Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A promotion


Today is a big day for me, and for our family. Today I am getting a promotion! No I am not taking a leap and moving up the corporate ladder, today I become a stay at home wife/soon to be stay at home mom to our son. I couldn't be more excited to type these words and finally see a dream of mine come true. Becoming pregnant and venturing into parent hood brings lots of big decisions. Beyond the work/daycare/stay home question, there is the discussion of names, discipline, religious teachings, etc. Good thing the Lord gives us 9 months to prepare! Jon and I have known long before we even became pregnant that when we started a family, I would be a full time mother. I still can't believe it is really happening and I thank God and my husband daily for this opportunity. It is an opportunity that doesn't come at an "easy price". I feel incredibly blessed that Jon is able to provide for our family financially but more so I feel grateful that he also provides the emotional support for me to stay home. There was a time at the beginning of my pregnancy that I had just received a raise and thought maybe I'd go back part time but Jon has always been my biggest cheerleader for staying home. He knew it is was something so close to my heart and knew it was something I would never, ever regret. 

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As Christ followers we believe each one of us is given spiritual gifts to use to further the Kingdom of Heaven. Beyond becoming pastors, missionaries, or evangelists, God gives many of us strengths and the opportunity to be a witness in everyday jobs and careers. As much as I have really enjoyed my job the past few years (great company, wonderful coworkers, traveling, learning), I've never felt a true calling towards it. My calling is in motherhood and this journey has only just begun. I believe I was meant for lots in this world and I am only scratching the surface. I cannot wait to see the story the Lord has written for my life as a mother. 

I know for a FACT that my new job will be hard. There will be days I don't see the outside of my home or the inside of a shower and days where I crave adult conversation but I am so confident in my success as a mother. I like to think of it similar to my pregnancy. My pregnancy was hard and I could have easily complained and been the most pessimistic, miserable person ever. But I didn't. I know many women who would kill to stay home with their children and I will never take that for advantage. I have so much respect for women who work outside of the home, I don't even have kids yet and sometimes feel overwhelmed having to juggle work/my home/my marriage/my social life. Like I said, God calls some women to use their gifts as doctors, lawyers, teachers, stay at home moms. 

The next few weeks will be a whirlwind and I am really looking forward to fall knowing that will give me time to get to know my baby, hopefully sleep a little bit, and get into the swing of things as a full time mommy and wife. I get giddy excited thinking of walks with Ernie and baby, afternoon naps on rainy days, and I've already joined our neighborhood Moms club. 

Jon has been such an encouragement these past few months and keeps a countdown until my "promotion" as he calls it. I look forward to what the future holds for us as we anxiously await the birth of my new boss! Adios corporate world, this domestic engineer/household COO/cruise director is ready for duty. 

I'm getting quite the raise....
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Oh and last night I realized I started my current job 2 weeks after we got married and I am leaving it knowing in 2 weeks I will be holding my baby boy!


51 comments:

Lindsay @ Pursuit of Pink said...

YAY! That is so awesome, all I have heard from friends who are stay at home Moms is how much they enjoy it even though it is hard work. I know you will be great!!! My dream is to also be a stay at home mom, but living in D.C. (with crazy high mortgages) makes it a bit harder. Tolar and I are praying about and I'm looking for opportunities to work from home so I can stay with Baby K and be there for her thru everything. I'm so excited for you Ruthie. You are going to be an incredible Mama!

P!nky said...

CONGRATS! SO glad God made this possible :)

Emily said...

Congrats!!! It has to be the most rewarding job! I love being a SAHM and I also knew it was what God meant for me to do. Sometimes it can be hard financially, but being able to care and be there 24/7 for your child is worth more than any money! Best of luck!! Can't wait to see pictures of baby Hart! Get some rest!!

Taylor said...

I love the way you put that Motherhood is your calling! It may not be best for everyone but for those who are called to it it just makes sense if it is financially feasible! Thrilled for you!

Megan @5280RM said...

Congratulations! I was able to spend the first 2 years of my son's life as a stay at home Mommy. It was the best, and I am so grateful I was able to have that time.

Tami said...

Congratulations, Ruthie! The decision to stay at home with my daughter was the best I ever made. You will love spending your days with your little guy, even the hard ones!

M. at Making Sense of Cents said...

Congrats! Love this post. I definitely want to be a stay at a home mom as well.

Candice Williams said...

