Peek into my Week: Birthday, Tilling and Crawling!

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We had a fun and eventful week. We tilled up an area for a garden, which I plan to share more about the disc system we used.
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Celebrated a birthday! Even with a smashed cake! It might have fallen in the trunk and then onto my husbands pants…. :)
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Ezra got discharged from all therapies! I was told it was going to take a while for him to master crawling, by his therapist on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Ezra was crawling from one room into another, down a hall, into the kitchen. He pretty much mastered crawling…. I love this boy, it’s like he hears someone put a limit on him and he has to prove them wrong!
In January I was told he would need oxygen for an additional year or two. I am happy to report He’s been oxygen free, day and night for over a week!!!   What a great Mother’s Day gift! :-)
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My husband built a door for our chicken coop, so the ladies can finally go outside. They’ve been in our garage for a while and room is getting tight in the tub they are in. Hopefully in a couple more days they can fly the coop to their new coop!

Samsung should just stick to making phones. I love my phone. The washer on the other hand…. My washer has been giving me a “no fill message” for  few days. So laundry hasn’t been getting done.  Luckily I have a patient husband, who can fix most things. He stayed up late and got my washer going. He found a Lego, YES a LEGO! in the water line.   But my feelings haven’t changed, Samsung should stick to making phones…. After the flood damage the washer caused from a faulty part in August, I am still amazed I am using it, even after it was repaired.

Don’t get me going on the dryer… It marks up all my shirts with black burn stains from the dryer felt coming loose. They don’t make them how they used too, is such a true statement!
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I made a new deodorant recipe, that I’m hoping withstands the heat, if you get my drift. Also made a few lotion bars and added cocoa and cinnamon for a bronzing affect. That was an epic fail! Turned into a mushy mess.
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I hope you had a wonderful week and a great Mother’s Day, too.
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Part of My Saving Addiction Story (2 of 3)

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(You can read part 1, in case you missed it)

Saving Addiction grew and grew by Gods blessing! I will admit I didn’t handle this growth well. I was committed to running the website, more so than being a good mom and wife. There were years in the beginning of the site where I would devote 8 hours a day working on it. My children were miserable, I was miserable because I could see the damage being done. After a few years we made the decision to not focus on growth by our means, but to allow God to choose the right size and audience for us. I also slowly began cutting back the hours spent on the site, with Fridays being a few hours longer due to matching up Meijer sales. :)

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My oldest was set to enter kindergarten at our local public school. Parent day came, and I just couldn’t bring myself to go. Never, and I mean N-E-V-E-R, had I considered homeschooling! But here I was a few weeks before school began, getting ready to homeschool! My husband and I were two class clowns, to think of us schooling anyone was a scary idea at the time! If my high school teachers only knew, they would fall over! Funny how God works. That year I taught my son how to read! The joy that filled my soul that I could teach my child, by God’s grace, was overwhelming. I knew I would continue on, one year at a time, and give first grade a shot. We are now onto third grade and wouldn’t change a thing.

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Last year was a very hard and emotional year on our home. I had a really tough pregnancy that resulted in my water breaking early and hospital bed rest. I continued the best I could with keeping up with Saving Addiction while holding my home together. Through 137 day hospital stay with Ezra, I had to let things go. Saving Addiction was one. It wasn’t a top priority. In fact, I wasn’t even shopping anymore. My husband took over. I let drugstore deals go, basic web maintenance go, and I even stopped getting the Sunday Newspaper inserts! Crazy, I know!!!

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Fast forward a year later and I’m still trying to recover. I am battling tremendous anxiety, almost as if I’m suffering from post traumatic stress. It sounds funny, and I laugh about it. But it’s a daily battle I live with now. Through prayer, lifestyle changes, family, love and sleep (hopefully in the near future) I’m expecting to be healed.

It doesn’t help with my anxiety that my family has been hit hard with sickness.  In less than a year we’ve battled colds, flus, pneumonia, possible food allergies, weird rashes, headaches, constant back pain, vision changes, many trips to ER for lacerations, ruptured ear drums, respiratory distress and now we are onto PERTUSSIS! (in case you are wondering, the family member battling this is up to date on his vaccinations) Our entire family is on a course of antibiotics right now. We are run down and just flat out tired.

