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  1. ....if I ever did that 5k. LOL. We did it this morning and it was awesome! Let me be clear, I have never been a runner. When I started the couch to 5k 8 weeks ago I could literally barely run a minute. I almost gave up many times but I am stubborn and I didn't want to be a quitter. I kept at it and gradually got a lot better. Before today my best practice time was 36:30. My goal for today was anything under 40, with the secret hope I could break 35. We get there today and as soon as we lined up there was a huge clap of thunder and the skies opened up and it started pouring! Lucky
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  2. We have a baby! Labor was quick and easy and she's just perfect. One week past her due date, but only 7 lb 1 oz. Edit -- now that we're home I was able to get a pic resized to share:
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  3. Alex ended up having two interviews today. He had the interview this afternoon and it is for a short term project that may or may not need a project manager. It's a small business, only about 20 people, that is moving to a larger facility. The owner is debating on whether he can handle coordinating the move as well as continuing to run the business. It is probably a 6 week job, maybe 8, but it would be money and he would having something in his field to put on his resume that is local and current. He also had a phone interview from someone who got his resume through a referral. It is
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  4. We have a supplemental insurance through work, a hospital indemnity one, and due to dh's 3+ week hospital stay, we received a lump sum of $4400. After much discussion and prayer, we decided to pay off the truck, which was at $3400 - not our lowest, but second lowest. However, in doing this, we now have an extra $300 in our budget every month. I am SO glad we did this! We will have the Discover card paid off by the end of July with this move. We have not had much breathing room in our budget for about two years. Now, we have space, and it feels wonderful. We can now not wonder w
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  5. Here he is. All 7 lbs.
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  6. I know I haven't said much lately but am always here reading. Pregnancy makes me very grouchy. lol Paisley Samantha arrived June 6th. 8 lbs, 6 oz. She is just perfect. I am just exhausted!
    21 points
  7. Thankfully, we are blessed and it isdone with $17 to spare none the less! the additional farm is paid out! we are very relieved. praise be to Heavenly Father for pulling us through this last stretch of it! it is rented, and our tenant has moved in. The fields are rented this year but we will take them back over next year for more csa shares, and we have a nice rolling section that will be a tree farm. Hoping to get our Christmas trees in the ground early spring. what is next for the red doors, we are building a library next. We had funds donated to the church from a donor to cover t
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  8. Van paid off!!!! So excited to be done with BS2!!!! Going to go headfirst into saving some serious cash for when we need car replacements/home repairs (our foundation needs some attention), but feeling good!!!
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  9. It really pays to know what kind of car you want and do research. It is time to replace dh's car. We have gotten away with only having one car that seats all of us for almost 5 years now, but we are actually outgrowing the larger car (a Durango). It technically seats 8, but the 3rd row is not made for full sized adults, and neither is the middle seat of the 2nd row. My oldest son is taller than I am and he is now very uncomfortable anywhere but the outside seats of the 2nd row (or the front, which the adults get by default). The other kids aren't getting any smaller either so more leg roo
    19 points
  10. Yesterday after grocery shopping I went to visit a friend of mine. She is 35 (I'm 40 btw) she has never been married and is not in a LTR now. She said that if she were me she would do anything and everything she could to keep her fertility. She said that being 40 does not mean I can't have kids - she said that she would wait another 5 years before undergoing a hysterectomy. That's the problem with opinions, everyone has one. I think I'm still going to stay with my plan. I also think that I am going to start making changes to my life. I've been focusing on stuff I can't control
    19 points
  11. I just got home from a two-day work overnight/out of town thingee. As you may know from previous whines, I really struggle with that, both money-wise and overeating-wise. I am VERY proud and happy to say that I packed snacks (apples, blueberries, string cheese, water) and budgeted $15 for dinner and $6 for breakfast (lunches were covered) (both will be reimbursed). I spent $15 on dinner, a (relatively) healthy choice, didn't overeat, and had enough left over for breakfast today. NO other expenses - I had enough snacks to get me home in one piece. I didnt' stop to go shopping. Nothing
    19 points
  12. My Mom's house was on the market for, what, maybe 2 weeks tops and it has sold!!!!! She got $72K, was asking $74.9K. Which is about what the realtor thought it would go for. It is a young family that bought it, which makes me happy. We kind of figured it would be a family as it is on the big side for just 2 people or a single. We only live about 5 blocks from my Mom's house, so it will be fun to watch what the new, young, owners do with it. I kind of know the person who bought it, small town thing. So only a couple more mows for us and we are done with that extra chore!!!
