Sep 25, 2011

Challenge update

This is the snack drawer.  Kids open this daily, as if somehow there will be more there. Yes, we keep dog snacks in there so the littles can feed them.  Why do you ask????
This is our breakfast drawer....usually OVERFLOWING
Canned goods, mixes, etc....again usually filled.  We did good to empty out older things.
This is our noodle drawer.  Most everyone's favorite.  Again,this is depleted of its normal inventory.

This is our last week of the challenge.  Thirty days of not buying anything that isn't necessary for basic daily living.  No frills, no eating out, no "just because" purchases and what a road we have traveled. We have discovered how much we like cooking together AND sitting at the table together.  We even had "picnics" in the living room, because we didn't REALLY have enough food to call a meal....just finger foods.  We learned that happiness doesn't come in a treat that can be bought at the store. It can come from extra one on one time and making a special project because  you made 100 on your spelling test.  I haven't checked, but we could've lost a few pounds.  BONUS.  Honestly, it has been such an eye and heart opening experience.  We have taken our money that was saved and spent it in places that NEEDED it more than us.  It really felt good.  Getting there was somewhat painful for the small ones.  I am sorry to say that is probably my fault. I tend to over indulge.  My heart has been changed with those thoughts as well. I believe Christie has another challenge up her sleeve and I am anxious to see what God will do with this one!  Take a look at Christie's blog for more inspiration.

Sep 18, 2011

***Sunday Snapshot ~5 full yrs***

                                         My baby is here and safe. Never to be alone again.

                                    She is the light of our lives and we wouldn't change a thing.

     Sweet princess ...we love you to the China moon and back.  You are a precious gift to us everyday.  We thank the sweet and wise Father in Heaven for picking us to be your family.

Sep 13, 2011

Happy Moon Festival and a small 30 day update

We are releasing our lanterns tonite....there is so much excitement here.  Hope you enjoy your beautiful moon and celebrate if you choose.  We have enjoyed making new things from the things we have found in our pantry/freezer.  It has made for some fun times during dinner.  We also have enjoyed adding new recipes to our big book of goodies.  I am so thankful that this challenge came along.  There had been so much stirring in my heart about somethings having to change around here.  It wasn't making my heart very happy.  This challenge came along and God seemed to speak to my heart to say..."if you can do this for 30 days why not always" My mind and heart seemed to switch and it feels great.  Yes.....I would love to not cook everyday.....yes, I would like to buy everything that my children want and don't even know they want but I find cute. But God needs our money elsewhere, there are too many children that must stay in orphanages for too long.  Men and women can't feed their babies because they are battling addictions or joblessness. I want to redirect our childrens thoughts to others and not themselves.  We are going to discuss a charity we would like our money to go to locally (we sponsor babies in China, but felt we needed to do something local) and we also hope to spend our time there too.  Wish us really isn't that bad. Maybe you could join us next month.

Stop by Christies blog and see more stories of sacrifice and blessings

Sep 7, 2011

One week down and our spirits are still up..

We have completed one week of our no spending challenge.  Wednesdays are always weird because the teen goes to church early and then hubby goes to work in between times....whine whine whine.  Anyhoo...the teen had some of HER money left over from who knows what and wanted to by herself some quicky dinner and not eat at home.  Ok I say, but the two little ones in the backseat will require an explanation as to why they aren't getting anything.  Once my heart started beating again, I realized she had ordered them their favorite drink.  To share, lest you be REALLY shocked.  I was so very proud of her, I believe the extra time we have been spending together this week made her feel a little more generous towards them.  Sometimes that seems to be a problem, they have each other and she still feels like odd man out sometimes.  Not really interested in adult conversation....wait I think it is US that isn't interested in 15 yr old drama, but yet she doesn't really want to PLAY with them.  We have also been blessed with cooler weather, so it makes our spirits soar!  We were so sick of hearing about records being set everyday.  I heard someone say that the devil called and wanted his weather back.  That is exactly how we felt.

We are actually looking forward to next week to see if mom pulls out some more recipes from "the bottom of the drawer" and wow everyones socks off.  We will be having a non home cooked meal on Claires family day....I can't hardly wait. I am already wondering if I will order the same thing or try something new off the menu.  It is a family (from Taiwan) run Chinese place that will blow your socks off, can you tell I don't like wearing socks, I seem to be wanting to blow them off all the time.  They are such a sweet couple and the food will take you right back there.

Stop by and say hello to her and give some encouragement.

Sep 4, 2011

Update...everybody settle down

We have started our 30 day challenge and are doing ok.  I say ok, because we are a impulse buying family.  Let me say that again, we buy OFTEN without really thinking about it.  Sad to say, but it is what it is.  Here is a list of our weekend so far.
*Fri afternoon slushies replaced by homemade koolaid slushies.
*Sat am donuts replaced by wonderful sausage bisquits at home with a WONDERFULLY cool am. Sat. afternoon was a sammy of choice with veggies and watermelon. Then sat dinner we pulled out a recipe that I had forgotten and it was a HUGE success with another wonderful family meal.

Hmmmmmm seems to be a trend starting here.  If we don't disperse with fast food to the tv room and actually eat on plates around the table......WE HAVE WONDERFUL FAMILY TIME, even with the teen. Sigh...good times had by all.  We are having cooler weather, so outdoor activities won't be so horrendous.

Thanks so much for Mrs. B for starting this challenge and helping us to slow down and enjoy what we have and not think about what we want.  Go say hello and leave a note of encouragement, this is harder than you think.

Every call has a beginning. A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother’s heart . A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey set before him. A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns… Casting its first light on a chosen threshold. A gentle knock..a closed door opens, a sacred invitation sent by the Father.. leads to the other side of the world. Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows praying for someone to care.. and then one morning, on an ordinary day an orphan’s life changes... God sends them a second chance...Through you..
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We are a family now, a whole,of which you are a part,and you are just as much our child as any in our heart. We do not love you differently,nor would we give up less of all that life has given us to bring you happiness.There is no limit to our love,no boundary you might cross,no price you may be asked to pay,no need to fear its loss. We are now one, the five of us,windows of one home. As long as we have life and breath,You’ll never be alone.~Nicholas Gordon

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