I didn’t expect to be a full-time housewife. It just sort of happened. This year has been a really slow year for casual teaching, so for the first few weeks of term I’ve had no work. So, without anything else to do, I took on the role of housewifey. It’s been great and it’s been hard all at the same time, and I’ve learned a lot.
There’s no shame in being a housewife – I don’t think that women have to be full-time housewives. Each of us are called to different things, and some women are called to stay at home. Just because it’s old fashioned, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. For me, it’s not a life-long, full-time call – it’s just where I’ve been placed at the moment. And that brings me to the next point.
Embrace where God has you for the moment – At times I get discouraged that I’m not getting work. But the reality is, I’m not getting work right now. I pray I will soon, and I’ve applied at a few places, but for the moment I’m at home. So I might as well embrace it! I might as well be the best housewife I can be – although I’m definitely not perfect.
There are some really hard things about this – Even though I’ve been at home most days, I find myself getting very tired. It’s very tempting to stay in my pyjamas and watch YouTube all day – great for a day off, not so great as a regular thing. Sometimes it feels like my day’s work has no meaning. It’s hard sometimes to embrace this new stage of life.
There are some really good things about this – It might not be what I expected, but I’ve been trying to see the positives. The house is really clean, cause I actually have time to devote to that. I have time to plan and cook healthy, delicious meals. I get to take things slow and do things at my own pace (I don’t have kids yet!). And you might be different, but I kind of like the old fashioned feeling of playing housewife – most of the time anyway. If I could get a balance of a few days working and a few days at home, that would be lovely.
Are you in an unexpected situation? Something you didn’t quite see coming. It may be really hard at times, but there may be some unexpectedly good things too. Even while praying for better things to come, I encourage you to embrace where God has you for the moment.