Whenever I have to fill out “Mother’s Occupation” on paperwork for the kids — at preschool, doctor’s appointments, etc. — I always pause for a second. I’ve “worked” full-time in advertising until just recently when I quit my job and now I do some freelance writing from time to time.

But my “full-time” job would be most accurately described as “Homemaker.”


I used to think that word was kinda frumpy — but now? Now I kinda like it.

While folding clothes this afternoon, I thought about how, truly, our “occupations” are simply products of what we make. Sure, some people make “money” with their occupation — but when it comes down to it, what better thing to make than a home?

And of all the things I’ve ever made — making a home is the most rewarding.

I like making the bed in the morning so when I walk back in during the day, my room feels fresh and clean.

I like making dinners in the evening. And when my husband comes home from work, I like that our home smells like something good is in the oven.

I like making crafts with the kids — and hanging their artwork on our fridge or pushed into our walls with push pins.

I like making messes that turn into memories. And tents out of bedsheets. And stories with flashlights under the covers.

I like making my mind up about what’s good for my kids and what’s not. I like learning about who I am as a mom — and who I want my kids to be as people.

I like making a home because even when we leave our home, it never leaves us. And how cool to make something that makes such a difference.



  1. Ann

    I needed to read this today, thank you! I forget sometimes that while I don’t make money – I make a difference each day in my family’s life :)

    I always write housewife on the paperwork. I think I will start writing homemaker – sounds more pleasant.

  2. Mimi

    When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize, she was asked, “What can we do to promote world peace?” She answered “Go home and love your family.”

    Making a home is the most important job you will ever have. You are spot on baby girl!

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