It’s been a long weekend, you know, the sort of weekend where you end up drinking an unusual amount of coffee just to keep your eyes open.
I had a dentist appointment early Friday morning, that due to a complication, stretched into Friday afternoon. When I finally left the dentist office I drove to the library to return a large stack of overdue books, including How to Behave So Your Preschooler Will, Too! by Sal Severe Ph.D.
I’ve mentioned in a few of my posts recently that I had been reading that book. It’s a great book, one that was much needed in this household.
I caught my son climbing up my red curtains this past week! When I asked him “What do you think that you’re doing?” he informed me that he was spiderman. Oh goody.
Anyways, the stack of overdue books cost me $4 something that could have been avoided all together had I just returned them two days earlier. Once I left the library I headed home to my husband where I dolled up for a double date later that night. The kids stayed at the house with their grandparents and my husband and I went on a date with my bestie and her husband. It was a great night filled with even more cups of coffee and by the next morning I felt like I had been hit by a train because my daughter had been up every few hours in the night after we got home. Saturday was spent chasing after toddlers and handling meltdowns over who had the best cheese puff.
I love my mommy life 🙂
I woke up feeling exhausted on Sunday morning. In fact, I snuck out during church and just sat outside on a picnic bench till church was over. It was peaceful. Cold but peaceful. I forgot my coat inside. Anyways, it was nice to just sit there with God. I don’t know what it was but my body felt heavy, my heart felt heavy and I just felt like I had nothing left to give. The last time I remember feeling that way was when I wrote “Providing For Your Family – When You Have Nothing Left To Give“. Perhaps feeling that way was a gentle reminder from God because I have been contacting other bloggers as a way to encourage them but also as a way to introduce you to some amazing people.
The idea came to me after Jessi also known as The Budget Mama encouraged me at a time in my life where I felt exhausted. When I wrote the post “Providing For Your Family – When You Have Nothing Left To Give” my husband’s paychecks had dropped drastically. You see, he isn’t paid per hour but rather by job so his paychecks are based solely off of commission. Most of the time that is fine, we are a single income family and this typically doesn’t bother us too much. However, at the time I wrote the post on Gideon from the Bible his paychecks had been very low. At one point I found him outside sitting on the steps of our back porch with his head buried in his hands. I went outside and sat down next to him and heard him say “I’m praying, I’ve been praying but it feels like God is taking my paychecks away from me and I don’t know why”. We felt broken and in that moment I saw my husband as Gideon, a hard working man living out God’s plan and that’s where that particular post came from. Now, don’t go clicking over to it yet. You can bookmark this page or subscribe and come back. I want to talk to you about Jessi and how she came into our lives at this point.
I had already been blogging at that point so I set out frantically on Google searching for a way to help my family financially. Somehow, I came across Jessi’s site, TheBudgetMama.com.
I remember seeing that she had her actual budget plastered across the screen for everyone to see and it wasn’t fancy. It looked very realistic and the site looked amazing and she was actually making money blogging. So, in a moment of desperation I reached out to her. I didn’t expect her to actually respond to me. The e-mail that I sent was raw, unedited straight from the heart. I’ve never sent an e-mail like that before. It was nasty and written in brokenness, I didn’t know where to go at that point. Nothing that my husband and I seemed to be doing was working at that point. I should have turned to God, but I turned to Google and I believe that God brought Jessi to me because here was this successful blogger who not only read her e-mails but actually took the time to e-mail me back. I’m not sure if she could tell that I was crying on the other end but the response that I got back was written in love. It was encouraging and it was just the sort of hope that I needed in that moment because I was ready to quit.
Since hearing back from Jessi my husband’s paychecks have increased and we are at the best place we have been in our marriage but also financially. We were actually able to set money aside this month. That has not happened for a very long time. We still have a mound of debt but Jessi is honest in the fact that she also has debt. My husband and I are each encouraged by what thebudgetmama has to say about how her and her husband are paying off debt. The information she offers is written out clearly with easy to follow examples.
I’m starting to sound like an info commercial so I want to be clear. I am not being paid to talk about Jessi or her website. I tell people about her site all the time, it just comes naturally.
The true beauty of thebudgetmama.com is really Jessi’s personality. Her husband suffered a work related injury at one point and she was able to find a way to support her family financially during that time. I find this interesting because I know often times single moms have a hard time trying to support their families but even though Jessi is married the moms out there trying to take care of the kids on their own can still relate to what Jessi is saying.
Recently Jessi’s work has included teaming up with a wonderful group of people in writing an eBook titled “11 ways to save $1,100” . She has also written a guest post for Dave Ramsey and her to do list is always growing as she writes about clothes, cleaning, saving money, earning money and working that side hustle.
She knows that I am a creeper stalking her online and she seems to be okay with that. Her name is known in my household and among my friends and family, before long she may become a common name around your own household.
As I stated before talking about Jessi and her website TheBudgetMama.com is not something that I am being paid to do. It is just simply a way for me to pay it forward to people like you who may need a little bit of budget help.
Do You Feel Broken?
Beauty & The Broken is a life changing devotional for those who are overwhelmed with the path that life has taken them on.