Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Schwartz's vs Saying "No"

Well, this post isn't actually about Sarah, though she does love to say no. It actually comes out slightly German because she says it as "Nine! Nine! Nine!" She even does the little finger waggle! I have no idea where she got that from but it's cute (for now).

The other day when an administrator from the school I use to teach at called and asked me to take a part time job with them put me in a dilemma. (And truth be told, if a different administrator had called it might have been a yes just because of the higher level of not wanting to disappoint factor.) I hemmed and hawed and dwelled over the situation. I looked into mother's day out opportunities. I talked to Chris about the position, and he, not knowing how I felt, said "I think you should do it!". Which didn't help the situation. So as I was talking it over with my mother in law as we made 26 pounds of spaghetti for the Youth Camp Fundraiser that evening I came to the decision that I didn't want to do it. Here I had the opportunity to go back to work part time, and I don't want to.

And that's when I realized, I like my life. I like my routine. Sure when I first had to tell people I was "just a mom" I was a little embarrassed, but I can now say, "I'm a stay at home mom" and I like it! And taking on a job outside the home would just mess up my routine. The routine I've worked hard to create and love. And while it may not sound exciting to you because I basically do the same thing every day and sometimes multiple times a day: change diapers, chase Sarah, feed Sarah, clean up that mess that is created by feeding Sarah, laundry, more laundry, read books with Sarah over and over, forwards and backwards, skipping many pages in between, and go to the gym. That routine makes both Sarah and me very happy. And it's not worth sacrificing that routine when I don't have to.

Plus, she's pretty darn cute.  And the weather is getting nice so we get to go to the park more often.  And did I mention I get to go to the gym for 2 hours a day, and spend the rest of my day playing Little People with Sarah?  Cause, it's pretty awesome.


  1. You will never regret staying home. Even though there are those days!! In the end you will see it was the BEST choice!!

  2. I love you!!!

    you have no idea how much I needed to hear that. thank you--

  3. I think you made the right choice! I can tell you LOVE being a SAHM.