Living A Frugal Life http://www.livingafrugallife.com A Frugal Life is a Rich Life Fri, 22 May 2015 16:32:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Things to do in Fresno CA: Staycation Ideas http://www.livingafrugallife.com/things-to-do-in-fresno-ca/ http://www.livingafrugallife.com/things-to-do-in-fresno-ca/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 20:12:42 +0000 http://www.livingafrugallife.com/?p=29547 Fresno is a great place to live but also hard to find things to do in Fresno CA because of all the agriculture.  I have found as I have started to look outside my neighborhood that there is actually a lot to do and a lot of places and activities!   It is sometimes hard to […]

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Check out this list of things to do in Fresno CA!  There are ideas for families, individuals, outside and inside!

Fresno is a great place to live but also hard to find things to do in Fresno CA because of all the agriculture.  I have found as I have started to look outside my neighborhood that there is actually a lot to do and a lot of places and activities!   It is sometimes hard to find things to do that everyone loves, but there is no shortage of activities and culture.

This year we are not traveling much due to the fact that we are working hard on paying down our debt.  So I put together a huge list of things to do in Fresno Ca so we could try out all of these this summer on our staycation!  I am excited to share some of the culture of Fresno with my kids and to have some new date ideas!

Arts and Culture in Fresno

Arts Alive Art Festival

June 22 from 10am – 3pm.  also includes a fun run at 7am

Tower District – 

There are many ways to experience the tower district

Forestiere Underground Gardens

Fresno Met Art museum

Shizen Japanese Garden

Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

Meux Home Museum

Arte Americas

Kearney Mansion Museum

Fresno Mystery Dinner Theater

Shakespeare in the park

Saroyan Theater

Fresno Art Museum

Things To Do In Fresno Ca For the kids

Children’s Museum of the Sierras – 

In Oakhurst CA just a short drive up the hills from fresno there is a

Discovery center

Fossil Discovery Center

Located just north of Madera, it is about a 45 minute drive from Fresno

Family Fun Ideas

Zoo

Library

Movies in the Park at Eaton Mall

From June 21 – August 15, 2015

Sky walk

wild water

island

Oh Wow Nickel Arcade

Bowling

Gateway Ice center

hanford ice cream on train

Outdoor Fun in the Fresno Ca Area

Yosemite

woodward park

Chuckchansi Park

Kings River Expeditions – white water rafting

 Clovis farmers market – Friday nights
U-pick Cherry Picking at Mountain Brook Ranch
What other ideas do you have?
If you are not from Fresno or traveling to another area of the country, be sure to check out these other city list ideas of things to do!

A – D

Phoenix, Arizona — Saving For Someday
Fresno, California — Living A Frugal Life
Orange County, California — More With Less Today
San Diego, California — Southern Cali Saver
Denver, Colorado — Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia — Kidventurous

F – I

Disney World, Florida — The Happy Housewife
Jacksonville, Florida — Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida — Coupon Mamacita
St Augustine, Florida — Simply St. Augustine
Tallahasse, Florida — SwagGrabber
Tampa Bay, Florida — LaToyaEdwards.net
Atlanta, Georgia — Pretty Frugal Diva
Dahlonega, Georgia — Kathys Cluttered Mind
Savannah, Georgia — This Mommy Saves Money
Aurora/Chicago, Illinois — A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois — Entertaining Chicago
Indianapolis, Indiana — Chaos Is Bliss

K – P

Lexington, Kentucky — Homeschool Village
Louisville, Kentucky — The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky, Kentucky — Simply Sherryl
Carroll County, Maryland — Looking at life CreativLEI
Boston, Massachusetts — Maven of Savin
Battle Creek, Michigan — Pichea Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan — Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan — Saving Dollars and Sense
Kansas City Area, Missouri/Kansas — Redefined Mom
Omaha, Nebraska — Family Fun in Omaha
Central, New Jersey — Our Good Life
Cincinnati, Ohio — Adventure Mom
Cleveland, Ohio — Kosher on a Budget
Columbus, Ohio — Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio — Savings Lifestyle
Mansfield & Richland County, Ohio — The Traveling Praters
Miami County, Ohio — Something 2 Offer
Northeast, Ohio — Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Portland, Oregon — Frugal Living NW
Harrisburg/Central, PA — Family Balance Sheet
Erie, Pennsylvania — Growing Kids Ministry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Moms Need To Know
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — The Coupon High

R – W

Arlington, Texas — Grocery Shop For FREE
Fort Worth, Texas — Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas — Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas — Moms Confession
San Antonio, Texas — How to Homeschool My Child
Tyler, Texas — iLoveMy5Kids
Charlottesville, Virgina — How to Have it All
Norfolk, Virgina — The Talking Suitcase
Richmond, Virgina — Vacation Maybe
Seattle, Washington — Thrifty NW Mom
Tacoma/South Puget Sound, Washington — Queen Bee Coupons
Oshkosh, Wisconsin — A Little Bit of This and That

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How To Teach Kids To Save Money with 1 simple step that will change your families life forever!

