The one comment that routinely pops up when I explain I'm a stay at home mom is, "Oh, I wish I could stay home, but I HAVE to work."
Our decision for me to stay home was not something we just sporadically decided. It was a HUGE decision and took lots of analyzing and weighing the pros and cons to come to the final decision. I have been at home now for a year and 9 months, but who is counting? Our income dropped tremendously, and to many would be laughable (seriously). To put it into perspective we technically could qualify for WIC. With that said, we make it work.
What I have learned most about these current topics of conversations is simple: What works for one, doesn't work for another. At the end of the day, we are all just trying to make our lives work.