Ok, some of you may need to get your yack bag out. Its about to get sappy up in here.
There is absolutely no price that can be put on the phenomenal lady that I share my life with. She is the more precious than any pink star diamond ever to be discovered. When she blesses a room by her presence, it lights up like the Sirius star. The Sirius star is the brightest star in the sky by the way…Siriusly! She truly is my best friend and is the most significant human being I’ve every encountered.
I strive to communicate how insanely incredible she is and how special her life is but I’m going to step that up a notch to show this. I did some work in conjunction with salary.com who tallies what a stay-at-home mom would draw in a paycheck. So I tweaked a few things and here is what I came up with.
Job Title Average Hours per week
Day Care Teacher 12
Home School Teacher 15
Facilities Manager 11
Computer Operator 5
Taxi Driver 8
Laundry Machine Operator 6
Chief Executive Officer 3
Staff Nurse – RN 2
Event Planner 3
Logistics Analyst 2
Interior Designer 2
Administrative Assistant 2
General Maintenance Worker 2
TOTAL = 136 hours
What do employers pay for the same knowledge and skills that moms use every day?
Brittany Epps, for the 136 hours your serve your family (not including the many other hours and the insane of time you deal with my nutty self); your annual salary would be $164,682. Wow, you are so under paid.
That would be a paycheck of $3,166.96 per week.
This is all just for fun, but it is definitely an eye-opener for us husbands.
Brittany, you are utterly amazing. Thank you! While I cant cut you a big fat check, I know that you don’t mind being paid with those priceless snuggle times with Eli, the ear to ear smiles from Natalee with her tongue sticking out, and the thousands of little moments you capture that confirm your calling as a stay-at-home mom. I am forever grateful for you. I love you!
To all the other stay-at-home mom’s…
God Bless you and thank you for investing many exhausting hours into your incredible little ones.
Proverbs 31:10-31 (NLT)
10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm[b] clothes.
22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.