A Payneful Week on POH

Posted by  | Sunday, July 18, 2010  at 10:46 PM  
Hi all! The authors of POH have decided to split up the remaining summer weeks amongst ourselves to cover whatever topics our little hearts desire. I've decided to focus my week around the ups and downs of being a SAHM. I'll start with sharing a comic strip that hangs on my fridge door (you can click on it to see it better if you need):


I thought maybe I would tell you all a little bit about myself as well, since I think we've acquired some new readers that I don't know personally.

I am 29 years old. I grew up in Fort Wayne, IN. I became a Christian 13 years ago when I was a junior in high school. I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Spanish Education. I have been married to my husband, Ed, for 6.5 years. We spent the first three years of our marriage at seminary - I worked for 2 years and then stayed home the last year of Ed's school. We have lived in Indiana, North Carolina, California, and now Chicago. I have two sons. Samuel is almost 4 and Joel is 2.5. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 1 year ago. I have had 3 surgeries since then. I underwent a total colectomy (they removed my whole large intestine) and now have something called a J-Pouch. We would love to add more children to our family, but I am not able to start trying for another baby until next year. I stay home to care for my family and home. My husband works second shift, so he is home with our family during the day. Aaaaand, I can't really think of anything else to tell you. :)

I want to be really honest with you all this week about my feelings as a SAHM. I have my highs and lows, the things I'm grateful for and the things I resent. I really hope you will feel comfortable to share your comments with us. If you'd like to add something to the week or ask me a specific question, please leave your comment here or e-mail me leahpayne@hotmail.com. I am a really open person, so please feel free to ask me any questions this week that you are curious about - even if it is outside of the SAHM topic. I hope we can have a really fruitful week!

5 comments:

KC said...

I love being a SAHM, except for the fact that I feel totally inadequate. I really want to provide my son (20 months) with a rich learning environment and a home where he feels love, security, fun...and where he can come to know the Lord.

Big ideals, no idea how to get there!

Leah F said...

Okay, I love your title "A Payneful Week on POH". Makes me smile! I look forward to hearing your thoughts, and learning from others as well. I do have a question, stemming from the cartoon you posted--do you think it is easier for SAHMs to make friends? That is something that I am currently struggling with. It seems like just about the time I am in a good 'groove' with a friend, change happens (a baby is born, cold/flu season hits, people move/change churches/grow apart, etc). Anyway, I find it hard at times to make friends while staying at home. When I was working, I made friends with my coworkers (as my husband does now), and we were always around each other during the day. Now, it is different. Any thoughts?

Melissa Pearce said...

I totally agree with Leah F. Sometimes it seems like I am all alone in my motherhood bubble a little too long... if I could interact with others every now and then-- and maintain those relationships, it would be awesome.

travisandstephanie said...

Leah,
We need to get together- seriously. I have felt/feel the same way. Our yard is fenced in so we can keep kids contained while we visit or maybe we can meet up at a park. Just a thought. :)
Steph

Leah said...

KC, I was already planning on touching on those subjects this week. I hope we can come up with some ideas for those ideals!

Leah F & company, I like the idea you are getting after. I will put together a post for tomorrow or the next day. Thanks for commenting.

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