Broke & Proud of it!

Yep, you heard me right – we’re broke and I’m proud of it!  Now, this isn’t the old “I’m broke because I spent this month’s clothing budget on a new pair of shoes broke”.  Nope, this is the “we…live on one income, …have no health insurance, …fall behind on the mortgage payment 11 months out of the year (thanks tax return!), …hit 300,000 miles on our ’97 duct-taped pick-up, …have $8 left in checking once everything clears, …keep our teeth clenched about the gas gauge until payday… kind of broke!”

Now, I admit these are the unfortunate consequences of a conscientious choice that is very important (and costly!) to us.  Personally, the goals that are our highest priority require one full-time parent / house manager to implement.  We think that, for us, it’s most important to home school our daughter and therefore live on one (traditional) income, this necessitates that we live a less materialistic, processed-free, make from scratch kind of life with minimal maintenance and upkeep.  That’s o.k. with us though, because our motto – put simply – is to work to live and not live to work.

I am very blessed and thankful to have everything I do have and I realize that just by being born here in the USA, I am more financially fortunate than most of the rest of the world.  I am afforded personal freedoms, endless opportunities, and a unique living stability that is lacking in too much of the world and I am eternally grateful.  I could count my blessings  and go on for days, but I’ll just mention a few here that I thank God for every day.  My health, my family and friends, my wonderfully funny and hard-working handsome husband, my kind and bright-shining beautiful daughter who is my hero, my two sweet puppy dogs who make me laugh every day, my comfortable house, my fridge full of food, my car that runs (most of the time) and has air conditioning (again most of the time), my faith that gets me through the darkness, and the list goes on and on and on…

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I have it good, I know I do, most of us have it good, it’s just we all have it different – our problems are different, our lack of problems are different, our challenges, our fears and worries, our joys and laughter, our strengths and weaknesses, but that’s what’s so wonderful and gratifying and exciting and mysterious!  I hope we can all agree though, for all it’s ups & downs, twists & turns, ins & outs, truly…  THE JOURNEY IS DELICIOUS!!

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