Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Year - New Things!

Here are my precious girls taking an adventure in a "boat."  Claire's fake american girl doll is along for the ride.  Their love for life and sense of humor is just so inspiring.  I have wanted to post on this blog SO MUCH during these times of change - but as life would have it...there are so many hours in the day!
That said - Here I AM!  Posting again!  There is so much I want to tell you about, but really this post is all about reintroducing my little shoebox.
A shoebox is a place to keep odds and ends tucked away "safely" and it's easily pulled out and rummaged through at a whim.
We are coming up on Eve's 1st birthday in March!  What a year it has been!  She's anything but an "easy" baby, but her precious smile melts much frustration away...and she's recently been sleeping all night, so has definitely gone up on the likability scale. LOL

SO - what could I possibly share with you? Hmmmm - I would say one of the things we are most excited about is becoming debt-free.  Brian and I decided in December to completely abandon the use of credit cards.  WHOA!? Say what???   Why on earth would we choose this in December??  Well - we did and we have made some serious progress.

I'm excited to share with you that we did not go into debt further during December and the BEST thing about not using credit during December is that there's no looming January credit card bill!  YES!  That was the first big personal "win" I felt.

We have been following the teaching of Dave Ramsey and listening to his 3 hour podcasts pretty much every day since we started.  Let me just tell you - that is a whole lotta Ramsey in one's life!  It get pretty overwhelming at times, but at the end of the day we decided that we just make way too much money to constantly be wondering "where did that go??"  As Ramsey would say, "We got sick and tired of being sick and tired."

So HERE we are. Since December we have paid off nearly $8000.00 worth of debt. Can you even believe it?  We are SO PUMPED.  Now we have just $3500 left and we are biting, clawing, and scratching our way to the end goal.  I will definitely be posting the day we say GOOD-BYE to the annoying costly debt!

Well - that's a good update for now. I will close with a couple of pics of my crazies.


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