“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” – Jane Austen through personal correspondence.

It’s official. I’ve made it official. I am officially considered a stay-at-home mom.

I still have a difficult time bringing myself to say it out loud. I won’t be going back to the job I had fallen in love with, to the amazing group of people who had become my family after our move to Calgary. Feeling a little lost and bewildered, it may take a little while for it all to sink in.

I have been very blessed over my course through motherhood, to have experienced being a mother in almost every form. I’ve been the full-time student mom, the part-time student mom, the part-time working mom, throw in a combination of full-time student plus part-time working mom, the full-time working mom, and now… the stay-at-home mom. I can’t help but be thankful for this – giving me a better understanding of every mom. I mean let’s face it, we all need more people in our corner… no matter who we are.

I can say that there isn’t a “gold standard” of mom. Every facet of motherhood has it’s positives and it’s negatives… the grass always seems greener on the other side. I understand the value of what I’ve been blessed with, and can only hope to spend the time I have in this phase of motherhood to unearth every single one of those positives and bury those negatives as deep as I can.

Time passes far too quickly. I know this. Even if I didn’t, my children remind me everyday. With every tooth that comes in or tooth that falls out, they remind me. One day, I’m cheering them on as they attempt to roll over, the next I’m silently praying they stop climbing up onto everything. You start out reading them bedtime stories and before you know it they’re reading them to you.

As I veer off of one path, I embrace the start of another. My new role, like the old, will only be here for a season… and I plan to make use of the time I’ve been given.

Me. A stay-at-home mom. Wouldn’t you know it. I honestly didn’t think I would ever have an opportunity like this. Well, I honestly didn’t think I would ever have twins.

Life has a way of surprising you – always.

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