Thursday, March 18, 2010

As of April 2nd...



... I will be a STAY AT HOME MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is with much excitement that I make this news public. Our good friends and family know and now I am so excited to share that I will be making this big change in just 2 short weeks!

After much prayer, discussion, budget tweaking and tears... Adam and I decided it's best for our family if I am a SAHM at this time in our lives. It's what is best for our family!! It's what's best for me personally, but most importantly it's what's best for our family!

Most of you know I really struggled with this decision. I think a lot of the times it was so hard because I wanted it soooo bad! But I wanted to do what God wanted me to do. I wanted to make sure I was living out HIS plan for me! And I am finally at peace that at this time in my life I am living His plan! Who knows what He has in store for me in the future but I feel GOOD about this decision!

I have gotten an amazing response of support from friends and family and even had some emails with lots of questions like: how, why, when, where... etc! And I want you to know that if you have any of those questions I will be glad to answer them.

I struggled a lot with a few aspects of being a SAHM. I struggled MOST OF ALL with the financial side of things! I am pretty much an open book... I am not ashamed to say that Adam and I don't come from wealthy families but we were loved beyond measure and always had what we needed and wanted (within reason). Adam and I are not wealthy. We do not have lots of money stored away. We haven't hit the lotto (nor do we play-ha). We don't take big vacations (yet!) And I don't shop til I drop (anymore)! But we are taken care of. We have what we need. We are making HUGE financial sacrifices for me to be able to stay at home and raise our sweet Addison.

It's important for me to give my sweet husband lots of credit here. He wanted me to stay at home just as much as I wanted to! And THAT, my friends, made all the difference in the world as to how this came about! He was 100% supportive and was willing to do ANYTHING to make this work and without going into too much detail, he has SACRIFICED so much so I can do this! And will continue to in order to support our family so we can have the kind of life (in his words) that we "deserve to have!" I am married to a wonderful, godly man that loves me and our family so much that he would do anything to make us happy! He is so supportive and understanding and just really wonderful!! I am one lucky lady to be married to such a handsome, sweet man!! (I love you!)

So anyway, that's my big news. The decision is made and I can't wait to be at home with this precious face all day!!!

52 comments:

Manhattan Mommy said...

good for you!! I made the same decision about two weeks ago, and I am loving every minute of it. Being with your baby is so important!

Megilon said...

Good for you! I know this has been a struggle for you. It would have worked either way but you have to do what you need to do.

Sherrie said...

Congrats! I am sure it is a decision you will never regret!

Gwen said...

I am so happy for you & beautiful Miss Addison. I knew you would make the decision that would best suit your adorable family and I can't wait to see/hear about all of the adventures waiting for you. Love you my friend!!! XOXO

Tiffany said...

Thanks (again) for sharing your story. My husband and I will be in the same boat come August and I know it will be a tough decision. I admire your thought and prayers in your decision and am excited that you will get to do what is best for you! Congrats.

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I am SO happy for you Lynds!! I still don't know how this will play out for my family, but I'm so glad it worked out for you!

A Southern Accent said...

Yeah for you!I knew that's what you were going to choose and from everything I know, sounds like the right decision for you guys! She is so adorable and congrats!

Mary Michal said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you. You're going to love every minute of it!

Jessica said...

This is great news! There is no right or wrong answer to this decision, but for you, this sounds like you made the right one. You are going to have so much fun with that little girl everyday. I'm glad this all worked out for you!

GamecockQueen said...

WOW! That is so exciting for you! I really don't know how you did everything in one day, I barely get everything done..cooking a healthy dinner, workouts, etc..and I'm a very uncommitted free single person. You must be super organized!

The sentence about praying, tears, and budget thinking made me think of when I bought my car. I obsessed for six months about wether or not to get my dream car. Silly compared to your decision, I know, but still, a big one for me!

Good luck! I'm sure you will love every minute!

Ashley said...

Oh yay!! I am so so happy for you!! I know this was a difficult decision for you, and I am so impressed by your wanting it to be the right decision in so many ways, not just because it's what YOU wanted! I am so excited for this next part of your journey!

Shannon said...

So happy for you! You won't regret it. These tiny moments with our lil' ones are so precious and they only come once! Congrats and most importantly, enjoy!

Paige said...

Yay! so happy that you have made a decision that your heart is at peace with. The way I see it is looking back will you think " i wish i would have worked more" or "i wish i had spent more time with my addison". God will provide!

Kappa Prep said...

I am SO happy for you! This has to be so exciting for you! What a wonderful example to others as well, you waited on God's plan! Congrats to you L- you will be a wonderful SAHM to you sweet daughter!

Brown Girl said...

That's wonderful. Good for you! Enjoy your time with sweet Addison!

Happy Dash said...

yay! I am so happy for you and that you were able to work it out for everyone! I hope it is everything you've dreamed it will be and enjoy seeing that beautiful Addison more every day :)

In this wonderful life... said...

