EMAIL me at

Follow by Email

Tuesday, September 06, 2011


I find it ironic that this movie is coming out on Friday!! I think SJP's character is exactly where I have been the last few years of my a race to try and do everything on my list. And make time for kids, work, friends, church, family,etc. etc. etc. I. AM. EXHAUSTED.

I have worked for 10 years in pharmaceuticals, as a representative, trainer, specialist, etc. etc. etc. The job has been one of calls, driving, samples, expense reports, dinners, lunches, snacks, birthday presents, remembering birthdays for 500 people, keeping up with appointments, and plane rides to New Jersey, Florida, California, Utah, Chicago, Kentucky, Mississippi, and the list goes on and on and on.

A few months ago I really felt the Holy Spirit and my conscience pulling at my heart. Every single Sunday morning I would sit at church and feel guilty that I was trying to rush through church, because I needed to get home and fold clothes and go grocery shopping and pack lunches and on and on and on and on! I would also feel guilty that my kids weren't at church on Sunday and Wednesday nights. I have prayed about this so much and slowly but surely God had revealed to me that it was time. Time to come to the house. Time to go home to Mississippi and see my family for longer than 72 hours. Time to be able to sit down and read a book. Time to get more than 5 to 6 hours a sleep a night, and not live off of Diet Coke and Phentermine. Time to play Barbies and actually stay at my house longer than 2 hours at a time. IT WAS TIME TO QUIT!

My mama and daddy have both been vital in this happening. They have supported me in so many ways and my mama has talked me thru all the tears. She also made me realize that change can be a good thing, and that my career is not over, just on hold temporarily. I am so grateful for my mama. I love her more than she will ever know.

So I resigned at 5pm today. I am officially the President of Goode Enterprises. I will be answering also to Paisley and Griffin, and manager of all playdates, music groups, reading times, and nose blower/boo boo kisser. I know that being a Stay At Home Mom is not always glamorous, but the guilt of never having time for anyone isn't glitter and roses!

I am looking forward to my new role. Please pray for me and my family in the weeks to come. Change is not always easy, but I will take it one day at a time.

Love you all very much!


Sharon Dorman said...

Katie Jane, you will NEVER regret this decision! Your children will be entering college before you can catch your breath, and you don't want to watch the next few years from the sidelines. They will LOVE having you more available to them for longer periods of time, as will the rest of your family. I'm so proud that you have the opportunity to make this "choice", as many young mothers often do not. What a fortunate little mamma, and what fortunate children! As you follow God's leadership, you will find fulfillment in ways that you never imagined. Love you, sweet girl!

Carrie said...

I REALLY struggled with this decision a few years ago. After all, I did go to school 4 extra years to work in a pharmacy -not at home. But you definitely made the right decision. But I do have to say, that it took me at least a year (maybe 2) to really get used to it and quit struggling with the decision. I felt like if I was at work I needed to be home and if I was at home I needed to be working. I got so tired of riding the fence. You will have good days, and most definitely several bad days in a row that make you question your sanity and choice. But they are only young once and this is the time to mold them and give them the best foundation for their future. 3 years later, I can't believe I ever struggled with this decision. I love staying home with them and not missing anything!

LC said...

long time reader, 1st time commenter...and I agree with Sharon. This is fabulous news & I hope you enjoy your free time with the kids! :)

jenny winstead said...

this is amazing news! i personally didn't see how in the world you kept up with everything! you are the ultimate multi-tasker! i am so happy for you! no, it's not a glamorous role and it can be a very thankless role, but know that you are doing the Lord's work, even when you are cleaning up smashed peas off the floor. do EVERYTHING as unto the Lord and he will bless your life! congrats and i hope you get plenty of rest. you so deserve it. :) love ya!

Erin said...

I'm so happy for you! I left my career (that I loved!) of nearly 6 years about 2 months ago to be home with Ty and I have not regretted it one time. Looking back, I don't know how I did it all. I was just like you - sick and tired of rushing through life because I was so pressed for time. I think you'll love your new job! I know I do!! :)

Joy said...

You know what's right for you and your family and if you are happy with this decision – well, that's all that matters!! I'm proud of you!!

meurrier said...

Katie will be so glad you made this decision! Staying at home is certainly not for the faint of heart. It is HARD, but I would have it no other way. I know God is going to bless you so much on your new journey! Good luck!! I admire you!

The Miller's Blog said...

So happy for you, KJ. It is a drastic, life changing decision, but one that you will not regret. Finances may be tighter with one income, but every penny pinched is worth it a million times over. You know how fast our children grow and you will never, ever get these days back. Enjoy every second they are under your feet. My boss wanted me to come work full time a few months ago and I couldn't do it. I love being home with my babies!!!!!!

Misty said...

I've been a SAHM for seven long years! It took six of those to stop feeling guilty, unproductive, and unaccomplished. I finally learned that a paycheck isn't the only way to be rewarded for a job well done. Being a SAHM is a blessing AND a sacrifice.

And although my kids have never been in daycare so I can't compare the two, I can say that neither of my kids have ever had more than a cold and most years they don't even get one of those! Coincidence?!

Tara Blaine said...

Okay KJ, just because you quit your job doesn't mean you have to quit bloggin' too! I miss your posts! Get with it!