Welcome! If you’re reading this page, chances are you’ve just discovered us, so let me introduce you to the Want What You Have family:
We’ve been a couple for nearly 15 years, and married for 13. We’re a great team because we share the same faith, values, and sense of humor. We simply cannot live without each other, and hope that we never have to, though we know this is a possibility in light of our 16-year age difference. My husband is brilliant and creative, charming and sweet, hilariously goofy, and a devoted father. If it’s true that each of us has one great love in our lifetime, then 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’re blessed with three spirited, bright, and charming children, all conceived with the help of IVF. You can read our IVF story here.
Hayley, commonly referred to as “Bee,” is our 12-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 8-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 5-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:
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. 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 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.
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My goal as a blogger is to help my readers save, simplify, get organized, pay off debt, and make time for what’s really important, with a healthy dose of fun and encouragement 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.
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