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Well, hello there!  I thought that, in my very first blog post here at Home Can Be A Heaven, I should probably tell you a little bit about me before I plunge head first into…whatever this is going to be! 

I’m a woman in my early 30’s and I’ve been married, since 2003, to my best friend.  We’ve done our best to set goals for our family and, for the most part, have done really well at achieving them!  When we first started out, I was waiting tables and a nanny for a wonderful little boy and my handy hubby, David, had been with a certain home improvement store for nearly 10 years.  I was able to stop waiting tables pretty soon after we wed and absolutely adored caring for that sweet little boy and it made me realize that, if I needed to work (we live in California, there are single income families but, they are few and far between), I wanted to care for young children.  We both decided that, when our own children came along, I wanted to stay home with them so, I began laying the groundwork to open my very own small family child care home. 

Well, time passed and our family wasn’t expanding.  Georgie-Bug was fast approaching preschool age and his family wouldn’t need me during the day anymore so we decided to stop holding our plans off til they fit the life we wished we had but, go ahead and start living the life we had right then.  I was able to quickly interview and find four families that we loved and couldn’t wait to care for their little ones.  When we started, back in 2007, we had four tiny 3month olds and I cared for them in a little two-bedroom apartment.  Now, those four little babies are my big preschoolers and we are starting to care for their younger siblings as well!  After we bought our very first house last July, I expanded my license to a large family child care home and so I now have the capacity to care for up to 12 children.  On a typical day, we care for 2 – 4 infants and 4-5 preschoolers.  It’s a wonderful career and I feel so blessed!

As for our little family, it’s still David and I.  I was diagnosed with PCOS, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, and it has contributed to some fertility issues for us.  I’ve finally reached a place, mentally and emotionally, where our family size and my fertility doesn’t define who I am anymore but, it’s taken a lot of time and work to get here.  David and I know that Heavenly Father will bless us with the perfect family, we just don’t know what that means yet.  Is our perfect family just the two of us?  Should we try more advanced medical options?  Maybe adoption is the way for us…We just don’t know yet but, we do know that Heavenly Father knows us, loves us and is mindful of us, we’ll be led to the correct path.

For now, I’m back to learning to live the life I have, not the one I wish I did.  I want to be healthy and fit, physically and emotionally.  I want my husband, the children I care for and their families to love being in our home, not because it’s filled with beautiful stuff but, because it’s filled with a beautiful feeling.  I want to be able to use the talents I have to bless my family and friends and I want to develop new talents.  All of this boils down to the ideal of, I want my home to be a heaven on earth where my family and friends want to be.

– Sarah

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