Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Blessings

Thirteen blessings over the past few weeks...

1. Let's just start with last night...I received a phone call telling me to look outside on my porch. There was a gift there from my secret sister. It was an apple pie with cheese slices!! It was soooo good!! I have the best secret sister!

2. I went shopping for new clothes for me, which does not happen very often. I was going to go to a cheaper store, but I think my hubby didn't want to deal with the 'emotions' of clothes not fitting right, so he insisted that I go to Penningtons (which is my favourite store because the clothes fit me just right). They were having a sale...YAY...50%off already reduced prices. So for $100 I got a pair of shorts, a skort, 2 capris, 3 shirts, and 2 panties!! That was not a bad haul at all!!

3. A friend who knows good deals (Sharon) had told me about Old Navy having a clearance sale on girls jeans, regular $30 jeans for $3. So, we headed over there looking for Princess, she desperately needed jeans. They had nothing her size, but instead we bought 2 pair for Cutie Pie to wear to school. So, 2 pairs of pants down!!

4. We then headed over to Wal-Mart (because Princess really does need new jeans where we can't see her knees) and they were having a big clearance there too! She got to pick 2 pairs of jeans and they were only $9 each!

5. Princess told me, while trying on her jeans in the store, that now she understands why we wanted to throw out her old jeans. THese new ones looked a whole lot better!! She said that we were right (that is a HUGE blessing coming from a 9 year old girl who knows more then her parents!!)

6. Pete's friend from work was getting rid of a pool that they couldn't have at their townhouse complex. He asked if we wanted it or not, so we took it, thinking it would be a kiddie sized pool...well, it is a nice pool, only 18 inches deep, but I can still get in there and cool off during the day. We were looking for a pool but didn't want to spend too much! Instead we got it free!!

7. We've been able to go camping this year. In the past we have been able to go for a week or two and have really missed that over the past 2 years. But, with Pete's new job (which has almost lasted a year) and all the changes in the 2 years before this job, he has not been able to come with us on holidays. So, even if we get a weekend in here and there, we are getting out more then in the past!

8. Pete has been a huge blessing to me too. This pregnancy has me in all sorts of odd moods, which he is not used to. I have been extremely emotional and the slightest things will set me off. I feel like I am losing my mind most days and I just feel like staying in bed...he has stuck it through with me and never left my side. He has listened to me cry and complain and yell and scream...and has comforted me and reassured me that everything is fine. I love him so much!!

9. We have redone our budget and tried to find ways to have a bit more money every month. It was an eye opening experience. We overspend in way too many areas (especially food) and we are continuing to learn how to handle our money better. So far, we are doing great...we have been having more money left at the end of the month, which wasn't happening before! So, we have been blessed in our finances as well!!

10. We have been enjoying having friends over for bbq's lately. I have gone through spurts of energy and cleaned the backyard, so we can entertain people and also in the house. We can have people over and not have to worry about spending hours cleaning ahead of time. My mom and sister have been great helps with the decluttering and it is lasting. I think it was important for me to be a big part of the process of cleaning out, I saw how bad it had become and I know that I never want to get back to that point again...

11. I was able to sell some of my homeschool curriculum and make a little bit of money on the side. Also, with some other items around the house that I have been able to sell. I have a nice little chunk of money to go towards Christmas shopping online in the next few months. It will feel nice to buy things for people and see that it is not coming out of our bank account!

12. The pregnancy is going great so far. We hear the heartbeat all the time and the baby doesn't stop moving (especially at nighttime!). I am coming up to an emotional time, 32 weeks, when I lost Angel, so I am preparing myself now for that. Maybe we will plan a getaway again (we have in the past and it is a nice way to just remember...

13. I have a great family, who loves me and that I love just as much. My kids get along great (for the most part) and they enjoy life and living. We have been able to do so much this summer, moreso then other summers. We have cut back on programs and stresses and such and have just been enjoying each other. I am looking forward to the rest of the summer and then watching them all go to school and seeing how they all do in the new setting...I am just enjoying the summer with them, because soon it will be over...

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  1. What a great week! Hope the next one is just as blessed. :D

  2. Sounds like you are having an awesome week! So cool that your daughter actually admitted that she was wrong and you were right! That is REALLY tough for a 9-year-old to admit... even about little things like jeans! ;)

  3. Great TT!
    I love a good sale!

  4. I'm so glad to hear things are going so great!

  5. I love hearing about blessings. It's God reminder to us that he knows what we need and provides. I've been thinking about doing a similar post too.

  6. It's good to spend time thanking for the little things. It helps us during those times when our view becomes a little less than perfect.