    19 points
  13. boy for Astrid and Nathanial! They had the ultra sound this afternoon! It is just so exciting! Just popping in quickly to share, I am supposed to be getting ready for women's group! But I am so thrilled for them! Couldn't wait!
    19 points
  14. I am sitting and watching the girls go to sleep. The twins will play unless we keep an eye on them for a few minutes so one will doze off. Just sitting here reflecting on the blessings and not the stresses. I figured since I feel like I am always venting that maybe it would feel good to share this. First, I am absolutely floored with Naomi's change in behavior this week at school. I have heard nothing from her teachers but updates on how much more focused she is and that she is participating in all aspects of class again. No more laying down during circle time because she is too tired to s
    19 points
  15. It won't last long, but I'm a millionaire I reached millionaire status including my house already, but now it is just cash & savings Let's see - numbers as of today are: 795,930.53 401k 96,748.96 IRAs and after-tax retirement savings ---------------- 892,679.49 74,434.70 Various savings accounts, CD's, I bonds and loan to church 3,140.03 Checking type accounts and cash 45,637.78 Severance check - I have paystub and it will show up in my account Friday ---------------- 123,212.51 111.15 Due from others (mostly hay fed to friend's horses) 1,882
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  16. We have been struggling to find available apartments (and Alex still doesn't want to move). Well, just this afternoon I called one of the most affordable places nearby and they have several units available in August! Then, a few hours later we got an email from the property manager saying the owner wants to increase our rent by $100 a month if we don't sign another lease. Well, no more arguing... Alex gave our required 60 day notice and we will vacate by the end of August! It will give us time to move ourselves besides the heaviest furniture. I'm so excited! We should be saving $400-500 a
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  17. It's definitely part time, this week ends on Sunday but today and tomorrow he will have ten hours over the two days. It's the same $10 an hour he would have made at the far away job so it evens out with him working 25 hours I think, I have to do the math. He is so happy to be working at least some hours again!
    18 points
  18. I didn't mention that I had an interview scheduled to help increase my income in yesterday's post. But the interview went well enough that I got the job today. I will start October 1st. I currently work for same organization but will work for another division. I have 2 more checks at my lower salary but come October 15th, there will be a big increase. I'm excited about the money but the position will be a challenge too which I need. So excited. I expect to say goodbye to some debt by the end of this year!
    18 points
  19. Matt and I had a few really great conversations lately. The late night snuggly able to focus kind where you don't have twenty things pulling your attention away. we decided that our bs7section of the plan hasn't been balanced in well for us against the drive to purchase the farm which has been our primary focus now for months. I decided I will share our top secret, swore to secrecy under punishment of nathanials mud wasp experience from last summer if you tell plan. So last week we had the deacon put a huge five gallon jug by the exit door of the church and each member of the c
    18 points
  20. I wrote this up for another forum I am apart of and realized I never really talked about what went on while we were in Jersey packing out so I thought I would share it here as well: It has been a while since I have been able to come online and really talk so I thought I would post an update on how we are doing. At the end of March my husband deployed for 6 mths. Two days later the kids and I closed out our house in Jersey and drove to Kentucky to stay on the family farm. We moved into my Great Grandparents vacant and fully furnished home in the middle of the family beef farm. Aft
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  21. We called it a wrap at my Mom's house. All the painting and work she wanted done is done. I was scrapping the bottom of the paint cans to get her closet painted only had enough for the walls, the trim is still yellow, but I'm done!!! If she wants more done it will not be by myself or DH. We hauled every last bit of stuff out to her garage, which was so much more then we thought. She can now have a cleaning crew get in there and do their thing. Technically we still have to, haul away all the stuff we brought into the garage but that's just a couple hours work. And we will also sti
