When my wife and I got engaged 37 years ago, we discussed our goals for our future family. Because my mom worked, I was adamant that my wife stay at home and raise our children. Thankfully, she agreed.
Ultimately, we had four children, and it was often a struggle to get by on one income. Our children were seldom able to participate in all the extra-curricular activities that their friends did, but we made a point of doing a lot of family activities together. We rarely ate out because the budget didn't allow it. But today, our children are all raised and have all chosen well in their selection of spouses. Our daughters and daughters-in-law are stay-at-home moms, and we're proud of the way they're raising our fifteen grandchildren!
When our children were young, my wife often told me how she loved being home when they came in from school. They always wanted to talk about their day, and she was happy to listen. Because I was at work, I generally missed out on those conversations. One day, however, I happened to be home and was anticipating the after-school discussions my wife told me about. When the first child walked in from school, she glanced my way, said "Oh, hi dad!" and then turned, called out "Mom" and began searching the house for her mother. While I was initially disappointed, I quickly realized the value of their relationship with their MOTHER. It was a priceless moment for me. Thank YOU for continuing to teach this priceless principle to the world.