OK, you know how sometimes you get walloped with a big financial crisis that you didn’t expect? Or how sometimes, things go in “three’s?” Well, it actually hasn’t been that bad . . . but a few weeks back, our car started having some trouble. Jim was able to diagnose the problem with our mechanic’s help (our mechanic, Dan, is a good friend who is also our former landlord from our first home--and he helps Jim figure out what’s wrong and do the work on our vehicles, and Jim has learned a lot from him over the years!), and so we ended up putting over $300 into the car. Now it’s running great! Then about 2 weeks ago, our dishwasher had a problem . . . the heating element burned out. We ordered a new one but it hasn’t come in yet (hopefully this week!), so we’ve been living the “old fashioned” way and it’s been fine. :) (I realize a dishwasher is a luxury, not a need! :) But still, it’s a “servant” that I very much appreciate!) Then today, Jim was on his way to work and his truck broke down. Here’s the “ouchie” part . . . it requires a new transmission. Ohhhhh, not exactly what I wanted to hear this morning!! A new transmission equals $$$$. But although it was difficult to hear that news (yes, I cried), I am so thankful for several things--first, we hadn’t yet used up all of our tax return money, so we have some in our emergency fund (dead transmission definitely = emergency!). Second, Jim has a good sized job going right now which will provide the rest of the money we need to cover it. Praise God! Even though it was not what we expected, and we may need to tighten our belts for a while (hey!--might help with my weight loss, right? ;)), God is faithful to meet our needs. We can trust Him to continue to provide. Yes, it is frustrating to seem to never be able to “get ahead” financially, but at the same time . . . we have also never lacked for anything. We have never gone hungry, we have been able to keep up with our bills, we have way more clothing than we need, and a roof over our heads. We are RICH, in comparison to millions around the world.
So, I just wanted to share those things that have been on my mind today. And really, although I could happily eat beans and rice often, I have several in my family who would balk . . . but we can even do that if we need to cut corners more. So even though I was halfway kidding about beans and rice, if you have any great ideas or recipes for them (or other frugal foods), I’m all ears! :) Thanks for listening to my ramblings!