Last Saturday on our way home from Stillwater Farmer’s Market (where we sell our products), I was telling Chad how much I hate it when people ask me what I do. I normally go into detail about how I stay at home and take care of our 6 month old and I help around the farm as much as I can. I just don’t like saying I am a “stay-at-home mom.” Unfortunately, it has such a negative connotation these days, which it shouldn’t! Sadly, some people think stay-at-home moms sit around in their jammies all day watching tv. Plus, I do a lot of things on top of taking care of Eden! Her pediatrician gave me a huge lecture one time because I said I “just” stay at home and take care of the baby. She understood there is so much more to it than that!
During mine and Chad’s conversation about this dilemma I’m in, he came up with a new title for me. He is a pretty brilliant man. I am now the Ward Family Farm’s Home Economist. I laughed real hard when he gave me this title. He was so proud of himself and said he is going to tell people that’s what I do when they ask him. But the more I got to thinking about it the more it made sense. Webster says “home economics” is the theory and practice of homemaking. And according to Webster a “homemaker” is one who manages a household especially as a wife and mother. I feel like that is the perfect title for me based on these definitions. (I laugh inside though because in my super feminist woman power days I would have been offended if someone called me a homemaker!)
All of this is so silly. Who cares what my title is and what anyone thinks! But it matters to me. I think it’s a pride thing (which I need to work on). I went to a prestigious college and earned my degree. And sadly our society judges you based on your career. Well let me tell you I am very proud of the job that I have as a stay-at-home mom, homemaker, home economist, or whatever you want to call it! I work extremely hard taking care of our child and our household. I am going to be talking about some of the things I do here on the blog over the next few months, and I am really excited about it!
Meal planning, household budgeting, cooking, canning, broth making, cloth diapering, baby food making, cleaning and organizing, crafting, and lots more are topics I will be writing about. I’ve been so blessed with a husband who understands the value of me staying at home to take care of our child and to keep our household nourished and in order. I do not ever want to make a mother who works outside of the home feel like she has made the wrong decision by doing so because we all have different callings and circumstances. This is just where I am called to be and what works best for our family right now. I am excited to really start sharing this journey through motherhood, homemaking, homesteading, and farming with you!
Ward Family Farm’s Home Economist (ha ha!)