Monday will be my first day as a stay at home dad! Hmm..... I'm pretty intimidated if I might say so myself. My wife had been home obviously for the past thirteen weeks, twelve of which have been since our son was born. Just days before he was born I decided to resign from my job.
Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Although I knew that the odds seem stacked against me I stepped out on faith believing that God had guided and directed me. This was something that I had been preparing for many months and with much prayer.
I spent 4 weeks home bonding with my son and helping my wife, as this was a time when she needed me the most, due to being a new mother and adjusting mentally as well as physically. We were both adjusting to parenthood. It was the best bonding time with our son and it was better then I could have ever imagined. We tried for so many years to have children that when God allowed it to happen there was no way we would miss any second of opportunity God gave us to enjoy something so special.
After 4 weeks off it was time to find a new job and within a week of looking I was blessed with one. Although it was seasonal it was exactly what we needed which helped a lot financially. Two weeks before my wife returned to work we played with the idea of me staying home. Something that was quite different from our original plans when we married. I was open to the idea but knew that I wanted to be able to provide for my family. Eventually we found that it would be best for her to return.
My decision to resign from my position seemed as if it would cause much strain in my day to day living but with much prayer God has continually provided for our family. In all actuality it became one of the best decisions that I made in a very long time and I knew without a shadow of a doubt that God not only would provide but that I made a good choice. There were many times that I doubted God, myself, and the ability to sustain financially. How would we survive what seemed like a hardship? God. He gave me so much reassurance, not only with my health but with the peace that I've continued to receive. I've decided to trust God through every situation since resigning which has lead me to starting this blog.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3: 5-6
I am so excited to be sharing my Daddy Duties Blog with you! My intention is for this blog to give you an inside scoop on what it's like for a stay at home dad. It will give you and understanding of the many struggles that stay at home parents have to deal with - from being a college student, having to sacrifice homework time to attend to my son and finding time to shower and get dressed for the day.(I'm still learning).
I've read many blogs of stay at home dads, which I believe will help me on my day to day journey and I hope that this blog can help you, whether your a stay at home mom or dad. Again Thank you for joining my journey and I hope you enjoy the Daddy Duties Blog!!!
Matthew M. Gamble
Matthew Gamble Sr. is a father, husband, friend, and blogger. He writes about what it's like to raise Matthew Gamble II also known as M2 as a stay at home father. Join him on his journey into fatherhood with Mr. Daddy Duties!!!