I will choose my children every day for as long as I am alive.
I have never really wanted to send my children to day care; pretty much pay someone else to have the joy and pleasure of spending the entire day with my little ones. Nope! I was not going to do that especially given the fact that I had the option to be with them at home. I understand the fact that some mothers do not have that option.
When my babies got old enough to start school, that was yet another choice we (I) made to homeschool them for as long as I was healthy enough to do so. As days go by I get to see moments from my two munchkins; smiles, giggles, tantrums, moodiness, fights between them, physical changes and of course some (quite many) questions that comes from their curiosity. I love it and would never trade this season for anything in this world! In fact I can rightfully say that I have not missed a single milestone in their lives so far.
Don’t get me wrong, there have been many days along the way that I have wished I could read a book that I love nonstop without being interrupted by a sweet sloppy kiss, or a “mommy this or that”, or perhaps wished to pursue “my own passions”. But I know being at home raising my/our children is only a season that I do not want to miss. I strongly believe that the joy of having my children with me all the time as mom/teacher far outweighs the times that I would rather be alone.
My moments with them will not last forever; soon they will outgrow their infatuation with me, they might even decide they don’t really like the mommy morning kisses, or the tight hugs that I give or holding my hand supper tight for no specific reason. The fact is they are growing and yes I still will enjoy the coming seasons but they will look different from what they are now.
My days may be filled with my kids’ moodiness, noise, bickering, fighting between the two but in those exact moments I continue to hope that I will be able to teach them love, resilience, patience, compromise and how to apologize all in light of the truth through scripture; hiding God’s word in their/our hearts as we continue to learn how to live it out daily.
Motherhood is beautiful and choosing to be a stay at home mother is an honor that I am privileged to carry with joy and pride.