May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

To all mother's out there I salute and applaud you.

Psalm 127:3-5 (King James Version)
3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

I received this from my Pastor Friday and wanted to share it with all:

Stay-at-Home Moms Worth $117,000 a Year, Study Shows

If a stay-at-home mom could be compensated in dollars rather than personal satisfaction and unconditional love, she'd rake in a nifty sum of nearly $117,000 a year, The Associated Press reported. A working mom who juggles an outside job would get $68,405 for her motherly duties. Those figures are down from last year.

The eighth annual survey by calculated a mom's market value by studying pay levels for 10 job titles with duties that a typical mom performs, ranging from housekeeper and day care center teacher to van driver, psychologist and chief executive officer.

The biggest driver of a mom's theoretical salary is the amount of overtime pay she'd receive for working more than 40 hours a week. The 18,000 moms surveyed about their typical week reported working 94.4 hours. One stay-at-home mom said the six-figure salary sounds a little low.

"I think a lot of people think we sit and home and have a lot of fun and don't do a lot of work," said Samantha Russell, a Fremont, N.H., mother who left her job as pastry chef to raise two boys, ages 2 and 4. "But they should try cleaning their house with little kids running around and messing it up right after them.

"The rewards aren't monetary, but it's a reward knowing that they're safe and happy. It's worth it all."