Archive for February, 2009

Total Money Makeover…

After seeing a few friends start this “Total Money Makeover” by David Ramsey, Jon and I have decided that we would take on this challenge of getting out of debt quicker. ¬†Not only have we started, but after telling our good friends Jean and Blair about it they are joining us on this journey, exciting eh ūüôā ¬†We’re just on step one right now but next month we move to step two, which is snowballing our debt. ¬†This may take a while but we are prepared to live within our means so that we can be free from out school/car/credit debt! ¬†So, I will be making Jon’s meals to take to work, we won’t be going out to eat as often and no more silly buying ūüėČ

I thought about the reasons I want to be debt free quicker (when I say quicker I mean faster than just paying the min. payment for 9 years on our student loan and everything else, lol).  Here they are:

1. ¬†I may as well start with the selfish reason, haha. ¬†I want a house…and I don’t want to put myself way, way, way in debt getting it. ¬†I want to be able to paint my walls, I want a bigger kitchen (don’t say anything about a bigger kitchen until you’ve seen my kitchen right now…it is puney). ¬†I want my kids to have their own room, and a yard to play in and a dog to play with.

2. ¬†I want to be able to take my future children/family on mission trips all over the world. ¬†I want them to see how other people live, I want them to feel their hurt, I want them to discover their need so that as a family we can be the love of Christ to others not only here in Canada but everywhere. ¬†I want my children to experience what it’s like to give of themselves even from an early age.

3.  I want to give more.  I want to sponsor more children.  I want to provide financial help to programs like World Vision to aid those who have lost everything.  I want to be able to give more to my local church and community.  I want to give more.

4. ¬†I want to be worry free when it comes to¬†finances. ¬†Jon and I have been blessed with stable jobs that pays the bills and even allows us to spend money on silly things (which we are determined to not do, haha)…so right now I don’t worry so much…but I know what it’s like to have worried over bills and¬†finances¬†and I know that if we were to lose our jobs I would worry a lot over just that issue alone…so while we are in this present position I want to work harder at paying off debt so that we can be worry free if situations were to change

So, those are the reasons I’ve come up with so far…very important reasons to me. ¬†If you would like to join this journey to debt-freeness check out David Ramsey’s book “Total Money Makeover”! ¬†I’m excited!

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Going Green

So, I’m reading this book about going green…not because I plan on becoming this full out earth friendly¬†environmentalist…but I figure there has to be some things in my lifestyle that I can change to help the environment and why wouldn’t I?

Well, the very first chapter talks about going organic. ¬†I’ve heard pro’s and con’s of changing to organic…here are a few that I’ve heard:

Pros:

The animals are more humanly brought up (large living quarters, grass to eat (not processed junk), etc)

The food does not have any pesticides, chemicals & therefore are more healthy for your body

The food is raised/grown in a more environmentally friendly environment

 

Cons:

The cost of buying organic food is expensive

Because there are no pesticides/chemicals the food stands a higher chance of getting a bug and being passed on to you

 

Sooo, I was wondering what any of you people that may read my blog thought. ¬†Do you eat organic? ¬†Do you think it is an important switch? ¬†What are your pros or cons? ¬†I am considering switching some things to organic…and I’d just like to have a well balanced idea of it before (if) I do…

Reading 'The Irresistible Revolution' opened my eyes

You must read this book!

It totally makes you think about your walk with God and the Church

I Hope…

Every Wednesday night we hold a kid’s program at our church called Stampeders. ¬†We usually get anywhere from 15-30 kids and most¬†of them come from our community…the broken-up, rougher part of town. ¬†I think it’s awesome that some of our church kids join us and we are all one big family these nights! ¬†One thing I’ve noticed (and every other helper has too) is how many unconcerned or unaware parents there are in our community. ¬†We have little kids that come without socks on in the middle of winter…or some are barely wearing anything (spaghetti straped dresses…thin PJ’s). ¬†In my house growing up, I was made to dress up warm in the winter…it didn’t matter if I wanted¬†to wear a certain thing out…I had¬†to dress warm if I was going out of the house at all! ¬†This wasn’t because my parents were mean, it was because they cared enough for me to make sure I was warm and that I wouldn’t freeze! ¬†I’m not sure what some of these parents think when their kid walks out the door with no socks or with just their thin PJ’s on.

