Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Uh oh...

We've all been there. You are saying to yourself "Well, I did it again." The one thing that you promised that you would never do again. You feel like you have let someone down and you wonder how you can face him or her again. In some cases it may be a promise to a spouse, parent or a sibling that has been broken. But what happens when you feel like you have let God down? The One who continues to bless you regardless of your 'mistakes.' I don't know about you but that is the lowest, loneliest I have ever felt. We tend to think God would give up on us or walk away from us because we "humanize" Him. We feel as if he would react the way our flesh would.

Guess what? There are NO boundaries to His love for you!!! He loves you regardless of your faults and failures!! His love is so powerful, His grace unending and His mercy limitless, that we can't even fathom where it ends!!

So pick yourself up off the floor, stop kicking yourself, and pray! When you feel as if you are headed down that road again, pray that God give you the strength and wisdom to withstand this trial/temptation...and He will Give it to you!

One of my favorite quotes: 'If God brought you to it, He will bring you through it!'

Suggested worship song:

Give me Faith by Elevation Worship

I may be weak
But your spirit's strong in me
My flesh may fail
But my God, You never will

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My First Week as a Couponer!

All last week I did research on two different things. One was how to set up an Aquarium for J’s birthday and the other was couponing/stock piling.  I am happy to say both subjects were aced! We got her tank set up and have only had one fishy fatality but more about that later.  With the couponing, I searched and read countless blogs/articles on how and where to start. I compiled a To-Do list for the first battle and tried to stay on track the best I could!! 

The first thing most suggested was to inventory your pantry and plan your menu for the week. And I have to say if you don’t stay on task that leads to more mischief, such as re-arranging your pantry and drawers and forgetting to the fam about where you put everything! The next was to look at all sales ads. On Sunday, I poured over all of the ads and came to the conclusion that I could not pass up the 10 for $10 sale at my local grocery store.  I wanted to stock pile a little and get grocery’s to last us for the next two weeks. 

Despite the horrid weather forecast last night, I was able to go grocery shopping! I marched into the store with my head held high and my coupons and calculator at the ready! I was determined to beat the register and not make my husband cry because I went over budget :).  

So with this Mega Sale going on, I was able to stock pile on pasta, paper towels and Capri suns for J. I was successful in coming around $37 under my budget!! Let me tell you the feeling was great! I was wanting to do the WAVE and probably could have tried doing a cartwheel or something else about it…until I realized there were a few essential items I missed. OOOPS! 

Ok, so I am not ready for a reality TV show nor am I ready to give my notice at work. However, the lessons learned from this week will carry over to the next. Have a great one everyone!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Let The Games Begin!!!

I have heard for months about couponing and the up and down hill battles that my friends and family endure each Sunday morning. I have also caught a few glimpses of the reality shows that feature women getting their $1000+ groceries for less than $100! So, I have decided to become one of “those” women!  

Last year when all the hype began, I tried to get into it but totally went about it the wrong way. This time will be different! I have researched stock piling, couponing, bulk ordering, etc.  I have the coupon binder, the many blog subscriptions, a vast selection of friends who are couponing DIVA’S and the determination to be able to only spend $75 at the grocery store every payday! 

As of the end of 2012, we were averaging a $225+ grocery bill…for three people…every two weeks! I believe that in order to achieve my dream of being a SAHM, there are a number of financial steps we have to climb down. One of those big steps is to cut that down significantly. This should be an interesting leg of my SAHM journey! Wish me luck! 


Friday, January 4, 2013

Let it Go!

I feel so angry right now. I feel hurt, desperate, disgusted and other words that I can’t form right now. Someone went to the CEO to complain about J being here on Wednesday. They said that she was a distraction and that she was here all day long. She was only here for 2 hours at the most. 

What else was I supposed to do? The hubby and I have no family/friends up here that could or would watch her that day and we couldn't call out because school isn’t in session.Trust me, we would rather her not be stuck in an office all day long when she can be outside playing with friends. The momma in me wants to find out who it was and confront them about it. Not to curse them, belittle them or anything but to find out why they couldn't come to me about their concerns. 

But the Christian in me says to let it go and let God deal with it, so that is what I am going to do. The phrase Let Go and Let God is not an admission of defeat. It's not the lazy man's way out. Its the realization that God is bigger and stronger than anything or anyone that may get in our way. He's got this....we just need to step out in faith and trust Him to take care of it.

Philippians 4:5-6

New International Version (NIV)
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.


I am a 30-something mom and wife living in a small town. My husband and daughter are the essence of my world and what keeps me from losing my mind! I try to glorify the Lord in all that I do and I dream of being a stay at home mom. 

Why did I start this blog??? Well, like most mom's these days, I don't have the joy and pleasure of staying home with my daughter as my mother was blessed to do. I would also like to connect to other mom's that are in the same boat as I. So many times I feel discouraged and alone in my quest. My hubby is there for support 24/7 but sometimes ya need your girls by your side.

So bare with me as this is a new journey for me. I may not use proper grammar and I may misspell things from time to time...but that's me.