People have asked this past month, "how are you enjoying being at home with your children?" and I've said it's been wonderful. However, we have still had the blessing of my last June paycheck to use in July. Financially, July has felt no different than any month these last four years. This Friday, August 1st, we will be making a serious budget effort to stay within our very meager means. That provokes great anxiety in me with the price of gas and other things much higher than when Philip and I sat down and worked out a one salary family budget in January.
When that anxiety hits the roof in the coming weeks, I will come back and look at this sweet picture. I was getting more coffee this morning and heard Helen babbling away, happy as a lark. I returned to the living room to find her playing on the floor with Little Philip. It is a morning like this one that my decision to be at home is affirmed.