Showing posts with label surviving on one income. Show all posts
Showing posts with label surviving on one income. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

An Anniversary- Come Celebrate!



This is a REALLY special week for me! It's my anniversary! Six little months ago, I started this blog and I never could have envisioned the paths it would take me on and the many ways it would change my EVERY day! As a homeschooling family, sometimes our world can seem a little small. We focus so on family and learning and as the mom doing the teaching, it's so common to become all wrapped up in that and lose your own individual identity. You become the "homeschooling mom", and that's your whole life. Then one day, your littles are bigger and you look around and realize, "who am I". When I found myself in that place six months ago, I began writing and this little blog was born.






I never could have envisioned the joys that were in store for me. I didn't realize all the connections to many wonderful women I would make from all around the world. I never realized that I would feel so passionate about writing again. I never realized that by writing, my world that always seems to whiz by at lightening speed, would slow down because writing about it and photographing it just seems to have that effect. I had no way of knowing that when I put my first thoughts down, on my first not so good post {with terrible pictures!}, that my life would change as it has. It has been an amazing journey that has left me crying for MORE!






So for today, I'm looking back at some of the posts that have meant the most to me and have gotten the most response from the beautiful and kind people that have taken the time to drop by this tiny little spec of a blog compared to ALL the blogs out there. I appreciate y'all so very much because writing is terrific but sharing and knowing that you have affected other's lives in some way is truly awe inspiring! Whether a post changed how you think about educating your children, or maybe helped you tackle your fear of painting furniture, or gave you an idea of a recipe to serve for dessert tonight, please consider giving me some feedback in the comment section, because it's your comments that take this from being just my ramblings to an actual, virtual conversation between you and me. Comments mean SO much to every blogger. It lets us know that we're not just whistling in the wind, but that you are really there and you are listening. If there's something that you're not seeing here that you'd like to, tell me that too!








In case you missed any of my older posts, just click on the links under the photos and it'll take you right back to the original post! Thank you all again for taking the time to visit.  My hope is that this blog will continue to grow and flourish and it will only do that if you'll take the time to share any of these posts, yes, I'm shamelessly begging y'all to click on that little share button at the bottom of each post and SHARE. I'd be ever so grateful!!! This little blog sits in a teeny, tiny, little crevice of the whole world wide web and only y' all, the readers, can give it legs and help it grow. I'd be sooooo grateful and you'd be making my little dream come true!  

Thanks for helping me celebrate my six month anniversary! See you on Friday with a tutorial on how to make a beautiful fall wreath to grace your entryway! I promise it'll be EASY, FRUGAL, and FUN!


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Afternoon Delight {Copycat Starbuck's Frappuccino}




I really miss my wintertime afternoon coffee. It's probably the ONLY thing about winter I do miss. Our kiddos are performing in our local theatre's version of "The King And I" in a couple of weeks, and the practices have been MANY! Our evenings are late due to the practice schedule and I find myself really needing an afternoon pick me up to keep me from embarrassing myself by nodding off in my cozy, back row seat. Hot coffee, hot summer, yuck. Sounds just awful right? The other day while out on one of our thrifting adventures, I splurged BIG-TIME and bought a Starbuck's Frappuccino. It was hot out, and I was exhausted, and this luscious, but ridiculously overpriced treat, really hit the spot. How do folks justify spending that money on a regular basis- I just don't get it?? So what's my thrifty, little self to do? Those frappuccinos are quite addictive I should say. I did what any thrifty minded soul would do, I began an internet search. Don't y'all do that too? My searches led me to many recipes and much taste testing. Whew! I hope y'all appreciate all my trials perfecting this recipe for you all. It was tedious! But after much testing, I've landed upon a doggone good match! Enjoy y'all........




Copycat Starbucks Frappuccino

3/4 cup STRONG coffee {cold!}
1 1/2 to 2 cups ice
1/2 cup whole milk
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp.vanilla

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until you no longer hear any ice whirring around. You may substitute  your usual milk or sugar. To change up the taste- add flavored syrups, and if you want the whole Starbuck's experience, add whipped cream!  Ta-da! Your very own Frappuccino! Now, take a bow!


And now, I'm off to make me one of these delicious treats - another late practice tonight. Thanks ever so for stopping by.............



