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10 Sites to Help You Save Money

In case you don’t know it, Janell is the queen of saving money. We can be shopping anywhere, and she always finds stuff on clearance or on sale.

Lately she’s been reading a lot of blogs that help her save tons of money and get free stuff.

I asked her to give me a list of her top 10 sites to save money. Here they are, in no particular order.

10 Sites to Help Save Money

  1. The Centsible Sawyer AND Sawyer Test Blog
  2. More Than Enough
  3. Thrifty Ways and Ideas
  4. Coupon Cravings
  5. Freebies 4 Mom
  6. Money Saving Mom
  7. Sisterly Savings
  8. Frugonomics 101
  9. Be Centsable
  10. Fiddle Dee Dee Blog

Since you read this far, we’ll give you another one for free: I Heart CVS

Do you have any good places to look to save money?

(Image by: Tracy O on flickr)

Video of the New Ride

We got Benjamin and Nathan a new ride. We’ve only taken it out once so far, but they both seemed to like it.

Family Picture


We took some pictures yesterday for our ministry newsletter, and here’s one of the best ones that came out. Click the picture to go to Flickr and see the rest of them. They’re pretty funny.

Eleventh Anniversary!

Today is our 11th wedding anniversary. I can’t believe we’ve been married for 11 years! It’s been great. We’ve experienced so many things together, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Here’s a video I made 2 years ago on our anniversary.

When free isn’t free

This morning, I decided to spend a little time with boy #1 and take him to the free movie at the theater. Happy Feet was showing, so I thought it would be fun to hang out with him. Little did I know that this excursion would cost me $100.

As I pulled into the parking lot, I must have run over a gigantic piece of metal, and it stuck into the tire. I could hear it hitting the ground as I drove to find a spot. It wasn’t a nail. No, it was much larger than that. But I wasn’t going to let it ruin my time with Nathan.

We went into the theater and bought popcorn. The small popcorn and coke was $9. Happy Feet started a little late, and the boy asked me if we could go bye-bye about an hour into it. Since it cost us nothing to get in, we left early.

I tried to go to the mall to see if the Sears could fix my tire cheaply, but they wanted $89 to put on a new tire. Then, I went to the Goodyear place, and they wanted $94. So, I finally went to a trusted tire guy, and it cost $78 for a new tire.

Janell came to meet us (it was me and Nathan by ourselves), and we went to McDonald’s for lunch ($9). Finally, the car was finished, and we went home.

The free movie wasn’t really free. It cost us an entire morning and about $100. Next time, we’ll just go to the park.

Everything is changing

We brought Benjamin home yesterday, and for the first time, I realized again how much things change when you have a new addition to the family.

All of our relationships are changing, but things are especially changing for Nathan. He’s used to being the only child. Now he’s a big brother. He has to compete for attention, and no matter what we do to include him and pay attention to him, he is going to be looking for attention from his mommy, daddy, and grandparents.

He’s doing well as a big brother, as you can see by the pictures. But, please pray for us as we work through this time of transition. Thanks.

Benjamin is here!!

This morning I woke up to Janell telling me that her water had broken. It was 5:30 in the morning. We rapidly got everything together, hopped in the car, and went to the hospital. The crazy day had just begun.

Arriving at the hospital at 6:15, they started checking her out to make sure that she was in labor. She certainly was. The problem was that the baby was breech. They wanted to do a c-section, but he didn’t want to wait for that. He was born at 7:10 with no c-section.

So, Benjamin Joseph was born on July 14, 2008, at 7:10, weighing in at an even 6 pounds and measuring 19 inches long. Mom and baby are doing fine.

Here are some pictures. Video will be coming soon.

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