YAY YAY YAY!!!! SO SO GLAD you got your wish!!!! :)

California Wife said...

Congratulations! I can tell you are definitely at peace with your decision, and that you have made the right choice!

What's New with Mrs.T said...

That is awesome! Congrats!

Brandi said...

You will sooo love being at home. I was in your boat 2 years ago. I decided to stay home and have loved every minute of it. We might not ever be rich but who cares!!!! YEAH for you!!!!!!!

Angeline said...

woo hoo! good for you! congrats are in order!

FROM MARRIAGE TO MOTHERHOOD said...
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FROM MARRIAGE TO MOTHERHOOD said...

I could tell that being a SAHM is what your heart yearned for : ) Your days may sometimes seem long and tiring, but you will love and appreciate every hour being with your sweet girl : )

Allyson said...

YAY! Good is so good. Glad it all worked out.

kimert said...

I am so happy for you! I Know it was a struggle for you and am glad that you made it through the decision process. Enjoy every minute with that sweet face! :)

Texan Couture said...

I'm so excited for you. I remember reading your tweets awhile back about how you wanted to be a stay at home mom. Glad you are able too.

Kate said...

I am so excited for you!!! I know how much you wanted this - but also how THOUGHTFULLY (in the true sense of the word) you considered this decision! I wish you all the best and can't wait to hear about your SAHM antics!

Mrs. EDO said...

Congrats! I've been reading your blog for a few months now and I have seen your struggle with making the decision. I hope that I'm able to make the same decision when the times comes. Enjoy your new full time job, Mommy! :)

Megan said...

YAY!! So happy for you!! And what an awesome hubs you have!

Tracy's Porch said...

You seem so very happy and excited and that is what is so important! Congrats on your decision!!! I know you will love being a SAHM.

and...Miss Addison is just precious!

Lulu said...

I am so thrilled for you! I was really rooting for you that you'd be able to make this work out ;) Huge congratulations!
xoxo,
Lulu

Anne said...

Couldn't have said it better myself - SO very excited for you!! ALM is going to be over the moon...and if I were you I'd spend half the day kissing those sweet cheeks! Yay for you! xoxo

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

ahhhhhhhh, I'm so happy for you!!! congratulations friend! I'm so excited for you!!

Susannah said...

Oh, I am soooo excited for you! THat is great news and I can't wait till the day that I can do this too!

Krystyn said...

Congratulations. I know it was a tough decision for you, but you made the right one for your family.

midnight macaroons said...

Congrats! Your beautiful baby girl is going to love having her mommy home. She's so precious. That picture you posted is adorable.

Mrs H said...

Yea! Congratulations, I know sweet Addison will love having you at home.

Brittney said...

Oh I am SO happy for you!! Congratulations and your perfect husby makes me excited to find my own godly and supportive man someday!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Congrats, so exciting!

Lucky in Love said...

I am SO happy for you my friend! And especially that you are completely comfortable with your decision :) I know you will just love it to pieces!

TexasLauren77 said...

Congratulations! I am so happy that you have found a way to make things work that fits your family just right! :) And, Addison is such a little cutie! I can't even imagine what it must be like to leave her all day...I freak out just boarding my two dogs, so when it's your own flesh-and-blood child, it must be excruciating! Anyway, good for you! :)

Risa said...

This is the very reason why we don't have kids yet. I'm scared to change our lives to something I may not like. I would be fine with having a baby with the same income we have now but that's not possible if I were to be a SAHM. Big decisions!! Please keep us posted, honestly, on your thoughts after a few months. Obviously your little one's cute face will be worth it but I'd like to know if you miss working at all etc. I'll live through you first ;-)

alyssa said...

congrats!! you will LOOOOOVE your decision!!

amy (metz) walker said...

Yay, I'm really happy for you!

the pink prep said...

i am so happy for you! i've been reading your journey for a while, and i know it is sooo tough to be away from your little angel! My husband actually left his job to be a stay-at-home daddy until our daughter was a year old! so congrats to you and your family -- i know you will have the best time together!

The Shabby Princess said...

I'm so excited for you. I know this is what you truly wanted and I appreciate so much how you put God's plan first for this and really spent time on the desicion. This will be wonderful for your family and I am so happy for you. Congratulations my dear!

Jesslee said...

How wonderful! Glad to hear you received the answer you were hoping for and that you have such a loving and supportive husband.
I'll be looking forward to reading all about your stay at home adventures with your super-cute Addison!

kara battel said...

so happy for you and the peace that you've made with this decison! congrats- you will not regret it- they change and grow so quickly! make sure that you still take some time for yourself and enjoy your little girl!

Muffy said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! Wonderful news!!!

Little Miss Diva said...

Congratulations on becoming at SAHM! That's fabulous. I grew up with a stay at home Mom and it was the best. :)

Adie said...

Congratulations this is very exciting!!

Mrs. Williams said...

CONGRATS!!! That is very big news!!Your sweet Addison and your family is going to love your at home time.