When you have your first child, no one hands you a handbook on how to teach kids to save money.  They also don’t hand you one on potty training or anything else for that matter.  I think the biggest reason they can’t do that is because there is no right answer for any one thing.

Each kid needs a little different way of talking to them, a little different approach to helping them to understand a concept.  It is the same with saving money.  But I have found that there is one concept that will always work but the way you apply it changes.

We have always struggled with giving our kids money.  We knew these 5 tips for teaching kids about money, but we needed something that would work for all of them equally.  I mean, when do you give them money?  How much do you give them?  What do you have them buy?  There is a million questions that need to be answered.

I saw an article on teaching children how to save money and decided we needed a change.  So after having a really good talk with my husband, who remember is a spender, we decided to do this one thing.  We would have our children work for money.

How working for money helps kids to save

By deciding that we would have them work for money, it opened up all kinds of opportunities and conversations with our kids. We were able to help them understand the value of work, the value of saving and the value of buying things for themselves.

We decided to have some non-paid jobs and to pay our kids for other jobs.  This way they learn to work to care for the basic needs and to work for the money they need for other items.

We also decided to have them pay for their own toys or other items rather then us.  We of course pay for their basic needs.  We buy them food, clothing, household items, things like that.  But if they want toys or extras other then for gifts, they have to save and pay for it themselves.

Many people think our method is drastic, but it has worked wonders for our kids in understanding the power of working for what you want, saving your money and having pride in the things you buy.  This has also helped us to be better managers of our money and not buy things to appease a child.  #dadalwaysgivesin #justsayin

How to teach kids to save money and work for what they have

We started this method with a family council.  We talked about how we are changing the way we were going to do things.  We asked for the kids feedback on jobs and what they would be asked to do.

Paid Job chart

We then took what they gave us and used a job chart that we used previously.  We did a make over of the chart and took velcro dots and put part of the dot on the paid jobs.  We then took some cards that I used for homeschool but were no longer using, and put the other side of the velcro on the card.  When one of our kids completes a job, they move it to a card and that is what we pay from.

Pay day

Each monday we have family night.  We sit down together and go over how many jobs each child has done and count out how much we owe them.  They are then formally paid for these jobs and we take them off the velcro pages and put them back on the chart.

Counting Money #iamprotective #Ad

We then have each child put aside 10% for tithing and we talk with them about if they are saving for anything and how much more they have to accomplish their goals.  This gives us a chance to talk with them and teach them individually about saving money in a way they understand.  With words and situations they relate to.

This is how we keep them motivated to keep working and keep saving.  This one change of giving out kids commission changed so much.  We don’t wonder how to teach kids to save money anymore.  We are doing it right along with them and teaching them naturally as we go.

Be sure to check out more information on teaching kids to save money!  Remember that no kid is the same so you may need a couple different approaches so all the kids learn!

How do you teach your kids to save money?

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Grow your own Green Onions http://www.livingafrugallife.com/grow-your-own-green-onions/ http://www.livingafrugallife.com/grow-your-own-green-onions/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:16:20 +0000 http://www.livingafrugallife.com/?p=22298 Regrow Green Onions Did you know you can regrow your green onions?? I have been using this to stretch our grocery budget a bit more so we don’t have to spend a lot on certain vegetables.  No garden space needed! This is the coolest thing ever.  You can cut off the roots and put them […]

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Regrow Your Green Onions

Regrow Green Onions

Did you know you can regrow your green onions?? I have been using this to stretch our grocery budget a bit more so we don’t have to spend a lot on certain vegetables.  No garden space needed!

This is the coolest thing ever.  You can cut off the roots and put them in water.  Then the roots will absorb the water and start to grow a new green onion.  It takes a good 2-3 weeks for the green onion to grow completely so you can use it again, but it grows a whole new one!!!

