go grocery shopping with two kids again? No.

Do I think having my 3 year old go potty before we leave  the house is going to keep him from having to “Go!” three more times at the store? No.

Am I going to make him try anyway? Yes.

Why? Because I am a mom. It is what we do.

Okay, now I get it. That was fun. I do feel smart!

Anyway, I don’t have a job outside of the home. But I still work. I am a full time stay at home mom. I am my kid’s mom and my husband’s girlfriend. (Thanks Dr. Laura!) I am on the clock twenty four hours a day, seven days of the week. Many days I work through lunch, and sometimes I get literally screamed at when I take a potty break. My job description includes, budgeting, paying bills, doing dishes, folding laundry, meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparations, changing diapers, wiping tears, rocking children to sleep, nursing, entertaining children, taxi driving kids to activities, teaching preschool, lots of hugs and cuddles, repeat, repeat, repeat! Sometimes my job is lonely, sometimes it is fun. It can change from calm to crazy in seconds, but it is always worth it. I love my job!

My husband works incredibly hard so that I can stay home with our two kids. My family is my treasure and we feel that our family benefits best when I save my energy for them rather than being distracted by work. This week has confirmed to me that I am exactly where I need to be right now. This is in no way a slide to working moms, I think you are incredible! This is just what we have decided for our family. Having a hardworking husband, and budgeting with the everydollar app have made it possible for me to stay at home, and I feel very blessed to do so.

I am really grateful for the opportunity I had to work this week. My Husband and I have some financial goals we are working together to meet, and this brought us a little closer to reaching them. That is another story for another time. All I am going to say about  our financial goals today is;

  1. Taxes are the worst!
  2. Hiring a tax man is worth the money.
  3.  I am so glad we take advice from Dave Ramsey

My dad was in a bind this week since he had a 2 man job he needed to do while his business partner was out of town. He actually asked my husband Anthony if he could do it, but he has had so much extra work lately that he just didn’t have the time. It was only a 3 day job so we figured, I could step in and help my dad out. Plus the paycheck would push us closer to our goal. We did outside labor in direct sunlight with the temperature reaching 106 degrees. It was exhausting, but it felt good to work hard. It felt good to see the project when it was completed. It felt good to earn money. But most of all, it felt good to be home with my family when I was done.

Me and my dad at the end of our last day of work together. It feels so good to be done!

While I was working, the hubby caught up on kitchen chores I didn’t have time to complete, fed the kids dinner, and put them to bed. All after working a full day. He is Super Dad! We both did double duty this week. We both were stretched thin. We both were tired. But we did it! And next week we will go back to our normal routine. Hopefully our 8 month old will start sleeping through the night again. It is crazy how much it rocks these kid’s world when I am not around for 5-6 hours. I am their world, and they are mine! I definitely feel important and needed at home, and that is a good feeling.

My life may not always be glamorous, but it is real. I especially love the way my husband is looking at our daughter in this photo. My kids are so lucky to have a dad that loves them so much!

2 thoughts on “WORK It’s a Four Letter Word”

  1. I didn’t mention this in the post, but my Dad is an incredibly hard worker. He works a 12 hr work day fairly regularly, and I never hear him complain. He is good at what he does, and is wonderful to work with. Some of my fondest memories with him were while working together. As a teenager, he taught me how to work on my car, and whenever the task seemed too scary or difficult, he gave me courage and loving instruction. He really taught me the value of taking pride in my work, and doing my very best. I love him! Happy Father’s Day Dad!

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