Monday, February 28, 2011

Rainy days and Mondays...

Well, yesterday was gorgeous here; today, not so much. Overcast, rainy with tornado watches...not exactly my kind of weather.

J wasn't feeling too hot last night, and this AM, he woke with a temp of 102.5 and a terrible cough.  Needless to say, I gave him a little medicine and sent him back to bed.  So, lucky for me, I was able to work from home today.  But alas, now I have a fever of 100, and I have a feeling things aren't going to be too pretty around here tonight.

So since everything is so drab, I thought I would post a happy thought.  I made some extra $ doing odd jobs plus our tax return, and this month alone, we were able to pay off $4,045 of student loans and credit card debt.  We only have one CC left to attack, but it is at 0% interest for the life of the balance, so we are focusing on the student loans for the moment.  I don't think next month will be near as exciting, but I am really praying and hoping to get these balances down as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Needs vs. Wants

So, I have been spending a lot of time lately pondering contentment, and I have really been trying to only purchase things that are truly needs, not wants.

My mind goes to my son, who thinks a need is the newest Wii game.  Nevermind that he already owns NBA2K10, he NEEDS to buy NBA2K11.  Nevermind that is loses 3/4 of its value within the year.

Oh, and he NEEDS a new basketball.  Nevermind the 8 basketballs he already owns.

I have been trying to instill in him what a need is versus a want.  Not that he cannot get a new game, but I want him to save up his money and work for it so he can learn the value of something, as well as the value of depreciation! :)  But he really needs to understand what a true need is...and in this household, we think so much is often a need when it is truly a want.

So what is a need?  Water, food, clothing...yep, that is about it.  Well, a need is also something that is necessary for survival or for doing what I am responsible to do.  (If my child needs a ruler for school in order to learn, I consider that a need). What's a want?  Pretty much everything else.

Anyway, back to contentment.  If you are reading this, you (like me) are overly blessed.  To have a computer and the simple blessing of the electricity to make it run is more than a lot of people in our world. Clean water is such a gift.  Not to mention multiple changes of clothes and shoes.  If you are like me, you have boxes of stuff stored away for someday...

We live in such an age of "Buy Now" or your have to try this newest version of the iToaster. ;)  Why can we not be content with what we have?  Why do we always have to chase after the newest and best.  I remember my mother and grandmother stitching up socks with holes in them.  Me?  I just toss them out or give them to Goodwill.  It's not worth my time to fix them, I say.  Shirt got a small stain on it?  Out to Salvation Army it goes.

Our society is one of replacements instead of being content with what we have and fixing things.  Case in point, new cars.  Oh, my transmission is going, I think I will go buy a new car.  Ever said that?

Now if you know me at all, you know that I am definitely not a spender.  Not that I don't enjoy shopping or buying things or especially going out to eat, but I am definitely one who thinks about the consequences of purchasing new things.  Because of that, I tend to be a hermit sometimes.  I don't like to walk around the mall, grocery store or supercenter.  I don't want to even be tempted to purchase something.  (The word "clearance" has a pavlovian effect on me!)

Anyway, so now I am working on contentment.  Being truly grateful for what I have.  Not saying, "But I don't have anything to wear today" when I have a closet full of clothing.  Not wishing to have the newest technology, but rather be grateful for the ability to even utilize what I do have.

I am asking God to help my heart be filled with Him and a love for others so that there is no room left for desiring things rather than desiring Him.  I am looking out for ways to help someone who is less fortunate.

I am also pricing things for a consignment sale.  Hey, I don't need it anyway. :)

What about you?  Do you struggle with being content?  What do you do to overcome that struggle?

Monday, February 7, 2011

I'm back

It's difficult to believe that it has been almost a year since I last posted here.  I stepped away because my life has too much going on to take the time to blog.  But I am back for now, basically because I figured the writing could be somewhat therapeutic.

Much has happened, of course, but I won't take the time to fill you in on the last several months.  There have been a lot of ups and downs, though the downs seems to be more than the ups, but I am surviving.  I am grateful that my hope is in God who cares about every thing that happens in my life.

As for a good dose of chocolate, I think I just drooled on my keyboard when I popped over to my friend Jocelyn's blog.  Seriously, you need to visit and see these amazing looking Brookie Bites.  You need to check out her website, make some Brookie Bites, then send me some, okay?  :)

Happy Monday!