You can also plant the green onion roots in dirt and let them grow as well.  I actually planted mine after they started to sprout.  Then I planted other green onion seeds around it so I will always have green onions ready for me to use when we need them!

I reused out green onions about 4 times before the base got to big and I had to start over.  But the best part about these is that you don’t have to have a garden area to grow them!  We don’t have a large area to grow anything in.  The apt we have has no area to garden in and our back porch does not get much sun.  These types of growing activities are perfect for our space!

What other items do you re-grow? How many times do you grow them before they can’t be used again?

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DIY Closet Shelf

 

DIY Freestanding Closet Shelf

When we found out we were expecting our fourth baby, I began to look at the kids room and try to figure out what we were going to do to be able to fit another body into the little room.  I quickly realized that we were not going to have room for everyone and all their stuff.

So I began to search out my options.  I decided to redo the closet set up and to do that we needed an extra shelf on top of the one currently there.  As I searched, I realized that there was nothing out there that was just a single shelf.  so we decided to make it.

Closet Shelf Supplies

 

Step 1- Buy the wood you would like for your shelf.  There are lots of choices so you have to decide the type and length to get.  Cut the board into lengths needed for the length and height of your shelf.  Gather nails, screws, a drill, a level, wood glue,  and a hammer.

glue board

Step 2- Measure Leg Board on the shelf board to know how far in to put the brace then draw a line on the board to show where the brace needs to go.  Put wood glue on the brace board and line it up on the side of the line so you leave enough space for the leg to be attached

drill until secure

Step 3- Turn the board over and place it brace side down.  While keeping the board straight nail in a short nail to hold it inline until you put the screws in.  Drill holes and add 3 screws to hold it secure.
*repeat steps 2-3 again on the other side of the shelf.

glue on side

Step 4- Turn board back over and put wood glue on the side of the brace board.  line up leg and nail a couple nails to hold it on.  Drill holes for screws. Add screws to make it secure.  At this point you can remove the nails if you want or hammer them all the way in for added support.
*repeat this step on the other side

sand edges

Step 5- Sand all sides of the shelf and paint if you want it painted.

Now it is ready to be put on your shelf.  This has helped us a ton in giving us more space in our closet and room.

What ideas do you have for adding space in your closet?

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Monthly income report and monthly budget sharing so we can help eachother stay motivated and make the most of our money

We switched the budget just about every 3 days this month.  Most of the moving was due to the fact that I kept forgetting yearly an bi-yearly bills we have.  I didn’t realize just how much we spend each year on insurance.  I don’t think that is bad because we do need it, but I think we need to start doing some shopping around in the next couple months to be sure we have the best prices.

If you remember our budget plan for Feb we had a pretty good chunk to go toward our loans and it is slowly getting chipped away as we have implemented these bills into our budget.  I am not going to lie, this is extremely frustrating for me.  I have this crazy detest and anxiety when it comes to debt.  It is a huge stressor for me, so something like this only makes me feel like we are NEVER going to make it if we don’t have more money.

I know this is crazy!  I know we dug this whole and I don’t expect to pay it off tomorrow, although this would be nice, but sometimes it feels like we will NEVER get to the point of paying it off and having money to do what we want.  I also thought it would be way easier for me to live this tightly of a budget because we have done it for so long.  But after 10 years of living this way, I am starting to feel the stress of just not having money.

I am ready to have money to do what we want and because we made the choice to go into debt we can’t do it yet.  This is added stress on everything.  We are in discussion of what we can do to still pay loans but give us some relief from the stress to make it bearable.  I don’t know what we will end up with but I think this is a need for us to make it.

Loan payment March 2015

Last month we paid a little less on loans then the last couple months.  We did this because of the changes in our budget, but we also did it because we are putting a little less of my income toward the loans.  We paid $4,803.01 total across the 5 loans.

As you can see we split up the payment into 2 groups this time.  We did this because we paid off our group B loan!!!!!!!  I am so excited to have 1 loan done!  It is a great relief, but at the same time, we are moving on to a loan that will take us at least a year to pay off.

When we made the payment, I realized that the entire thing went to paying interest on our loans.  a friend of mine told me about an article she read which said to pay the minimum payment and then call in and ask them to do a separate payment just on the principal amount.

I am still not sure if this will work, but I am going to try that next month to see if it works.  If it does, we should be able to pay off our loans faster, but it will mean more work for me and more to track to be sure it happens.

