There is something about becoming a parent, a mom especially, that just changes you. It changes your perspective, your ideas, your ability to pee in peace. I've been thinking the past few weeks on how becoming a mom has changed me.
1- I am never on time anywhere anymore. Ever. I don't care how early I try to leave, there is always a diaper or potty emergency, a shoe is missing, someone wants to do the stairs "all by me self." There's just always something. Or, in an attempt to not be late, we end up super early. There is no in between.
2- I find myself talking all the time. Even when there is no one else around. Habit of talking to a baby and then a toddler about anything and everything going on. It does help their language development but when I am grocery shopping by myself (which is super rare), I get weird looks when I ask no one in particular what type of lunchmeat we should get Daddy.
The Brickmaker's Bride is the first book I can remember reading by Judith Miller. I have read a few of her books that she has co-authored with someone else but never by her alone. Here's the description from the back of the book:
In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.
Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it's Ewan's job to get the company up and running again.
Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he'll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.
But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?
One of the best ways to save at the grocery store is to plan out your trip. If you go into your trips blind, you are move likely to spend more money. Planning out your trip can be more involved than just simply creating a list. Here is how I set up my trip each week.
Check the sales flyers
This is the first thing I do. I check to see what is on sale that week. I put the sale items that I will be purchasing on my list.
Check the pantry, freezer, etc.
After I write down the sale items I'll be purchasing, I go through my pantry, refrigerator, and freezers to see what I'm out of or will be soon.
A year and a half ago I crossed over to the dark side. That's right. I became....a smartphone owner. One thing I did when I purchased one was to promise myself and my family that I would not become one of those people who is constantly on their phone. So far, I have succeeded most of the time. I am a slight Instagram addict. Not in that I post way too many pictures but in that I love seeing what everyone else has posted.
One of the things I love having a smartphone for that isn't super obnoxious or time consuming is for saving money. Here are five of my favorite money saving or making apps. (All apps are available for both Android and Apple)
My pastor shared a status on Facebook recently that basically said, are we trying to be good and cause others to be good instead of letting Christ create the transformation in us. Which is ironic as I had just been thinking about something similar before I read that.
Summers/early fall are tough on my Christian walk. I am not at church, I'm surrounded by worldliness, my language goes down hill, my attitude goes down hill. In short, it's messy. I love lumberjack season and I love my "summer family" but I allow the drama surrounding things to bring me down. Instead of being the light in the middle of the frustrations, I have a tendency to join in. What kind of witness is that?