Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thanksgiving

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I am looking forward to tomorrow, taking some time to be with family, eating good food, and pausing to be thankful. Here are a few of the many things that I’m thankful for.

I am thankful that we have been provided for, above and beyond my wildest expectations.

I am thankful for my supportive hard working husband.

I am thankful for my single Mom and all the people who stepped in to help her love me and raise me.

I am thankful for our community of friends that loves us so well and have made this place home.

I am thankful for the tradition of baking pumpkin pie, and how it reminds me of my grandfather.

I am thankful for iced tea, the internet, peanut butter, the chance to make things, people who are bold enough to share their stories and who have inspired me to share mine, I am thankful for you reading this.

On Faith and Blessing

Russel Wright Plates | We Made it Home

I don’t typically write about issues of faith on the internet, those conversations are saved for people that I have real life relationships with. I hate internet arguments, so if things like this tend to infuriate you or simply don’t interest you feel free to skip this post.

We have been blessed in that we haven’t had to scrape to get by in our marriage. Our basic needs have been met and the ability to cut back on our expenses and focus on the goal of paying off our house was a choice. My biggest struggle when it came to money was acknowledging that it was tied to my faith.

I remember sitting in a Bible study during college and a lady from the church was telling her family’s story of paying off their debts on a youth pastor’s salary. She said something that caught me off guard, and I was not sure if I believed it at first. She said, “When you rely on credit to buy what you want you are robbing God of opportunities to bless you.”

Her statement didn’t fully make sense to me until she unpacked it. She used an example of her family’s microwave breaking. Before she had gotten control of her spending and started paying off her debt she would have just gone out and purchased a new one even though they couldn’t afford one. After budgeting she decided she could wait to buy a new one. And as it happens, someone that she knew was replacing their microwave and was able to give her their old one. Since she had waited and not fulfilled her own needs this new microwave became a blessing and not a purchase.

As we started paying off our debt and stopped instantly gratifying our own needs it opened up new opportunities for God to bless us. My favorite example of this is the dish set that we have. I am a home product designer, so I nerd out on things like dishes. I really wanted this particular set of mid century Russel Wright dishes in gray. They have become really collectable, and I had started to slowly grow my collection through e-bay, but once we started budgeting I had to wait to buy more of them. I even prayed about them. I knew this was a trivial prayer but I really wanted them. Then months later I was at a huge flea market for work. I saw a lot of the dishes that I wanted but they were way overpriced mismatched and not the right color. Then I came to a table in the back of the flea market and there was an entire table with the exact gray pottery set that I had been wanting.

I asked the man “How much for the pottery?”

He replied , “for all of it?”

I said, “Sure for all of it”.

And he said $30.

I got dishes, and mugs and platters for $30. It would have been hundreds if I bought it on ebay. Since I had waited, God had been able to bless me.

There are lots of things that we have wanted to buy but haven’t been able to. It has made us more thankful for what we have and more astounded when those things show up unexpectedly as blessings. We have a weber grill and a tea pot given to us by friends without them knowing that we had been waiting to purchase them. Not to mention the vacation that I mentioned last week. Our friends have become agents of blessing. I know that everything we have is a blessing but these objects hold a completely different meaning to us than items we have purchased at the store. They have great stories and are evidence of God’s provision.

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Lessons Learned while Paying off our House

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At certain times during our journey to debt freedom I got bored. I went through some weird hobby phases. You start doing crazy things when you are on a tight budget. I bring this up not to illuminate what big nerds we are but rather to show how budget constraints created new opportunities for us. I had to replace my shopping addictions and eating out habits with something. I found that when you cut out one thing you must replace it with another and if your options are limited you end up having to get creative. I started to get outside of my comfort zone.

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I did things like foraging with a meetup group comprised of homeopathic hippies and doomsday preppers. This was a whole new world where I got to get outside and explore and meet some very interesting people.

Carb quests where I would try and find the perfect biscuit recipe, take days to make bagels, or make my own wild fermented yeast bread inspired by these guys. It gave me a whole new appreciation for bread.

Propagating plants, and trading with friends. This has been exciting to watch my plant collection grow, learn about new specimens, and enjoy how pretty they are.

Painting a crazy labor intensive food blog, which almost resulted in a cookbook.

Jason preferred to do things like:

Build a computer.

Make 3d models and sell them online.

These were all things that have made me appreciate food, and plants, and sharing ideas so much more. You start to grow in weird ways as you get deeper in exploring the things that interest you and also when you share them with other people. When you cut out TV and leisure shopping you have time to do it.

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