When my husband and I got engaged, my co-worker commented, “You’ll be living the good life. You’ll be DINK.” Huh? I’ve never heard that term before, so he educated me: Dual Income, No Kids.
But, our plans after marriage wasn’t to “live the good life” by the world’s standards. And, if we were DINK after our wedding day, we didn’t plan on being DINK for very long. We both knew that if God gave us children, I was going to be home with them. But we also knew that the path towards that goal was not going to be easy financially.
At the time, I was making a lot more income than my husband. I had bought a house before we started dating. (I thought I was going to be single forever, so that money I was setting aside for my future wedding day became the down payment on a house.) The mortgage payment was based on my income, not his. Then, there’s all the bills, typical monthly spending, etc. The numbers didn’t add up. We prayed and sought the One, who transcends all mathematical calculations and budget spreadsheets. If it was God’s will for me to quit my job, and for us to live off of one income, the numbers don’t have to add up. God will provide.
And, provide, He did. We are no longer DINK. We are SINK: Single Income, Numerous Kids (I made that one up … maybe it will catch on 🙂 )
We had to make adjustments. We had to change our lifestyle choices. We had to say “no” to a lot of things we thought we needed. But we got to say “yes” to so much more of what truly mattered.
I know raising a family on one income is not for everyone. Whatever decision you are facing right now, whether it’s a transition from two incomes to one or going back to work after having a baby, the root of it all is simply trusting God.