Then it makes me wonder how many of these children come from even worse homes where abuse & neglect is an every day¬†occurrence…and that breaks my heart…and makes me angry. ¬†I’m angry at parents who don’t think and/or don’t care that their child is worth the world. ¬†I’m angry at parents who think they have a right to take something from their child like their innocence. ¬†I’m angry & I wish there was something more I could do about their situations. ¬†I wish more people would open their eyes and report actual abuse. ¬†I wish more mom’s would say “that’s enough” to abuse and get their children out of the house. ¬†I wish there was someone we could tell when a child comes without socks and that something would be done about it…I consider that neglect and a lot of times neglect gets skipped over because for some reason we forget or don’t want to accept that it’s abuse as well…sigh

Today I was listening to the Dixie Chicks (yes, “Not Ready to Make Nice” is one of my favorite songs and I sing it with all I’ve got in me, haha). ¬†They have a song at the end of album, “Taking the Long Way” called “I Hope”. ¬†This song is my prayer for children around the world that have to go through hell while we all sit back and try not to see it.

I HOPE

Sunday morning, I heard the preacher say
Thou shall not kill
I don’t wanna, hear nothin’ else, about killin’
And that it’s God’s will
Cuz our children are watching us
They put their trust in us
They’re gonna be like us
So let’s learn from our history
And do it differently

CHORUS:
I hope
For love, joy and laughter
I hope
We’ll have more than we’ll ever need
I hope
We’ll have more happy ever afters
I hope
We can all live more fearlessly
And we can lose all the pain and misery
I hope, I hope

Oh Rosie, her man he gets too rough 
And all she can say, is he’s a good man
He don’t mean no harm
He was just brought up that way
But our children are watching us
They put their trust in us
They’re gonna be like us
It’s okay for us to disagree
We can work it out lovingly

For I hope
For love, joy and laughter
I hope
You’ll have more than you’ll ever need
I hope
You’ll have more happy ever afters
I hope
And you can all live more fearlessly
And you can lose all your pain and misery
I hope, I hope

There must be a way to change what’s going on
No, I don’t have all the answers, but
I hope
For more love, more joy and laughter
I hope
you’ll have more than you’ll ever need
I hope
There’ll be more happy ever afters
I hope
We can all live more fearlessly
And we can lose all the pain and misery, we can lose all the pain and misery

I hope, I hope

Devotions

I just read my devotional I get through my email from Saturday past and thought I should share it with you all. ¬†If it doesn’t¬†challenge¬†you, well maybe you’re already perfect, lol.

If I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

We keep saying that relationships are more important to us than anything else, but our actions don’t show it. We often shortchange our friends and loved ones for the sake of money or ‘getting ahead’. Relationships are like flowers; if you don’t nurture and protect them, they die. That’s why Paul writes: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit‚Ķ look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philp 2:3-4 NIV). Sometimes it takes heartache and crisis to remind us how irreplaceable the people in our lives are.

One author writes: “I have spent long hours in the Intensive Care waiting room watching anguished people, listening to urgent questions: ‘Will my husband make it? Will my child walk again? How do you live without your companion of 30 years?’ The Intensive Care waiting room is different from any other place in the world. And the people who wait are different. They can’t do enough for each other. No one is rude. The distinctions of race and class melt away. The garbage man loves his wife as much as the university professor loves his, and everyone understands this. Each person pulls for everyone else. In the Intensive Care waiting room the world changes. Vanity and pretence vanish. The universe is focused on the doctor’s next report. If only it will show improvement. Everyone knows that loving someone else is what life is all about. Could we learn to love like that, if we realised that every day of life is like a day in the Intensive Care waiting room?”

If you pay me enough, I'll sing these songs at a karaoke bar

Fix You by Coldplay

I'll sing any song I know at anything ūüôā

Comfortable by John Mayer

Again, I'll sing any song I know at anything ūüôā

Not Ready to Make Nice by Dixie Chick

I love this song ūüôā

Why I gave up on "Through Painted Deserts"

Went on to other books but will come back at some point because I would like to finish it.