I remember being a little girl thinking about what it would be like to be a mother. I was fascinated by the idea that one day I would wake up and have little ones depending on me for their every need.
Truth be told, I thought being a mother consisted of staying in your pajamas all day and watching Disney movies. I had no idea that my dream in life was going to be nearly as stressful or as rewarding as it is... and this is when my kids are healthy and everything is running smoothly.
I never thought much about traditional roles. I knew that I wanted to be a mother first and foremost, but I also had a desire to be a nurse. Both of these desires felt like a calling to me. My husband became accustomed to doing a lot of the cooking in our home, because he did this at the fire house, and he does it well.
I thought about our roles in our home tonight as we sat down at a table with food he had prepared, in a home that he had spent the day cleaning, and I felt nothing but gratitude. He supports me in my dreams, and I support him in his. Despite my OCD ways when it comes to cleaning, he has never had expectations of me. He silently supports me, as we tackle the day to day tasks in this beautiful, but often hectic, life we have built together.
Andrea worked as a Registered Nurse in a Pediatric Emergency Department for 10 years before leaving to be a full-time/homeschooling Mommy to her three beautiful and crazy children.