Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hardships and Blessings...

So many times in the past 3 years I have often wondered if what we are doing with me at home full time and Eric being our sole source of income has been the right decision... the hardships we have endured and the criticism we hear so very often can be very disheartening ....... it seems this world, and in this time, it is so looked down upon for a woman to want to stay at home and take care of her family. Instead, it seems the world looks on me and other women like me as if we were freeloaders on our spouses and that it would be so much better for society if we would just go into the workforce. How often I have read about 'women that have it all' with a great home life and a career to boot..... but for me, I do have it all..... my career of choice is a homemaker.... I want to be home taking care of the things for my family. And Eric is my biggest supporter..... it was he that insisted 3 years ago that I come home and no longer work outside our home. (He had been talking about it for several years, in fact. )

Money concerns are with us daily....but we make it through. Trusting God will provide in the midst of our need. It is not always easy.... especially with our wants (we are human) but our NEEDS have always been met. Jeremiah 17:7-8 "But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit."

I like having an early dinner (that I have MADE and not something I picked up or heated up) enjoying the evening with my family and taking care of things in my day around the house. I like doing our laundry (I can't wait for my new lines outside..... I really like hanging my laundry out) and having it put away each day, I like cooking and having good meals prepared for my family, I like keeping house and knowing that all is in its place (it is getting there ..... just a few more boxes) and I like knowing that my husband really appreciates all that I do for him and our children. To me it is a blessing to this family to have me home..... we enjoy the slower side of life and do not need the hustle and bustle of the world.

We count blessings each day ...... even in the midst of hardships.


Eric M. Amacher said...

I am glad that you are blessed. It is good to hear. You put the words down very well and I hope that whatever we go through together, you will always be blessed by them. Thank you for encouraging me. I will love you always.


Anonymous said...

Ok, can I just say...AAAWWWWWWW!!!!!

If people are being critical, first just consider the source. And we've both been there with working and home and it's most definitely NOT having it all. More like having it all piled on!


Anonymous said...

Amen sister!! Keep focusing on the Lord...who cares what the world thinks? We SAHMs know we are doing what the Lord wants us to do and nobody can take that away from us!

Love, your friend, Tina :)

My name is Judy said...

I agree with you completely. I feel that if more moms would stay home with their kids and take care of them, the world would be such a better place. Kids would know what family is, and how to behave. And there wouldn't be so many kids wondering the streets and getting into trouble. Plus, it is what God wants from us women, to tend to our families. I am with you,
God Bless

Anonymous said...

Your husband supports you and that is all that matters!! Hooray for such a husband in these days and times! And hooray for you and your children to be so blessed! Yes, the hardships can be tough at times, but the blessings and positive things staying at home brings far outweigh the hardships IMO.