Tuesday, March 27, 2012

living the dream

almost a month ago i read this post and i immediately loved it and have been thinking about it ever since. because what she wrote resonated with me. she expressed how i feel about my life as a stay at home mom and captured it in writing far better than i could. in writing about her life and days at home with her son she said,
plenty of people would look at it and think, "yuck." plenty of people would look at my marriage and think, "limiting." plenty of people would look at my daily list of things i accomplish and think, "silly." but somehow i feel like i lucked out big time. somehow i feel like i'm living the dream.

it's not like my life is anything particularly noteworthy or exciting or special. it's just the life of a mom cleaning up after a baby...and yet, this is it. for me, this is it. brandon goes off to work and i don't feel jealous of his importance or his title. i rather respect his sacrifice all the more, because i had that life once and i hated it. it was not for me. this right here, this is the promotion. and huck's not the boss, like some might think. i'm the boss. i'm more than the boss. he is my kingdom, that little turkey, and this little apartment on the upper west side, this blessed little home,  this is my palace. and i will tell you something: it feels regal, the work i do here. in here, i am a queen. 
i love that! the names of husbands, kids and locations are different, but she summed up how i feel. this is important work i am doing here and there is no place else i would rather spend my days and no one else whom i would rather spend them with than my 2 little peanuts (other than dave of course). i feel so grateful for a husband who supports me in my desire to be at home, even though it comes at a (financial) sacrifice for our family. because it is my dream come true. this is it for me. and i feel so blessed.
"Let every mother realize that she has no greater blessing than the children which have come to her as a gift from the Almighty; that she has no greater mission than to rear them in light and trust, and understanding and love; that she will have no greater happiness than to see them grow into young men and women who respect principles of virtue, who walk free from the stain of immorality and from the shame of delinquency.... I remind mothers everywhere of the sanctity of your calling. No other can adequately take your place. No responsibility is greater, no obligation more binding than that you rear in love and peace and integrity those whom you have brought into the world."-- Gordon B. Hinckley

1 comment:

Jessica said...

I love this Steph, you are awesome. We are living the dream! I just hope it's not a nightmare when they're teens! ;) yikes.