Today I am thankful.
For many things.
But more specifically, today I am feeling extra thankful that I am able to be a stay-at-home mom.
Yes, I have moments when I feel badly that I don't bring in any money. Yes, there are days when I am more than ready for the kids' bedtime. And yes, there are definitely times when I miss teaching. Oh, and I won't lie, there are many times when I wish we had that 2nd income so that I could get those new shoes. Or that extra bedroom.
But honestly, I would not change it for anything.
I am so thankful that I have a husband who values my job as a mom, who doesn't think less of me because I don't work outside the home. A husband who in fact, appreciates, all that I do in our home, and tells me so.
I am thankful that I have a wonderful group of stay-at-home mommy friends who are always up for a playdate so that we don't have to sit at home by ourselves 24/7!
I am thankful that I have a mom and dad who also encourage me in my role, who don't think it's crazy that I am not out there using the education that they helped pay for!
I am thankful for my mom, who is always available to watch the kids, if I need a sanity break!
I am thankful for the opportunity to take care of another mom's child, when she is unable to, something I wouldn't be able to do if I was working.
I am thankful for the 2 sweetest children a mother could ask for (you know, in my biased opinion). I am thankful that I am here every day to play with them, feed them, pray with them, read to them, and see them grow and learn. Talk about payment! It doesn't get more joyful than that.
Most of all, I am thankful for the Lord, who encourages me in so many ways, at so many times, that my job is important.