Super Cleaning

23/10/2006 § 4 Comments

Saturday, I stayed home and started cleaning. I just picked a spot, and dug in-literally!

 

One of the first things I wanted to tackle were the clothes. I decided to start in Love’s room. Trying on, sorting, packing away for next season and making a donation pile. We made it through and it felt soooo good! Then we moved onto hanging, folding and putting away and in the laundry. While we were doing that I jotted down the things Lovebug needs and I started making a list for her and her room. I put things like: skirt hangers, shelf, move dresser to wall behind door, comforter-full size, etc. The good thing was the list wasn’t terribly long! Then daddy came home and we started tackling the living/dining rooms. We put the tv downstairs (finally) and all that went w/it, cleaned out behind it, moved bookshelves, vacuumed/dusted, threw away papers and junk, sorted things that needed to be filed, threw more away, vacuumed/dusted more, deep cleaned the ferret cage, and finally unearthed half of my house! There are still some things to sort and organize, a few shelves we need to get, but I have so much more room now! And places to put things. Our house seems so much bigger somehow…GO FIGURE!

 

Oh yeah! My honey gave me a special little gift to accomplish this task with…A NEW VACUUM! And not just any vacuum. He got me a DYSON! (We get a discount at Target and we saved a little money to put towards it so we could afford it-otherwise I was looking at the 100$ Hoover something or other! Thank you again honey!) It’s amazing! I have been able to clean up tons of things and everything just seems…cleaner. It has such great suction and tools and it’s so easy to use and there’s this really long hose so I don’t have to bend over to get along the baseboards and put my back out and I can leave it at the bottom of the stairs as I go up instead of dragging it w/me and trying to balance it on the much too narrow steps…I feel so special!

 

So, I’m back at it again today. Cleaning and organizing and trying to use the resources we have or do without. I am determined to be as frugal as I need to be so we can live off of just Asa’s income. I feel so blessed to have a husband who is willing to let me stay home and take care of the house and our child. I feel so at peace and there are already things lining up for me to clean a few houses and watch a few kids here and there for some extra income. Our Lord is so faithful!

 

Have a great day!

 

Blessings,

Traci 🙂  

Please Pray for us!

17/10/2006 § 1 Comment

Well, today is the day I go to work and give my 2 week notice. I am nervous, relieved and excited all at the same time. My honey is nervous too b/c of the financial weight of things, but we have talked about this A LOT and feel this is the time. I would greatly appreciate any prayers for us. This is a huge leap of faith and really difficult for us. I am still looking for another part time job, but the hourly wage doesn't have to be as much. So, we will be trying to live on less money. This can be very nerve-racking. I know that the Lord will honor our decision and provide for us. I am looking into cleaning houses by appointment and taking on a part-time babysitting gig. We are still not sure what will come next, maybe even a few hours at the grocery store cashiering or at Target stocking…

I have to get some things together before I go in for my shift tonight, but I'll update and give a bit more backround soon. The Lord is awesome and faithful!

 

Blessings,

Traci 🙂

 

P.S.Schooling is going great! Love is getting mostly A's and a few B's in her work. I am so proud of her! I am proud of myself to for keeping things going and plugging away and staying on task. This has been a much better year so far and we are enjoying it a lot!

Quick check-in

16/10/2006 § 1 Comment

Things are going well. We're just plugging along. There are always the occasional bumps in the road, but we have been able to bounce back quickly most of the time. The weather has been hit and miss. First it's freezing, then it's nice, then it's raining! I was hoping to get to an orchard this year, I may have to concede on that one. 😦  I was going to go yesterday after work, but I ended up having to stay to cover someone else's shift–again. It's a little more complicated than that, but I don't want to bore anyone w/the details. Just pray I'll be able to leave soon so I can be home with and for my family. Thanks!

 

I'm sure there's more, but I'm just checking in quick. If something else comes up or if I get my brain back I'll drop by again! 🙂

 

Take care all and have a great homeschooling week!

 

Blessings,

Traci 🙂

 

P.S.My other great friend had baby #3, a girl, Hadassah Rae, Friday morning! Way to go Lisa and Family!

Back from Nevada

07/10/2006 § 6 Comments

                                                      Hello!

We were in Las Vegas this last week w/Asa for a conference. Target picked up most of the bill so we were able to join him. It was great to go as a family. It was Vegas, but when his meetings were done we were able to be together and see the sights. We stayed at the Mandalay Bay Resort. (Trust me, we would've been in the local Motel 6 if it weren't for Target! Thank you Target!) It was simply georgeous! Of course everything was expensive so we had to be very careful w/where we ate. We did eat well though! It helped that Asa'a meals were paid for. We also visited Denny's and Subway and a few other cheaper spots and shared meals too. I highly recommend the Del Taco! It was hard to spend that kind of money, but I can see how people could go broke trying to maintain a lifestyle like that. I'm glad we didn't get sucked in!

 

Our one splurge-literally, because EVERYTHING was AT LEAST 50$/person, any show or activity-was the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. It was still very expensive for us, but we all got in for the price of one person to a show. It gets really hard to spend money like that when your child becomes 13 and is now the same price as an adult! It was great though. We were able to get a magnet for a souvenir. Everything else was way above our price range and I really wouldn't know what to do w/a shark statue or shot glass!

 

The resort was great too. It had a wave pool and a lazy river pool and a regular pool and hot tubs next to them and I'm sure 12 other types of pools and a spa. There were palm trees everywhere and the sun was out. I felt like a superstar (who hadn't gotten paid yet!) It is a very tempting lifestyle. My honey and I both agreed that if the Lord were to ever bless us more financially, we wouldn't spend it in Vegas!

 

We did see some Christian's at the airport doing a Bible study on their break and it wasn't as spiritually oppressive as you'd think. It was more visually busy than anything. Lots and lots to see.

 

All in all we enjoyed our time and we had an awesome time watching The Fountains of Bellagio show. (It's in the movie “Ocean's Eleven”) It was incredible–and FREE! There's also a free show at The Mirage involving a Volcano and fire. It was neat to see all of the famous casinos in real life. They are truly amazing. There are new ones going up all the time too as well as hotels…

 

We also saw some of the original casinos from the first days of Vegas like the Stardust, Riviera, the Palms, the Flamingo, the Tropicana, the Sahara and the like. Very cool. 

 

However…

 

I'm glad to be home.

 

Blessings,

Traci 🙂

I have a new nephew!!!

02/10/2006 § 3 Comments

I can hardly believe my baby sister has had her third child! She had another boy and he is a healthy little peanut. His name is Alaric Denholm and he weighed in at 8lbs 4oz and he is 20.5" long! She wasn’t due until October 14th (my wedding was 9 months ago, on January 14th *wink*) but there was a small complication so they induced her to be safe.

I love being an auntie! I have 6 nephews now and 2 neices. What a blessing! I am still working on having more of my own, but for now, I am very content w/all of the little blessings around me. One of my best friends has just had twins and my other 2 best friends are expecting any day now and in November. In a way I feel like an aunt to them too. I am always watching peoples children so it’s easy to feel satisfied. I do admit, it is hard at times to wait for more of my own. I do trust the Lord fully and there are health factors to deal w/first. But that’s probably for another post…

 

Blessings,

Traci 🙂

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