Annette from A Net In Time Schooling : A SAHM Story

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series How I Became a SAHM

AnnetintimeGuest post from Annette of A Net In Time

Did you know that I never actually planned to get married and have children?

Yeah, I have friends who were shocked for a couple years after I got married that I actually did find a guy to settle down with. Go figure eh? So needless to say I can’t say that I always wanted to be a SAHM.

I worked for several years with special needs folks… in group homes and in one to one situations. I reached a point in my spiritual life that I needed and wanted to talk to single people about my faith and not knowing where else to go and went on a singles site. There I met my hubby. πŸ™‚

Still didn’t plan on dating him or anything and we talked for quite a while before via email before getting together for a walk in the park. My dog wasn’t much keen on his dog, but they worked it out and overtime we got married. Me at 36 married!

I worked for the first while. I was content with it just be hubby and me, and overtime he convinced me that adding to our family might be a good idea. I wasn’t real keen on kids, I DID NOT want a kid like me at all. Anyways, we ended up having to deal with miscarriages and what not. But finally we had a son! WOOT WOOT!!!!

We knew from the moment he came home that I’d be staying home with him and that we would be schooling him at home as well.

Hubby is a pastor and often works from home so our family is together a lot. Sometimes a bit too much as the lad and I can be NOISY (and hubby an introvert craving silence) so hubby will take his work elsewhere…. like to the corner coffee shop or something. πŸ™‚

BUT I can’t just school my child and feel like I”m not contributing to the financial well being of our household, and I need critters to care for. I’ve always been like this and growing up the farm I had chickens, rabbits, goats, calves and what not. So as an adult I raise rabbits and guinea pigs and help my boy raising his mice. πŸ™‚

The bunnies and guinea pigs actually pay more than the part time job I had when we first married so it works out well in that regard as well. πŸ™‚

I do a fair amount of reviews as well, so when I combine my income from my critters and my review doing, I am able to pay for most of the needs of my boy, some of our vacation time, and books for me and hubby to read. πŸ™‚

I like to garden so it’s neat to be able to provide for the family in that regard as well. πŸ™‚ Cooking and canning are things I like to do. The weeds from the garden stretch the bunny grocery budget as well. πŸ™‚

We are in debt, but it’s manageable. Sometimes we have to make hard decisions to not get into unmanageable debt. Even with our debt we are managing to save for a rainy day. It’s going slow but does that really matter?

We choose to take in international students a couple of times a year. This is great from an β€œexpand your world” perspective, but it also helps with bringing down our debt a bit. πŸ™‚ We have a lot of fun doing this as well.

What would I do different in our lives?

Hmm… not much actually. πŸ™‚ We are blessed as a family of three. We do well. Why would I want to change our life experiences up to this point? Wouldn’t that change who we are as people??? At least that’s what I ponder. πŸ™‚

Hmm… other stay at home mom’s??? What advice would I give?

Enjoy each other. Don’t worry about the β€œI want to haves” and just enjoy each other and the journey you are on together. Make choices that benefit the whole family and let the rest just slide away. πŸ™‚


You can find Annette over at A Net in Time Schooling and find out more about her rabbitry business at At Home Pets.

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  1. Thank you, Kemi and Annette. It’s always so much fun to get to know everyone better. πŸ™‚ My very favorite quote- “Enjoy each other. Don’t worry about the β€œI want to haves” and just enjoy each other and the journey you are on together. Make choices that benefit the whole family and let the rest just slide away. ” I love it!

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