The last week, for me, has been BUSY. And that’s putting it mildly. During the day, I had 4 children here (two 2 year old boys and two infant boys – yes, lots of testosterone, lol) Monday through Wednesday, then “only” three children (only had one infant instead of two) Thursday and Friday. I learned some valuable things.
1) I no longer pray for twins (or any multiple birth). It’s HARD to care for two infants at the same time!
2) My son loves to help mommy with the babies. He wanted to even help with diaper changes (“I wipe baby, mommy. I wipe!”), but I had to veto that.
3) Even with 4 children here, I was able to keep up with my miscellaneous work. I had to get up at 4:45 every morning (nothing new there), and complete the bulk of the work before the children arrived, but I got it done. I was able to really appreciate my mom – she had 4 children and somehow managed to run a household and never looked (to me, anyway) like she was ready to pass out from exhaustion.
4) When you are that active, all day long, you tend to quite literally FALL into bed and sleep very soundly.
5) Even though I love babies, I didn’t expect to grow attached to the one I’ve been watching off and on for a few months…but I did. I’m going to miss that sweet baby!
6) Apparently, watching that many children, and completing miscellaneous tasks (household and still working on Swagbucks and Amazon – was able to cash out on both of them, again!) will make me lose 3 lbs in those 5 days. Not too shabby, lol!
All in all, I learned that whatever I set my mind to, I can do it. I just pray, pray, pray and then pray a tad bit more.
I received quite a few orders for cookies and pies as well, so add that to the list. It’s been a VERY busy week for me, but I will not complain! That’s extra cash that can help towards debt repayment – woo hoo!
I received my dad’s side of the family’s cookbook yesterday and was so excited! So far, I’ve been doing most of my baking/cooking from my mom’s side of the family’s recipes. Now, I can use both books and cook/bake until my heart is content! Of course, I didn’t wait long and went right for the Butterscotch Pie. I made it today (started it within minutes of being home from church – don’t judge me, this pie is that amazing!) and honestly? I just want to eat the whole pie in one sitting. But I was good and only had one piece. For now. 🙂 This pie (and this particular recipe) was a staple in my childhood. I don’t know that there was ever a big family gathering without the pie. If mom ever asked what pie I wanted, I always asked her to make Butterscotch Pie. I mean, it’s that amazing! Is it healthy? No, but who cares? It’s PIE. This recipe is my dad’s mom’s recipe. My Grandma Weaver. She passed away in June of this year, so making this has some extra special feelings behind it. My mom even makes the pie with Grandma Weaver’s recipe as opposed to her own mom’s recipe. She said she always botched her mom’s recipe, but was able to get it right when she followed Grandma Weaver’s recipe. Don’t worry – I’ll post the recipe. 🙂
I learned a lot this week, but mainly, I learned that I have the drive to do what needs done. I see this debt as the enemy and the only way to eliminate the enemy is to earn as much extra cash as possible. Does this mean I lose some sleep? Yes. Does this mean I lose my precious and much-loved “me time”? Yes. But for me, it’s so worth it. Why? Because I’m slowly eliminating the enemy. I will do what needs to be done in order to rid our lives of that evil for good! So…anyone else have proven ways to pay down debt quickly, while still being able to be a SAHM? Legit jobs, folks. 😉 I’m willing to work hard!