A WOMAN has revealed she quit her career as an optician to stay at home and ‘serve’ her husband full-time.
Mikayla Herrmann spends hours every day cooking and cleaning and tending the farm animals at home while 31-year-old husband Samuel Herrmann works as a blacksmith machinery company boss.
The ‘trad wife’ quit her career as an optician to stay at home and ‘serve’ her husbandCredit: Kennedy News
Mikayla shrugs off trolls’ criticism that she’s ‘oppressed’Credit: Kennedy News
The 26-year-old homemaker quit her optician role in a big city to move to the countryside and became a full-time housewife after getting married five years ago – becoming the sixth generation of women in her family to stay at home.
The pair met at a church function in 2017 and ‘immediately’ hit it off, before getting engaged in May 2018 and marrying just three months later.
Dedicated Mikayla, who is from Oklahoma, admits she loves the satisfaction of serving her husband meals made from home-grown vegetables, butchered meat from their farm and bread made with flour milled at home.
But Mikayla says she often receives Instagram comments from strangers branding her ‘oppressed’ and ‘lazy’ because of her lifestyle.
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Mikayla said: “I was always looking forward to meeting my husband and becoming a housewife because that’s what I’ve always seen women in my life do and what I’ve always wanted to do.2
In fact, Mikayla said both her mum and mother-in-law did the same thing so it doesn’t seem that weird to her.
“We’re probably the fifth or sixth generation of home-making wives,” she added.
It was never a questioned that she would be a stay-at-home wife and take care of the home whilst her husband is in charge of the money side of things.
A “typical day” for Mikayla involves an early start on the farm milking the goats, working on the garden and haying the animals.
“I also try to cook everything from scratch from my home so that takes quite a while too to prepare for each meal.
“My husband comes home and he has breakfast here, he has lunch here and comes home for dinner, so I’ve got all of these different meals that I cook from scratch,” she said.
Usually food preparation takes at least an hour before Mikayla’s husband is due home so it’s ready to eat straight away, but it’s all part of the job as far as she’s concerned.
“I definitely feel like it is my duty to serve my husband and for him to be the breadwinner of my house.
“But he is such a kind person that he will never be frustrated at me if I’m having a bad day and I’m not able to get food on the table whenever he walks through the door.
“I try to do as much of that as I can because I feel like it is my job as his wife to make sure that he comes home to ahouse that has been cleaned.”
Diligent Mikayla documents her life as a housewife on social media where she promotes homemaking to other wives but says she often receives ‘hateful’ comments.
Mikayla said: “Someone had commented on one of my videos that I was a tradwife and I had to Google it because I didn’t know if this was a bad thing or a good thing.
“I am definitely a tradwife. Our values are very traditional and pretty much every video of tradwife things that I saw I can relate to.
“I love it because I get to promote homemaking to other wives who maybe don’t have that multiple generation family that are also homemakers.”
Despite the hate, Mikayla also enjoys being someone other housewives can “relate” to.
As far as the hate comments, “It’s mostly just comments about being lazy and that I sit at home and let my husband take care of everything and I’m not doing anything that’s fulfilling here.
“But this is really the most fulfilled I have ever felt because it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.
“People think I’m ‘oppressed’ but I am definitely not, I chose to have this job. My husband isn’t forcing me into serving him in any way.”
Mikayla and Samuel don’t have children, but hope to expand their family in– where they plan to have home births and homeschool their kids.
Mikayla said: “We do not have children yet. That’s something we have been praying about for several years and we hope that God blesses us with children soon.
“I absolutely cannot wait to become a mum. I think it will be so wonderful to instill these values in my children and help out with some of the farm things.
She said she would probably homeschool any future kids, as well as have a home birth.
The housewife shared what a typical day looks like for herCredit: Kennedy News
A big part of Mikayla’s day is spent preparing food for her husbandCredit: Kennedy News