I had been employed continuously for like 14 years of my life. During those years, I could never imagine myself having no work and staying at home all day long, all year round… it scared me! I had been so accustomed to being in the office 9 hours a day, and coming home in the afternoon or at night just to get some rest, and then get up early again the next day to go to work, as usual. That was my way of life…and that was my choice.
About 8 months ago, I finally made the decision to change my way of life, to stay at home and attend to the needs of my family, permanently. In the beginning, it was tough. We had a househelp at that time. Everything at home was done for us all day long. It was so b o r i n g and I felt sooo useless! Everyday was a loooong day for me! That horrible experience moved me to make a decision to do my own chores. So I began doing a few things at the house by myself. Little by little, I found myself attending to more and more than what I usually expected the househelp do for us. Everyday seemed to become busier and busier. Until the time came when I realized that we didn’t need help any longer, and that I could easily teach my kids to become responsible for little things that they could do, mostly for themselves, anyway.
Today, I am a full-fledged stay-at-home-mom, and I will never regret a single day in this path that I have chosen. My children and I have become very close to one another… and THAT is much more than I ever bargained for! Our time together is oh so valuable to me! I realized that I had missed out a whole lot of their lives, and had a lot of catching up to do for all the years that I had been employed.
I’m very thankful that I had been given the opportunity to do the things that I am able to do now. Yes, I am thankful, too, that God had given me the time of my life to work and think about myself and my career, but if He would give me the chance to live again, I would rather ask Him to allow me to live this part of my life once more, and would promise to make this even better not only for myself, but for the people that I love the most, and most especially for Him, Who gave this life to me.