Saturday, March 8, 2008

The House That Two Incomes Built: Part 2

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See Part 1 here.

I had a loving husband, a beautiful baby girl, and a spacious house, but I was miserable. I longed to be able to spend my days at home taking care of my baby instead of driving away from her every day to teach 4th grade.

My husband knew how it pained me to be missing my baby, and he scrawled out budget after budget, figuring and calculating over and over again. Each time, though, we met the same harsh reality. There was just no way, no matter how much we slashed expenses, we could afford to make it on just one income.

I taught that entire school year, pumping my breast milk during my breaks so MaddieLynn would still have all the benefits that had to offer. As time went on, my husband and I only felt more certain that I needed to be at home, but how?

At that time, we were studying about the faith of Abraham and how he left his homeland to go wherever God would lead him. We saw that his faith prompted him to leave his home without knowing where he was going or what would happen next. We wondered where the line was between faith and irresponsible behavior.

After much prayer and study, we decided that we would take a GIANT leap of faith. I turned in my resignation to my principal. We had no idea what we would do next, but we knew that we were headed in the right direction.

My principal begged me to reconsider, but I was firmly set in my decision. Nevertheless, he said he hoped I would change my mind. The next week, I found out I was pregnant. We were thrilled and our friends were baffled. Everyone thought we were crazy! My principal said my job was still available, but there was no turning back in my mind. We were on a journey of faith.

We sold our house and my husband was offered a new job all within one week's time. The Lord worked in many wonderful and surprising ways during those days and we never went hungry or homeless.

That was the end of my career as a public school teacher and now I spend my days teaching my own children at home.

This is where we live now. In this house, we have brought home 3 new babies, fed and lodged drug addicts, convicted felons, one complete stranger who needed food and rest while she was on her way to visit her son in prison, and many friends and relatives.

It's the most beautiful home I have ever known.


Kara said...

Very beautiful! I never realized you worked when Maddie was a baby. Staying at home is definitely the best decision I ever made as well. Isn't it amazing how God provides for us when we put our faith in Him. Soph asked me the other day if we would have more money if I worked and I said "Yes we would." She said, "But we wouldn't be richer would we?"
Your family is a wonderful testament of God's love...and we miss you!!

da halls said...

Thank you for sharing.
Mary Beth

karen b said...

i was also a teacher when i was pregnant with my first one. we had decided that i would stay home with our baby and i was feeling a little guilty about leaving my students mid-year and not coming back. however, a very wise coach at my school told me, "God will bless you for that decision." and He has. i try to remember to share those words with young moms that i talk to now.

Nikki said...

I love your story and how everything turned out wonderfully!

When I was pregnant with #1, my plan was to take as much leave as possible after birth, and then trade off babysitting, and still work. But luckily, I was forced to quit at 7 months pregnant. I was so blessed. I cannot imagine having to leave my babies every day.

Following Heavenly Father's plan has really made us prioritize better and be grateful and happy for the simple blessings we have.

Anonymous said...

Lovely story.

-Christine from Arizona

Michelle said...

What a wonderful testimony of God's faithfulness. Our house isn't the biggest or the most beautifully decorated and we certainly don't drive a very nice van, but God has been so good to us. Being a wife and momma are the best jobs in the world!:)

Tanya said...

Very inspiring story...thanks for sharing. I have been lucky to stay home since my daughter was born, and I am so thankful. Tanya

The Estrogen Files said...

What a wonderful, touching story. Our house is small, but it's home and allows me to stay here with the kids.

Blessed by God!

Denise said...

Thank you for sharing such a great story. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

jona said...

What a lovely home! Thanks for sharing your story. We made a similar decision when we had our first (16 years ago) and things have been tight at times but I wouldn't have missed ONE day of being home with my 5 kids.

Holly said...

Yes - beautiful home, beautiful family, Connie. You all made the RIGHT choice, and I'm so thankful that God has provided for you. I know that your obedience to His call pleases Him.


mommyofmany said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. May God continue to reward and bless you as you faithfully follow Him.

Brenda said...

Oh I've been there--wondering about the difference between faith and irresponsiblility.

You likened it to Abraham--I likened it to the Israelites standing at the Red Sea with Pharoah's army fast approaching--because I coudn't see ANY WAY possible out of our situation.

But God did. :) Thanks for sharing your story.

TammyIsBlessed said...

That was a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing.

Jennifer said...

wow! this brought tears to my eyes!

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