Monday, December 14, 2009

The Frugal Adventure Begins

Immigrant Family Looking At Statue Of Liberty From Ellis Island

Immigrant Family Looking At Statue Of Liberty From Ellis Island


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Earlier this week, I wrote about a financial setback. But this morning.... this morning, I almost started laughing when I found out something. We lost one source of our income. This was the one which paid for Amy's (14) dance tuition. It also provided us with some of our food money. Well, it's gone now. I laughed at my calamity and was actually happy. Strange as that sounds, I was in a good mood.

I went into my kitchen and scrubbed my counters and smiled. I was content and peaceful.

The children are outside having a ball. They are sledding and making snowmen. They are smiling and happy. They have little fear when it comes to finances. They can easily adapt.

I am thinking about all the depression-era mothers and how they kept the house. They also sacrificed many things so their children could have extras whenever possible. We will find a way to keep Amy in dance. It means the world to her. I am not going to worry about where this money will come from because I only have today.

The Immigrant mothers lived on very little. They worked very hard and had very close, loving families. I admire them greatly. They scraped and saved and sacrificed to help make this country what it is today.

Today, I have enough cash to buy milk and bread and trash bags. I have enough money to put gas in my car for the week.

Today is all that matters. I am blessed beyond measure.

Mrs. White


Tracy said...

May God bless you in your endeavors, Mrs. White!

Jen said...

We've had to be very frugal our whole life as I have always just wanted to stay home with my may not seem so now but one day you will look back and it will thrill you just how very creative you will be with what you've also helps to keep our priorities right! On my left hand side bar down a bit I keep a list for some good frugal books to read if you wanna stop by....I'm sure you can find most free through your library....lots of good inspiration there!

Laura O in AK said...

Mrs. White,

It is so refreshing to hear such a positive outlook on financial difficulties. In our current culture, those of us who opt to be keepers of the home are often pressured to 'get a real job' and contribute financially. This is something my husband reminds me of each time I wonder "how do other families afford what we can't", especially big things like buying a house or new car. Of course, we also try to avoid being in debt up to our eyeballs. And, the boys rarely participate in activities with a cost (with the exception of Scouts.)

Praying that all your needs continue to be met.