Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tag Display

I was in a swap earlier this summer and we made tags with different themes.  They were such great miniature works of art that I just couldn't give them away or hide them in a book so I made frames using the $1 wood ones from Michaels.  I dabbed black paint on them and then used copper and currant alcohol inks to color in the rest.  I wanted the tags to stand out, not the frames.  I then mounted the tags on black cardstock and hung them on my storage doors in my scrap room.  I will change out the tags throughout the year so that I can enjoy all that I received.


How bittersweet today was at the baseball field.  My youngest played his first game on the last field of his Little League years.  It seems such a short time ago that he began as a t-baller and in the last 9 years he has made his way all around the park to the Pony field.  It was even more poignant to watch my oldest son help his dad coach this team because he has been gone from the Pony fields as a player for 8 years now!  It is good to know that we have successfully (for the most part!) navigated the treacherous waters of the teen years with one son but now there's two more behind him.  I know God in his infinite wisdom will give us the tools we need to raise our last two sons to responsible adulthood but it just shocks me how quickly that they will be gone.  Guess by then I'll be sitting at the t-ball field watching my granddaughter!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I'm not a Halloween fan but I needed to do something with these bags and came up with this.  I think they came out fun and even the creepy spiders are cute with their rhinestone eyes.

Financial Peace even with a Dead Fridge?

Well, we are into our 2nd week of FPU and we saved $45 towards our $1000 emergency fund during the 1st week. However- 1st thing Saturday before Labor Day, our 7 yo fridge conked out!  Umm, why oh why does "Mr. Murphy" always have to rain on my parade?  Anyway, $200 and several hours later it was "fixed".  Fast forward to later that evening when said fridge began making funky noise again and once more conked out!  Now you know what happens on the holiday weekends-right?  Right-no repairman till Tuesday so we ended up spending more money than intended on meals for the weekend-teenage boys insist on eating!

Tuesday-same song, repairman comes at no charge, replaces part and several hours later the fridge is down for the count!  Needless to say, we have given up on fixing it (he says must be compressor).  However, wonderful FPU leaders have loaned their extra fridge to us indefinitely.  We are thankful for them!  Now, if you were keeping track-savings of $45, emergency of $200, new balance -$155.  Oh well, there's still time left in our month!  Phillipians 4:13 I CAN through Christ!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Writing on the Walls

Here's my newest vinyl project on our kitchen wall.  It says "Hope is the bird with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops at all.

Financial Peace here we come.

This is day 3 of our journey on the road to financial peace.  We are following the Dave Ramsey curriculum that our church offers.  We both did really well at not spending money on Monday.  Tuesday wasn't quite as good but not too bad.  Today, we saved our first $20 towards our needed $1000 emergency fund.  Just $980 to go, woo hoo!  Hmmm, that's "just" $325 or so a week.  Repeat to self:  we can do it, you do NOT need to buy any scrapbooking stuff this week....  Repeat to children-NO, we can't stop at 7-11, Sonic happy hour or QT.  We have kool-aid at home:-)