When I tell people I am a stay-at-home-mom I usually get the "awe how sweet" look... Or the "must be nice" look... Rarely do I get the "oh wow you must be busy" look.
I'll admit there was a day when I thought being a stay-at-home-mom would be a life of leisure Sleep in... watch Good Morning America... have some bon bon's... do some shopping... make homemade everything... have time to work out... read books... have a spotless house...
The only thing on TV in the morning is "Wild Krats" or "Dinosaur Train".
Bon Bon's.. do they really even exist? I don't know...
The only shopping I do is grocery shopping...
Homemade... lol that is funny.
If doing laundry or unloading the dishwasher counts as working out then I am in the best shape of my life!
Books... I am a pro at Cat In The Hat... Charlotte's Web? gotcha covered.
My house is spotted... far from spotless!
So what is it that I am doing all day that keeps me from making my delusions reality?
I home school for 2-3 hours a day.
I cook lunch for three.
I run kids to sports practices, home school activities or field trips.
I go on adventure hikes in the woods, paint nature on the porch, play baseball,soccer, and do cartwheels and handstands.
I feed a dog, cat, fish and horses each day.
I do laundry, cook dinner (most nights) and clean.
I try my best to track the kids lives with photo books and blogs.
I practice and sing with the praise team at church.
8:30pm-12:30am are typically my "office hours" for volunteer work
I volunteer as the president of "Reach Out Orphanage Ministries".
I co-chair the mission's committee at church
I coordinate a yearly trip for 20+ to Honduras along with the 4 fundraisers associated with this trip.
This month I am getting ready to train Program Coordinators for Carolina Cross Connection's staff training. I am also helping plan the worship services and painting props for worship at the week long staff training.
Next month I'll be painting props for VBS...
This is my life, it is busy and chaotic at times; occasionally stressful and tiresome... it is a lot of things and I love it! but rarely would I classify it as the life of leisure. Yet somehow I still get the "awe how sweet" look.
So when someone says to you "I am a stay-at-home-mom." you should know that is probably just a polite way of saying "I am a woman at the end of a rapidly fraying rope who is hanging on for the ride until my kids go to college!"
and you should give her the "wow that is awesome" look. ;)
Here's to all the "stay-at-home-mom's" out there who don't just stay-at-home.