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While we need to be saving money more than ever, I still don’t do much shopping, I leave that to my hubby. Between Ezra’s weekly therapy, doctors appointments, homeschooling three kiddos, it’s hard to find the time for any deal shopping. In this season of life I am just trusting that God will continue to provide for our basic needs. I do want to say, I am so thankful for the access to great printable coupons. I have been able to send my hubby to the store to obtain rock bottom prices on razors, soap, crackers and more!

So what does this mean for Saving Addiction? Stay tuned for part 3!

Side note- I share all this to not gain pity, but to be honest and truthful. I don’t want anyone coming to Saving Addiction’s site feeling like they are inadequate in financial savings by not clipping coupons. We are all in different seasons of life, experiencing different trials and perplexities.  Take heart in knowing that God is molding our character by refining of the fire.

Also, If you could please pray along with us, that Ezra would not get this nasty, pertussis bug. God has been faithful with watching over Ezra, so I am trying my best not be a wreck over what harm this could cause to him. Thank-you!

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Part of My Saving Addiction Story (1 of 3)

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Saving Addiction was born from a dream to help families, like ourselves, to save money. While working 8-12 hour shifts at the hospital, attending college, while raising two sweet boys, God called me to leave all and stay home. I was just accepted to nursing school, began my first class. And then I de-enrolled. Shocking and discouraging was this news to many family members, but I continued on knowing God had bigger plans. I remember sitting in my basement, folding laundry, crying out to God to give me a stay at home job to earn income while being home with my boys. This was my hearts desire! My husband is a hard working man that makes a median wage, but it was going to be a far stretch to try and live solely off it alone.

A few days passed and my friend, Giselle called and was so excited about an ice cream deal at Target. She began talking about coupons, stacking, and vocabulary that made no sense to me at the time. She later further explained the details. And I began this coupon adventure to make our income stretch farther.

Weeks went by on this savings adventure, when Giselle proposed the idea to turn this into a site for our friends to see these amazing deals we had got. Saving Addiction was born. After long nights of staying up to three in the morning, learning basic website coding, design and blogger we had a free website up and running! :-)

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We posted for many months (nearly a year) without realizing we could possibly make a small wage off of our site. After more long nights of research we put up a few Google ads and began venturing with affiliates. We started teaching classes, and our site just blew up  from there! Steady income was coming in and I made the bold decision to quit my job! By the way, this was a dream job, I worked in the neonatal intensive care unit, feeding and rocking tiny babes. Little did I know my baby would be there 5 years later. As I would feed and rock those babies, all I could think about were my babies at home, and how I wanted to be there rocking them! So with Saving Addiction bringing in income, with my husbands support, I quit my job. The new Adventure began! Giselle and I decided early on that I would take over running the site and she would add in some content and answer emails when she could.

Stay tuned for part 2….
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Happy Birthday Ezra!

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One year ago God blessed us with a beautiful boy 15 weeks early. After 137 days in the hospital, he came home healthy and thriving. To God be the Glory!

Happy Birthday Ezra!

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Good Friday

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Today is “Good Friday”, a day to remember what happened at the cross. The cross was fulfilled 2000 years ago, but it is something we can still be touched by today! Jesus forgave all and the best part is it was FREE! He just wants us to LOVE Him in return…

Some Ideas for Today

Spend Time in Prayer, Jesus spent time in Gethsemane before His death praying to His Father.

Spend Time in the Dark, While Jesus was on the cross, there was 3 hours of darkness, that was the darkest day for many hearts!

Spend  Time Reading, The Story of Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and death are accounted in Mathew 26 & 27, Mark 14 & 15, Luke 22 & 23, and John 18 & 19. Read these as a family.

Spend Time Forgiving, Jesus forgave our sins and we must forgive others. Today is the day to let your heart be softened and forgive.

Spend Time Talking, Tell your children what today means to you, your testimony of how Jesus changed your life. Don’t let today go by with out sharing Jesus with someone!

Spend Time Giving, Jesus gave it all for us.

May the Lord draw us all closer to Him this weekend.

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