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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My, How Time Flies


Well, it's officially July! Writing here on this blog, reminds me how fast a month blurs by. Do you notice that?  The older I get, one month just seems to run right into the next. Do you feel that too? Having this blog really helps me to slow things down and appreciate each moment more. I'm so grateful to have this place where I come to write and share. This blog is a true blessing. I've also met some of the sweetest women in the world, fellow blogger's, who journal about their lives too. Yep, such a blessing!

June was mighty busy over here and in case you missed anything, here's some highlights. Come on along with me as I take a little walk down memory lane! 

The first week of June I shared a five part series on How To Survive And Thrive On One Income. This series reached so many folks and I truly hope that it spares someone from making many of the mistakes that I made!



We made a scarecrow for the garden that is working so far{fingers crossed}! We haven't had any critters steal any veggies yet and we have little baby watermelons growing fast out there.....



I learned that sometimes just celebrating with family is ENOUGH in The Hostess With The Mostess, and that it's mega important to take care of our friendships in I'll Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

I opened my Etsy Shop! Still doing my little happy dance over here!!!


I shared our son's new house and our favorite t.v. show. And the most popular post this month, Easy 5 Step Window Box Tutorial. This post was featured at Herbs And Oils Hubs and on Motivation Monday! Wow, so honored!

  
Whew, and that's just some highlights of June! If you missed anything, feel free to go back and browse! I haven't written in a journal in so many years and I'm truly having the time of my life jotting all these moments down. Thank you all ever so, for allowing me to ramble on weekly about our little life! Have A Blessed Holiday Week Everyone!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Our Favorite Television Show E-V-E-R !!!!!

I promised I'd be back to share our most favorite show in-the-world, and being a lady of her word, here I am to share! If you missed my post on Friday about how our family ditched the t.v, for goodness sakes, follow this link and go catch up!



Now that we're all caught up, drum roll please, our favorite show is a BBC production titled "Lark Rise To Candleford". Best family show E-V-E-R! This is a show that we watch on the computer from Hulu. Hulu is a t.v internet service where we watch shows since we no longer have cable or satellite. You can also purchase the shows directly from Amazon. I adore period pieces and this one did not disappoint. 



Not only did I fall in love with every character but the landscape is breathtaking to say the least. I found myself watching this show less for entertainment but more for therapeutic purposes. I'm not kidding. I would come to this show frazzled and leave restored. I would come to this show taking life for granted and leave feeling blessed and grateful. I've NEVER felt this way about ANY show before.



Each character is fully developed and the actors chosen for these roles were born to play these parts. And the caveat, our teen daughter {who typically frowns upon period pieces} has fallen in love with the show as well. Now that's big! A teenage girl growing up in this world with it's fast paces and electronics overload, loving the serenity of life in the late 19th century is quite a feat in itself! 




Spoiler Alert: the show only ran for four seasons despite it's HUGE fan base. We've begun re-watching the episodes, which I never do, but it's just that good. So if you ever find yourself looking for a fantastic show that your whole family will love, "Lark Rise To Candleford" might just be for you! I loved it so much that I purchased Flora Thompson's book to use as a read aloud for our children. 



I would gush on about this show for like ever, so I'll stop now so you can move on with your day. Your Welcome. Just go watch the show, will ya?!! Have a great Monday y'all!

Friday, June 27, 2014

No T.V........What????



If you happened to follow along with my "How To Survive And Thrive On One Income" posts, then you know that you have to trim ALL the fat in your spending. For us, that meant t.v watching. The satellite bill had to go. We really didn't watch many shows any way. My biggest beef with t.v. wasn't the shows that we allowed our children to watch but the commercials! Oh, how I hated those things! You know, how you meticulously handpick an "appropriate" show for your little ones, and then up pops a commercial for a very adult show coming up on Friday night? What??? Why THAT commercial during my little ones show? So, abandoning the t.v. bill was a no brainer. 

Was there withdrawal- YES. Only about a week though, and we've never looked back. It's one of the BEST decisions we have ever made! Not only was it a mega monthly money saver, but I really believe that building a strong moral foundation in our children was so much easier without the television.




So, are you wondering what in the world do we do instead? Well, since you asked my dear, I'll tell you. Services like Netflix, for example, have been wonderful. Netflix has a VERY low fee for membership and I can pick the shows that my children are allowed to watch. And the biggie- NO COMMERCIALS!!!! See, you can have your cake and eat it too!! 
If you have ever entertained the idea of ditching the t.v., I'm here to tell you that yes, it can be done, and you won't even miss it a little. It's just one of those extras that a one income family doesn't need. 

