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The Important Work of Staying Home

My husband and I recently moved from Denver, Colorado to a small town in Iowa. I have been surprised to have been asked on multiple occasions while visiting new churches what I do for a living, as I stood there holding my 10-month-old daughter. Not that I didn't understand where the question came from, but I thought, "Oh no, not here too. I thought a small town would be different." You see, I am a stay-at-home mom, and I feel like it is the most important job I could be doing at this point in my life. I just wish others saw it the same way.
I've found there are very few, even in the church, that share my conviction that a mother staying home with her young children is very important work, and, dare I say it, even the most important work for a woman with young children at home. The general consensus in Christian circles is, "Just do whatever you want; no problem either way if you choose to work or stay home with  your kids." But what I'm hear…

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