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Hello, I’m Mrs. Un-Jones

May 18, 2010

J.D. and I made the decision that it would be best for our family and our values if I stayed at home and was all domestic. Turns out this cuts the family income IN HALF. Who knew. It also turns out that the housing market is driven by a bunch of dual income crazies.

Thus, the past couple of months have been spent lamenting, basically about how the Joneses are kicking our ass. We can have babies just like everyone else but we don’t really have anywhere to put them. Wah.

And then last night I got really sick of listening to myself lament. I also decided that it would be boring to have these kinds of conversations with our children when they’re older:

“Mom, what was it like when we were little?”
“Well, we kept up with the average household income and then bought a decent house and spent spring break in Mexico every second year. That’s about it.”

I’d rather tell wild stories about crappy rentals and budget holidays. I think.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean permalink
    May 18, 2010 2:34 pm

    I read a heartbreaking article recently that said that if a stay at home Mom was actually paid what she is worth she would get approx. $117,000 a year. I believe they figured out an hourly wage by averaging out the per hour wages of various professions from waste management workers to psychologists. They also factored in overtime.

    As it is, stay at home Moms are penalized. What’s wrong with this picture?

  2. elena permalink
    May 19, 2010 6:54 am

    yay for your decision. mexico is overrated (says she who has never been) but you are making the right decision. live within your means and you will have fabulous stories to tell later on in life. i was raised in what my oldest son now calls a tumble-down house and, although i resented it terribly at times, it formed me for the good. amen.
    p.s. i also read a really great article recently on how how kids are finding harder and harder to choose the true vocation of marriage or religious life because how can one give up a life of hedonism for what looks like tremendous sacrifice compared with the way in which they grew up – it was encouraging and enlightening.

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