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  22. So, it seems we are on a spending spree lately but all is budgeted, and some has been scheduled for a long time, with money saved, just waiting for the right deal. 1. We found a hot tub on Craigslist! I have been saving for this since before the holidays, using really only "extra" money. Things like when I got gift card for Christmas, I used them for groceries and put the money in the hot tub fund, things like that. There are hot tubs all over Craigslist, but we wanted a large one to fit our family and one that wasn't too old so that Dh could still find the parts to fix it when it breaks e
    17 points
  23. Hello all! I pray everyone is doing well and turning a ready face to spring! I haven't been on in so very long. It has been a very challenging season of life here. Nathanial's father had a stroke at the end of January, we were caring for him through most of February. He was recalled to our heavenly fathers waiting arms on March 17. Nathanial is struggling, as the shock begins to fade the grief is creeping in. It is a terrible loss. Not only to his family but our community as a whole he was a gifted and wonderful church leader as well. We are praying for Nathanial, he is bearing
    17 points
  24. The above is what I posted two years ago about our progress since we paid off our debt. I just ran the numbers for the past two years (from 2-12 until now, 3-14) and this is what I've found: EF - the same Sinking funds - increased by $4k House - paid down by $29,400 Retirement - increased by $113,100 car - increased in value by $23k (bought newer, in cash) college - increased by $10,500 Y'all, I'm honestly blown away. We've had an increase in the past two years that is MORE THAN OUR GROSS INCOME. This plan works when you work the plan. What I've found, especially in the p
    17 points
  25. My DH does not have a clue how to spend money. I just had a very deja vu conversation with him. Perhaps 20 years ago DH received a nice bonus around $2k. The conversation went something like this: Me: So what would you like to spend your bonus on? DH: I don't know, let me think about it. 2 days later: DH: I know what I want to buy with the bonus. Me: What? DH: A bag of vermiculite. Me: You want a bag of vermiculite? DH: Yes, for the garden. Me: That's it, you've got $2k and you want something to go in the dirt? DH: Yeah. Fast forward to now. DH recently drew the sh
    17 points
  26. Got up in the morning and rented a 14 foot Uhaul, also rented a 5X15 storage unit at the same place. It costs 70.00 a month BUT they give you the first month free, so I have it now for 2 months. I met up with 4 of my friends, 3 guys and a girlfriend. Two of the guys have kids and not much money this time of year so I paid them 60.00 each cash. I was glad to do it and they were so very helpful. We met in a parking lot and all caravanned over to my old house. My garage door opener did not work so I walked up to the front door. It was open, my inlaws (who I love very much) were ther
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  27. As many of you may recall, I was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer four years ago. Each summer, I go into my yard with a light heart and a smile, and do what I can. Each year, it's a little easier. You just have no idea what chemo does to your body in the long term until you experience it. They don't tell you. Even if they did, it's not like it matters - I'd still pick chemo over the alternative. I also have a LOT of weight to lose. I've lost about 40 pounds since chemo, and have about another 100 to go. However, both the doctor and I agree that losing another 40 would be outsta
    16 points
  28. She just called my cell! I start Tuesday morning 9:15! I am so pumped! It pays $15.70 an hour. I work tues, ewed, Thursday, and Friday next week for training, then start the normal three morning a week schedule the week following! I need a shovel for all my snow! My first grown up job and I actually got it! I am so happy! Plus the program closes six weeks in the summer, amazing!!! And two weeks at Christmas. My mom can take Kenna for march break, and I am all set to go for it.
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  29. Harmony test results back! There is less than a 1/10,000 chance of trisomy 13, 18 or 21. Baby is a girl!
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  30. I'll post the whole kit and kaboodle later, but suffice it to say, things changed this weekend. First, we moved in - it was in the high 90s without A/C. My amazing friends literally unpacked our entire house because.... We had the baby!!! 36 weeks along exactly and he is healthy as can be. 6lbs 6oz, 19 inches. I'll post a photo as soon as I can figure out how to do it from my phone. He decided Monday that he wanted to come out and was born 13 min after getting to the hospital.
