Summit is doing a series on finances right now, and as a result, Andrew and I have redone our entire budget.  This comes just after I was telling Casey a week or so ago, that I couldn’t believe that a family of two was having trouble staying within our means on what we make when we are wealthier than 90% of the world.

Part of our new budget involves keeping our grocery bill under control.  I started clipping coupons a few months ago, but I have never been very good at it.  I am always amazed when I talk to people who spend ridiculously small amounts of money on their large families–they spend less on a family of five or six than I would spend on the two of us!  I am now renewing my efforts to shop smarter and eat healthier, and I want to share a few coupon savvy websites with you that I use on a regular basis:

Organic Valley Coupons

Did you know that has a grocery store?

Frugal Living Blog

Redplum (especially fantastic for those of us who don’t get the newspaper)

Saving Your Cents


Do you have any websites that give you great money saving coupons or ideas?  Please, share!



Tomorrow I get to spend 12 hours with one of my favorite girls in the whole world.  One of the things that I mentioned in my last post was actually about her; I took a part-time job doing home health specifically so that I could spend time with her and her sister and make sure that they are okay.

I can NOT wait to see her!


And a little overwhelming…  I’m so excited about several opportunities that God has brought about recently.  One involves singing and the other involves getting paid to continue taking care of the babies that I love so dearly once they go home.

For the next two weeks I will be incredibly busy, and I’m a little nervous about it.  I keep telling myself that if my dad can work 14 days in a row… then I can work 4.

Anyway… even though I’m nervous… I’m even more excited!  I can’t wait to share more with you once everything falls into place.

Empty Pantry

As a result of the pantry challenge, my fridge, freezer, and pantry are pretty bare.  Take a look!

Two packs of fudgsicles, two pounds of chicken, and a few frozen strawberries

Looking a little bare? Thank goodness for Orlando Organics and their fresh produce!

I see a theme... junk food. See the shelf with only cake mix? Notice how it's the only shelf that's full?

I think it’s time to make a Publix run and do a little restocking!

A New Chapter

Stuff at work is going to change for me starting Monday.  And then the following week, they will change even more.  I will be saying goodbye to the ones I love so much.  I am incredibly happy for them and their family; it is long past the time that they should be together full time.  Praise the Lord that they will finally be together!  This is what we have been praying for for so many months.

I am so excited for their futures, but I will miss them terribly.  They are all I have known for the last six + months, and so I am also entering a new era of learning and re-learning.

Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.'”


It’s pretty overcast today, but Andrew used the few minutes of sun that we had to plant some seeds for our up-and-coming organic vegetable garden.  I decided that I didn’t want to get dirty, however, so I used those few sunshiney minutes attempting to take decent photographs of a few things.

Sweet boy

Can you tell that I love my puppy dog?

Can't wait until we can eat our own, home-grown veggies!

Not Me!

Okay, it’s been a looooong time since I’ve posted one… but here we go!  If you don’t know the rules for “Not Me”, check out MckMama’s website.

  • So.  This week I did NOT drive around Orlando with sunglasses over my glasses.  Nope!  Not me!
  • That same day, I did NOT have an “I look like my mother” moment when I walked up to the mall and saw my reflection in the door.  Oh, mercy.
  • I did NOT go to Aldi and proceed to get excited that I spent only $13.00 on a few groceries that we needed, only to get home and discover that the potatoes stunk to high heaven.  I did NOT then think, “Oh, well, I’m going to use them up tonight so they won’t stink the house up for very long.”  I then did NOT discover that my potatoes were soft and rotting.  Nope!  Not me!  I always check my produce very carefully… especially at discount grocers.
  • Oh, and all of this did NOT happen in one single day.