It was a beautiful day. We had nothing to do, so Sunshine and I got to spend time playing soccer, blowing bubbles and drawing with chalk. It made me realize how fortunate I am to stay home. It made me realize how worth it, it is to live without some luxuries. I was so happy that I posted this picture with the caption "This is why we sacrifice things for me to stay home. So worth it."
Wow, you wouldn't believe the flack I got for that. It's amazing how many people I was able to annoy by using the word "sacrifice". When I used it, it wasn't saying that I've given up so much. It wasn't implying that I'm better than others because I stay home. I'm not an idiot. I know staying home isn't possible for everyone. It was simply me being grateful for being able to stay home. It was me, reminding myself that "stuff" isn't near as important as this time is. When I say "sacrifice", I actually use it loosely. I don't feel as though I've really given up anything. If I had never stayed home and continued to work, we would most likely live as we do now, within our means (what a crazy concept!). Maybe we'd have moved to a bigger house, but probably not. I probably would have an updated computer instead of one from 1995 and the kids would probably each have their own Kindle instead of sharing mine. But those things don't seem worth it to me to miss all the wonderful moments I get with my kids. I have been there for it all. I wake them up at a decent time each morning instead of having to wake them up extra early to get them to daycare. I make sure they have a nutritious breakfast. I get to play games with them, go to the library, do science experiments, go to the park, etc. I get to pick them up from school each day and immediately hear about their day. I get to take them to activities that they wouldn't be able to participate in if I worked. I get to sit down and eat dinner with them each night. I get to read them stories and tuck them in. I occasionally still get to sing them a song before bed. They get to go to bed when they're tired and get a good night's sleep instead of me trying to fit in time to do things after picking them up from wherever. I wouldn't trade that for anything. THAT was what I was saying. Moments like in the picture above are not worth an extra Kindle or more "toys". I will happily "sacrifice" all the extras in life so that I don't have to sacrifice time with my kids. I am grateful for what I have.