I am a pharmacist. I went to college for five long and grueling years. I always knew I didn’t want a career. I always wanted to stay at home with my children. My fellow students all thought I was crazy to put myself through the torture of pharmacy school when I didn’t want to work full time when I graduated. Well, when I did graduate, I worked full time for a few years to help Phil finish school and get his career started. Then I went to part time after I had my first child. My mom watched Ella, then Preston, then Brennen as I worked 1-3 days a week. I never had to continue working. It was just something I did because I could. I always felt I had the best of both worlds because I still felt like a stay at home mom. I only worked part time and my kids weren’t going to a babysitter. I also felt like I got out into the “real world” a few days a week and was able to contribute to the family income.
Well, earlier this year I started feeling a little stressed with the three kids, work, house, and the prospects of having another baby. I knew in my heart that I needed to quit work completely. I kept feeling this way and knew something had to be done. When Phil and I found out we were expecting another baby, we knew it was time for me to say goodbye to work for a while.
I didn’t think it would be so hard for me to give up especially since I only worked part time and I was excited to spend more time with my kids at home. But, it was tough. I started working there when I was 16. As you can see by the photo above that I have worked there exactly half of my life! That is a long time. The economy is really bad right now too and I felt nervous about quitting a good job when so many people are looking for work. When I expressed this concern to Phil, he said, “Heavenly Father’s ways are not the ways of the world.” That really made me think. I know that logically with the economy the way it is, I should work and continue to contribute to the family income. But, I know that Heavenly Father wants me to stay home with my kids and teach them His ways. I know my family will be blessed because of this and that makes me happy. So, for now I am a mother!
Here is a video that I love: