Prayer Leads to a Homeschool SAHM Story

This entry is part [part not set] of 6 in the series How I Became a SAHM

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Guest post from Brandy and Kingdom Academy Homeschool

{SAHM = Stay at Home Mom}

When my children were born, the idea of staying home never occurred to me. My husband was a fireman, I went to school to become a teacher, we were going to be a two-income family. At first I was satisfied with this arrangement. My boys went to my school, so I saw them in the hallway and I was happy. However, as my youngest boy started to move up in school, I started to feel like I was missing out. As I saw him growing up in front of me, I felt like it was all flying by too fast. Around this time I also met a homeschooling family at our church, and I fell in love with the idea.

After a lot of prayer and back and forth, and some major financial upheaval, my husband and I decided that staying home would benefit all of us. For me, I felt this intense longing to be with my children. My oldest son was having some difficulties and I felt like the home environment would benefit him. Mostly, we wanted to have the freedom to create our own schedule, travel when we could, and spend more time as a family.

Some of the steps (to make it financially possible) were taken for us. This was the time of the major economic downturn, and our house was so underwater we couldn’t save it. Once we accepted that, we decided to start over as a one-income family.

So, we cut out extras like cable, big cell phone contracts, new cars etc. and trimmed wherever else we could. We buy used, fix things when we can, grow vegetables, and cut coupons.

I search for deals online for trips we want to take, and we camp a lot! My hubby and I made a priority list and determined that was where the focus of our money would go. We pay cash for everything, and if we can’t afford it, we don’t buy it.

The only change I would make is to have stayed home from the beginning. And maybe add another kid or two to our family.

Follow your heart, pray, and talk it over with your hubby. Don’t doubt yourself, most of the time you will find your instincts are correct. Kids grow up so fast that you really should squeeze the joy out of every possible moment!

You can visit Brandy over at Kingdom Academy Homeschool

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