Worth Calling a Career

“Being a mother is worth fighting for,
worth calling a career, worth the dignity of hard work.”
~ Edith Schaeffer


It always seems the sunshine and warm weather makes the children sprout up faster. And it is on those days, when I see their freckles spotting, their eyes twinkling, their little feet splashing in puddles and bigger feet running through the green grass, I thank God for the blessings of just being home.

I am so grateful and thankful to be given the task of being a stay at home mother. I remember the days when I was busy and running a photography business, rushing out the door in the evening, dropping the girls off at my mother in laws for babysitting, arranging to leave work when my husband would be coming home … those days are long gone and for that I am truly grateful. God is gracious and merciful.


I had a dear friend who always said, “Gillian, clients will always be there, but before you know it, your children will be grown.” She, too, was a photographer, and she knew the love of photography, the joy of having a great session and producing images for families that they would love for years. However, she was also wiser and knew that her children would grow too quickly. Now, her children are grown and mine are quickly following suit. I am so grateful for her words of advice that encouraged me to not keep up with every other photographer, to slow down and to love being a mommy.

I always knew I wanted to be a stay at home mother, as my own mom had set a great example. I knew I would never put my children into daycare and promptly quit my full time job after the birth of our first daughter. But somewhere along the way, the temptation and the lure and the world marred my vision. It was not “enough” to be a stay at home mom – you had to have something that made you unique alongside of that, so it seemed. Many women are still like that today – they are at home, but they are busy, too busy, filling their time up with other activities, hobbies, home-based businesses, the attraction of having that extra income, that keep their eyes shifting from children to work, from book keeping to how to get make more money. No, I am not against home-based businesses (they can be a great blessings in financially tight times)! It just seems there needs to be a very strict balance between your duties as a mother and wife and the business you are running on the side.

If you are “bored” at home or not feeling fulfilled … maybe it is time to ask the question: what else can I be doing at home to bless the family, bless others with my family, save money, make things easier for my husband? Surely there is something that can be done around the home to fill your time. When I wake up in the morning, my feet are literally itching to hit the floor and start another day. Each day holds a new challenge, a new blessing, a new adventure – and I am JUST a stay at home mom! I know the world can appear exciting, making money is fulfilling, meeting other adults and clients is satisfying socially … but I just beg you to keep your eyes on your family and the Lord and see where He is leading you.


Your workplace may be closer than you realize – inside your own front door.


P.S. I’m heading to my midwife this morning for my 28 week checkup. I feel so much bigger this time – perhaps my muscles are so stretched out after 8 pregnancies! Looking forward to hearing the heart beat. Braxton Hicks are terrible with each pregnancy and definitely happening in this one. I am trying to get all my major chores done in the morning and then physically rest a bit in the afternoon.

July 15, 2017 - 10:28 am

Gigi Molly, I will be praying for you as you seek God’s will in this area of your life. I do know all to well what you are feeling. Your children need you. There is no faith unless we step out where it is unknown. God will provide, I believe that.

July 15, 2017 - 9:58 am

molly Oh my, this post speaks to me so much. To the point, I’m in tears this morning. The part about leaving the kids to go to shoots…Yes, that is the season of life I’m in right now and every time I leave my two girls or tell them “I can’t right now, momma has to edit”, I feel a sense of guilt. I truly feel I’m lacking as a mother and wife because of it.

I have followed you for a few years now and I admire what you’ve done with your children so much. Thank you for following the Lord and making it public, it is encouraging to me as a Christian. This post has been one of the top things that I’ve been praying about for a while now. Saying “no” to my wonderful clients is so hard but feeling more and more pulled to do what is best for my family. This just may be my sign! Thank you!!!

July 12, 2017 - 5:52 am

Gigi Yes, I suppose you do know the feelings of multiple pregnancies very well. 🙂
Regarding the house, we do most of the general tidying up, cleaning in the morning and since it is summer, there is a lighter school work load but we may do school whenever it pleases in the summer (sometimes, it is just so hot in the afternoon, it will be a good time to do some history. Other times, if it’s a rainy day, morning is great). Later in the evening around 5, we tidy before dinner again and then after dinner, we do have night time chores, that involve putting animals into barn, cleaning up the mudroom from all our multiple entries (boy, does that get dirty!), etc. I try to have the girls have a clean room when they go to bed. Not perfect, but at least tidy. They are in training!

July 12, 2017 - 5:49 am

Gigi I search high and low for those dresses – thrift store and such. There is a Mennonite thrift store about an hour from my home. I try to go twice a year to see if they have dresses. I have not mastered making a dress yet – but that would be an amazing thing one day to do!

July 11, 2017 - 6:57 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings Oh! You have a little one that looks adorable in overalls as well!!!Where do you shop for the girlies dresses and such?I never see them anywhere….or do you make them???

July 11, 2017 - 6:50 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings I love this post!!! You have a gift for writing and touching hearts! We have 8 children as you know and I know your pregnancy symptoms all to well. Seems like my braxton hicks contractions were more and more earlier with each pregnancy. Do you normally follow a house cleaning and sit down schoolwork routine on a normal day?

July 11, 2017 - 3:54 pm

Sarah @ The Life of This Mother Gigi, that comment above from Edith Schaeffer is so good. That book, What Is A Family?, has been so pivotal to the vision I have for our family life and our children’s upbringing. Love your blog, and congratulations on another beautiful baby coming a long.

July 11, 2017 - 12:36 pm

Gigi Lynda, you are so encouraging. Thank you. Your words mean a lot.

July 11, 2017 - 12:35 pm

Gigi Blessings to you, Katy!

July 11, 2017 - 10:36 am

Lynda Lu Gibb Such a good choice.. Your blessings for that choice are visible everyday! I am thankful you are able to know that and treasure it. I look forward to reading all about how you fill your days and your children’s hearts . Thank you for sharing.

July 11, 2017 - 8:21 am

Katy~TheCountryBlossom A beautiful post! I couldn’t agree more!! 🙂