I also found out that if you sign up for automatic payments your interest rate will be lowered by .25% on each loan.  We are thinking about doing that if it works to do 2 payments in a month.  that way one payment will be off my plate and we will be able to get less interest which means less total paid.

I am still learning here and working out what works for us.  This is taking me much longer then I ever thought it would and I am finding myself even more frazzled then I was during school.  It is a bit annoying, but I keep telling myself that once we find what works it will all calm down and we will be much happier in the end.

April 2015 Budget

This month we are hoping our budget has hit a spot of solidifying for the most part.  I need to remember to get the cash envelopes funded so I am better at tracking my spending.  This has been a bit hard for me.

Here is the budget for this month:

A month budget for a family of 6.  This is a budget with as little spending as possible and as much paid on loans as possible to encourage paying off debt.

How is budgeting going for you?  What suggestions do you have for us in paying off our loans while saving our sanity?

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How to Plan for Future Income + Free Printable http://www.livingafrugallife.com/how-to-plan-for-future-income/ http://www.livingafrugallife.com/how-to-plan-for-future-income/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:46:00 +0000 http://www.livingafrugallife.com/?p=29144   It’s easy to see those bills come in the mail and get a little panicky. I had that same feeling the first time our loans started coming up for payment.  Our deferment period was up and I knew that when we started to have more bills come in our future income had to increase […]

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income collage

 

It’s easy to see those bills come in the mail and get a little panicky. I had that same feeling the first time our loans started coming up for payment.  Our deferment period was up and I knew that when we started to have more bills come in our future income had to increase somehow. I continued to think about how I could help bring in a little income to bring some of our mountain sized debt down faster. Since we have little ones at home it’s really hard to ‘go out’ and get a job. The money I was going to bring in had to be flexible. That’s where this money planning sheet I’ve created comes in.

You can set a goal for the amount of money you need to make, paired with how to achieve that goal, how to get the goal accomplished, and a place to share your progress. This gives you one sheet to see what is working and helping you to acheive your goals and what is not working.  You can see what you need to spend more time on and what to stop doing.  Earning money on your own is a learning process just like starting a new job.  You will make mistakes and do things that will end up not making you much money.  But you will also have your future income that will work and does work and these are the things you should focus on.

The image of the Money Planning Worksheet is available below.  You can see how it could work for you and planning your future income.

money planning worksheet

I hope you find this printable helpful. I know that once I could identify a goal, execute it, and see some progress my money making abilities got a little better. Don’t forget to download the Money Planning Printable to use in your everyday frugal lifestyle.

 

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12 Easter Basket Ideas for Under $5 each!

Easter is just around the corner and it is time to get some Easter Basket ideas!  While I love the holiday, I hate spending lots of money on stuff for the easter baskets that gets used up in 1 afternoon.  Because we live on such a fixed budget while we are trying to pay off our debt, I like to put things into our Easter baskets that can be used for a while and will keep their interest. This also helps to keep our small house from getting cluttered!

Here is my top 12 items you can use to fill the easter basket for $5 or less!

Madlibs Easter Eggstravaganza

Glitterville Easter Egg Decorations Assorted Gift Ideas Holiday Fun Colorful

LEGO Friends 41089 Little Foal

Melissa & Doug Habitats Reusable Sticker Pad

LEGO Creator 31015 Emerald Express

Crayola 48 Count Sidewalk Chalk (51-2048)

LEGO Creator Sea Plane

Disney Princess Sofia the First Girls Heart Charm Necklace and Bracelet Set – Assorted Styles (1 Set)

Melissa & Doug Design-Your-Own Bracelets

6 Easter Themed Stampers

Disney Princess Sofia the First Kids Digital LCD Watch

Melissa And Doug Jumbo Coloring Book

 

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How A Sunny Day Can Help You Save Money http://www.livingafrugallife.com/how-a-sunny-day-can-help-you-save-money/ http://www.livingafrugallife.com/how-a-sunny-day-can-help-you-save-money/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:42:15 +0000 http://www.livingafrugallife.com/?p=29478 I LOVE to save money.  It is something that is just part of my personality.  I feel physical pain spending money.  But This month as I sat down to do my budget I began to wonder what it will be like to have enough money to do whatever I want with it. For the last […]

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I LOVE to save money.  It is something that is just part of my personality.  I feel physical pain spending money.  But This month as I sat down to do my budget I began to wonder what it will be like to have enough money to do whatever I want with it.

Goals give us the motivation to do what we want and need with our money.

