Hey there. If you’re reading this page, chances are you’ve just discovered us, so I’d like to take a moment and introduce you to the people behind this blog:
I eloped with this guy on a train, 2 weeks after September 11th. I knew he was “the one” because the first time I shook his hand, I felt a little zing. I’m not suggesting that this is the proper way to choose a life partner, but after 15 years of marriage, I still feel the zing. So, you know…I guess it worked out okay for me. We have the privilege of working at home, together, and I just never seem to tire of his company. Unlike my first, disastrous failed marriage, I’m thinking this one is going to stick. It helps that my husband is brilliant, as proven by science (his I.Q. is a crazy 160). He’s also artistic, charming, romantic, hilariously weird, and deeply devoted to his family. If it’s true that each of us has only one great love in our lifetime, he is mine.
You can learn more about us in these posts:
If you’d like to read about our life from my husband’s perspective, please see his guest post series, beginning with this post.
We have three bright, “spirited” (and by this, I mean loud) kids, all conceived with the help of IVF. You can read our IVF story here.
Hayley, commonly referred to as “Bee,” is our 13-year-old daughter, and our firstborn. She got her nickname because when she was a baby she had pudgy apple cheeks, and an enormous dimpled grin, and my husband always said that she reminded him of the Honey Nut Cheerios bee. Hayley is very funny, intelligent (she skipped 3rd grade), and quick-witted, and her wry observations on life are an endless source of entertainment for me. Sometimes I have a sneaking suspicion that she’s smarter than I am, but fortunately she hasn’t figured this out yet. She shuns social media, despises selfies, and is essentially a 40-year-old trapped in a 13-year-old’s body. She emails me every day in study hall, hugs me in front of her friends, and has absolutely no shame about it. She’s an incredible dancer, a friend to every animal, and a kind and compassionate person. You can learn more about her in these posts:
Rachel, known by her nickname, Cakes, is our 9-year-old daughter, and the middle child. When I was pregnant with her we referred to her as “Babycakes,” which was later shortened to just Cakes (with a myriad of other variations). Somehow, it seems to suit her. As a toddler, Rachie was my “challenging” child, the one who was forever injuring herself, or getting into something, or consuming revolting substances. She was a little daredevil, and I spent a lot of time just trying to keep her in one piece. To this day she’s my quirky, nervy kid, but this is what makes her so endearing. I always say that where Rachie is concerned, there’s no such thing as lukewarm feelings. She either makes you laugh hysterically, or she pisses you off, or she breaks your heart. Rachel is quite athletic, and a truly gifted artist. Give that kid a pencil and paper and she can do amazing things. She’s also my most affectionate child, and the one who gets most concerned whenever someone is upset. She never wants anyone to be hurt, and will do anything she can to help. To read more about Cakes, please see:
DJ (short for Daniel James) is our 6-year-old son, and the baby of the family. My Dad calls him “Serious George” because he’s intense, orderly, and methodical to a fault. He’s also stubborn as hell…by far the most stubborn of my children, and possibly more stubborn than me, which is really saying something. Daniel is very smart, loves nature and animals, and is endlessly curious about how things work. He lives in a little boy world of Pokemon, dinosaurs and Legos, and though I do not understand him, I have a tremendous soft spot for him. He is 100% his Mama’s boy.
I always say that Daniel is my bonus child. He was the last remaining embryo from our IVF procedure in 2002, and he’d been frozen for more than 7 years. Before the embryo transfer, our doctor cautioned, “Don’t get your hopes up.” He gave us a mere 15% chance of pregnancy, but DJ is proof that God is in control, and He knows no limits. Not only did Daniel beat insurmountable odds, but he also weighed 12 pounds, 6 ounces at birth, and my life (and body) has never been the same. I never really knew how much I needed him until he was here, and now I can’t imagine a life without him. I documented Daniel’s journey into the world – from conception to birth – on this blog, and you can learn more about “The Boy” in these posts:
Pumpkin is our adopted cat. He’s orange and fluffy, always on a diet, often a pain in the butt, and sometimes not very bright, but we love him anyway. Read more about Pumpkin here.
I began writing this blog on January 14, 2008, 6 months after my husband and I paid off our mortgage, and achieved total debt freedom. We’ve been happily debt-free ever since, and we hope to never borrow another dime. We believe that family matters, faith is important, and frugality is actually fun. To get an idea of what we’re all about, please see Want What You Have – From A to Z. You might also be interested in Our Total Money Makeover, and How We Remain Debt Free. You can find links to other posts of interest in the navigation menu.
While you’re here, you might enjoy visiting the Top 10 Most Popular Posts of all time, as of January 27th, 2016:
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My goal as a blogger is to help readers save, simplify, get organized, pay off debt, and make time for what’s really important, with a lot of fun and encouragement along the way. I also blog as a hobby, to keep a record of our family life. Please see my interview at Mint.com to learn more about the mission of this blog.
About social media:
As an extreme introvert, I have a strong desire for meaningful communication. I dislike small talk, and what I refer to as “stop and chats.” I’m also not a fan of most social media platforms. I do not have Twitter or Instagram, but I do have a Facebook page, which I use mainly to notify readers of new content. You can visit it here, if you like:
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The cheerful yellow flower featured in this site’s title is called Celandine. It was chosen because it’s symbolic of sunlight, and in medieval art it often points to Christ. In folk belief this flower represents contentment, or as we like to call it, wanting what you have.
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