Sunday, July 17, 2011

No More Mondays

Not too long ago, R and I made a pretty big decision.  Well, besides the decision to have a baby. 

We decided that I would quit my job. 

Let me tell you.  Before I had Avery I always thought I would work and have kids.  I mean, I am a woman of the 2000's right?  Both my parents worked and raised my brother and I.  Ronnie's parent's worked and raised he and his brother.  So I just thought that's the way it would be.

Enter this cutie face.


And for about a year I was content.  I was somewhat successful at work, worked for a fantastic company and Avery was having a ball playing with her cousins everyday. 

Peyton- this is the cousin Avery usually wants to say 2 prayers for.  She loves her Peyton!

Kelli Lynn-Avery's playmate and teacher.  Everything Avery knows she says she learned from Kelli.


Mason- The oldest of the great-grandkids.  Avery is the youngest for now.  Love they got to spend so much time together.

And then I realized I wasn't THAT happy.  I wanted to be at home with Avery and any future kids.  R wanted to the same for our family so we worked to make it happen.  We had a goal that by the time kid #2 came along, I would stay at home.

I could dedicate an entite post to what we did to prepare for one income.  Most importantly we took a hard look at our budget, made some cuts that weren't easy (getting rid of OU football season tickets and cable, for example) and started living on 1 income. Some things were easy, some were hard.  But we had to remember what we were doing it for.

Tommorrow I start my new job.  Stay at home mom.  The hardest thing I had to do was tell my supervisor I was leaving.  I worked for a great company and had an even better supervisor.  I made some wonderful friends that I know I will be keeping in touch with (in fact, one will be my neighbor, yay!) and I will miss those friends dearly.

But, for our family, this is the right decision. A decision that took a lot of prayer, thought, and a big leap of faith.  I look forward to spending some time with Avery before New Kid comes along.  I know it won't be easy and there will probably be times that I want to go back to work but for now, I'm going to appreciate the blessing we've been given.

All in all, I did it for this girl.  The love of my life.  The one I can't imagine my life without and can't remember my life before her.  And for New Kid.  Who has already captured our hearts and I know will be loved beyond measure.



Tomorrow starts No More Monday's for me. I'm nervous, excited, anxious, scared and many many more. And I can't wait.

More adventures to come. 



Josh and Lindsay said...

Love this and SO excited for you and Miss Avery :)

Heather B. said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS! I am so excited for you! Thanks for the reminder of the blessing of being able to stay home with my girls. May the Lord bless you and your family on this new journey of life!

Busy Little Housewife said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you!

Amy Butler said...

That is awesome Jen! I know you won't regret it! So happy you guys found a way to make it work - I know that can be tough! And yay for New Kid!!

Erin Conrad said...


Anonymous said...

Jen I am so happy for you and your family but I miss you already. Please make sure to keep in touch. And yes if you need any tips on sewing please call anytime.

Thanks for being such a great boss and a spirtual friend.