For the last 10 years of my life I lived on almost nothing.  While I have loved the ability to accomplish that, we are making good money right now.  We make about $5,000 a month!!!!  When we are used to living on $1800 a month this seems like a fortune!!!  But we can’t be free with our money because we are in debt.  #bondage

Because I am the nerd when it comes to making a budget it has fallen on me to make the amount we have work.  I am not complaining.  I am totally ok with it, but I feel a lot of pressure to make $200 a month on groceries stretch, to budget as little as I can for the things we can control in our budget.  I feel a lot of pressure to make our loan payments as high as possible.  Mind you, this is mostly my idea to make huge sacrifices and pay huge amounts on loans so we can be done with them in 5 or less years.  This is my mind that makes that want to happen.  My husband would be content to travel and do other things with our money while stretching out the loans to 10 years.  But I just can’t do that while I have this cloud over my head.

So I wonder sometimes, why am I the one to put so much pressure on myself?  It is because I know how much happier I am without the cloud.  I know how much easier it was to focus on my marriage, to focus on my kids and just meeting needs.  So I CANNOT wait until the day when I don’t have that cloud anymore!  I can’t wait for the time when we can do what I want with my money.

I was talking with a friend of mine and I was telling her that I can’t wait until the time when I can put $600 in the grocery budget column just because I can!  When I can budget for a vacation with just my husband and I, when I can budget for a lunch with a friend, or eating out as a family again.  All of this just because we have the money we make and can do WHATEVER WE WANT WITH IT!!!!!  #freedom

Sometimes when you are saving money people often talk about how you should be saving for a rainy day.  I think it is SO important to be prepared.  That preparation takes SO much stress off of you and your finances.  It is important to focus in that for a short time each month.  That is why it is important to get your emergency fund and save for things that WILL happen in your future.  But I think the motivation to keep going comes from the focus on your sunny days.

That sunny day can be anything you are moving towards. Any goal you have.  If you want to save money for something, pay off debt, or to stop living paycheck to paycheck.  For me it is the goal to have the freedom to do what I want with my money.  That is what keeps me going.  That is the financial motivation that keeps me pressing forward and paying off as much as we can!  That is my sunny day!

What sunny days are you working toward? What is your motivation for saving and/or paying off debt?

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.  They know we all live for the sunny days and want to you help you live yours.

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13 Green Food Ideas for St Patrick’s Day http://www.livingafrugallife.com/13-green-food-ideas-for-st-patricks-day/ http://www.livingafrugallife.com/13-green-food-ideas-for-st-patricks-day/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:05:19 +0000 http://www.livingafrugallife.com/?p=28802 We have a tradition in our family that dinner time is green every St. Patricks day!  We love green food and the kids love that as well.  I have been on the hunt for some new green food recipes to spice up the meals this year.  And since we are trying to save money on […]

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We have a tradition in our family that dinner time is green every St. Patricks day!  We love green food and the kids love that as well.  I have been on the hunt for some new green food recipes to spice up the meals this year.  And since we are trying to save money on our grocery budget this year, we are really looking for similar ideas to get my ingredients.  I also love the idea of green food that is not normally green!  It ads to the novelty!

I love to have green dinner ideas, but there were too many good desserts this year to miss out on these lovelies.

Here are my top favorites.  If you have any other ideas please be sure to add them in the comments.  I would love to find more!

green food ideas

Green Food Ideas

rainbow poke cupcakes

These rainbow cupcakes are SO cute!  Would make a great after school treat!

Mint Chocolate Oreo Truffle

These Mint Oreo Truffles make a great addition to a party or a great dessert for a green dinner!

St. Pattys Day Minty Pudding Parfaits

These Oreo parfaits look so good!!!  Great for a dinner party!

St Patricks Pancakes

These spinach pancakes would make a great surprise to start the day!

St Patricks Day Punch

This St Patricks Day Punch would make a great addition to any meal!

mint chocolate grahams

These chocolate mint graham  bars would be a great lunchbox treat!

mock lime cheesecake

I love Cheesecake!  Who wouldn’t love lime cheesecake??

Green Breakfast

These green breakfast ideas are so cute and fun!

Easy Key Lime Pie

This key lime pie looks so yummy!!

St. Patricks Day Cookies

If you have a green lover these green cookies would be a huge hit!!

Leprechaun Shake

These Leprechaun shakes are so easy kids could make them!

grasshopper cheesecake bars

Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars are SO good!  They will make your party complete!

 

Check out these other green food ideas!