    16 points
  31. So we finally had someone out to look at our air-conditioning that had been broken since last fall. Estimated cost to repair: $800 Final cost: $40 The repairman was my uncle (has his own HVAC company). He had the part we needed and gave it to us. Also added freon/coolant for free. We just paid for his gas to get to our house and we are taking him out to lunch this week. Feeling pretty thankful. Dodged a bullet with that one and now we have air. I hope that whatever he did didn't cost him too much out of his own pocket, he knows things have been tight for us. He
    15 points
  32. I realized this the other evening. Most people think that when you reach BS 7, you suddenly have a LOT of money. No more mortgage payment However, it isn't really quite like that. No more mortgage payment, but insurance and property taxes and R&M continues. Also, you need to catch up on the things that you put off while focusing on getting rid of the mortgage. This can include different things like remodeling or deferred maintenance or car replacement or vacation or beefing up savings for EF / retirement or . . . So when you reach BS 7, there is a LOT of peace and more flexib
    15 points
  33. We have had quite the last few months at our house.... *We moved to a new house! Our current house meets our needs much better than base housing. We went from 1,500 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft. We have a secure backyard, all the interior safety requirements, and a garage for transporting our son safely to and from the car. The rent on this house ends up being $600 less a month then our last house. Electric and gas has been running $200 a month combined. That leaves us $400 towards the extra gas from a longer commute. *I was seriously injured in July. To the point I had to be taken to the ER
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  34. Just thought I would say hi! We are settled into the new house, I even repurposed things around the house to make drawers dividers and a silverware drawer since our holder didn't fit where I wanted it. We are settled in to our new school too. I am still technically a floater but I have been in a classroom for a couple of weeks now. They haven't made it permanent but I think that is because they need me somewhere else in November. Hard for the kids to have teachers switch so much though... Alex is still at Staples and trying hard to find a new job. For now we are just working hard at frugal
    15 points
  35. Ok, first for the prayers! Alex had an interview yesterday that went very well. He was told they would be calling people next week to set up second interviews. Instead, they called today to set one up for Friday!!! He had said the interview went very well and he was right. So, Friday at 11 Central please send some good thoughts, prayers, good mojo... whatever you are so inclined to send! As for the update... I was not offered enough hours at the JCC to make it logical to keep working there. I very quickly found a job at a new daycare and started yesterday. It is not a guaranteed 40 hours b
    15 points
  36. This is my life at the moment, and I wouldn't change a thing. I just opened 529 account for the baby a few days ago, and I am pretty sure that we only owe another $60 or so on the hospital. I'm glad to have the unknowns of medical bills over (or nearly over). I haven't paid super close attention to the budget over the past few weeks, but there's not been much extra spending going on. Except diapers; I had forgotten how many diapers newborns go through. And the laundry... so much laundry. Life is good, we're all adjusting well. The baby has her days and nights figured out now, so I'm
    15 points
  37. Hey! I haven't been around much because nothing really exciting is going on. Alex has been working hard at Staples and has been still spending all his time at home job searching. I'm just working like normal and babysitting on weekends. The girls are great. Ariel finally decided to potty train completely. It would have been easier to wait until she was closer to 3 but she wanted to do what Hope was doing and I didn't want to say no. Naomi is excited about camp. She can do the specialty camps for no extra charge because of my staff discount and the local Chabad (much more religious group th
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  38. Alex answered an ad on oDesk looking for writers for a parents Website. The man was interested to hear from him because he is also a father of three children and thought his perspective would e good. Alex sent a writing sample and they really liked it, it was a story about Naomi's broken wrist and how parents can't assume a child's injury would be like an adult's. So, Alex will be writing blog posts to be linked to the site. It won't generate a ton of money but after a lot of rejection he is really excited about it. It also won't take a ton of time each month so he can continue to do it no
    15 points
  39. This is really not related to money but just something I feel like saying. As frustrated as I get with my ILs sometimes and as frustrating as life is right now... every once in awhile it hits me that there is someone in my life again who loves me like a father does. He treats me no differently and during all of this has been very vocal in making sure I understand that he loves me and he will be there for us. We all went out to dinner tonight, he figured I could use a break from cooking after all the work for the consignment sale. I thought we were going for MILs birthday but apparently
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  40. It's been a LONG time since I last posted, but for some reason I was feeling the urge to post tonight. If you recall I was really questioning my schooling decision. But since I'll be done in 4 weeks I suppose it looks like I will really graduate! I'm really excited about the prospect of actually having a college degree, and at finally finishing this program! But I don't really let myself think about being finished very much yet because I'm not done yet. BUT, as of 3:15 pm on April 22nd I will officially be done with my school work, and then I will really let myself believe it and get all exc
