My son “helped” me frost and decorate Christmas cookies this week. Well, he did one while I did the rest, lol! He said he wanted “a few sprinkles”. I handed him the container, looked over a few seconds later and this is the “few” sprinkles he put on his cookie, haha!!! But hey, he was loving it, so I just let it go. What will a “few” sprinkles hurt anyway? 😉
The other night I was sitting and reflecting on our current situation. Yes, we’re going to be really CRAMMED into our small home once this baby comes, BUT at least we have a home. Yes, it’ll be hard to somehow settle into a new routine (and you know how I love my routines!) once the baby is here, but at least we have 2 children. No, we’re not in the financial situation we want to be in (debt-free) BUT we’re working towards that goal and it’s definitely showing (to us). Sure, we can’t spend as much as others for Christmas, BUT we were able to buy some gifts for the important people in our lives. Last year, we made our gifts to the grandparents and spent very little on others. We only bought what we absolutely had to – and it was stressful because our budget wasn’t quite set up yet so we were still living paycheck-to-paycheck, and not by choice (we technically do that now, but only because we are on a $0 budget – every dollar is accounted for).
I even “splurged” and bought my husband a gift this year!!!! I haven’t got him anything in a few years, but I saved and was able to buy him something he’s been saying he wants. Granted, I wanted it to be a surprise, but the FedEx man was early and left the gift (clearly labeled, even though I asked that they send it in an unmarked box) on the porch and my husband saw it as he left for work. Boo. BUT I still wrapped the box and told him he has to wait until Christmas. 🙂
All this to say that we may not have everything that someone else has, but what we do have is more than enough. We are blessed beyond measure and words. This is all a large learning experience and one that we won’t forget soon. We are making huge sacrifices and sometimes it’s frustrating. It’s been stressful, at times, on our marriage as well. But this all serves to remind us why we’re being aggressive with paying off debt – because we’re tired of the financial stress. We will not be slaves to our income! We will control it, not the other way around.
Has anyone else been on this journey with me? What about 2017 – are any of you thinking about paying off debt? Don’t know where to start? I’d love to share more with you! Just contact me and let me know. 🙂