On Monday, I'm going to share my favorite series with you that you can find on HULU, another alternative to cable t.v. And the best part, this show is FAMILY FRIENDLY. Whoa, that's big! There are so few shows any more that we can enjoy as a family, but this one is amazing! Don't forget to join me back here Monday Morning! Enjoy some fresh salsa this weekend. I know, totally random, but I just LOVE salsa ;). Happy Weekend Everyone!



Friday, June 20, 2014

Etsy Shop Now Open!


Welcome everyone! I FINALLY finished uploading all the goodies to my Etsy Shop! Aaaaand, I'm still sewing away on several more vintage pillow covers. Here's a sneak peak at the fabrics...... 

Aren't they just the cutest? I have such an affinity for all things vintage! I'm crushing big time on all things camper right now so I'm madly in love with that vintage camping print. I hope you will be too! I also have a new passion for oilcloth. I made an oilcloth cushion cover for our front porch and I'm just lovin' it! If the cats happen to sleep in the chair, it's a breeze to just wipe clean. 


And, if your oilcloth items are kept out of direct sunlight, you can leave them up outside ALL season. Check out my last post here to see my oilcloth banner in action at our house. Love me some low maintenance pretties! Come on by the shop for lots more oilcloth creations won't you?. When you have some spare time, do come by and browse awhile, just follow the link to The Little Farm Diary Shop. Have a spectacular and beauty filled weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Frugal Dinner {#1}


Do you notice that sometimes we get into a cooking rut? I sure do. We need something different for dinner, but still quick, healthy, and frugal. After all of last weeks posts on "Surviving And Thriving On One Income", I thought I would try to post more of our simple and frugal meals. This is dinner at our house tonight. This recipe meets our whole foods requirements, but you feel free to substitute any of your usual ingredients. This recipe didn't receive a single thumbs down at our house. Enjoy Everyone!




Turkey and Rice Casserole

  1. 1 lb. ground turkey
  2. 2  {14.5 ounce cans} of organic diced tomatoes
  3. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  4. Brown Rice Cooked {I cook 2 1/2 cups for this recipe}
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. 1 cup grated cheese
  7. Fresh parsley {from our garden!} to garnish
Brown ground turkey and onion in skillet.  Then add diced tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add  salt and pepper, and cooked rice to browned turkey/onion/tomato mixture. Stir well to incorporate all ingredients. Place in greased 13x9 casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with 1 cup grated cheese. Return to oven uncovered for 7-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!




Fresh Parsley From The Garden

Friday, June 6, 2014

How To Survive And Thrive On One Income {Part Five}



Now for the last post in this five part series. If you missed any of the first four posts, here are the links directly to their pages: Part OnePart TwoPart Three, and Part Four. And now the conclusion......

In Conclusion:

Surviving on one income, is about more than just learning to make do on less. As controversial as this may be to some, God made us , designed us, to be innately good at this position, and somewhere deep inside of most women, there is a pull to be a full time wife and momma. It's what we were designed to do. Does this mean that we cannot work out of the home as good as any man? No, no it doesn't. But I'd like to suggest to you that maybe, we need to pick ONE job. If you've chosen to be a mom, give it your whole self. But, you may say, men are dads and they have jobs outside the home. Yes they do. But, controversial again, God had a purpose for both man and woman, and I'd like you to really consider what those purposes were. In my opinion, I am at my best when I'm here in this home that God and my husband provided for me. I'm at my best taking care of my husband, this home and our children. 





Does this mean that a woman shouldn't have a "real" job. No, BIG no. There are so many jobs that a wife and mom can have and still be at home with our kids. There are so many jobs that we can do right out of our homes while still being full time homemakers. The list is as endless as your imagination, but here are just a few suggestions. With computers in our homes, it really broadens our choices. Technology just escapes me, so obviously this would not be a good fit for me, but there are plenty of book keeping jobs, number crunching and the like that you can do at home right in front of your computer. If you are artistically inclined, consider sharing your gift with others. You may enjoy helping out other moms and choose to keep their children in your home. If you've decided to homeschool, you can take on other students too. If you enjoy sewing, goodness, look on Etsy for thousands of ideas. Like cooking? Then consider selling baked goods {maybe to all those working friends you used to have that don't have the time to bake from scratch, wink, wink}. The list really is quite limitless. So no, I don't think that women should be barefoot and pregnant. But I do believe that we were given an honor by God to be especially suited for homemaking and all that comes with that role. 





