Saturday, October 31, 2009


So here is a funny little story about just how frugal I have become over the years to get to our goal of becoming completely debt free one day including no mortgage.

I was talking with a fellow acquaintance at a school function yesterday. I was telling her how the kids got so much candy from the school trunk trot and at the local nursing home. 3 kids, 3 bags of candy = LOTS OF CANDY. Now Halloween is not my favorite day, although the kids enjoy the atmosphere of running door to door and having a good time. So anyhow the subject of how expensive Halloween is came up, from this fellow mom. I just shook my head and kids wore something they got creative with at home, so no $ on costumes, and I proceeded to say that I don't even buy candy. She said don't you enjoy passing out to the little ones? I said Oh sure, but all the candy that we collected over the last few Halloween events go into a bowl and I pass that out, then what my kids get the night of Halloween they keep and I divvy up between them when it is "treat time".

She looked mortified, and all the while I am thinking .........Don't others think this way??????
I like to think i am recycling.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

APPLE BUTTER..............MMM

OK so anyone that knows how the last few years of our lives have been going..........knows that I had a major halt in ALL spending. I had to get creative, and the best thing I discovered was couponing! I mean saving 50-70% on your normal grocery budget, made me feel somewhat in control of an out of control financial situation.

Now that a regular check is coming in and we are getting back on our feet, it is still important for me to continue to save money if need be, and groceries is one area I can remain saving the $'s.

Along with couponing I have been making alot of "new things" from scratch.I love the idea of having a stocked pantry at ALL times. This summer I made homemade jam from our strawberry picking. The other night I came across a crock pot recipe for homemade apple butter (my husband's favorite). It is so simple I have to share.

Bag of apples cut up
Jar of applesauce
cinnamon(to taste)
sugar (to taste)

That is it! My kitchen smelled wonderful . I put all ingredients in at 10:30 at night on low, woke up at 6:30 the next morning and the mixture was dark brown and just the right consistency. So I am hoping to can lots of this for the winter ahead!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


So not much has been going on. Basketball season is keeping us busy all week long between practice and games. Weekends we are just hanging out as a family since my husband is working long hours during the week. He has been so blessed with a sub contract account. It is allowing us to get caught up on things and there are a few doors that I can see are possibly opening, so................I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

School has taken a positive turn, my second grader has been doing alot better the last few weeks, so I am hopeful, and I love the school/church connection there, so we will see. One day at a time:)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


So just this past week one of my really good friend's husband left her. I just have such a hard time with this. I want to be a good friend - but I can't help wanting to "fix it". I just can't except stuff like this.
Ironically I am reading The Power Of A Praying Wife(picked up at a garage sale this past weekend along with The Power Of A Praying Husband). So I just can't relate, but decided I need to be a good listener and pray for all them, I am friends with the whole family and it just makes me sick to my stomach. Could be the fact that I have been with my husband since I was 15 yrs old, never broke up - got married and I can't even say I have ever experienced a friend who divorced.

So, I am praying for the Lord to help me be a good friend, as I am lost with this new dilemma.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I love the moment's when we as mothers can learn from our children. I had an experience like that yesterday and wanted to share it.

On the way home from school yesterday we had about 2 hours to get homework done, finish chores, do 20 minutes of reading, study for a test for one kid and get dinner before a basketball game. Wow- lots of stuff to accomplish, (I hate being rushed!!)

So we are in the car down our street and my 10 year old notices a neighbor of ours (who has 4 little kids by the way) she notices her lawn mower parked in the middle of her front yard - unfinished. Without hesitation she blurts out " oh poor Mrs Mandy, she has all those kids and couldn't finish cutting her grass, I'm gonna go see if she wants me to finish it".

Here goes my best mom response...."We have to much to do, NO"....(not my best response)
Then she proceeds to tell me that at school they had a speaker come in and talk about true , kind friends and not so nice friends. I knew what was right, i knew what I wanted to teach my children, and I was proud at that moment.
I said "okay, lets go get a few things done, then you can go over and help her".

She rode her bike down there so excited and everything got done. It was one of those"slow down" moments I needed. It is more important to help others when need be, good reminder.

By the way, my neighbor just couldn't bring herself to let my daughter do that, but she did send her in the house to watch those little ones:) All were happy.

P.s - We won the basket ball game and my little/big girl made 3 baskets!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

WHAT TO DO..............

I have so much on my heart and mind these past few weeks. With the start of school and one unhappy little second grader, I'm just not sure what to do. I sometimes wish I would have started homeschooling from the beginning, but then I remember the many blessings that our family has encountered at our wonderful church/school. I still can't shake the "warm fuzzy feeling" about all the research I do on homeschooling.

So whether I try it with one this year, both, wait till next year or never do it, I need some extra prayer. It has been heavy on my heart and I am trying to truly discern what this means for me and my family. Your added prayers would be wonderful.... I know God will give me clear vision in his timing, Im trying to remain faithful and patient.

I'll keep you updated.