Grace

Or should I say Gracie- Gracie is a little girl in Jaydens kindie class and I knew that statictically speaking poverty had hit our small town hard, with some families living in neighbors basements and being poor, parents living apart because there isn’t enough room. I know that our small town doesn’t provide the venues that the towns around us do. I met Gracies dad yesterday, he was applying for jobs and I was grocery shopping- he was fixin to take the bus home so I offered him a ride cus hey I was heading that way anyway. Normally I would never had associated myself with his kind, he is unkept and not my style of people…well he told me Gracies birthday was fast approaching and he was looking more desperately for a job because he had nothing to give her, that they hadn’t had electricty for who knows how long and they hadn’t had any food since school let out. This sweet 5 year old hadn’t had a real meal in over two weeks, TWO WEEKS! That their food stamps had finally kicked in so she would atleast have a cake.

I of course took time to understand and at first it was wow look at the poverty. Then it was oh my God, I write a blog about my life, about my struggles and this little girl doesn’t have food or electric (the food bank paid off their bill, so they have it for now.) It broke my heart, it breaks my heart. I have food, I have a fancy iPhone and internet. I have a car and electricity and I whine and bitch and complain about my money worries because I don’t have savings and have a car payment. I am such an ass hole.

I know that logically beating myself up isn’t going to do me a touch of good. Our small group has talked about a mobile food bank (because we don’t have one in Erie) and I am going to start calling churchs for donations tomorrow. I am happy that I can help provide this girl with birthday presents (as well as so many of my neighbors) but it has humbled me with every meal I eat, with every luxury I enjoy that the people who have put the most to this little girls gifts (and offering the most food and household products) are the people I know who have the very least. I hope one day I can be as good as them.

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Happy New Year!

I can not believe its 2012~ Can you? I am excited for the prospect of new and exciting ventures, and goals!! I ❤ me some goals 🙂 LOVE LOVE GOALS!
This Christmas vacay has been cray cray! Okay, I promise I won’t ever say cray cray again. We found out we were expecting and then lost the baby, well really it was a ball of fetal cells…not that I particularly believe that, but God came to me in a dream and it was really intense and so much that I am actually working on the really intense post to go with it! I know that is kind of a cliff hanger but God really is working with us in a huge way!

Okay any way the reason for todays post was not just another barely there keep holding post but really a revue of our budget and what that is looking like for us this year.

Obviously this will change month by month!

1575 Rent
160 Gas
178 Phones
170 XCEL
100 Water
463 Truck
400 Grocery
112 Insurance
40 Net
54 Gym
189 Gymnastics
 total bills

Debts
84 Clinica
84 Clinica
420 ER
503 Tuition
8200 Truck

Extras
Vacation
Christmas
Birthdays
Clothes
Dr/Dentist

Extras will come from selling scrap metals and bonus’ at work! Everything else will come from the pay checks I used this budget sheet
I love getbuttonedup.com it works beautifully with my momagenda kitchen Folio!
I am excited to rock a minimalist year with lots of posts and hopefully a great open heart to God that I can share with you 

Deals, Deals everywhere

Just a heads up…you can get 2 2 liters of Pepsi max for +.o1! If you clipped the $1 off 2 Pepsi max coupon last week and pull the dispensable coupon at the store, Safeway will double the coupon and make it $1 off. Safeway has Pepsi max on sale for .99 each! Making it +.01 🙂
Happy Not Spending 😉

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