As far as real housewives go, it doesn’t get much more real than Courtney Mroch. She has been a stay-at-home wife since 1999 when her husband Wayne offered her a deal she couldn’t refuse: if she moved from Phoenix to Jacksonville for a job he’d been offered she could stay home and write for six months.
You see, Courtney had been a modern working woman until that point. She had a good job as a bankruptcy paralegal in one of Arizona’s top law firms.
But even though she enjoyed her job, it didn’t fulfill her. She had always wanted to be a writer. She had always dreamed of not having a job to go to every day so she could pursue her creative passions. What artist didn’t have that dream?
Except, giving up her job meant giving up her income, which meant giving up her financial independence. How wise was it to be a one-income family in this day and age? Did she really want to risk her financial security by relying on her husband’s income alone? What if something happened to him?
And what would people think of her staying home to pursue her passion when she didn’t have kids? That was kind of weird wasn’t it?
Then again, it was only for six months. Besides, she was curious to see if a modern woman could find fulfillment as a devoted wife and kept woman like how they’d done it in her grandmother’s era.
She didn’t know it then, but she was embarking on the Stay-at-Home Wife Experiment. Twelve years later, she’s a little battered and bruised from the adventure, but wiser and stronger than ever. She’s published numerous short stories, one book, and was once a popular blogger in the Marriage section of Families.com, something that served as the foundation to start this blog. She’s also still childless and has now added Cancer Survivor to her string of credits.
Borrowing from influences like Lucille Ball, Erma Bombeck, and Sarah Ban Breathnach, the SAHW Experiment is where Courtney shares the lessons she’s learned about love, friendship, faith and self during her time as a stay-at-home wife and kept woman on a quest to become a bestselling author.
“It’s not a path for everyone,” Courtney warns. “But if you’ve ever been curious about the life of a housewife who doesn’t have kids, you’re welcome to take a peek at mine. I’ll warn you, though. It’s not all bon bons and torrid affairs with the gardener. Okay, so there are a lot of bon bons. I love chocolate! But I wouldn’t call my relationship with our gardener a torrid affair. I am sleeping with him all right. Regularly. But it’s not what you think. My husband’s thrifty as well as handy. He does our lawn and is the only one trimming my hedges!”
(Oh, and she’s still on a quest to become a published author. She’s hoping this blog transitions into The SAHW Experiment book and her breakthrough bestseller!)
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