Friday, April 9, 2010

I'm Now Full-Time

Yes. A full-time stay at home mom and wife. :)

Yesterday, I turned in my letter of resignation at the job I've had for the last 5 years. I have 3 shifts left to work in the intensive care unit where I have had a job since I graduated nursing school.

I had planned on working into the month of May (we move end of May/beginning of June), but after looking at our finances, my husband and I realized that it would be ok if I quit a little bit earlier. After I turned in my resignation letter yesterday, I felt so much peace from God.

I could not be more excited! I was super blessed to learn everything I learned as a medical surgical/cardiovascular critical care nurse. And it was wonderful to only work one day a week since Little W.'s birth. But I still felt torn when I was at work. Trying to still take care of my little boy (by pumping milk) and also take the best care of my patients meant that sometimes one or the other got the short end of the stick. Especially in a stressful environment like the ICU.

I may not return to bedside nursing until our children or grown. Or maybe I'll never return to that sort of nursing. Who knows? I will keep my license active, and I hope to use my nursing skills in our community on a volunteer basis and hopefully *one day* on the mission field.

But now I'm turning my heart and mind towards taking care of our family full time. What a blessing. I have extreme respect for mothers who must work out of home jobs and take care of their children. What a beyond full-time job. Yesterday at work I spent some time talking to one of the nursing techs who is single, has 5 children, and works full time. God be with her!

I'm thankful for what God has given me and hope to take care of it well, bearing lots of fruit--and children! ;)

Love, Alicia

P.S. For those of you that visited last week, you can celebrate with me the fact that the aunts have left and all is sane and well here. :)

This post is linked to Finer Things Friday and Company Girl Coffee.


  1. I love this and I'm so happy for you! I turned in my letter of resignation a few weeks ago, but I'm a teacher so I still have to finish out the school year before I'm officially "full-time" :) Enjoy this time with your precious baby!

  2. That is great! I was a former Pre-K teacher before the kids, but now I don't know what I'll do when I grow up. =p

  3. Congratulations on going full time mommy! I admire women who have the grace to do both, but I also appreciate when God gives women the opportunity to stay home with their kids. Enjoy!

  4. I'm glad to hear you are eager to fully embrace this big role! Hopefully you have friends and family cheering you on in your stay-at-home vocation.

    Being at home full-time is a huge challenge for me, since I am best motivated by external benchmarks. But I wouldn't trade these precious years with my little ones for anything.

  5. congrats! I'm happy for you!!

  6. Just stopping by from Home Sanctuary...

    Congrats on your decision to be at home! You will never regret the trade-offs.

  7. How wonderful to be so close to your goal of being home full time. I hope you have a marvelous time with your little one.

  8. Congrats on full-timeness!!!!! That's one thing I knew I wanted to do this time around. I had to work with my first daughter, but this time around things are much different, so I'm grateful for the opportunity to pull this off. Soon I get to try my hand at homeschooling..pray hard!

  9. Congratulations! I am excited for you and the peace that you have gained!

  10. Congrats on your transition to FULLTIME homemaker!! :)

  11. Alicia,

    Congratulations on your decision of being at home full time with your son. I too am a nurse and struggled deeply with the decision of taking a break while I focus on my family full time. People always seems to say "but nursing has such flexible schedules, you can work on the weekends, or at night". Well I value my time on the weekends, I spend it with my son and my husband... and when we can friends. I also value being able to save money and have a much calmer house since I've been staying home. I have not had any regrets about my decision. I also plan on volunteering my skills because the love for the profession is still there. Thank you so much for your post, I'm glad I'm not the only one! Good luck to you!

  12. One of my closest friends works in the trauma ICU at a local hospital and I know she would be stoked to get to be a full time mama! What a great story and congrats (albeit VERY late) on being a full time mom!


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