I was working sixty hours a week and my hisband was working three jobs when I got pregnant. I quit my job and we moved six hours away so my husband could finish school. When my son was born, we had no money. By the grace of god we survived. And not only did we survive, but my husband got a job as a lineman (what he went to school for) when my son was just a few months old. This job is so good. It pays crazy crazy good. It allows us to be provided for. And it allows me to be a stay at home mom. Here's the thing though. We didn't wait for god to give this job before making our decision. We took a leap of faith and we trusted that god would provide. I knew I was meant to be a stay at home mom every day and we purposed for that. I truly believe god wants me to stay home with my son and if other mothers feel the same I always encourage them to do so. God WILL provide!

So happy for you ruthie. Best choice you could have made!

Allison said...

So excited for you Ruthie!! Congratulations on the promotion!! Now, come on baby Hart!!!!

Amanda said...

Yay!!!!! :)

Carly said...

So exciting! What a wonderful chance to spend time with your little one and it's definitely a promotion!!!

Carly
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Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

YAY!!!! You will love your new job!!!!
It is the hardest job in the world, but you will be so happy you did it. Just remember, the beginning is going to be the most tough, but you will both learn and you will get used to it, and everything will be wonderful. I sit here 3 months later and can't remember how hard it was, even though I know those moments existed. Will be sending lots of prayers your way! I can't wait till baby boy is here!! And ahhh, I just want to know his name so badly!

Carolyn said...

YAY!! :) You're going to be SO GREAT at your new job!!

texas-tammy said...

LOL, ur too funny, Ruthie!

What if the new boss pees on you?! ;-)

Lesia said...

Congratulations Ruthie! Being a mother is truly the most important job in the world. As the Army used to say, "It's the toughest job you'll ever love!" I have been a SAHM for 21 years, and it has been such a blessing.

Danielle Carroll said...

So, so happy for you Ruthie!!! Congrats on your promotion ;) I know you'll be great at your new job mrs. momma!!!!

Jessica DeFord said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your new promotion!!! I'm sure it's the BEST one you can get! You and I are one in the same, my calling is to be mother too! I can't wait for the day I get the same promotion! Until then, I will looove seeing all of your posts on precious Baby Hart!
XOXO

Sarah Tucker said...

This is the best type of promotion out there! Such a blessing to have a husband who supports you. Chris and I talked about this same situation of me staying home once we have kids and I am so fortunate that he will do whatever it takes to make it possible! Now we are just waiting on Baby Hart to officially make you a Momma!

-Danica- said...

Congrats! This really is the best promotion you could ask for! I will never take for granted what a blessing it has been to be there for all the little things not everyone gets the chance to sit and notice. It's HARD, and its frustrating, and iycan often leave you feeling pretty drained, but its such an incredible blessing. I have never learner more about myself and my roles as a wife and a mother than I have these past 3 years with my daughter. Good luck!

Bridget said...

HUGE congrats to you on the BEST promotion out there!!!

Nicole said...

I don't know why I'm just coming to your blog since I've been following you on Instagram for what seems like forever! Just thought I would drop you a little note to say how excited I am for you! What a blessing that the Lord has given you this opportunity and I can't wait to see what the Lord does in your life through your new "job". What a sanctifying journey it will be, I'm sure. Thank you for sharing Jesus. Such an encouragement to me. :)

Brianne Bracco said...

Yay for your promotion! I think it is absolutely wonderful for you to take this opportunity to really enjoy motherhood. :)

Chandelle Foote said...

So exited for you ruthie! You are going to love it!! ;) being home with Christian is the best and we love stroller walks with our puppy too! Let the journey begin! It still surreal for me that I'm a sahm! Lol come on baby hart!

Gina said...

That's great! It's so rewarding to see every little milestone. I am a working stay at home Mom. It's so much fun, but very tiring to work and take care of my son but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm going to show my husband the 2 photos in your post. Of course the first one cracked me up and the 2nd one is always a good reminder. Good Luck!!!

Kait said...

Congratulations!

Ashley @ RussellCorner said...

Congrats and welcome to the club! Being SAHM is the toughest job you'll ever love :)

Ashley
russellcorner.blogspot.com

Claire Beeks said...

Congratulations on your promotion, Ruthie! Being a stay-at-home Mom is a dream of mine, too! I actually work almost 100% out of my home right now, and really love it. It seems that all of my co-workers have stayed with the company past childbirth, and into child rearing. The hours are SO flexible and many mommies work during nap time, or after the kiddos go to bed at night. Of course, juggling everything cannot be easy, and I commend you for taking on the role of supporting the home 100%! Your home life will be amazing because you have made this decision! So proud and happy for your journey!

Katie McKenzie said...

You will be so happy! I decided to "get a promotion" almost a year ago and have never looked back! It is definitely not as easy job, but very rewarding!

The Truth About Tomi said...

