Yep! We have finally decided to put our music room project on hold. As we prioritized things in our finances. We figured that as insurances for both cars, home insurance and several other priority home projects like the leaky roof, that the original plan of having our music room will have to be put off. This also includes my country theme project. I am not disappointed. In fact, we are excited as we are seeing how we can take better control of our finances.
My husband and I are stoked on applying Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University’s (FPU) principles. As we are slowly getting a hold of how our finances are shaping, after 13 years of being married, it is only now we are seeing why every penny (or centavo, for that matter) should have a name. We don’t name them and we tend to just spend as we wish. This is causing more trouble than we know. Although we have not have a lot of conflicts with money, we really could make use of taking it to the next level. Especially so that we have to save up for our son’s college education, then apparently, there’s the retirement money that we also need to pursue.
With this financial “overhaul” that the Lord has been doing in our family, (Continue reading…)
Technically, it is 17 years ago last Monday.
We celebrated our 17th year of being a couple last Monday, February 10, 2014! It is hard to believe it’s been that long, really! I’d be lying if I say that if I would go back, I wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, I would change quite a few things. Non-negotiables, if I may add. There were definitely times that I could have chosen to give up. But even in that, I praise God for sustaining us. He has been through and through faithful.
Like all our previous 16 anniversaries, hubby pulled yet another surprise. Not his first try to place his present under the pillow but this sure was something I still did not anticipate. (Continue reading…)
Hubby and I are excited to have our family’s legacy covenant printed. We are currently waiting for ArtsCow to come up with a promo code that will allow us to have a stretched canvas printed at less cost with free shipping. We have been using ArtsCow since 2009 and we love how durable their product is.
It’s been more than half a year since we transferred back to our now 2-storey home and we still have not set up our music room. We are not really rushing. With no house help and a full schedule for each three of us throughout the week, we really have not found the luxury of setting up the music room.
By far, we have invested in 2 guitars, a keyboard and a percussion instrument the hubby bought from Kenya. (Continue reading…)
I’m officially done with work week! Yay! In my oDesk task, that is. Now, lined up in my long list of for today are: laundry (second load now spinning), blogging tasks (on my fourth entry now), floor mopping (later), lunch (stove top now burning), homeschooling (ongoing), aside from the perpetual cleaning the house needs. It never ends, does it?
After having considered a helper for a while, we are resolved to be better off without one. A once a week cleaning lady will do. (Continue reading…)
Just like all our previous holidays together, all 16 years of them, I haven’t really taken the time out to buy anything fancy for the hubby. I have gifted him around 4 times tops in all those 16 years. Most of which aren’t really that thought of. After him recently transforming to having “Receiving Gifts” as his secondary love language, which I found out six months ago, I know I have got to make some serious adjustments.
As I sat my kid down this week to ask him what he thinks about going easy on gift giving this Christmas, he was not instantly enthusiastic about it for sure. But I knew that when he fell silent, he was already in his thinking mode. In fact, we are to sort out stuff from his closet that he has not used in a long while.
With the havoc that is the Super Typhoon tragedy, my bent is towards influencing my boys to go easy on the shopping route this holiday season. It is a month until Christmas and we still have not done any holiday shopping yet and we are okay. Truth be told, even without the tragedy, there are just too much stuff already and I would love for us to bless other people in a more personal way, more than the material stuff.
It has been almost three months since I got back to taking in a full 8 hour job (still as working from home) as an SEO virtual assistant. The only thing that got me to take this job is its flexible schedule, allowing me to work on my available time.
The flexible schedule is perfect as it still allows me to take care of my house and homeschool my son. It can get crazy but I love that I am privileged to do these things!
One thing I have been lagging a lot on is blogging. I have tons to blog about but barely have the time to get down to it. I squeeze in an article or two on weekends but that’s it. This SEO job is such a welcome blessing as online advertisers are getting more scarce nowadays. (Continue reading…)