Becoming an “At-Home” Family

The sunrise from our front porch!

As I’ve hinted at several times over the past couple of weeks, our family is going through some pretty big changes right now.

If you’ve read my very neglected personal blog, you may have already heard the news. At the end of this week we will be signing papers to sell my husband’s business, and he will become a stay-at-home dad.

Being home with my girls is all I’ve ever wanted, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But I am also passionate about blogging, writing and consulting, and when the opportunity presented itself for Sean to stay home so that I can continue to work from home and homeschool as well (without feeling torn by all of the other responsibilities that come with being an at-home parent), we jumped on it.

Is the transition going to have its challenges? Oh, absolutely.

But we’ve been planning for this for three months now, with written schedules and expectations and responsibilities for both of us. It’s going to be an adjustment, but we’re beyond excited about the flexibility it will give our family to travel, to explore museums and historical sites together and to do more extracurricular activities.

Sean’s been home twice before — once after we moved back east while I was pregnant with our second daughter and once after the birth of our third daughter while we were waiting on the purchase of this same company. He is an amazing dad & husband, designer and craftsman, and we’re looking forward to him having more time to spend on those things as well.

And if it doesn’t work out, he can always start looking for another job.

Although I’ll be sharing about some of the changes here on Organizing Your Way (like my beautiful new home office and some of our new routines), I don’t plan to make this a family journal any time soon. However, because this obviously affects my perspective on some home management and organizing topics, I wanted to share our news with you.

Ideally, I’d like to chronicle our journey to becoming an “at-home family” on Doodles’ Place, but realistically, I don’t know how much time I’ll have for doing that. We’ll see.

So that’s our news! And also what’s been keeping me extra busy the last week or so, as we move furniture and make plans for the change.

Mandi Ehman at Organizing Your Way