These posts were meant to be a general guideline to how you may go about becoming a one income family. My opinions may be very different than your own, but realize that I came to these opinions over many years of doing things very differently than I do them now. I may or may not have learned these things the hard way! If you find yourself wanting to begin down the path of surviving and thriving on one income, I'm here to tell you that it can be done, and it's oh so worth ALL the work. Many blessings to you as you embark down this new, wonder-filled path!  As always, feel free to dialogue with me in the comment section.

It's Friday everyone! Have a beauty-filled weekend! And thank you for joining me everyday this week to explore this series on "How To Survive And Thrive On One Income".

Thursday, June 5, 2014

How To Survive And Thrive On One Income {Part Four}



This next step is a really important one! If you've missed any of the previous posts, just click on the following links to jump right back to the original post - Part One, Part Two, Part Three. Now, let's talk about number four.
  
4.  The Importance Of Friends

One of the MOST important parts of your new life is often overlooked. I can't even stress how important this step is to your success. It can actually make or break your new lifestyle. You've got to make some very educated choices and surround yourself with women that have made the same choice as you to stay at home with their children. There are so many big and hugely important changes you have been making to achieve your goal of staying home in order to take care of your husband and children. Friends, seems like a really silly thing to include in how to survive on one income. But remember, the title said survive AND thrive. Your friends are very important to you thriving. Your old working friends can be the cause of your downfall believe it or not. You need to surround yourself with like minded women. Women who have also taken on this challenge of keeping the home. These women will lift you up and provide you with support. Their children will also be your children's social network, especially if you have decided to homeschool your little ones. 



You have to give yourself time to find the joys and high spots in this new life and you can't do that if you are feeling envy that your friends are heading to the beach again and looking at a new house when their old one is just fine. It is going to take you a while to adjust to this new place, so be kind to yourself during the transition. Keep reminding yourself that it's so worth it all and that those old friends might actually be jealous of you being a full-time wife and momma. 

If your children are young, check out other mom's who get together for a pre-school play group. Your church or local library may have more information on groups in your area. If you've also decided to homeschool, there are often many homeschool groups available in your local area. By joining some of these groups, you'll have the opportunity to meet LOTS of new moms and their children. The majority of homeschool moms are full time stay-at-home moms. More than likely, even if you live in a small town, there are many moms just like you. Moms who have made the choice to be at home full time. I know it can be difficult, meeting new people is just as uncomfortable as an adult as it was when we were kids, but I promise that this really is a very important step in your success.


I'd also like you to consider your online time as well. What blogs do you frequent and do they support this new lifestyle you have chosen? I have only a handful of blogs I visit regularly and all of them are written by women, who are not necessarily stay-at-home moms, but by women that "spend" and "thrift" in ways similar to my family. It's just not going to be very conducive to your lifestyle to follow women on blogs that are "big spenders" and buy all new, high price items. It's just not going to help you grow in the direction you should be growing. 

I know that it seems like so many changes have to be made in order to survive on one income. It's true, much must be done, but it will be so worth all your growing pains!

Don't forget to join me tomorrow for the last of this five part series. I'll wrap it all up for you and you'll be well on your way to success in this new lifestyle. Until tomorrow everyone......

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How To Survive And Thrive On One Income {Part Three}



Here comes part three of my five part series. If you missed parts one or two, just follow these links {Part One and Part Two} to catch up. And the next step is........

3.  Change How You Shop

 O.K. You made it through step one and step two, now what? Now your EVERY day has to look different. Did you enjoy shopping at Target just because? When your daughter needs an Easter dress, do you just run to Macy's and pull out your card? Life is going to be different now, harder sometimes, but oh so much better. 


Now, you need to find where all of the thrift stores are in your local area. So much of the stuff I find in resale stores, still has the tags on it? Say what? Yep , it's true. When we are out in the working world buying up a storm, things don't have as much value and we toss them way too soon. You've got to learn to plan ahead. If a special event's coming up in a couple of months, start shopping now, because in resale stores, one dress doesn't come in every size. It may take a bit of looking to find clothing where you've been used to just pulling it off the rack.

