Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Big News

I have some life-changing news to share with you, as promised. I was waiting to share this news with you until it seemed more real to me, however; I have come to realize that this decision probably won't seem real until it actually happens so, here it goes.

My husband and I have decided that I am going to be staying home with our precious baby girl once she arrives!

This was, hands down, the hardest, easiest decision I've had to make.

I have been working in my career as a Paralegal for a Child Welfare Agency since 2008. Even though my job can be stressful at times, I absolutely love what I do, and I have been incredibly blessed to have been given the opportunity to touch the lives of children and families in my community through this position for so long (and at such a young age). I believe this will be the best job I will ever have, and that's only a part of what made this a hard decision.

After weeks of finally coming to this decision, I couldn't even possibly lay out all the reasons why this was a hard decision to make for me. However, to sum it up, losing the pay, losing my current identity, and leaving a job that has been so good to me are a few of the biggies.

When it comes down to it though, this really was the easiest decision I've had to make at the same time. Whenever my husband and I realized that we could "financially afford" for me to stay home with our baby girl, the decision was made.

Now, when I say that we can "financially afford" this decision, I say that loosely. Sacrifices will need to be made, and some debt will be incurred. This is what is best for my daughter, and I know that this is going to be great for me, too! Will it be hard? Yes. Will it be worth it? Absolutely. That's what matters most.

So, I put in a month's notice at work. My last day in the office will be January 9th!

I am scared, nervous, excited, and feeling incredibly blessed all at the same time. I'm so happy to be starting my new journey of being a stay at home mother, and I hope you'll continue to follow me along the way!

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