wanted to share with you a little bit of sin i'm dealing with...
most of you know that we are less than wealthy. choosing the blessing of staying at home with elijah, we live on patrick's income. while i don't often pine away for lots of money and material things, i do often desire just a bit more. you know? for instance, i just love giving gifts, sending snail mail letters, going to starbucks etc...little things like that.
i read lots of savings blogs and follow fellow thrift queens on twitter and facebook for much needed encouragement. one woman wrote how her family recently bought their first home with cash. so inspiring! (our plan is saving twenty percent down on a home, not sure we are patient enough to wait a million more years to pay outright!) another woman spends not more than $60 a week for food for her family of five. i am nearly there, yesterday i did our bi-weekly food shopping for $112. thanks to coupons, sales circular studying and meal planning we are able to manage!
the other day i was reading a post about keeping frugality fun. it mentioned things like pet store visits rather than the zoo, taking any lose change and going out for a shared cup of coffee, serving your cheap meals on your best dishes...i began to weep. why was i even reading this? why do i have to think about these things? i want to just stop being so dang frugal! i am so sick of it! i just want to go grocery shopping and relax, just pick out what we love and fun ingredients to make fun new things. i was really depressed for the rest of the day. while i rarely worry about our situation, i am certainly not contented. oh, i feel content most days, so thankful for my husband and darling boy, the food we eat, the place we live, our car etc...just when i had this little breakdown i realized i am not contented enough, or i would have reacted properly right away rather than sulking the day away.
later that day, i recalled and read these verses:
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:15-17esv
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 thessalonians 5:16-18esv
god does provide for our needs. in his way and in his time. i must choose contentment each day(or even each minute!), just like love and forgiveness, it must be deliberate and purposed. i need to practice rejoicing for the life god has provided me. rather than "living my best life now" like some say, i will live my best life later, with jesus, i'm just passing through this world! so i best act like i know! amen?
so, in keeping with my new spirit of contentment, i am thankful for and thrilled about:
patrick has a job he really loves
elijah makes me laugh all day long
our car is in great shape and is fun to drive
i have coffee to drink every day
we have lots of great movies and books
we have a dvd player and eyes
we have lots of fun games to play
we live really close to my sister and brother-in-law
there are over twenty playgrounds in this town
our music collection is incredible
we have a stereo and ears
i have actually gotten really good at being thrifty(meaning i really do enjoy it!)
i can earn my starbucks money from surveys and swagbucks
i went shopping at cvs yesterday and their magic coupon machine gave me a free dove candy coupon and a huge planter's peanuts coupon!
i get to try fun products that i actually like and can use for free and make a few dollars each month giving my opinion on them!
i won a little giveaway on twitter this week!
if i had more time i could write pages worth of this list...
what are you thankful for?
what creative ways do you have fun and cook for your family on a budget?