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  41. It was fantastic! No students yet, so I won't have a feel for what I'll be doing every day for awhile yet. But everyone is so friendly, helpful, and most importantly professional. It is such a breath of fresh air. Working is downright enjoyable when you are dealing with mature, intelligent and emotionally healthy people. I am very thankful for the 2 months unemployed and unpaid. We did not suffer; I don't want to give the impression otherwise. But we had to totally rely on each other. I had to 100% rely on dh for financial support and he had to trust me not to take advantage of that
    14 points
  42. So when we got married 5 years ago (two weeks after my 30th bday), we agreed that we would go to Europe for our 5 year anniversary (and my 35th bday), and even put it in our google calendar. I later added a caveat, "as long as we're debt free and have our emergency fund"... So, guess what?? We're going to Rome at the end of the month!! I can not wait! The trip will put us back a few months on buying a house, but it feels good to honor that commitment we made to ourselves back then and feels even better to be paying cash, with our emergency fund in place and no debt. It was in the calendar, a
    14 points
  43. So today I decided to grab some the compost from the back piles,not quite ready but I was mounding trees so didn't matter too much. There back behind the pile was about 12 strong beautiful tomato plants and a mess of zucchini, with about 10 ready on the vines. Thanks lord, that was kind of you
    14 points
  44. We're still on vacation, we leave tomorrow --- I'm on an internet break (we have no cell service, but we do have wireless at the house), waiting for baby boy to wake up from his nap so we can do one last mountain hike. I've not been on the board since before we left, but now I find myself with a few peaceful minutes, so I thought I'd check in with my peeps on LLNOE. It's been a lovely vacation, good friends, great food, fun hikes... but we're ready to get back home. I had a budget for this trip of $1000, and so far we've spent $460 for everything. All we've got left to spend is
    14 points
  45. Well it took awhile and some serious debates and a lot of logistic games but I have a nice little letter in my hand that was delivered to Matt at the men's group from the Bishop with written permission to have an internal and site specific blog on the llnoe website until proper regulation is passed. Praise be! I have a ticket to write, and more importantly to read all of these blogs, comment and reengage. I am feeling very pleased and at peace about the decision. I pushed , perhaps harder then i should have but it came to pass and all is well. I was really missing the personal conn
    14 points
  46. It's been kind of quiet on here lately, so I thought I would regale you with my week in review.... Monday, my son tells me he was mugged.... NO conversation that starts out "First of all, I'm FINE!", ever gets better from there. Tuesday evening, my darling daughter, attending college in a town 45 minutes away and driving to and fro, calls in a panic because her car is "making funny noises"..... then again to tell me that it has died and won't start. Wednesday morning, my next daughter, on her way to college (only 10 minutes away this time), calls and tells me that..... yes... you guessed it
    13 points
  47. Alex had the interview yesterday. He thought it went very well based on how everyone was treating him but was waiting to hear from the recruiter. So, this morning the HR manager called his recruiter first thing this morning. She said he did very well with the round of interviews yesterday. They want him to meet with the manager in Lewisburg that he would be reporting to. This position does not give him anyone to manage but because he is new to the industry it is the better fit that way. So, they said they will get back to him on Monday to set up an interview. Alex said that what he was
    13 points
  48. My little niece is coming home, yay! My brother and SIL are going to the hospital today, they will stay the night with her there (standard procedure) and bring her home in the morning. She's a little over 4 pounds, keeping her temperature, and has quite the death grip on the bottle nipple when eating Also, my brother got the job he was interviewing for. It starts Monday; he's so excited to be able to support his family properly at last! He's been unemployed for over a year, it's been rough. I hope this and the new baby is a turning point for them. I even went over and helped him
    13 points
  49. Well, there's been a few things going on, but work has been so crazy I haven't taken the time to blog it! The BEST news is that we paid off Best Buy (wooo!) and were able to send an additional $850 to the next card, the Capital One. I forgot my lunch yesterday at work. I mean, flat out didn't think of it until I reached for it at lunch time. I was panicking - there are tons of places to go eat around my office (downtown in our state capital), but I didn't have any eating out money left in the budget and knew I'd have to use grocery money. I did decent. I went over and got a salad fr
    13 points
  50. So when we started this program at the tail end of 2006 (so what's that? 7 years ago...) we had a couple of thousand dollars in a retirement account (singular, only one). I wasn't really looking at retirement yet.... well maybe, but in a very fuzzy way.... like someday, but not today. *LOL* Adding up ALL debt (that's three houses, and some consumer debt) we owed a quarter of a million dollars. Yesterday DH updated the info on all three accounts we currently now own, and we have broken the $200,000 mark. To put this in perspective, Dh thought, when we started this program that he wa
    13 points
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