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Friday, February 27, 2009

Have I mentioned I am a lucky woman????

So, this sounds crazy---but I'm sitting downstairs in blissful quiet, with my feet in the foot spa, and an appletini at my side, while I hear my husband and my kids upstairs. My wonderful husband. The one that decided to pick up take and bake pizza so that I wouldn't have to cook. The one that decided to surprise me when I got home with a nice drink and a nice chance to relax. My husband. The love of my life.

We made an interesting decision almost exactly 6 years ago. I had helped put hubby through school to pursue a degree in programming as I was experiencing some real success in radio management. We were in Denver, and once my husband was employed, expected to start a family. September 11th hit, and that changed my world at work, while my husband was just preparing to graduate. Proving that our plans might not always line up with what is intended, we discovered that we were expecting just shortly after hubby's graduation! And our wonderful son arrived in September of 2002.

We were home in St. Louis at that point, and my husband was working while I stayed home with our son. Our goal was that I stay home for at least the first year. The reality was that our income was a fraction of what it had been. I had been putting my frugal ways to work, but we still were adjusting to a very different lifestyle than what we had experienced while I was working in Denver. Again, proving that our plans don't always match up with His, I was approached with a wonderful opportunity to return to the work force. It meant a move to a different city, but it offered twice the income we currently had, and a rise in management for me.

As we debated our options, and I expressed my concerns about sending our infant son to daycare, my husband shocked me by saying he wanted to stay home with our son. At least for the first year, as was our original plan. I never, ever, thought my husband would enjoy this, but here he was, ready to do it. So, we picked up our new family and never looked back.

Now here we are, 6 years later, in a different city, with a second son--one is in first grade, the second turning 4 in the summer, and my husband has been the one to stay home with them and care for our home. It is different---he's AWESOME at laundry...TERRIBLE at dusting or clutter removal. Our family, however, would not be the same without him, and if it weren't for him, I know I wouldn't have the time for the things that shape this blog---couponing, cooking, gardening, cannning, scrapbooking, frugal living. He is the glue that holds us all together when I'm working 60-70 hour workweeks, and I wouldn't trade him for the world.

When you follow this blog, and you wonder how a career mom can do the kinds of things I blog about, this is why. I'm so blessed. And so in love.

I'm going to finish my appletini. And enjoy my footsoak. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)


Melissa said...

woah awesome post!! *applause* for the awesome hubbie too! :)

Alaina said...

Great post!

Camille said...

Cool post! I have a much higher earning potential than my husband and we constantly debate who should work and who should stay home. :-)