These past few weeks have been so good.
I feel like I’m finally living my life. Since I’m no longer working for a paycheck outside of the home & Joseph (happily & finally) is, I’m now in a place where I have the freedom to dictate my own schedule & I can figure out how to be the amazing wife/mother/friend/sister/daughter/human being that I’ve always wanted to be.
Before I forget. Thank you for participating in the discussion on my choice to pull-back on blogging a bit. Mostly it means I may not post every day & that I might not always be able to respond to each of your comments. Know that I read them, & so appreciate what you have to contribute & say. A blog with no comments, no discourse, no interaction or feedback from you is a sad blog indeed.
I think it’s important to insert here, that I’m fairly active on twitter & fb (although less so, on fb) & I find these tools helpful in interacting with you. Also, I get emails from you, & they make me do cartwheels. I love hearing from you. Just last week, I heard from one of my favorite readers who just had a baby. I also got an email from a reader who took the time to let me know that the blog has helped her in a profound way. Thank you, your gratitude & words keep me here.
Also, it took some courage to hit publish for this post, but after hearing from many of you who are in the same boat, I’m determined to continue sharing & I’m glad I was so forthright with the nitty gritties of our massive debt (that we will pay off, & soon!).
On to the random, good stuff.
♥ Currently reading…
Have you ever learned something only to realize that you wish you’d been doing that very thing all along? Or, you have a deep sense of gratitude & humility that God has blessed you with that information so you wouldn’t have to go your whole life stumbling along making stupid mistake after stupid mistake because you didn’t know any better?
I feel that way with both of these books.
The Parenting Breakthrough, by Merrilee Brown
My sister & sister-in-law both highly recommended this book to me & I’m finally getting around to reading it. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to need to get my own copy, because I have a feeling I’m going to need to refer to it for the next 20+ years.
The sub-title reads: A real-life plan to teach your kids to work, save money, & be truly independent. That seems to sum up the book nicely.
She offers 3 basic parenting principles. Principle #1 struck a chord. Deeply.
Here’s something I read last night that I really liked:
Principle #1: You are not responsible for making your children happy all the time. In fact, that is about the worst thing you can do for your kids. “If you are so determined, you can indeed keep a child happy for eighteen years,” says John Rosemond. “In the process, you will surely destroy the child’s self-esteem. Why? Because self-esteem is reflected in the child’s belief that ‘I can do it myself!'” (Daily Guide to Parenting, Nov. 26). To raise great kids, we need to let them experience frustration, delayed gratification, sadness, misery, & the host of negative feelings common to mankind. What better place to go through all this than at home? It is a safe environment with parents watching out by protecting the children from really serious difficulities, & they can learn wonderful coping & indpendence skills.
The author’s voice is natural, like you’re just having a conversation with a girlfriend (a girlfriend who happens to know some really wise things about raising independent kids). Also, she’s hilarious.
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace
His first book from the early 90’s, but classic.
You know we’re on the path to debt-free living. Dave’s helping us get there. I love the simplicity of his approach. Everything he says just rings true–avoid “stuffitis,” plant seeds (give money away to worthy causes), live substantially below your income, sacrifice now so you can have peace later, the borrower is servant to the lender, learn basic negotiating skills for great buys, & so on.
I want (an understatement) to be debt-free. I will be debt-free.
♥ Veganism myths debunked. Really, really good stuff.
♥ Calories matter, but DON’T COUNT.
(all recipes are vegan & gluten-free)
Hope you have a fun (& safe) Halloween with family/friends~