Blog Challenge, day two.
I've said it before, but I feel so blessed to get to stay home with my kiddos.
I didn't stay home with Kaylee - I was a 19 year old trying to juggle being such a young mother while being a full time college student, a college athlete, and working a part-time job.
Look at us! We were both such babies!
So yes, I've seen both sides of the situation.
And I know that there are highs and lows, pros and cons, to being a stay at home mom. When you choose to stay home, you really are giving up a lot. Having a career - or even just a job - isn't just a paycheck. It's also a change in scenery from being at home, a break from constant contact with the kiddos, a chance to interact with adults, a time for some intellectual stimulation.
But when you choose, or need, to work, you're also giving up a lot. You're missing time with your baby, being the primary caregiver for the majority of their day, and watching them grow and explore and do all the little cute things that babies do everyday.
I know that different women need different things. Some people could not imagine giving up their career to stay home. Other people would rather barely make ends meet to be able to stay home. And hopefully every woman can come to terms with what works best for them and their family.
Now how did I get off on that tangent?
Anyway - in 10 years.
Still married to my wonderful husband.
A mother to an almost 18 year old - off to college! (I can't even imagine!)
(yes, I consider college a necessity!)
A mother to a 10 year old!
Hopefully a mother to a....7 ish year old (if I'm making my own plans!)
(but we all know that God's plans are better than my plans!)
And ideally, working at a job that I enjoy and find rewarding. I'd like to say without a doubt that I'll go back to teaching, but at the rate budget cuts are going, I don't know if schools will still be open and running 10 years from now!
Oh, and if I happened to be living in any of the following places, that would be pretty stellar too!
What is one thing you hope for yourself in the next 10 years??