Wednesday, April 30, 2008
First off, about a month ago I lean forward in my pew one Sunday and ask my friend, Jan, if she "does CVS". She gave me the weirdest look and replied "I just started last week, why do you ask?"
Honestly, I have no idea why I asked.
Here is where God does his normal wacky thing.
This morning Jan called me obviously excited (I have to add that Jan has never called me before, we are more scrapbooking/pew friends). She tells me that the CVS up the street from her work is trying to get rid of the Softsoap body wash and they are lifting the limit.
Hmmmm...a good deal on Soft soap, no limit, and I have coupons.....how could I resist??
After picking up Paige from school we head over to clean them out....I mean...pick up a few things.
The candy, hair clips and hair brush were $.06 each, the tooth brushes were free after ecb, diabetic monitors were free and the toe separators were $.99 each, I bought 11 and got $20 ecb back.
All in all, I spent NOTHING and brought home everything you see in the pictures. Over $290 in body wash. And I have even more ECB's than when I started.
We have enough soap for all the students, new and returning and the candy, toothbrushes and hair items will go nicely in the back to school baskets.
Once again, God has used unconventional method to provide! Isn't he funny?!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Yes, mom, I went to the dr. this morning and they gave me a RX for Amox, and a steroid. Yes, mom, I'm resting and everyone is taking care of me.
I tried to take a picture of my nasty tonsils, but the flash was blinding. Guess that is for the best, it's not an appetising sight!
I never win anything, so imagine my surprise when I won this super cute clutch from a blog! I have no idea how I came across this blog, but the writer is funny, free spirited and a breath of fresh air. You can check her out at mycakies.blogspot.com. (Nat, you will love her!)
The purse was the only thing up to win but the sweet heart that she is added this super cute hair bow for Paige. She immediately put it on and wore it to school. I've also had the hardest time keeping the purse away from her! Such a girlie girl!
Thanks again, new friend for picking me and brightening my day...no, week!
Could her eyes be any prettier? Ugh, I am in big trouble.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Right this moment I feel like my 20's are laid out behind me and as I glance or grimace over them I am reminded of the quote "You've come a long way, baby". There are things I would change, but mostly I'm thankful for the grace of God, 'cause man, was I stupid most of the time!
I think my 20's will be mostly remembered for the "baby makin' years". To think that at 29 I have 3 amazing children, is to me, quite an accomplishment. Add to that 11 years of marriage. Dang, I have been busy!
The blessings don't just stop with my children. I have a loving, handsome husband, who married me when I was hott, but young and naive. (Which is probably why I married him!) He and I have survived thick and thin, good and bad, and we still have a long road ahead of us.
Tomorrow is a clean slate, a blank chapter, a new season and any other positive metaphors I can think of. I'm looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me and my family. Knowing Him the way I do, I know that there will be laughter, tears, joy, and heartache. I also know that He will not leave me. He will push me when I move too slow, pull me when I get stuck and carry me when I just don't think I can make it another step.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Look at this sweet sister waiting for her bubba to call. Big bro spent the night with Granny and Papa but poodle had to stay home cause she has a fever.
Poor little thing has been sick all week. It just breaks my heart when they don't feel good.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Just seeing the pictures on T.V. strikes a different chord. I don't want to give money to Idol. I want to go back and spend time holding babies that don't get held, feed children that haven't eaten, provide education for mama's so that they don't have to leave their children, naked, on the road. I don't want to give money, I want to give myself.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that I do hold an orphan everyday. To me he is my son, not an orphan on TV, but he could have been. Just by the grace of God is he here, being loved, fed and held.
My heart hurts for the ones left behind, the ones that I left. I turned around and walked out of the room leaving 34 laying in dirty beds.
Who would have thought that watching American Idol could effect me so deeply.
Here is my free stuff!
My total was $10.79 that I paid for with a gift card, then I got $17 back in ECB! I saved $39.77 today. How stinkin' cool is that? My year to date savings on this card is $942.20.
My favorite checker was there and that makes everything better. She is super nice to me and my kids and doesn't mind messing with my coupons.
I plan on going back Friday to do the Huggies deal again, then I should be done until Sunday. Heehee!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The stuff you see in the picture will be donated once the new Rwandan students get here this summer. I already took a care package with a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash and a razor to one of the current students. They get a little bit of money each month to live on, but if this saved her enough money where she could buy something she wanted instead of needed, then GREAT! They are the most hard working students you will ever find. So, my goal is to have 10 of everything. I'm there with the tooth paste and body wash.
If you have read The Seven Love Languages, you know what I'm talking about when I say my love language is giving gifts. This is very hard to do on one income with 3 kids. CVS helps me "love". How cheesy is that??!!
Hey, Carri, there are no CVS's in Arkansas. Sorry. It's a big bummer too, cause they are always having deals on diabetic stuff. I'll make a special stockpile just for you!
Just to reiterate how much I love CVS, yesterday I took in 3 RX's for the kids antibiotic and using coupons they sent via email they gave me a $25 gift card for each RX. HOW COOL IS THAT! So for a $4 RX, I got $25 x 3! I'm telling you, if I could kiss CVS, I would!
Today I'm going to do the shampoo deal and maybe some more Excedrin.
I'll post a picture of my linen closet when I get back from taking the kids to school.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Most of what I have I am going to donate to the 10 new Rwandan college students that will be here in the fall. It's my goal to have 10 of every personal hygiene thing that you could need to stock their doorm rooms.
The rest of it we use or I donate to the Cross and Crown mission in downtown OKC.
Seriously, if CVS is going to hand it out, then dang it, I'll take it!
If it's free, then it's for me!!!
Once upon a time there was a little prince whose feet never touched the ground. He had a little girl servant who carried him too and fro. At the slightest peep the little girl would run over and pick up the little prince to meet his never ending needs.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I won't even tell you about her talents with bodily functions!