Friday, September 26, 2008
Here's what my transaction looked like:
2 Nabisco Oreos on sale for 2/$5
1 gal 2% milk for $2.79
2 Wrigley gum packs for $1.19 each
Joy dish soap for $1.79
3 boxes of cereal (Rice Krispies) on sale for 3/$7
Total b4 any discounts: $18.96 (not including tax)
- 1.04 for gum (Walgreens coupon)
- 1.19 for gum (buy 1 get one Manufacturer coupon!)
- .80 for Joy dish soap (Walgreens coupon)
- .30 for Joy dish soap (Manufacturer coupon)
- 10.00 (Register Rewards from previous visit)
Total came to $5.86 (including tax)
I used $4.17 from my Walgreens gift card (from my August Walgreens rebate) and got my grand total out-of-pocket down to $1.69!
Oh- and I earned $3 in Register Rewards for my next visit to Walgreens!
Thank You, Lord, for helping me navigate my way through the coupon world. May You receive ALL the glory!
I'm tired of the running, screaming, hitting, constant questioning, lying, grumbling, peeing accidents, crying, eyes rolling, bruises, dirty diapers, meals when no one is pleased, dishonoring speech, horsing around at naptime, pulling on my leg, breaking toys, slipping on toys, and playing the referee. And I really am tired of hearing the word NO.
So I fought. I prayed with the kiddos asking God to help me in my sin. I took a shower and used some of my sweet smelling bath treats.
Hear me loud and clear. I sinned greatly. In fact, the behavior I witnessed in them is what I see in myself. And I hate it so much when I see them following my lead. But follow me they do.
Kadin's eye rolling. Joshua's grumbling. Saraina's quick tongue.
But God IS at work. He is ALWAYS at work. I must choose to see and listen and obey. Even when I don't feel like it.
When I prayed with the kiddos this morning I remember saying something to the effect of, "Do you guys believe God will help Mommy?" I MUST believe He will help. So I recount His innumerable blessing and gifts and grace toward me and my loved ones.
Oh no. He never lets go! He never lets go of me. He never lets go of me through the calm and through the storm. Time to go put on that Matt Redman song, "He Never Lets Go." I need to remind myself of that amazingly wonderful truth!
What do you do to make it through those tough days?
Friday, September 19, 2008
~ a Betty Crocker mini microwavable dessert (which came in handy to give my Hubby after a late meeting - though he said it wasn't very good)
~ 2 mailings of free Kotex products
~ a mini Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (which has been on my list to buy but hasn't been on sale so I could stack it with a coupon!)
~ a Dora potty training kit by Pampers
~ Cascade complete
~ True Lemon and Lime packets (very good, by the way!)
~ Pull-ups Big Kid Central DVD
And those are just the ones I'm remembering we've received! All FREE and came with decent coupons!!!!
I'm looking forward to getting the following free stuff soon:
~ a Dark Chocolate Kashi cookie
~ Seattle's Best coffee sample
~ Huggies GoodNite sample
~ Pledge multi-surface wipes
~ Gorilla glue
~ Dagoba seeds for planting next spring
So, if you're like me and like trying new things and getting products in the mail all for FREE, check out THIS link. And THIS link is my main go-to for freebies and coupons. (Thanks, Eener!) You just may begin to LOVE checking the mail!
And, Father, thank You for providing that Mr. Clean eraser! You know that I've been wanting to get that crayon off our walls for some time. You truly are the giver of EVERY good and perfect gift. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Here's a video that gives you a glimpse of how much Joshua loves his littlest sister. When the middle kiddos are snoozing, Joshua likes to spend time talking, reading, and cuddling with Paloma.
Talk about joy to this weary Mama's soul...
Monday, September 15, 2008
We are eating lots of tomatoes thanks to the Lord blessing our small attempt at planting a garden. Our big beefstakes are such a treat and remind us of God's sustaining power.
You see, the tomato plants are yielding much not because of what we did or didn't do but because of His mercy and grace alone!
And can I just tell you that these tomatoes are so reminding me that anything "good" I do or say or accomplish is all a gift from Him! No matter how hard I work at something, trying in my own strength to pull weeds, without God intervening my toil is not going to produce a good harvest.
Last night I was able to walk across the street and deliver some tomatoes to our Spanish-speaking neighbors. And though a language barrier still exists, the tomatoes spoke for themselves! How neat is that!
So, Lord, thank You for this tomato harvest. I remember the kids and I planting those tomatoes seeds on our dining room table in the winter and us praying for You to allow them to grow for Your glory. I do the same now for our kiddos. May each of them grow increasingly more aware of their sin and trust You alone for salvation. Remind me daily that just like these tomatoes, You alone created them, sustain them, and allow them to bring You glory.
P.S. If you live nearby and want some beefstakes, let me know!