Growing up, when you graduated high school you fell into two categories, either you already had a job and continued to work it or you went off to college. There really wasn’t many other choices.
I for one didn’t go to college. I worked 40+ hours a week up until my knight in shining armor rescued me and I became a SAHM. We knew when we got married that we were going to do things a little differently when it came to raising our children.
Fast forward to now. We have a budding 18 year old daughter who is graduating this year from homeschool. In a world that expects you to go to proms, and have a few heartbreaks under your belt and your first job at Mcdonald’s, it’s been hard to answer that age old question that is asked about her and to her ALL THE TIME. “So, where are you going to college?” I’m pretty sure that 99% of everyone that we come in contact with has asked this question. They just assume that it’s the next logical step after graduating high school. If you daughter goes to college that’s fine and dandy. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I’m just saying that not everyone has to go down that road.
The answer they get when they ask usually shocks them. Our daughter tells them that she is not going to college because she actually wants to be a wife and mother and that’s what she’s training to be. “WHAT? That’s it? That seems so unfulfilling” is what you read in their eyes. Or you could sum up their reaction in one word “Freaks!” Some get it and understand but most just clam up and don’t mention it any more.
One thing we’ve tried to instill in our children is the need to not work for another man. We really want them to be entrepreneurs. Well let’s just say that my daughter finally took our advice and ran with it. A lot of you know that she opened her Etsy store doors last October. It was slow going but she was constantly researching what was trendy and coming up with new things to sell. She saw what was working and what wasn’t. She is learning wonderful business and people skills. The Lord is definitely blessing her efforts and business has been so well that she was able to save up and buy this. A Nikon D5100.
With all the bells and whistles.
If you know anything about cameras you know that this wasn’t an inexpensive purchase. But she did it all on her own. The fact is, she is able to do all this from home where she can continue to learn and grow into the woman God wants her to be. She’s saving for a truck next. We are VERY proud of her.
But breaking the mold is hard. People judge you for your decisions because they aren’t popular with today’s society. It’s not a road that is easily taken. But the rewards are worth it.
I also want to give a shout out to another young lady who is stepping out in faith and opening her own Etsy shop. Her parents have the same convictions and their daughter is joining our daughter down that narrow path. She just started her shop but will be adding more things in the future.
No this wasn’t a promotion of their shops to get them some business. It was to let someone that might be struggling in the same area know that they are not alone and it’s okay to go against the flow sometimes. Though if you do buy from them you know that you are supporting the next generation of homemakers. *wink*
Well that’s what was on my heart today. Thank you to those who took the time to read it.
Have a lovely day.