Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Poor is a state of mind

Sunday after church Lauren came over with Tay to hang out & enjoy the day.  I usually keep Cam's Lightening McQueen couches in the loft-area under his bed where they're rarely used.  I decided to pull them out for the kids & they've been sitting in them all the time!

This picture perfectly captures Reese's goofy personality; she's so opinionated & outspoken!

She loves waving and saying, "hi!"  Love this sweet little girl so much!

Speaking of love, my little guy was showing off his "silliest faces".

Here's the three little buddies being silly together!  Taylor is such a sweet little soul & so gentle with my rough little Reese.  Reese is lucky she has such patient friends!  We're still working on the whole hitting thing.

Since we wanted to kill three birds with one stone while making the kids happy at the same time, we drew up a bubble bath full of toys in our Master tub.

I adore this picture!  I'm so thankful that these two are so close & love each other so much.  I hope they always protect each other & stay best friends as they grow.

We've had some really stressful weeks since money's been so tight lately.  I took my friend Lesli's advice & began reading Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover which has really helped in making us feel empowered vs. helpless & hopeless during this time.  Mike's job is also changing up & he's going to be taking a sale's territory which should also help the situation.  Have you ever noticed that when you're in a bad place, everyone else's happiness seems amplified?  That's how I feel these days.  I need to stay away from social media... reading everyone's exciting, happy stories on Facebook only seem to bring me down.  I totally agree with Dave Ramsey when he says, I've been broke but never poor; poor is a state of mind.  When I look at my awesome kids, how could I possibly feel poor?!  I have a husband who loves me through thick & thin, stable jobs, a beautiful home.  I am rich no matter what our bank account balance is.  I know things will get better and I really do believe that God only gives us what we can handle.  I've learned a lot over the past month or so.  I'm a much more conscious shopper, I've nailed down our weekly menus & plan to shop on Saturdays with a very small budget.  It's almost become a fun challenge in a way.  We've also become way more creative in our weekend family outings, searching for inexpensive or even free things to do.  When I watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last night, did I feel envious of their lavish, care-free seeming lifestyles?  Sure, a little bit!  But, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right?  I'll sacrifice now so we have more in the future.

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  1. I wanted to share a cheap outing for you and the kids: Crews Lake Park has a miniature train that you can ride through the park. It's $1/person donation. It's a pretty nice park too for a walk and a picnic afterwards. Sophie and Brian love it! And, I know exactly how you feel. Brian and I are on a budget and follow most of Dave's principals, and are still broke. I feel like God is trying to teach me to find my security in Him and not in my savings account... It's not easy. But you are right, we are not by any means poor!