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July 07, 2011

When I Grow Up...

When I was in elementary school, I chose my future career. I knew I wanted to be a cosmetologist and that is exactly what I did. I worked in salons for about five years, then went into retail management within the beauty industry. That lasted about 5 years also, until the birth of my first daughter.

My priorities changed drastically. Although it was a major financial sacrifice, I left my career to be a stay at home mom. I absolutely love being at home with my children. I find so much happiness caring for my family. Over the years, I've found ways to bring in extra money. I've had weekend cleaning jobs, worked retail, home daycare, secret shopper, etc. Many things here & there to help pay some bills. 

But...for years I struggled with thoughts of what should I do with my life? What career should I look into? Should I go back to school? I didn't want to, but we're taught go to school, get an education, two-income families do better. Which is perfectly fine, if that's what works for your family. I heard other's opinions. "She needs to get a job." "Her kids aren't better than everybody else's kids, they can go to daycare." And so on.

Who I wasn't listening clearly to was God. He is the very one who made me. He is the very one who gave me this strong, passionate desire to love, care for and nurture my children.Yes, God. I am a slow study. It took me a few years to open my ears.  Am I disappointed to not be climbing the corporate ladder or making a six figure income? No. If you would've asked me that ten years ago, my answer may have been different. But, now I'm perfectly content with being just a stay at home mom! 

Hebrews 13:5

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU.



  1. I wish all Moms loved their babies as much as you do! God bless you!!

  2. Thank you, Cynthia! I know you share that passion, also!

  3. Welcome to the world of blogging. I saw your link on Military wives and wanted to come by and say hi. I LOVED that poem about gathering children along the way. I can't wait to see what you have to say!