I had a great opportunity present its self last night at dinner. My mother-in-law Shirley works at the University in our town and mentioned that someone had asked her if she knew of anyone to work part-time as a secretary because they can't advertise the position yet because of hiring freezes or something. It would be a great opportunity for me (since it would be until 2 every day and the kids don't get home after 2:30) however I now have 3 kids and I just can't imagine not being here for them.
Since I've been a stay-at-home mom my life has completely changed. I was a devoted mom to Dylan when I was on my own before but now with 3 to nurture, care for, discipline and get to hang out with I am in total "mom mode." I'm still working towards finishing up school. I also have a commitment to MOPS as a leader and am helping in Dylan's classroom. I love being home to hear the drama of the day, to make nutritious (or delicious) snacks, to help with homework, to keep my house livably clean and to come up with dinners on a tight budget. Some days I get tired or feel unappreciated. Some days I get covered in spit-up and poop, have to clean up after a dog, and then hear complaints that I didn't make the best dinner. Some days I feel grumpy or that I'm not doing enough but then I remember all the greatness that is my life. I don't have a real job, but I have the most important job in the world.
After just having this beautiful baby and starting to just get into the swing of the school year I can honestly say that having a little extra money in my pocket wouldn't be worth it. I would enjoy having a little more adult time and a title with a little more respect. When the kids get a little older or we really can't make our budget work any more obviously I would help support the family, but for now I get to be here in my cozy house doing cheers with my kids every night. Another perfect job will come along when the time is right.