Monday, September 28, 2015

Moon Gazing

Watching the moon eclipse was one of the neatest things I have ever seen. Megan stayed up late to watch it begin. She then went to sleep and we woke her up right before the eclipse was complete. Some things you just need to see with your own eyes.
This was the best I could get before the clouds moved in. Well worth the lost sleep! God's creations never cease to amaze me!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

An Afternoon Hike

We headed a couple of hours south to a state park and spent the afternoon exploring.
It was a perfect day. Warm and sunny with no humidity.
After a full day we headed home as it started to rain. We even saw a faint rainbow as we got on the interstate.
 Chuck and I thought our legs were going to fall off for the next couple of days. It was worth every ache and pain as we had a lot of fun!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  

Friday, September 18, 2015

Non-Frugal Week

Chuck and I are not big spenders, but last week it felt like money was pouring out. So much so that I am dreading balancing the checkbook today for our weekly budget meeting. I am scared to see how much the balance dropped!

First we had a repair on the refrigerator. Thankful for a repair and not a replacement.
Then there was an issue with the septic. Thankfully once 1,000 gallons was pumped out of it things were good. The septic is original to the house (1950) so there is always the concern that it will need to have a major repair or replacement. Also thankful for minimal digging.
I also needed to order new glasses due to a prescription change.
Too much spending in one week for this girl! One of those weeks when you think "oh my! Why does it all have to happen at once?!" Through it all God is faithful and meets our needs. Chuck received notice of a bonus last week and it was in this weeks check. It didn't cover all of our expenses, but it made a dent in it.

I did earn a little extra by selling some books.
I have a box of clothes waiting to be sold.
The grocery budget was widdled way down to $20.00.  Two stops. One at Aldi and the other at Kroger and I spent $19.72.
No worries as I have plenty of food at home. That my friends is why I keep a well stocked freezer and pantry!

It would be easy to be super discouraged by all of this as we have been making progress in our debt reduction.  Although we aren't thrilled, we give thanks that we had the funds to cover all of these expenses. In the scheme of things this is just a minor bump. Tomorrow is a new day and we will just keep moving forward.

Now I am off to take something for my sore throat and to take a deep breath and tackle the checkbook!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  

Monday, September 14, 2015

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
The sight of stuff in the frig makes me happy, happy! Sunday morning we woke up to a non working frig. Thankfully the repair man could come out this morning and we are back in business. It wasn't a cheap fix, but certainly less then a new refrigerator. 
Saturday Chuck announced he and Megan were going to do something to make me happy. Oh yes, a clean van makes me happy!


May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Apple Orchard

Saturday morning started out slightly cool so we headed to the orchard before the heat set in.
It is a beautiful place. On a country road nestled between a corn field and soybean field. 
It has a cute red barn that has a little store and a concession stand.
How cute is this sign that you see as you drive out!?
I don't need to make applesauce this year so we only picked a small bag for snacking. More then anything this was a memory making trip!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!