What Would Ma Ingalls Do?

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

WWMID con't

I've been struggling the past few months over the SAHM thing....one of our priorities is living close to our extended family, but unfortunately our family live what is currently the most expensive county, housing wise, in the nation. Our farm is by no means a mansion, but to live here, we need two incomes. Our property taxes, which are average for this area, are 7K a year! I'm feeling more confident in our decision to have me keep teaching come December till June, and have our baby girl stay with her Grandpa and Great Aunt. Next year, once my dad retires, I may find a pre-school type thing for her to go to one or two days a week to give my dad a break - as it is now she'll be going to work with him three days a week, and they have on site care for when she can't be in his arms.

I wouldn't work if we didn't need it to live here, and as my husband's income grows, we both know I'll be home in a few years full time. But I can't help but wonder, is this the right trade off? I guess I'll never know 100%, but I do think having this place, growing up surrounded by a working farm that grows our food, eggs, milk, (and meat if we ever chose to start eating it again)...it's invaluable, And right now it's worth it to me to work so she can have that. God forbid, if peak oil and politics ever get crazy, she'll have land, a stable food supply, fresh water...all in very short supply in these parts, and certainly not readily accessable if we moved into an apartment so I could stay home full time. Prompted by Stella's joyous goat post today....

12 Comments:

At 9:28 AM, Blogger dragonfly183 said...

i have been looking for you blog. i keep hearing people quote it but haven't been able to find it, then this morning i ran across the link on Autumn Butterflies site after she posted on mine. I linked you :)

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger thatgirl said...

I googled my way here by accident. This is the coolest blog. I've asked myself the same question many, many times -- particularly since becoming a mom.

 
At 6:07 AM, Blogger Willow Moon said...

Thank you for the nice comment and welcome on my blog. I know how you feel about not being able to stay at home. I work part time, while my kids are in school, but even that seems to be difficult sometimes. It sounds like you have a wonderful place to live and that you are doing what's best for your family. Just think of your working outside the home as a temporary thing and keep the goal of being full time at home in site. That's what helps me. I hope you have a great day!

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger prentice said...

Wow, sounds to me like you have it going on. Found you through Moonmeadow Farms.

 
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At 3:20 PM, Blogger happyowl said...

I think that your are doing the best you possible can. You are giving your child more than you know by having her grandad help look after her. We need our children to spend more time around the elders, as much as we don't want to admit it, they do know more than us. I share a house with my in-laws and believe me there are days when I want to run screaming for the hills but then my kids will talk about how much fun they had with Grandma and Grandad, I think, bite my tongue and give them this gift.

I love your blog and once I figure out how to put links up I will to your blog. For right now, I'll have it in my "favourites".


Brightest blessings

Heather

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger peppylady said...

I've been out blogg hoping for my thirteen thursday and came apon your blogg.

Here in Idaho property taxes been debated among our polititian here.
Most of the T.V adds for any canidate is on how they messed up our property taxes here.

We have a house not close to a mansion either not a falling down shack either plus five acres. North of us and we pay aound $1,000 a year.

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

Someone told me long ago to sit down and write out exactly what it cost me to work financially, gas, car upkeep, clothes, meals, babysitters, etc...Really be honest. Most women who work out of the home really don't make that much more income. I said "most". I had one friend who stated that she literally only brought home $200.00 extra a month. She worked at a bank. Another told me she worked just for the insurance for her family (her husband was self-employed).

Then make another column listing the pros and cons for you and your family. Are they worth it?

If you really want to be home, God will make the way for you. I will be praying for you :)

 
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