Today, I didn't roll out of bed, stumble into the shower and get ready for work while trying to figure out how to get all of the kids fed and properly clothed before sending them into the dark morning to catch the school bus.
Today, I didn't spend 15 minutes at a drive-thru coffee shop waiting for my morning cup of liquid energy just to give me the courage to make my morning commute.
Today, I didn't gossip with the ladies at the front desk or file paperwork for my demanding boss.
Today, I didn't spend my hours at the office feeling guilty that I wasn't home with my children.
Today, I didn't spend my hours at home feeling guilty that I wasn't at the office.
Today, I didn't grab lunch on the run.
Today, I didn't stress about missed deadlines.
Today, I didn't feel overwhelmed and resentful while making dinner for my family.
Today, I didn't eat dinner slouched in front of the television.
Today, I didn't get angry with my husband for asking me to do one more thing.
Today, I didn't go to bed feeling guilty about not spending enough time reading to, talking to or playing with my children.
Today, I didn't have to think of any man other than my husband.
Today, I loved my life.
Why do I love my life? Because I have freedom. I have the freedom to live my life for my family, to serve them, nurture them and care for them. I have the freedom to create a beautiful home, cook wonderful meals and raise future heads-of-state (or at least heads-of-households).
Today, I got to have tea with my husband before he left for work.
Today, I got to cuddle with my children and make breakfast for them.
Today, I got to study the bible.
Today, I got to teach my children how to read, how to count and how to reason.
Today, I got to grind grain and make bread.
Today, I got to steam a pudding for dessert.
Today, I got to put dinner in the oven early, do the dishes, peel potatoes and create an impossibly cozy home for all of my family to gather at days end.
Today, I got to have tea with my husband when he got home from work.
Today, I got to read to my children, pay the bills and trek in the newly fallen snow.
Today, I got visit with my girlfriend as we watched the snow fall gently to the ground.
Today, I got to pray for my daughter's friend, shaken as she faces life's uncertainties.
Today, I got to stretch my feet before a warm fire and sip hot cocoa in the candlelight.
I have the best job in the world.
Wife. Mother. Daughter. Friend.
I am blessed beyond measure.
When asked if I am just a stay-at-home mom, I smile. Yes, I am just a stay-at-home mom. It is what I was created for - the job description was written in my DNA. It is my job - and I want no other.