About Us

Welcome to Want What You Have. I’m glad you’re here! If you’re reading this page, chances are you’ve just discovered our small corner of the internet, so let me introduce you to the WWYH family:



Learn more about me here: 100 Random Facts About Me

My Husband

My husband and I have been a couple for 14 years, and married for 12. We’re a great team because we share the same faith, values, and sense of humor, and we’re honestly the best of friends. He is brilliant and creative, funny and silly, a devoted father, and my great love. You can learn more about us in these posts:

My Great Love Story
For Better, For Worse
My Fun, Frugal Wedding

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’re blessed with three spirited, bright, and adorable children, all conceived with the help of IVF. You can read our IVF story here.


Bee is our 11-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. Bee is extremely bright, an accomplished ballerina, and a tender heart. You can learn more about her in these posts:

Dear Bee
Should Your Child Skip a Grade?
Sweet Bee


Cakes is our 7-year-old daughter, and the middle child. She’s affectionate and funny, somewhat quirky, and very artistic. She got her nickname because when I was pregnant with her, and we didn’t know her gender, 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. To read more about Cakes, please see:

It’s Not Easy Being Cakes
Cakes 4.0
The Best of Cakes


DJ (short for Daniel James) is our 4-year-old son, and the baby of the family. He’s serious, orderly, and methodical, completely obsessed with dinosaurs, and always his Mama’s boy at heart. DJ was an unexpected blessing because 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. We refer to DJ as our “Superbaby,” because not only did he beat insurmountable odds, but he also weighed 12 pounds, 6 ounces at birth! I documented DJ’s journey into the world – from conception to birth – on this blog, and you can learn more about “The Boy,” in these posts:

Welcome to the World, Baby Boy
DJ’s Story
A Day with DJ


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 in January of 2008, 6 months after my husband and I paid off our mortgage, and achieved total debt freedom. 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 April 12, 2014:

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My goal as a blogger is to help my readers get organized, save money, get out of debt, and find time for what’s really important – faith, family, and friends – with hopefully a lot of smiles, encouragement, and laughs along the way.

(Please see my interview at Mint.com to learn more about the mission of this blog).

About the Want What You Have logo:
The cheerful yellow flower featured in our logo 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.

This policy is valid from January 14, 2014

Want What You Have is a personal blog written and edited by Heather L. For questions about this blog, please contact Heather at wantwhatyouhaveblog at gmail dot com.

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will NEVER influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements. Some posts may contain affiliate links. When products are purchased through these links, the blog owner receives a small percentage which goes toward the maintenance of this site. 

The owner of this blog is NOT compensated to provide opinions on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are entirely the author’s. If the author claims or appears to be an expert on a certain topic, product, or service area, she will only endorse products or services that she believes, based on her experience and expertise, are worthy of such endorsement (in other words, she will only review products that she uses herself and truly believes in). Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

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