We have had long conversations about the value of Dream working versus the value of her not working. She could work, and that might push our Must Haves down below the 50% level. But then she would be working just so we could more easily afford our house. Is it really worth that? More so, is it worth giving up the benefits of having her stay home in the first place? She is able to greet my daughter every day when she gets off the school bus. They study and play together after school. She takes care of all the household chores during the day, meaning those chores do not take the place of quality family time in the evenings and weekends.
We realize that it is mostly normal for wives and mothers to work, but we also see how fortunate we are to be in a financial position to make a choice, even if that choice means moving down to more affordable housing. We are willing to give up some luxuries in order to gain more meaningful time together as a family.