No, I'm not talking about Christmas! Years ago at a women's event in our church I heard a wonderful speaker talk about the seasons in every woman's life. This world is made up of all different kinds of women... thank goodness! Until recently I knew that some may not understand my decision to stay home with my kids but I didn't realize I could be looked down upon for it. It was heartbreaking when questioned about my abilities due to the fact that I don't have a degree. So I thought maybe I would take a minute to go over my life and explain my choices.
As a young girl when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, you would often hear me say "A teacher, a chef, a nurse and even a lawyer but the # 1 answer on my list... A Mom!" I wanted to be a wife and mother more than anything else. When I turned 16 I began having female problems. My Mom took me to the doctor who decided to take me in for an endoscopy to explore the reasons. They found that I was having issues with endometriosis. I was put on some medication and they watched me carefully.
About that same time (16 years old) I got my first job, started dating my future husband and started taking classes at the community college while homeschooling for high school. I was very busy as my first class in the morning started around 7. Then I would come home and finish my high school work, eat some lunch and head to work... the season of being young and working hard.
I always planned on getting a college education and having a career but life is funny. Jeff asked me to marry him the night before I graduated high school. He was already 22 years old, had been to college and was ready to move on. So the next 10 months were full of wedding planning and excitement. My Mom and I worked hard to get it all done. Thank goodness she knew what she was doing! In 2000, just after I turned 19, Jeff and I were married... the season of being a wife had begun.
I saw the doctor shortly after and she suggested that we start trying because she was unsure of my chances of conceiving. In July of 2001 Joshua was born weighing in at 5 lbs 13 oz... and the season of being a Mommy began. In July of 2002 Jeff and I felt like God was saying we should start trying for #2. Little did we know it would be such a struggle. Finally after 13 months of prayers, tears and frustration we became pregnant. Seth was born in June of 2004 weighing in at 6 lbs 11 oz.... the season of being the Mommy of two! God called us to have another baby. This time it took just about a year. Jacob was born in June of 2007 weighing in at 7 lbs 13 oz... The season of being a Mommy of three!!
So eventually our goal is for me to go back to college and get a degree in nursing. I would love to wait until all my children are in school themselves. It will be so fulfilling to have a "career" but that will be another season in my life. Until then, I feel God has called me to the season of wiping noses, changing diapers, helping with spelling words and teaching my children. It's not always glamorous but it's so rewarding... I love the season I'm in!!