Being a stay-at-home mom is hard, and sometimes lonely, work. Spending all day with your kids can be rewarding, but when it's just you, it's easy to resent your spouse.
That’s exactly how Katie Spence Pugh felt when she texted her husband, Eugene, and told him she was fed up. He's a farmer, who works long, hard hours.
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“The full-time job, cooking dinner, bathing kids, weekend trips without him, keeping up a home, you name it, I was resenting it,” Katie wrote on Facebook.
Every planting and harvesting season, Katie said she has these moments when she just can’t take it anymore.
Instead of getting angry, Eugene apologized. Then he made a plate and started to eat his dinner alone. Charlotte, his daughter, joined him “and talked his head off and even ate most of his dinner.” But Eugene wasn’t annoyed.
And then it hit Katie. Instead of being angry she should be thankful. She got to spend all her time with her children. She bathed them, listened to their stories, snuggled them, and heard them laugh. She did all this while Eugene worked so she could remain a stay-at-home mom.
“This is a man who is working to uphold four generations of blood, sweat, and tears and showing his children the value of hard work and discipline…He is the one sacrificing, not me.”
So even if Eugene isn’t always around, his kids are certainly learning from his example.
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