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Stevan and I started a new budget this month with Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover program. We have to get out of debt and think we can do it with this program by the time we’re 35. Stevan is 28 and I turn 28 next month (yuck). It hasn’t been too fun so far knowing you can’t spend anything not budgeted for in a specific category, but we’re doing it. I think this has been a tough month to start all of this with it being the Christmas season, but we assured ourselves that with Ella being too young to know there aren’t gifts under the tree for her or us, it won’t be like we’re taking anything away from her. She has plenty already from grandparents and aunts and uncles. All of that being said, we are still dealing with the changes of this whole thing.
Our mindset is changing and is starting to accept that fact that we are living within our means. So, we didn’t mail Christmas cards (did send an e-mail one so if you didn’t get it, I’ll put it on the website) and we didn’t get any family Christmas gifts this year. Well….this week has still been a little tough…..until today.
A package came to the church today for us so Stevan brought it home at lunch time. I figured it was from my mom who was sending something for Ella, but guess who it was from? My Grandma and Grandpa Garrett! Grandma sent us homemade banana bread, a french vanilla candle, some micro popcorn, corn puffs and pretzels for Ella, a bag of three musketeers, an Indiana Hoosiers cheer leading outfit (said she saw it at Wal-Mart after she talked to me on the phone about the only sports paraphernalia are Packers things), some footed pajama sleepers, a baby doll that feels real and has a pacifier, and an envelope to Ella. Inside was a card that said “Take Mom and Dad out for supper” with four books of McDonald’s gift certificates in there (that’s $20 worth). Do you know how excited we were to get that the week of Christmas when we had nothing to anticipate?:-) So, I called to thank my wonderful Grandma. I figured my parents had told her about our budgeting, but Grandma and Grandpa didn’t know about it yet, making the package that much neater with the timing of it all. Plus, we had already spent our budgeted money for eating out at Fazolli’s last week when we were out of town!
How awesome is God? I told Grandma it felt like college all over again getting a package from her. They always came at the most needed times–whether I was broke or just emotionally down. Stevan got to thank her too and we made sure she knew how perfect the timing of it all was for all three of us. We’re going to hide the baby doll so Ella can open it up at Christmas since she’ll find it under the tree if we leave it out. Stevan said he was pouting in the office today over the fact that we had nothing under the tree for each other and then that package came. We didn’t need those things, but emotionally we needed the package, if that makes sense!
Oh, and the UPS guy told my grandma they would try to get it to us by Christmas Eve–she sent it yesterday so I’m pretty sure that God made this package get here so quickly!
I pray that those of you reading this will be reminded that God won’t forget about us, especially when we are trying to be good stewards of what He has given us. I also hope this encourages you to get a hold of a family member or send a package or card to someone faraway if you’ve been feeling the nudge to do so.
How has He blessed you lately?
…so Ella can play in it!
See the rest of the pictures on stevan’s flicker page!
Our friends, Scott and Deanna Greene, are moving so we promised to advertise their house on our sites.
Some of the details:
* 3 bedrooms
* 1 1/2 baths
* Partially finished basement/bonus area
* Appliances included
* Great neutral colors
* Mature trees and landscaping
* Great corner lot with terrific neighbors!
* Fenced-in backyard