I hate to post about money, but it's what's on my mind right now.
We are doing so much better than we were a year ago today. And a world better than two years ago today. Two years ago today we were subsisting on homemade bread and canned beans and pasta. I learned to be creative with those three things. And I learned other things too - like being thankful, and a little bit about humility, and that when you need something and someone offers it to you, it's alright to take that thing. The last lesson was the hardest of all.
Last year at this time we were able to change things, upgrade our food situation a little, pay off some debt.
This year we are attacking our debt with as much vengeance as possible and putting all the extra cash toward getting out from under these monetary chains.
Sometimes it doesn't feel that great.
When you work hard to make some extra money and then you write a check for the total amount and dump it into your car payment instead of a vacation or new clothes or art supplies or a new computer for your kid or books or... sometimes that hurts.
I KNOW it's going to be worth it in the end.
And we have put the money we were paying for Montessori toward unschooling and it has made a world of difference.
We've been motivated to re-arrange the house, and it finally feels...right. Like these rooms belong in a house that is our family's.
We now have an art studio and a library - constructed from things that we already own. I love the new additions. I'm glad for the deletion of the old ones.
We still need to replace the water damaged carpet in the library, re-touch all of the paint, and we'd like to get some wood floor for the art studio, but I'm happy with the replaced light-bulbs and the use of so much random stuff in a cooperation for something new.