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2 Paths, 1 Choice: Doing What is Right no Matter What the Consequences http://www.livingafrugallife.com/2-paths-1-choice-doing-what-is-right-no-matter-what-the-consequences/ http://www.livingafrugallife.com/2-paths-1-choice-doing-what-is-right-no-matter-what-the-consequences/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:18:04 +0000 http://www.livingafrugallife.com/?p=29296 After we had our life completely turned upside down with the news that we had lost the opportunity for my husband to be in the highway patrol and deciding that we had a lot to figure out,  We decided to press forward and find which of the 2 paths was doing what is right. The […]

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sometimes when you have 2 good paths it is hard to know which is the right choice for you.  It is one of the scariest times in your life when you answer comes out to a different path then you thought.

After we had our life completely turned upside down with the news that we had lost the opportunity for my husband to be in the highway patrol and deciding that we had a lot to figure out,  We decided to press forward and find which of the 2 paths was doing what is right.

The next couple days we prayed and prayed.  We both didn’t really feel one way or another.  It was almost as if this was the Lord testing us to see what we would do.  But we kept praying, knowing that we would get the answer we needed. 

After a few days we stated to have little things happen that showed us the Lords will. We were not aware of them at the time.  Infact we thought a lot of them were pretty weird, random things happening.  The Lord was guiding us and we didn’t even know it!  Anyone else have that happen to them?  I think this is where we look back and think “it was so obvious!!!  How did we miss that??” 

The first thing happened was after my husband spoke in church.  For those of you who aren’t members of the LDS faith or familiar with how their church day goes, during the first meting there are speakers who get up and each speak on a different topic.  These people are chosen ahead of time from the congregation.  They are given time to search the Scriptures and pray and prepare so they will be able to teach what the spirit guides them to teach.

My husband was asked to speak that day.  His topic was in no way related to what we were praying about, nor did he prepare it with that in mind.  He did a great job and got across what he wanted to teach totally oblivious of what was going to happen.

After the meeting, he was approached by a couple who we had not talked much with.  The first thing they asked him was if he was going to be a lawyer?  He thought that was an odd question and hesitantly answered “Nope!  Not in the plans for me.” (obviously we were totally oblivious to our future!)

Later in the church day (our church is 3 hours long) he was told by another person that he should be a lawyer because he was such a good public speaker.  He came home and told me about this and we both agreed it was very strange. Again TOTALLY OBLIVIOUS!!!!  #indenial

The third thing that happened, which was the last one we needed to know the Lords will (because I am stubborn, but not THAT stubborn) came later that week at school.  One of his political science teachers asked him if he was going to law school.  At this point, Matthew was like, what in the world is going on???  He told him no, that he was not planning on it.  The teacher then told him that he had an internship at a legal office that he thought Matthew would have been perfect for but he needed to be going to law school to do it.

Matthew came home and told me about this and all I could say is “Matthew, this is the third time this has come up. Maybe we should consider it.”  Matthew quickly shut me down and said that He was not made to be a Lawyer.  

coming together

The next day was Saturday and we decided to go do our shopping for the week.  My wonderful husband has always lovingly kept me company while grocery shopping because I HATE it!  Well, we had to go by Trader Joes and as we walk in my husband looks over and there is that teacher.  It was a sign!!!!!  Matthew said hi to him and we kept walking.  He then told me that was the teacher who asked about the law stuff.  I stopped dead in my tracks, my mouth dropped open and I stared at him for a minute.  Then I said to him…. “what are you waiting for!!!  Go talk with him about the internship!!!!”

He looked at me for a second with a shocked look on his face.  I said “We have to do this!!!  This has come up too many times in the last week for us to not listen!”  He then understood.  He didn’t like it because he never wanted to doit, but he knew what was being told to him. So he went to find his teacher.  He was just leaving the store, so I checked out and came outside while Matthew walked over to his teacher to talk with him.  Matthew came over shortly after and told me how excited his teacher was about the opportunity for him.

There were so many conflicting feelings for us at that point.  We knew what we had been told, but there was no desire for this to be our path in life.  We did not understand how all of this would work out or how long we would be on this path.  It was kind of scary to be in this completely unknown place where we really didn’t want to be.

Over the next few weeks we continued to pray to know for sure that this was right for us.  I have never felt so strongly that this was our path and it scared me to death.  This was never in our plans, and how was it going to work out anyways.  So I decided to do what any good follower would do when told to do something… I decided to not think about it!

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