I'm really having a hard time making up my mind on this and could use some support from my chicken friends... 3 years ago just after I married my husband, I/We decided that I didn't have to work anymore, that I could stay home and be a mom to my now 12 and 16 year old sons. We live a very simple lifestyle, 4 people on a modest $27,000 income, we also had child support and a nice nest egg for emergencies and dreams. But it's enough to enjoy life as a family. Last March, my ex-husband was laid-off from his job and also spent 3 months in jail - since then we have not been receiving child support payments and unfortunately we had started to depend on those payments. 3 years ago we used most of our nest egg to add-on to our house and purchase 2 adjoining acres. I love being a stay-at-home mom. I now have the freedom to really bond with my boys and my husband. I don't want to give all of this up, but right now money is the issue. We have cutback in so many ways, but there always seems to be an increase in the electricity, gas prices rising, needing a new backpack for school, baseball sign ups, fundraisers, etc... I could go on forever. I know now, what I missed out on while I was working and I know that I will never get that back. But at the same time, I feel so selfish for not wanting to go back to work to help build our nest egg and take some of the burden off of my husband's shoulders. He swears that we will be fine if I continue staying home, but I know better... Sorry so long, this is just weighing really heavy right now and I could use some support.