Thursday, December 29, 2016

Merry Christmas... and a Happy New Year

Hey there, long time no write!  I had the intentions of sharing this before Christmas, but alas life.  I still could not get the thought out of my mind and for me that means I must write.  And you... if you choose to continue can read along.


Christmas card photos. If I am being honest with you... they are not Andrew's favorite. Something about getting dressed up and trying to capture that "oh so perfect" picture, just doesn't appeal to him. Add two small children to the mix and it can just be too much. When I tell him its that time of year he reluctantly goes along with it, but he would honestly rather not. 

Now let me jump to my husband's defense, He is in no way a Grinch. In fact he loves Christmas (he is one of those that does not like to put decorations up until after Thanksgiving, but that's a discussion for another time.) I think it is the shiny perfection that we tend to strive for in our photos. The photos are pretty and all but do they really reflect the year that the family has had? Do they capture the struggles and hardships? Or like social media do they just paint the perfect picture and leave people wondering, how can their life be so perfect? 

In light of all these thoughts, I am not suggesting we give up on the idea of Christmas photos and cards all together. Instead, just change how we view them. 

One- 

upon receiving Christmas cards or seeing them on the internet, thank God for this family and appreciate the impact they have had on your life. 

Two- 

realizing this is a very pretty picture of a very real family, save it. Save it for when all the glitter of the Christmas season has passed and take time to pray for the family. Pray for their year, their struggles both known and unknown. And most of all remember this pretty family has a real life that needs real prayer. 

And that's really the point. Sometimes in the midst of this season we forget about real. We forget about what would have been considered a scandalous and embarrassing engagement. We forget that baby was actually born in a manger with animals all around (all you mamas out there just take a minute to imagine if that was your delivery!)We forget that that baby is not just a baby that He is the God Man. We forget that he came to live a perfect life and be a perfect sacrifice for us.

So this next year, keep those perfect Christmas cards around to remind you to engage in real prayer, for real people and to celebrate a real Savior.

PS- We sent almost no Christmas cards this year, soooo, if you did not get one this is yours and there is a fun little video!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



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Monday, August 29, 2016

No Spend September: Why and Getting Started

Need to know What is a "No Spend Month?"  check out last week's post!


Maybe I should have started with the 4 weeks ago... I kind of did.  But beyond our personal goals I hope this changes our spending as a whole.  Maybe this coming month will make us realize we don't have to spend as much as we think we do! :)

ALSO... I find that it is oh so crucial to keep a Biblical perspective when dealing with all things money.  Want a great money study to do this coming month along the way?  Try this study, it is great!

So it is about game time.  Check out the posts below, get you a plan and get started!

The series as a whole: 
Week 1: Intro

Week 2: Set Parameters and Goals

Week 3: Creativity and Accountability

Week 4:  Make Extra Money (Extra Credit;))

Week 5:  Why and Getting Started 

Won't you join me on this journey?  I would love to support each other through this!
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Monday, August 22, 2016

No Spend September: Extra Credit

Need to know What is a "No Spend Month?"  check out last week's post!


Let me start by saying this... this month really isn't about "making" money... it is about not spending it.  But if you have the time and desire, you can use this month to "spend no money at all" if you do some side hustles to cover the limited expenses you have left.

So... plan it out

What can you do to make extra money this month?
Consign some clothes, sell on eBay or Facebook, garage sale, etc

What action steps do you need to take to do these things?
Make a plan to make these things happen including dates and times to get them done!

Use this free printable to help you plan it out!

The series as a whole: 
Week 1: Intro

Week 2: Set Parameters and Goals

Week 3: Creativity and Accountability

Week 4:  Make Extra Money (Extra Credit;))

Week 5:  Why and Getting Started (coming soon)

Won't you join me on this journey?  I would love to support each other through this!
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Monday, August 15, 2016

No Spend September: Creativity and Accountability

Need to know What is a "No Spend Month?"  check out this post!!  


This week we are talking 
Creativity and Accountability

Its time to get creative friends! 
What are some free things you can do this month to keep you on track?
Generally speaking I don't suggest window-shopping, you usually buy something. Go to the park, attend a free concert, trade babysitting. Have a go to list ready of things you love to do that are free, so that when you are tempted to spend, you won't!

What are some ways you can remind yourself of your goal throughout the month?
Post at picture somewhere, pray about it each morning, research it, plan it.

It is time to find some accountability. 
Who will be your accountability partner this month? 
 Spouse, friend, mom, etc. 

How will you keep each other accountable?
Text, call, meet.  When and how often? 


The series as a whole: 
Week 1: Intro

Week 2: Set Parameters and Goals

Week 3: Creativity and Accountability (coming soon)

Week 4:  Make Extra Money (Extra Credit;)) (coming soon)

Week 5:  Why and Getting Started (coming soon)

Won't you join me on this journey?  I would love to support each other through this!
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