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Thanks for your insight "Mr. Amazing". It's definitely humbling writing a post like this - hard to put my feelings all out there on the line.

Yes- you're right. With all the financial strain, it for sure causes extra stresses.

Fortunately, Jeremiah and I have been really hell bent on making sure our relationship is still getting the attention it needs despite all the money issues. Its tough, because obviously the easiest person to take out all our frustration with the situation would be eachother. Our relationship is still on the top of our priority list.

As far as decisions about whether or not I am going to go back to work full-time. It's still in the back of my mind but J and I both have reservations about it and the affects that it will ultimately have on our kids. So I don't think I will be making that move quite yet.

Thanks for your kind words, love & support. I definitely appreciate it.

Mr. Amazing

Hi Heidi (and Miah), just want to tell you guys that I love you and I support whatever decision you make. :)

That being said... here's a guiding principle that I use to make decisions.

What is my purpose, with regard to my kids? My honest (my own opinion) is that my purpose is to raise my kids so that they accept Christ as their Saviour. Anything else is extra.

So.. all my "kid related" decisions take that into account. Will this [insert whatever question here] help my kids to see Christ is their Saviour?

All the "other" stuff like behaving in public, learning to be polite, etc... all those things are qualities I hope my children will have because they serve Christ and show those things as fruit, etc.

Does that make sense? I hope that helps... so keeping that in mind, does that help your decision at all?

Also, if money is really tight it tends to cause friction between husband/wife, which I have no idea if it happens to you guys.. but I imagine you're just as normal as us, so yes. I know a few different moms who have the same child rearing "purpose" as me and they have decided to return to work because they felt reducing the money issues would reduce the fighting issues, which they felt would be more benficial to the kids (less fighting and strife) then having the mom there all the time.

So either way... I love you and support your decision. I also appreciate your posting this. I will pray that you have peace about whatever your decision is. :)

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