Welcome! If you’re reading this page, chances are you’ve just discovered us, so let me introduce you to the people behind the blog:
We’ve been a couple for nearly 16 years, and married for 14. We’re an excellent team because we share the same faith, values, and sense of humor. In 2015, my husband opened an auto restoration shop after 10 years in the real estate appraisal business. At the same time, I opened an eBay consignment business after 13 years of full-time, stay-at-home motherhood. We have the privilege of working at home, together, which is what we prefer. My husband is brilliant and creative, charming and sweet, 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 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 intelligent and quick-witted, an accomplished dancer, and a tender heart. 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. She’s affectionate and funny, full of quirks, and very artistic. She got her nickname because when I was pregnant with her, and we didn’t know if she was a boy or a girl, 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:
DJ (short for Daniel James) is our 6-year-old son, and the baby of the family. He’s serious, orderly, and methodical, 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:
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:
10. My Index Card File Cleaning System
9. A Typical Day at Our House
8. Make Your Own Resurrection Eggs
7. Homemade Belvita Breakfast Biscuits (Copycat Recipe)
6. 13 Tips for Keeping a Clean, Simple Home with Kids
5. Organizing Your Chest Freezer for Maximum Benefit
4. Homemade Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
3. 11 Tips to Help You Get Motivated to Clean
2. How to Make Your Own Baby Wipes
1. A Daily Schedule for Stay-at-Home Moms
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.
NOW FOR THE BORING LEGAL STUFF:
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