Life Here

Life Here...just an update on our life the past six weeks

Life has been so crazy the past 6 weeks. Between Abby's issue then my own issue, Christmas, a broken car, and then all three of us getting colds, it felt like life was never going settle down. And it hasn't. My van is having issues. When I try to turn the wipers one, either nothing happens or the radio volume goes down. This is now fixed but it cost us $350. Thankfully, my scary medical issue has been diagnosed but it is going to involve surgery the first week of February to remove a (benign) … [Read more...]

When It’s More Frugal to Spend Money

frugal to save money

If you are anything like me, you probably spend a lot of your time trying to save money. You buy used items, you buy the cheaper version of most everything (including food), or you just use something well past when it should have been tossed. But is that always the best choice? Is it always the most frugal choice? I've purchased jeans at Walmart for $18. I've also purchased a better brand at Kohl's, on sale for $25, usually $40. The $18 jeans lasted me about a year, year and a half. The … [Read more...]

When You Hate Being a Parent

hate being a parent

I love being a mom. I really do. When my daughter runs across the room and gives me a big hug while saying, "I love you, Mommy," it just makes me melt. I love watching her when she finally succeeds at something she has been trying for awhile. I love hearing her made up little songs. But then there are "those" days.  Weeks, even. You know the ones I'm talking about. There are toys everywhere, cereal has been ground in the carpet, you don't even know what is on the sofa, the kid(s) have … [Read more...]

Uses for Leftover Coffee

leftover coffee

Leftover coffee? Who ever heard of such a thing? However, if you are like my husband, you make more coffee than you need for one or two cups. Throwing it out is such a waste. It is cheaper to make your coffee at home rather than buying at a coffee shop but you still don't want to be throwing it out. You aren't really saving much if you waste it. Part of living a frugal lifestyle is using everything you can and stretching things as far as you can. Sometimes it takes thinking a bit outside the box … [Read more...]

Book Review: A Most Inconvenient Marriage

most inconvenient marriage

(Some links may be my affiliate links. For more information, go here.) With a title like "A Most Inconvenient Marriage" I really expected this book to be an entertaining read. I was not let down. I loved this book. But before I tell you about why, here is what the publisher has to say about the book. With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies, … [Read more...]

Creating a Budget: 3 Simple Tips

creating a budget

With the new year upon us, many people are creating resolutions to save money or better control their finances. Unfortunately, many of those people don't know how to create a budget or even where to begin. If you are one of those people struggling with a starting point, here are three tips for creating a budget. Over the years, the categories and amounts have changed, but it is still the same basic budget. It is super simple, so no excuses! :)  Decide on a Method I use Excel to track my … [Read more...]

2015 Word of the Year: Peace

2015 peace

This year's word of the year was a struggle for me. Every time I thought I had a word, it got replaced. Then I would get a word that I wasn't 100% comfortable with but I figured, hey, maybe that means God needs to work on me in that area. When I finally thought I landed on a word, a friend mentioned that her word was peace. I suddenly had an "ah ha" moment. I felt at peace. I had been going to choose trust but I just couldn't figure out why God wanted me to choose that. Trusting is easy. … [Read more...]

Take the Time to Take Care of Yourself

take care of yourself

There is one thing I learned during the chaos known to most as December 2014. I need to be better at taking the time to take care of myself.  It took me the entire month to figure that one out. When I ended up in the doctor's office for a strange issue (that they still don't know what it is) and GI issues that were so severe, they felt like something more, my doctor told me that besides the few medications he was giving me, I was to find a way to de-stress. I needed to rest. I thought I was … [Read more...]

2014: A Look Back at Grace

2014 grace

  This was not the Christmas I had planned. This was not the year I had planned. So much of this year has been hardship and heartbreak. There are certain things about this year I would love to change. I would love to have all of us 100% healthy. But other things, while hard and unpleasant, I would not change. God used so many things this year to teach me more about grace. I know I have a whole lifetime left of learning about grace, about how to show it, about how to accept it. But … [Read more...]