But I am not here to bore you with what we purchased this weekend, but I am here to tell you this:
It's one thing to say you are going to put most of your tax refund in savings, it's another thing entirely to do it. I am proud to say that we did just what I said we would.
We put the majority of it into savings, and the spent some of it, and kept the rest in checking as a cushion. We are still waiting for Utah's returns, and guess where that money is going when we get it? Savings!!
As of now, we have enough to cover three months of bills (which was my goal) and more.
Now, all we have to do is keep it there and don't touch it unless there is an emergency.
Now you all are probably like "Oh big deal, you put your money into savings. Whoop-de-do"
But when you are on a VERY tight budget you don't get things you want, like...hardly ever. If we get things that we don't need, 99% of the time it's for Grace. Which is totally fine because I LOVE getting Gracie things, but it was nice for Daniel to get the new PS3 this weekend. Because he works really hard, spends a lot of time away from his family and he deserves to get something that he wants.
It also felt good to be able to go and get Gracie some big ticket items that she definitely didn't need. (Mainly a hexagon baby gate and some new learning toys...and a shopping cart cover to keep the hepatitis off of her. blech.)
I know that we are incredibly blessed in the way that we are able to provide for our family. We can live just fine off of Daniel's paycheck. We can always get the things we need, and sometimes we can get things we want. That is an incredible blessing.
This weekend as we were getting some things that we really wanted that concept was not lost on us.
We know, and have faith in, the fact that we have been faithful and full tithe payers, is the main reason that we have been so incredibly blessed. This has been a struggle for me to get to, but now that we are in this place, I am proud of myself, and of our family. We are being responsible adults, and we are taking care of our family, and we know that our Heavenly Father is always looking out for us.
To me, that's says a lot about two people who not too long ago were living completely different lives with completely different priorities. I am proud of where we are today...
...Today, we are feeling blessed, we are feeling responsible, we are feeling accomplished, we are feeling loved by our Heavenly Father.
What better feeling is there?