The Joy of being Crazy.

Last week, I was given a grocery budget of $68 for the next two weeks. That breaks down like this: $34 per week, $8.50 per person for the week. Ha! Most people would question our sanity as a married couple. I saw it as a challenge. How could I get the most bang for my buck & still insure having enough for when we needed milk this week? In this challenge I’ve realized about myself as a wife, mom & “Proverbs 31 woman”. I sort of hate that phrase, but I’m going to use it…

1. I am more joyful about going shopping. I use to hate going to the store. I hated shopping. Period. Since I’ve started coupon shopping full time (yes, that’s real), I LOVE SHOPPING. I crave getting out of the house, watching my total drop to nothing and paying in change.

2.My math has improved since I started using coupons. I bite the big one when it comes to math. I realized last night during my epic Ralphs’ shopping trip* that I didn’t once take out my calculator, I did all the math in my head. For me, that’s big stuff.

3. I can “pantry tithe” every week. I wasn’t “stingy” before, but I didn’t have the resources to give the way I felt called to give. There is a local Crisis Pregnancy Center & they always need diapers. Their eyes about fell out of their sockets when I brought in two bags of diapers. That’s not a pat on the back for me, it’s just a good illustration of how God can use your frugality. Would I normally be able to walk in and hand over $40 worth of diapers? No. But now I can because I’m paying attention. I’m already prepared for Saturday which is “Stamp out Hunger” with the USPS. Being prepared=being able to help others.

4. I’m ready for your birthday/that holiday/baby shower. Mother’s Day is on Sunday. Would you like to know how much I paid for Mother’s Day (3 Great-Grandma’s, 2 Grandmas)? $3.40.  That includes: cards, picture book, coasters, 8×10 collage, Neti Pot, photo strip from Wink, & a magnet. Yep. Really awesome deals. I am not caught off guard by your celebration! Mwahaha.

5. We’re eating better. I have no excuses for getting fast food. I have so much food here. I have easy food, I have good food. That’s better for our budget & our health.

* EPIC RALPH TRIP: I walked out of the store with $30.00 worth of groceries:

-2 cartons of strawberries

-No Yolk pasta

-Capri Sun

-Tropicana OJ

-Huntz Ketchup

-Planter’s Peanuts

-Daisy Sour Cream

How much did I pay? I DIDN’T PAY! They handed me $2.83 in cash after I was done shopping! Magical, isn’t it?


Play Led Zeppelin at my funeral.

I’ll explain the blog move later, but for now I just needed to write something.

Cameron’s Grandma Turnbull’s funeral was on Friday. We sang 3 classic hymns. I really enjoy old hymns, especially when I get to sing them with other people. There is something so powerful about singing in groups. It’s a glimpse of everlasting worship. I enjoyed looking around at the congregation at her funeral and seeing how many of the older people didn’t need the song sheets we had been handed in the foyer. These were their songs and they knew them by heart.

Later that day while we were driving to Mimi’s Cafe for lunch with Cameron’ family, I was talking about what music I would want at my funeral. Now, to preface all this funeral talk, you must know that like most things in my life, I am not about to do it in an orthodox fashion. I don’t want to be buried, I want my body to be donated for as much as they can use it for. If they can’t use all of it, I just want to be cremated. I don’t want everyone to show up in black/dark colors. I don’t want to be remembered as perfect because I wasn’t. Obviously I will want people to worship Jesus at my funeral, it’s just one last opportunity for people to get to know Jesus from my life. Here are a few of the songs that I would love to be played:

Come Thou Fount– any song that uses the word ebenezer in it is a song for me. Actually, it’s just a perfect song about salvation & the nature of Jesus’ redeeming love.

Tangerine– Led Zeppelin It’s my favorite Led Zeppelin song. It’s fantastic. Probably more appropriate than Stairway to Heaven.

I Would Give Everything– Newsboys It’s about the longing we have for heaven and being connected to our creator.

We Will become Silhouettes – The Postal Service

Under Pressure– David Bowie & Queen I think this is one of the most spiritually-relevant secular songs of all time.

You didn’t think I’d throw a big funeral for myself without a Foo Fighter’s song, right? February Stars. 🙂

Aside from the music, I was thinking about what I wanted to be remembered for. What do I want people to get up and say about me? Here’s a few ideas:

Don’t glamorize me. Mention that I was a sinner who was saved by grace. Don’t make me a better person now that I’m dead.

I was a wife who loved her husband the way God called her to.

I was a Mom who worked hard to give her kids what they needed.

I loved Jesus because He loved me first.

I liked cats. A lot.

I think that’s about it. Give my stuff away to my family and friends. Make sure the cats I leave behind are adopted by good families. Donate what you can to charity & church. After all, none of this was mine. I had it on loan.

I think C.S. Lewis sums it up for me:

You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

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