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In 1989, when my oldest arrived and blessed me with the title of MOM we had many decisions to make. We were still newlyweds and had very little. After budget crunching and long decision making talks, we agreed that I would stay home and raise our children. We sacrificed a lot for this decision.
In 1991, we wanted another child but there was no way it was financially possible. I took a part-time job, working nights while my husband stayed home with Jake. When I was offered a full-time position, we again had those talks about the direction of our life. I took the full-time job and we hired a family friend who needed money to come into our home to watch Jake. She was wonderful!
Then Hurricane Andrew happened, about the time I learned we were pregnant. We revisited our life direction and decided our children were our everything and so I returned to being a MOM.
Through the years I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to have MOM be my sole responsibility. I have watched my children grow into amazing young men, bloom into lovely young ladies and celebrated life’s milestones next to them. The rewards have been tremendous.
The sacrifices have been many. Most of the time we have relied on a single family car. We haven’t been able to do many things that a dual-income would have provided. I’ve worn the no-brand clothing so my child could have new shoes or an activity that was important to him.
Everytime I hear Dennis Haysbert’s voice in the All State commercial it reminds me of my Good Life. An insurance company whose motto is “Good Hands for the Good Life” resonates the voice of optimism and celebration versus the fear. It reminds me that the many great things I have done in my life have flashed risks everywhere, but we haven’t let it hold us back from making our life good.
Those words Allstate Good Life are a rreminder to celebrate simplicity and be content with what we have–that the rest is just fluff. It’s a reminder to face our fears and recognize triumph over adversity. Face fear and dismiss doubt.
Not in a single day could I list all of my Good Life moments. There is so much to celebrate within my family, my friends, my travels, my blog and around my home.
Looking at my children, I know we made the right decision. They are strong and resilient. I’ve witnessed amazing things this past six months as my children have been displaced, moved about, lived in a hotel, had little stability and yet they have been champions. They have accomplished great things at school, made incredible friends and exude happiness.
It is indeed a Good Life.
Let’s celebrate the good life together. Please share your Good Life story in the comments below.