Staying Home: My One-Year Anniversary

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This week marks an important week in our lives – it’s my one-year anniversary of being a stay-at-home mom!

Miles may not know his letters – and Alice isn’t the greatest at counting – but we still say it’s the best decision we’ve ever made.

In honor of this anniversary – I’m sharing an email that I sent to several of my friends last year after our first official day at home.

Anna’s First Day!

I was very excited for my first day as a stay-at-home mom! I loaded up the kids, and we drove to the Kenwood Towne Centre. I’ve heard that all the fanciest moms hang out there with their kids. I was positive that I’d meet other moms and kids – maybe even join some kind of a special stay-at-home mom club at the mall.

We could spend hours drinking Starbucks, shopping and letting our kids run around the fountain.

But for some reason none of the moms at the mall would talk to me.

In honor of my anniversary of staying home with my kids - I'm sharing an email that I sent to several of my friends last year after our first official day at home.

And despite the fact that Alice had a smile on her face and Miles brought suckers to share with the other kids, the moms wouldn’t let their kids play with my kids…

In honor of my anniversary of staying home with my kids - I'm sharing an email that I sent to several of my friends last year after our first official day at home.

Staying home might be tougher than I thought…


  1. Anna

    November 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Over here from Works for Me Wednesday. Great post! I wouldn't trade staying home with my kiddos for anything. As Chesterton says, it's a "gigantic" career. 🙂

  2. Bumble Baybees

    November 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Those pictures are awesome! lol!

  3. Sherika Lovett Alston

    November 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This is too funny! As a follower SAHM I completely applaud you! It is definitely a tough job! I sometimes feel a little guilty because when my 13 month old sees other kids she is in such amazement and just stares at them! I think, Man, we need to get out more! 🙂 Your newest follower!!

  4. Mandy

    November 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Anna! I'm Kate Westrich's sister-in-law. I've been reading your site for a couple months and am completely entertained! I too recently left my office with a window and adult conversation to stay home with my two boys (2 and 5). Thanks for validating my inability to meet moms and find playmates and difficulty teaching preschool skills:) Isn't as easy as we thought, is it! AHHHHHH!

  5. Lisa

    November 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    That gave me a good laugh!
    Lisa from Over the Big Moon

  6. Michelle

    November 3, 2011 at 1:45 am

    LOL – I love the post about your first day and CONGRATS on your first year!

  7. Aima

    November 3, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I love the t-shirt! Thanks for a good laugh!

  8. Janice

    November 3, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I love it! So true. I would love it if you'd link this up on my blog carnival (


  9. Mindy

    November 6, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Okay, literally laughing out loud. I seriously need to be rocking that pink shirt right now.

  10. karah

    November 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Very cute kids! Your doing the most important work you can do in life 🙂

  11. kendascrafts

    November 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    lol, too funny! Hope things got easier for you!

  12. strbrte

    November 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    HaHaHa! Love it!

  13. folkhaven

    November 8, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Thank you for the laugh! I'm so glad I am able to stay home with my little guy.

  14. April

    November 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    too funny!

  15. April

    November 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    btw…I know how you feel! I had three kids under four years! it's tough but a blast!

  16. kerrynjane

    November 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I stayed home for 12 years with my three kids and now only work outside home when they are at school….best and toughest job i ever had. I applaud you all for making that commitment to your kids. In this gotta have it now society, you are making an admirable decision. OK- so I've been driving the same minivan for 12 years…but the "sacrifice" has been so worth it.


    November 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for giving me a good laugh today! I just discovered your blog and it made me smile 🙂 Being a SAHM is sometimes tough but totally worth the sacrifice. I wish I had that shirt a few years ago when I was having babies like crazy!

  18. Michelle Johnnie

    November 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Great post! Great shirt! This was the most viewed link at the whatever Goes Wednesday party last week. I am featuring it today. Grab my "featured" button.

  19. [email protected]

    November 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Greatest. Shirt. EVER. Laughing soooo hard right now!

  20. Lindsay

    November 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Please keep writing your posts – they are so uplifting to me! I think it's awesome you played a role in someone else making the decision to stay at home – it really is worth the sacrifices, though I have to repeat that mantra a lot.

  21. anna

    February 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    this is hilarious. my kids would totally play with your little fever bearer!

  22. Mrs B

    June 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

    I don’t laugh out loud to much, but your blog makes me cry hysterically!

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