I was so surprised when I first started thrifting at the feeling of success I had. I knew how hard I had to work to find an item that was perfect in every way and I felt so accomplished and proud when I made the purchase. I'd surely never felt that after a purchase at Dillard's! Goodwill and your many local thrift stores have nearly everything you could need for your home and your clothing. Only if I find a super sale, do I buy new. Once you begin to hit your local thrift stores and you find some great furniture deals, you might even find out that you like to refinish or repaint items for your home- I sure did! 

There's a treasure trove in resale stores, flea markets and yard sales. You are also teaching your little one's how to be wise shoppers. What a valuable gift to pass on to them. We cannot always know what our financial circumstances will be, teaching our little one's to stretch their money is such a valuable skill. Now get out there in your city and let your new shopping adventures begin!

Don't miss Part Four of this series. This next one is a BIGGIE and your success of surviving on one income depends on you doing THIS very important step. It is often overlooked, but we are going to talk all about it in detail. See you all tomorrow......

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How To Survive And Thrive On One Income {Part Two}




Just in case you missed Part One of this post, for goodness sakes go back and catch up! Here's a link to that post. And now


2. You've Got To Peel Off Those Layers

 The question I've been asked more than any other is "how do you all survive on one income?" and "how can you afford to stay home with your kids?". I always look at them in amazement when they drive away in their 2013 Tahoe, and my kids and I drive away in our 2001 Honda, because it seems so simple to me but yet so complex to them. As they book their third trip to Disneyworld and I know that our seven year old has never seen it and probably never will, I laugh. An onion before it's ever peeled is their life and the inner core is mine. Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not! It's just our way of life, our lifestyle. You've got to be willing to peel off those outer layers. You may not have a new car or take expensive trips, but usually somewhere in your lifestyle you can find places to cut back. As hard as it is to believe, life is great without all that stuff. In our family, we don't just do nothing and have nothing. We had to learn how to make swaps. We don't hardly ever all go to the movie theatre, but we do rent a movie on Amazon and have movie night here at home. We got rid of cable t.v.{and have never been sorry!},and instead we watch shows with an inexpensive Netflix subscription. Get rid of as much as you possibly can. When you get to the innermost layer, what's left is you and your husband and your children. Nothing else. And that has to be enough and everything to you. 




If you are working now, you and your husband have got to write out on paper how to whittle away the un-neccessaries from your life so that your husband's income will be enough, and not just barely enough, but plenty enough. You may have to pay off some debt or sell a car or anything else that will help you reach your goal. Two cars are nice, but usually, totally not necessary. Cancel any and all vacations for a while. Remember that you have to live like the core of the onion. Over time you may be able to add some layers back on, but right now your life should be good enough just looking like the core. When it all seems too much and too hard, remind yourself why you are taking on this task. You want to be at home to be the best wife and mother that you can be. God gave us a task when we first became a wife and more tasks when we became mothers. Running a household is a full time, labor intensive job. In my opinion, it was never meant to be tackled with part time hours, the time we have left over after coming home from our "real" job. Depending on the amount of stuff you have to get rid of or pay off, this step may take you quite a while. That's o.k. You didn't get in this place overnight and you're not going to climb out overnight either. Stay focused on the prize. I promise you that all the sacrifice is worthwhile. I wouldn't change a single second of being home with our four children. Was it super hard sometimes? Yes! But don't all the best things in life have a price? 

In Part Three we'll be talking about SHOPPING! You won't want to miss that post! See you tomorrow morning everyone......

Monday, June 2, 2014

How To Survive And Thrive On One Income {Part One}




This blog has been so much fun! I love coming here to journal about all our homeschooling adventures, the yummy recipes and the wow factor of the before and afters, but my real passion is being a stay at home wife and mom. How in the world I'm I able to stay at home and raise and school our children? Let's get a few things out of the way right off the top. No, my husband doesn't make six figures nor has he ever. No, we don't have "family money". Are we just smarter than most people, exceptionally gifted in some way that makes it easy for us to make lots of money without even trying too hard, definitely not! So, how do we survive in this two income world on only one income? Well, I'm going to tell you. Is it easy? Absolutely not. Is it worth it? My goodness, yes! I've broken down this journey into four parts. These four parts will be my next four posts, so stay tuned. I know from experience that this issue can be a touchy one for some couples. If it's something that you've found yourself considering, then this post's for you.



