As I write this I am bouncing a baby, supervising four of my five kiddos as they play with sidewalk chalk or race their bikes down the street, texting back and forth with my hubby as he shops for dinner and trying to remember what exactly I am forgetting. There is always something that I am forgetting because I am always moving, moving, moving.
Occupational hazard of this whole mommyhood gig, I guess.
I’m a full-time momma and wife trying to find balance and humor throughout the day (and night since I can’t remember the last time I slept through the night). I live off chocolate, coffee, and dreams of becoming healthy (and sleeping).
I work full-time outside of the home and often find myself feeling torn between my two worlds. I am fortunate enough to love what I do and who I do it with, but it is not enough to squash all of my feelings of guilt. Some days I feel like I am not devoting enough of my time and attention to my family; the other days I worry I am not putting 100% into my job.
It is a slippery slope and I know that I am not alone while trying to keep my footing.
To compound matters, we are a large family on a small budget. Almost a miniscule budget. Let’s just say I decided on my chosen profession out of passion and totally disregarded salary. Do I regret it? No! Does it cause complications? Absolutely!
The point of this blog is to be a safe place. I want Mommas (and Daddies) to be able to go to a site that understands. Being a parent is hard. Super-duper hard. We are constantly second-guessing, checking Google and asking for advice. Here we can discuss and debate; we can share and receive. I want to offer solutions, a safe discussion place and random ideas that may not have popped up on Pinterest.
As a momma of a large family without a large income, my posts will mostly center around ways to survive and thrive on a budget. I feel like so many people see living on a budget or within limited financial means as a negative thing. But there are many different reasons people do (or should) choose to do so and there are so many ways to accomplish this while living a fulfilling life. My husband calls this “ballin’ on a budget”, but more on all of this later.
Of course, there will be other conversational opportunities as well. Sometimes money can be daunting or even boring. But we all know that kids are the opposite of boring! We are here to have fun while uplifting each other. Please feel free to offer suggestions or start conversations at any time!