As a child, I dreamed. As a teen, I planned. And as a young adult, I completed years of college, all to achieve my dream job. I became a teacher. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and then I went a step farther and earned my Master’s in Instructional Technology. It was exactly what I had always dreamed of, but after 2 years in the profession, I quit to become a homemaker. As crazy as it seems, it was the perfect decision. Let me explain to you why I chose homemaking over my dream job.
Why would I quit my dream job to become a homemaker? I'm not as crazy as you may think. Click To Tweet
Let me tell you a little bit about my family. I’m the youngest of four children, born to a coach dad and a stay-at-home mom (who had her teaching degree and stepped into that profession full-time when I started high school). I always wanted to be a teacher. I was always the one willing to help my teachers with bulletin boards, and I taught some serious lessons to my stuffed animals growing up. Teaching was always the goal, the dream. And I met that goal, fulfilled that dream.
I moved to my little town almost 2 years ago, after graduating college with a degree in elementary education. I took a job here as the 4th/5th grade reading, writing, and social studies teacher. After a year, I moved across the school to teach junior high and high school computer applications. It was a great job, my dream coming to fruition, but then things started to change. Around October, God started to emotionally remove me from teaching. I was still committed to my job, and I was absolutely going to finish out the year and teach my kiddos in the best way I could. But I wasn’t as tied to teaching anymore. It wasn’t my life goal, my dream. My heart wasn’t in it. So what was I to do?
Be a homemaker.
My husband and I got engaged a few days before Christmas, planned our wedding for March, and by the time school started again, we knew I needed to go ahead and resign. I turned in my resignation, it was approved, and I was all set to finish out the year. Then, the questions started.
“You quit your job?”
“What are you going to do?”
“Won’t you be bored?”
“Are you pregnant?”
“When are you going to get pregnant?”
“Why would you stay at home if you don’t have kids?”
Simply put, because this is God’s will for my life. God had begun to emotionally remove me from teaching because He knew what was coming long before my husband proposed. We decided that I would stop working and be a homemaker because that is what was best for our family. It was something both of us had always longed for, and it was what God was calling us to do. Sure, my job was great. I made good money. We were doing extremely well financially. But God had something more for us, so we listened to Him and followed His calling, and it has been 100% worth it.Dream jobs are great, but following God's call for your life is truly living the dream. Click To Tweet
My husband works extremely hard. He provides for us and I thank him for that every single day. His work ethic and desire to lead and provide are what makes this possible. I stay at home and hold down the fort, and I love it. I am able to cook, clean, run our side businesses, and make our home into a place of peace and refuge. Months after I quit my job, we are preparing to welcome our baby into the world, and I’ll add a new role to my life: stay-at-home mom.
This decision came through much prayer and seeking God’s will for our lives. We did not rush into it and we did not take it lightly. As with any decision, it is only the right decision when it is initiated and blessed by God, and that has been exactly the case for us. Sure, there are days I miss teaching, but I wouldn’t wish for anything other than being a homemaker and following God’s plan for our lives. That is truly living the dream.
Now it’s your turn. Are you a homemaker? Did you give up a dream job to stay at home?