So I am posting this photo of John because I can't do another post with no pictures. I also posted it on facebook today, so maybe you are seeing it twice?
I complain about this little guy a lot, but, I love him so much I can't stand it. He is the most cuddly thing I have ever seen. If I would let him, he would sit in my lap with his blankie all day long. All night long. Yes, he is in a bad mood A LOT. A really, really bad mood. But at this age, Ada never wanted to sit in my lap. But my John-John loves to cuddle with me.
As I already mentioned, I am trusting the Lord to help me get control of my home. That seems overwhelming and impossible, but I am trusting Him to form the habits in me. To redeem my mess, literally ;)
We are also trusting the Lord, this year, to get us out of debt. Which seems much more doable than the messiness thing. We are in this tiny, costs next-to-nothing rental house, and we finally have the opportunity to do this thing. So, in an effort to focus on that with "gazelle intensity," as Dave Ramsey says, I will most likely be blogging about that process. It's a way to reflect on God answering prayers that we have been praying for years.
On that note, is anyone else having trouble saving money at the grocery store? I mean, you die hard couponers, are you finding that the deals aren't what they used to be? In fact, the past two weeks I have shopped at Wal-Mart with no coupons because I didn't have enough coupons to justify going to Publix. Yikes. I don't like giving up Publix for Wal-Mart. So, I am refocusing my efforts. I am going back to square one, and I am determined to get things back on track coupon-wise. And, I am refocusing my efforts on making do with what we already have in the pantry as much as possible, even if it makes for a boring dinner. I am cutting waaaaay back on the fast food, though we are allowing ourselves to "grab lunch" on Sundays because I have not mastered the art of having Sunday dinner waiting on us when we get home from church. I hope that just comes with age, maybe? Do ya'll have a good plan for Sunday lunch? Something that is working well? Did you grow up eating a big Sunday lunch, or is it no big deal to just eat pb and j and call it a day? Anyway, for now, we are allowing that to be our time to eat outside of the house. We are not big spenders--no joke, right ;)--but I do waste a lot of money on a diet coke here, a hamburger there, and I want to get rid of those "holes" in the budget. We are sticking to the budget no matter what, and it's exciting because we can see ourselves reaching these big goals in the not so far ahead future, Lord willing (not to mention that one of those goals is a family beach trip in late summer/early fall).
So, that will be another blog "theme" in the coming months.
And, by the way, I will be back in a couple of days to discuss the successes and failures of this first week of operation get the house in order.