Hello. My name is Jennifer Robinson and I am the humble homemaker. My journey as a stay at home wife and mother began about seven years ago when I learned I was pregnant with my beautiful daughter, Joanna. Prior to this life-changing event, I was well on my way to earning a nursing degree. Dreams of holding an honorable position with respectable wages awaited me upon my graduation.
I was the definition of a pro-feminist, who desired to one day perhaps be the bread winner of my family and hold myself in a lofty position over my household. I worked as a nurse aide at a local hospital while studying for my nursing degree, hoping it would give me a leg up once I graduated. My husband, Jesse, and I were married three years when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I planned, like many women, to return to work and finish my education once I completed my maternity leave. I had it all figured out!
Fortunately, God had different plans that awaited me before I even realized it. Due to a work incident, my doctor placed me on lifting restrictions. If you have any knowledge of hospital work, you know it is anything but laid back duty. My boss told me she had to place me on early maternity leave because I was not legally allowed to work under these restrictions (I later found out that human resources would have placed me at a desk or considerable light duty for the remainder of my pregnancy, but I am oh so thankful I did not know this at the time- as you will soon understand why).
I was three months pregnant, far from meeting my little bundle of joy and suddenly faced with a great deal of extra spare time. Although I could utilize this time to focus on my studies, I somehow felt prompted to suspend my semester and allowed myself to relax and de-stress. I blamed this illogical reasoning to sensitive pregnancy hormones, because how else could I have justified this odd behavior of mine?
This left me with limitless free time, to which I had no idea what I was going to do with. I spent the first week off just enjoying my “vacation” and vegged out on the couch, nursing my cravings of fruit and french fries. After this point, I quickly realized I could probably find better use of my time than packing on unnecessary weight. I happened to glance over at my Bible , which honestly, had a thin layer of dust from not being opened in a while.
I was reading in Matthew and came across a passage that still remains one of my most cherished Bible verses to this day: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
-Matthew 6: 19-21
I placed my hands over my growing belly and felt the subtle movement of the little life God had knit together inside of me. I realized at that moment, my priorities had been completely backwards. I was on a mission for personal gain and was blind to the truth about who I was as a woman and daughter in Christ. I used to think that when the Bible talks about God giving us the desires of our heart, I thought that simply meant God gave us what we desire. But God met me in that moment and changed my heart and therefore gave me the desire to live a purposeful life for Him, not myself. My old journey to find career bliss and all the luxuries of the world had come to a sudden halt and a brand new journey was about to begin: to store treasures in heaven. And it all started with my family.
I began diving into scripture and immersing myself in supplemental books that could paint a picture of how I could be the woman, wife and mother I was destined by God to be. Being raised by a Christian stay at home mom myself, it occurred to me that the best thing I could do for my family was to simply be there- to care for, love, nurture, and admonish in the Word of God. I recalled all the memories of my mother instilling faith and the hope of the Lord in my spirit. I recalled the time she spent with me- playing dress up, catering to my imagination, and the countless prayers she spoke over me. I had always been a Christian and was raised in church, but now the seeds of scripture and my mother planted so many years ago were beginning to truly take root and bud in my heart.
I have been a homemaker for almost six years now and I don’t look back to how my life could have been had I finished my scholastic endeavors and embarked into the workforce. My company benefits are the faces of family I see every day. My position does not come with a 401K, but I hear the eternal investments are well worth it! I do not report to a boss, but I do have a wonderful heavenly Father who I work for. No, this position is not glamorous in any way, but it is a calling- a high calling from God.
I am excited for this opportunity to share my experiences about family life, the ups and downs of motherhood, faith, recipes, time management, organization, marital growth, living with one income and so much more! My prayer is that this blog provides practical advice to help serve your family and Christ, but also blesses and encourages your heart! Ladies, let’s begin storing treasures!
The Humble Homemaker