Various Odds and Ends

It seems that I cannot shake the effects of my cold.  When I got sick, it caused my ocular rosacea to flare up in my eye.  It is so red it reminds me of the Eye of Sauron.  🙂  I’m putting antibiotics in but it’s taking a while to work.
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After much prayer and speaking with a guidance counselor, we decided to graduate Julianne this year!  She will be working hard to finish all her coursework before the end of May.  She wants to take a year off to work before she goes to college but we’re thinking she should take at least take one or two courses to stay in the “study mode”.  So, I guess I’m going to be planning a graduation party this year!
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Michael has been traveling a lot these last few months and it’s been a change for us.  Even though it’s hard sometimes, I’m thankful that the Lord has provided a job for Michael.  Today (October 6) is his 30th anniversary at The Associated Press!! 
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Speaking of anniversaries, today (also October 6) is our anniverary.  Michael and I have been married 26 years!!  It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.  Michael bought me a beautiful sapphire and diamond anniversary ring.  It will remind me always how much I love him and of our life together now and forever!!
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It has been quite chilly here lately and I’ve had to turn the heater on!  Tomorrow, though, it’s supposed to be in the high 70’s.  Even though we got about 4″ of rain last week we are still under emergency water restrictions so I can’t water my flowers or shrubs.  I’m hoping it rains soon or they are going to be in trouble.
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Lastly, Tim Challies has a very good article on “The Heart of Frugality” that has put into words a lot of what I’ve been thinking about lately.  It’s amazing how God brings these things into our lives at just the right time.  I’ve been trying to cut coupons but the other day I realized that I was spending so much time on cutting them out, organzing them, checking all the flyers, etc. and I wondered if it was worth it.  I buy a lot of store brand groceries so even with a coupon it was still cheaper to buy the store brand.  I do use coupons for health and beauty items, though.  I’m not brand loyal when it comes to body wash, etc. and will buy whatever I have a coupon for.  I like shopping at Target because you can combine their coupons with a manufactor’s coupon to get a really good deal.

If you read the article, please let me know what you think.

One thought on “Various Odds and Ends

  1. Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated our 34th in Sept. I too am not feeling well the past couple of days. A number of symptoms that I have not time for…I did read the blog on frugality. I have to do some thinking on this one…I'm not sure I think there is anything wrong with being thrifty in one area so you have more to spend in another…I do agree that the entire topic can be a heart matter. But even so, we do need to be careful not to judge why we “think” others are being frugal. I have younger friends who seemed so “tight”, always looking for the bargains or freebies. As I've gotten to know them better, I found out they paid their house off in 8 years, paid off $60,000 in college debt, live debt-free on one income while being able to send their kids to Christian schools and generously support several missionaries. To my shame, I used to call them “the purgers” because they were constantly getting rid of “stuff”…The more important question for me would be, “why would it bother me if I see someone else living a frugal lifestyle?” That said, I do like to thrift shop, mostly for the sport of it, but also because I can buy things like clothes or household items that I really couldn't justify buying new. Now that I'm grandma to 4 (and soon to 6) the best buys seem to be in the children's clothing dept. I do think the blog writer has made some valid points for consideration…we always need to be searching our heart to be sure our motives are God-pleasing. I spent two hours clipping and organizing coupons the other day while I was waiting for my mom at the dentist's office. We then went to the discount grocery store where I used $15 worth of them. We also went to another store that doesn't take coupons but has great prices on “house” brands, which I also took advantage of. I also routinely use coupons if we go out to eat, being as my m-i-l buys us an Entertainment book every year. Common sense is also a gift from God, yes? Good food for thought…thanks for mentioning the blog.

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