Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Life of a Stay At Home Mom Series {Day 9}: The Hawvers

Hi there and welcome to Day 9 of the Life of a Stay At Home Mom Guest Blogging Series!!! If you are just joining our Life of a Stay {At} Home Mom Series, welcome! Miss a post? You can find all the entries for our series listed for you here.

I hope you are all enjoying a glimpse into all of our Stay At Home Mom's lives!  It is so inspiring and heart warming to read how wonderful it is being a Stay At Home Mom.  You are all wonderful and all of your children are so lucky to have you as Mommy's!  I have had several Mom's ask me if I am also going to do a Guest Blogging Series on Working Moms and the answer is YES!!!  I think it would be fun to see both worlds.  I am thinking of doing this towards the end of the Summer so stay tuned!!! 

Today we are meeting up with Catie from The Hawvers - Tales of a Real Housewife.  Catie is a SAHM of an adorable little boy named Gus.  I am so excited to have Catie with us today to give her perspective on life as a stay at home mom!!


Hello Blog World! My name is Catie, and I am a stay-at-home mom. I live in a very small town in West Texas. It is 70 miles to a Target and 30 miles to a Wal-Mart, but we have a SONIC!  Two blocks away from our house is the open prairie with cows. I would like to share my story with you. As I know some of the other moms have said, I feel like I am living my dream. If you look at my growing-up book in first grade, I wanted to be a mom when I grew up. There was never a time in my life when I wanted to work full-time outside the home. After high school, I went to college and felt God lead me to go to pharmacy school. This was not my initial choice because it is a lot of education and work, and all I really wanted was to be a wife and mom. However, at that point in my life I was single and seeking to follow where the Lord would lead me. In pharmacy school I met the love of my life, Josh. We started out as friends (for 2 and ½ years) and then began dating. Less than a year after we started dating we got married. Not a day passes where I do not thank God for putting this wonderful man in my life.

We discussed my staying at home after we had kids and planned for this all along. Our first son was born in March of this year. I have worked a few half-days since our son was born, but all those days Josh stayed home with him.

As for the questions about being a stay-at-home mom:

1. Biggest reward: I love watching my son learn and grow. I never want to miss anything in his childhood, and I want to be the one raising him on a daily basis. I also love keeping house, cooking, and caring for my husband.

2. Challenges: So far we have not encountered too many challenges yet. We planned for me to stay home even before we were married. We did have a cut financially, but we know there will be other rewards that are even more important.

3. Working: One of the great things about being a pharmacist is I can work occasionally when I need to. I also can start working again when my children are grown.

4. Missing work: I will probably work a little on days when my husband Josh or other family can stay with Gus. I want to work some just so I do not forget all the information I learned in school. However, I do not miss working. I would much rather spend my days at home cooking and taking care of my son.

5. Leaving work: As I said before, I always planned to stay at home. Some people may think I am wasting my doctoral degree, but I do not agree. I do plan to work some after my kids are grown. I also plan to homeschool my children, and my education will further help me be a good teacher for them.

6. Going back to work: I do plan to work some (on Saturdays maybe) while my kids are young and also after they are grown. I do not have aspirations for another career. I did play the piano for 13 years and have considered teaching lessons which would be easy to do with children.

I fill my days with cooking, laundry, changing diapers, playing with my son, playing with our dogs, cleaning house, and blogging about what happens. I just started blogging a little less than a year ago. I enjoy reading about what other moms are doing. I thank Karen for this opportunity to share and welcome anyone to visit my blog to read about our life. I believe one of the greatest gifts any mom can give her child is time and attention!

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