Family has always been a very large part of my life. I grew up as the oldest of eleven children in central Missouri where my father was a high school chemistry teacher and my mom was a stay at home mom who homeschooled us. Growing up we were taught how to make the dollar go a little further with our cooking, crafts and overerall general activities. While I didn’t appreciate it those gifts when I was younger I am so thankful for them now. Anyway, I wasn’t the easiest youth to raise. I moved out when I was 19 and attended a local communtiy college for a year. After my first year I found out I was pregnant that summer. Life for me drastically changed at that point. We had always been taught to be hard workers but it took on a whole new meaning for me once I had a child in the picture and no husband. Starting from a young age I had worked outside the home in various capacities, I was now in a position where I was working anywhere from 2-4 jobs to make ends meet. Most of the time they weren’t full time jobs because of the schedule I was keeping. I always longed to be home with my son and raise him as a stay at home mom. When Boyd, (my oldest), was four I met the love of my life. We got married three years later, a year and a half after that we welcomed our second son Elliott and my husband adopted Boyd. About a year before we got married I fell into the ‘perfect’ job. I only had to work one job to make ends meet and it was a fun one. I was the general manager for a Micro-brewery. It was great. I active, building a business, very social and was also learning a lot. Once Elliott joined our family the longing grew to become a stay at home mom but we just felt like finances would be to tight so I kept working. When Elliott was 9 months old we found out that we were expecting again. I left the micro-brewery 5 months later and a few months after that Ivan joined our family. I always saw myself as a career woman. I have always been business minded and enjoyed a challenge but my husband and I both felt that the best place for me to be while our boys were little was home. I didn’t realize how challenging it would be for me to leave the ‘work force’ and stay at home, but it has been tough. Financially and in other ways. I don’t always feel like I am making a difference, but then I turn on some music and get the chance to dance with my kids in the middle of the day and I realize that I am making a difference. Working outside of the home was hard, and staying home full time isn’t easy either, but I enjoy the latter option the best. This blog is being designed to follow the life I lead as a new stay at home mom. I hope you will enjoy my stories, tips, recipes and craft activities that keep us busy day to day.