Tag Archive: Stay at Home Mothers


It may be hard, but it’s not the end! Guest Post by Kayla Block

This post is going to be about Eric and I hitting rock bottom and working our way back up. It’s hard to talk about this – because honestly, no one likes talking about how hard life can be. Sometimes – it just needs to be said.
Before Eric and I got married and had Audrey, we had spontaneously moved down south and thought that we could get a fresh start on things, with it being a new place and all. Before we knew it, we were barely living pay check to pay check. We both had jobs, and at some point, Eric had two jobs but got laid off from the one that made more money. It just seemed like a giant black hole was eating whatever money we did bring in.
We were toying with the idea of moving back home to be closer to our family but we knew we barely had the money to do so. We could barely afford to keep a roof over our heads. Towards the end of us living in that house, we both were burnt out beyond belief. We had went from not arguing about anything to just arguing just for the sake of arguing, sometimes, in a matter 6 months to a year of living there.
As we found out I was pregnant, we were both in a frenzy of do we literally pack up and move pre-baby or wait until after she is born. We wanted to be closer to more family, but financially, it just wasn’t possible at the time. I had gotten laid off that month, and the job Eric was working was not giving him hours. Around 5 months of me being pregnant, we worked it out to move back. We now live a lot better than we did, and it seems like things are working out a lot better. We aren’t fighting like we used to, and although there is a small cushion in case of emergencies- which me managed to save up pre-baby and have just added a little bit since, we don’t feel as trapped by money. {Well, Eric does – but he is working on it.} I am even fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom while I go to school – which is a blessing!
Why living on nothing actually has helped us:

  • We know we can make it work if something were to happen again with jobs.
  • There are people out there less fortunate than us, and we should realize that, sometimes step back, and be thankful we have a roof over our heads and a hot meal every night.
  • That blessing sometimes do come in little bundles of joy.
What my daughter did for us, was make us put our priorities in order. She actually helped us start living a better, healthier lifestyle, more frugal and has brought some serious joy into our lives. Most of all, she has taught me patience and sometimes you need to go through a little hardship to get to a better place. Even though she wasn’t planned, it seems like it was meant to happen. She renewed our purpose and made us reevaluate our lives.

I know that looking back that, I am thankful that we had gone through that because it did make us closer, even if we were fighting.



Who is the one person that helped to make you who you are today?



That is the easiest question. I would say that my mom is the one person that helped make me who I am today. She was a stay at home mom from the time my little brother was born, until he graduated. She was the first one up every morning and the last one to sleep every night. She made sure that we were up every morning and were never late for school. One of her favorite sayings is “A place for everything and a thing for every place.” I honestly think I heard this in my sleep she said it to me so many times. And forget telling her if I couldn’t find something because I didn’t want to hear it. And forget about staying up late on a school night because you would hear her other favorite sayings, “Early to bed, Early to rise. Makes a person Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.” She was always home when we got home from school to help with our homework. (Snack would be there too.) Dinner was never late. She swore by her schedule and even though I hate admitting it, It worked. We were never late and always early. You learned not to question what mom says because you would hear “I told you so.” My mom was the one that I could always count on and I knew she would never let me down even if I let her down. I could always count on her and knew she would be there to dry my tears. I hated fighting with my mom even though I started a lot of them because I thought I knew better than her. Boy was I wrong! She never put herself first, it was always the family. She never took nights off even when she was sick. She was always a mom first and even now she is the same way everyone comes first. She made being a mom and wife seem easy. Being a mom is nowhere near easy, but she never let it show. 

I moved of my parents house three times and moved back in twice. And even if I never showed how much I appreciated my parents, if it wasn’t for them and their unconditional love, I wouldn’t be the person or mother that I am today.



I am now 28 years old and my mom is my Best Friend. She is the one that I can talk to about anything. The one that I can laugh with and cry with. Just hearing her voice comforts me. I strive everyday to be half of the mother that she was with my children. It’s funny how things you learn and see when you are a child stay with you. I use the same saying with my kids and repeat my self 1,000 times sure enough to say, “If you would have listened to me in the first place we wouldn’t be having this conversation. 

I LOVE YOU MOM!


So Who is the one person that helped to make you who you are today?

%d bloggers like this: