So, as a SAHM one frequent question I am never prepared to answer is "what do you do?" or in the same vein, filling in the occupation blank on paper forms. Sick.
I've heard of more clever women putting a list of all the different hats they wear as a SAHM. Here are a few hats I attempt to wear...
-child development expert
So naturally, when somone asks me, "what do you do?" I tell them either
a) what I used to do professionally
b) I say "nothing."
c) I stutter and say "oh I just stay home."
What the heck is wrong with me?
This is the hardest, most rewarding and humbling, least appreciated job I have ever done! And to top it all off I'm a volunteer that works major overtime each week and works unplanned nightshifts. The other day the thought actually crossed my mind, "maybe I should go back to work to get a break."
I guess I am still trying to figure out how to answer that question without feeling like a weirdo/ one-upper/lame-o. Anyway.
The good news I've realized in my life so far though, is that, sometimes the very things that are the most demanding and difficult have the most beauty and bring the most JOY. And I believe that this life does have very significant meaning and purpose and helps us grow into the people we were meant to be.
When I get overwhelmed I try to remember:
You only have to live one day, one hour, one minute, or even one second at a time. If you can make a good habit of doing your best one baby step at a time, you can experience true joy hundreds of time each day. Just remember to receive with a smile the best gift you have-the present.