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Rachel, great advice, I totally agree with you on the importance of budgeting, and I highly recommend your dad’s wallet envelope and cash budgeting as the best and simplest way to stay in control of your money. However, your post made me think back to something a friend told me years ago when I had my first baby and was determined to stay home with him because it was so important to me to be home with him even though we really couldn’t afford it at the time. She told me that she had found that even though it might not always work out on paper, somehow through God’s grace it always worked out somehow and she was able to stay home with her kids. 22 years and 5 more kids later, and I have always been home with my kids, and been able to love and support and cherish them every minute of their lives. Best and most important decision we ever made for our family. I truly believe the Lord wants mothers in the home, and he will support families in their efforts to make that happen. We may not have all the luxuries of life, but we’ve always had our daily bread.
This post is very timely as I will be staying home with my kids once my maternity year is up. We are nervous, but we are trusting God to supply & provide for us. I am walking in faith. Thank you for sharing this.
I couldn’t agree more…I also wanted to be a stay at home mom so the year before we got pregnant, we practiced living off my husband’s salary to see if we could make it. Luckily we could and built up our 6 month savings. Best decisions we both ever made. I love taking care of my now 6 and 4 year old kids and that’s worth all the money in the world. We had to make sacrifices and still do but you can do it if you want it bad enough.