1.   A United Front

You should know that the most important component is a united front. The decision to live on one income cannot be a choice that one spouse or the other is more in favor of, you BOTH must desire this lifestyle equally. If one of you wants it more than the other, don't go any further, don't read on, because this lifestyle takes two. Believe me when I say that if one of you wants it more than the other, it will only be fodder for disagreements later on. This lifestyle is challenging and you don't need "who's idea was this anyway?" coming up in arguments when the going gets tough. If it's something that you are both in agreement about, then read on! My husband and I decided a long while back {I've been at home full time for 18 years} that if I wanted, I could be at home with our then only child. The decision to homeschool followed a couple of years after that. This lifestyle takes a whole lot of prayer and consideration. If you and your husband are a united front, then you've conquered the first step to living on one income. This is a really important step too! Please join me tomorrow for step two in this five part series.

Tomorrow we're going to talk about how your life should look as you learn to live with less and find more joy than you ever thought possible! This lifestyle is naturally rewarding and even though it can be stressful in the beginning, don't throw in the towel. Keep plodding forward one day at a time and before you know it, you'll be amazed at how far you've come. Join me right back here tomorrow morning for Part Two! 

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Friday, May 30, 2014

On Living Simply



When I was a little girl, I went to my grannie's house two weekends a month.  I loved my weekends there. She and my grandaddy lived in the same house where they had raised their own children. It was a modest, two bedroom house on the wrong side of town. It had once been the right side of town, but times had changed and so had their neighborhood. The yard was large and had a cement pool in the backyard that my grandaddy had built himself when my own dad was just a little guy. I would ride my go kart on a large figure eight track that grandaddy had also built for my dad and his brother on which to ride their peddle powered cars and bikes. In my memory, birds sang louder there, the sun shone brighter there, and time flew by peacefully. Something about being there seemed slower and worry free. It was like all the things of the world were balanced when I was there. My grannie was a youthful woman with dyed brown hair and pink lips. She hummed to the melodies being cranked out on the record player while she dusted and cleaned the kitchen. She listened to all the Big Band greats. I would hear her laughing to herself about some past memory of her youth as she fried chicken and shaped the most scrumptious biscuits. To her, every meal was a special occasion. We giggled all throughout the days and would then fall exhausted into the queen sized bed we shared when I slept over. The window air conditioning unit whirred and blanketed the whole room in a cool calmness. She would read the newspaper to me until we would both drift off into a most peaceful sleep. 


My mom and dad had long before decided that having more than you did growing up was the way to go, so by default, that was my path too. My life in my home was a sharp contrast to the weekends I would spend at grannie's. My mom worked because bigger is quite expensive. I remember being crouched at the top of the stairs just outside my bedroom door, way past my bedtime, eavesdropping on arguments between my mom and dad because money was tight even with two incomes. Big House, big cars, big private school tuition equalled big headaches. I knew that my soul was at the most peace at my grannie's house, but it would take me nearly thirty years to figure out why. I grew up in financial struggles and didn't realize that it was not necessary. I took this struggle into my young adulthood and then right into my marriage. It all seemed so regular, this stress and fear filled existence. It was all that I knew and I just assumed that everyone lived this way. Our marriage was difficult because my desire to have more and be more did not match my husband's income. Poor man. God had paired me with this precious, gentle man knowing that one day I would come 'round. Around to the life God had planned for me all along. He had planted the seeds of simple living in me when I was young through my grannie. He saw what I didn't, that one day those seeds would sprout and our children would not grow up in a home filled with fear and turmoil. He knew that all the pieces would fit together perfectly over time. His time. I'm so grateful to serve an all knowing and patient God. A Father who doesn't give up or become impatient with His children. 


On Monday, I'll be starting a five part series on Surving And Thriving On One Income. I promise that my posts will enlighten you and provide you with the direction to achieve the goal of staying at home with your children. If you've ever wondered how other families do it, survive on one income, join me here all next week. Living Simply is such a blessing and I regret that it took me so long to figure it out. Have a blessed weekend and I'll see you right back here Monday morning.

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