Proud of you Ru! Love you!

Jess said...

I love it! It was so hard at first, but now that's son is 9 months and becoming a little boy I'm so glad I'm home to share the adventures.

Great post and congrats!

Becky Borgman said...

Yaaaay!! Congrats on the blessing of being able to stay home with your little guy. All mommies have a calling to be mommies, of course, which is why they ARE mommies, but each one is called to fulfill that job differently and each way takes sacrifice. So happy you are finding the way God is calling you!

Holly Perkins said...

Congrats on your promotion Ruthie!! I'm so happy for you!! My Mom stayed home with my brother and I for many years and we loved it!! SAHM are the best!! : )

Krista said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful opportunity, blessings to you on this new adventure my dear Ruthie! It will be eventful...of that I'm sure ;)

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Wifessionals said...

YAY! I know we have talked about this before, but staying home truly is a blessing and I am so happy I will be in the same boat as you. Like you said, I also had a great job, but I never felt like it was my calling...I always hoped we would be financially blessed enough for me to stay home and even though it wasn't easy to re-budget everything, I am so excited and it will be so worth it xoxo

Lisa @ MMT said...

Congrats!!! I wondered if you would return to work. I am so so excited for you! That is a tough decision and takes a lot of courage to do! Not even sure I would have been able to make that choice. Being a stay at home mom wasn't something we planned, it just worked out that way with my husbands crazy work hours and all the moves we made across country the last 5 years. I don't regret it one bit and I know you won't either! If you ever need a momma to talk to, you have a whole community of us here, on this great blog of yours :)

Katie {katie lately} said...

I was just thinking about you the other day (Bennett was wearing the cute outfit you got him) and wondering if you were going to stay home! Feel free to text me ANYTIME you need to, even at 2 in the morning. I cherished the moms who let me do that because sometimes you just need help! xoxox

SO excited for this new adventure for you. Dont put too much pressure on yourself to keep your house up when baby gets here. It is so hard to let it go but some days you just have to!!!

Tanya Kummerow said...

I am very excited for you! I know you will be a wonderful SAHM!

Ashley said...

Congrats! It's a tough job at times but so so worth it!

Sarah at Midwest Pillowtalk said...

congratulations girlfriend!! i am so happy for you! and for me! because now i will have a SAHM friend to chat with during our newborn insanity days ;) hehehe. if only we were closer! i mean... i can move to TX. much better than MN!
haha. anyways. i love this post. i can totally relate. and it is such a wonderful thing to get the chance to do! yay for your family!

michelle said...

congrats! i am so excited for you! you are going to be the best mom! (you will totally be the mom all the other kids wish they had.)

Meg O. said...

That's amazing! Congratulations!! I gotta admit, I am jealous. It's hard being a working mom. I suppose the bright side of it is that I get summers off (since I'm a teacher), so I am a partial SAHM, right? :)

jessi bridges said...

Ruthie, I am so thrilled for you. You are gonna LOVE it! Especially since your husband is SO supportive. I think that is the key.

Tasha W. said...

Congrats chica! I can only hope I am as blessed when I become a mommy. You are going to have one lucky little man on your hands soon for a new boss :)

Ashley Brown said...

I'm a stay at home mom too! It's one tough job! Congrats!

Ashley

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Kato Pandorah's Box said...

I love that you two call it a promotion :) I just love the two of you together period!

I think it is an amazing thing, and i think you will take the job to a whole new level, since you are pretty amazing! xoxox

Lindsey Krummenacher said...

Congrats! Best job ever! xo

Caroline Hulse said...

Yes yes yes!! I love this post and really love how positive and optimistic you've been throughout your entire pregnancy! YOU ARE PRECIOUS! I can't wait to see (& hopefully meet!!!) your sweet baby boy!
XOXOXO

Dana said...

Congrats, Ruthie! I'm so very happy for you. You'll be a fantastic mama. It's the toughest job you'll ever love and completely and totally worth it. We made the same decision just over 10 years ago and it's been the greatest. My son gets all worked up when I discuss going back to school or work in a few years..."But your job is being my MOM!" I know he'll feel differently when he's 14. :) The only drawback to being an at-home mom is that you don't get sick days! Of course, pajama days make up for that a little...

Shalyn Nelson said...

So happy for you Ruthie! :) Congrats!!

Katie F said...

Congrats on your new job. It def is a promotion and pay raise. It can be hard at times but its so incredibly rewarding and kids grow up so fast! I never thought I'd be a stay at home mom but I stopped working when my daughter was born and haven't looked back! I'm new to your blog and am loving it. Can't wait to see when baby hart makes his arrival

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