The Coupon Butler

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I know I have not been here in awhile, but I am not done yet.  This blog allows me to help others save money and I really have a desire to teach as many as I can how to use coupons and save.  Today is the last of my 4 childrens birthdays, 3 were THIS month. It has been a little CRAZY.

I am ready for summer.  I have regressed in my coupon organization. 😦  I stuck all the inserts in folders again yesterday.  I enjoyed using the binder and know I’ll got back to it but for now, this works.  I went to Publix and saved over $210 and only spent $42. WOW!

There are not supposed to be any coupon inserts this week, because of the holiday.  I heard a rumor about a General Mills insert so I guess we will have to wait and see.  On a good note this will allow extra time for those who need to catch up, time to do that. 🙂

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This is our last meeting for the school year and I am speaking tonight on couponing.  Please, I could prob talk about that in my sleep. HA!  I am a little nervous, I have not felt quite myself lately. I have already done this *talk* in front our my Women’s ministry at church so I didn’t have to really prepare.  Thank God.  I am ready, I just want to be able to communicate this awesome way to save money to these young ladies clearly.  I pray that someone there will catch on to how cool this really is and get excited about it and change their families life for the better.

Thank you so much to those of you who have been lifting my family up in prayer.  Trust me I can tell.  If you would pray for our meeting tonight that would be awesome.

Well I hope everyone had a GREAT mother’s day.  I think I had the sweetest one yet.  I woke up and could hear the boys in the kitchen with Frank cooking.  I laid in my bed because I knew I would be in trouble if I got up.

Logan came in to my room and said “Happy Mother’s Day.” he handed me a $20 bill. I knew he had this much money, so I asked “Is this from YOU? your money???” He replied, “No from Daddy.” 

Then came in Paige, I could barely see her over the bed “Here!” I could see the $20 but that was it.  I said “Who is over there??” “Me!” she replies. She stayed for awhile, kissed me on my head, cheek, nose, hair etc.

Next was Faith, she was the best.  She came over to me and said “I love you this much mommy” sticks out a $20 and smiles. Too funny, I laughed.

Hunter finally came in, “Happy Mother’s Day, I love you more than baseball.” For him, this is not much so I said, “What? baseball??”  He quickly changed it to “Football.” (Frank later told me how he had taken the $20 to his room instead of coming to me and got in trouble)

After a while I was served a plate of pancakes that were in the letters “Love You”.  I am sorry, but that was PRICELESS.  Hunter created it on his on, he didn’t use special cookie cutters, he just formed the letters from the batter on the griddle.  AWESOME.  Logan made sausage and eggs, which would not fit onto the plate because of the size of “love you”.

We have gone through money like milk lately, so I knew we did not have a spare $80 laying around.  I asked Frank if he borrowed the money?  “No it is mine.” “what?”  He sold his extra gun, which we planned on him doing but he was going to use that money towards another gun, instead he gave the majority to me.  *tears*  That is sooooo sweet.

Well, I am sure this is gonna be a long post (just saying).

I have been home for over a week, and have not been able to blog yet.  I have been trying to gain control over my life.  While we were on vacation we did a good job of keeping up with laundry so it hasn’t been that. Our house was picked up before we left so we didn’t come home to a huge mess either.  For some reason, God has decided this is the time I should SPRING clean my heart.  I have been reading a great book that is making me stretch myself and revisit what is inside my heart.

We homeschool, which means I have 4 kids with me all day, constantly needing something.  CONSTANTLY!  I love them, I really do…however I think I am going to loose my mind lately.  We are at the end of the year and are in our cram mode, trying to accomplish all there is still to do.

Did I mention 3 of my children have birthdays THIS month? Yes, Thursday the 2 yr old turns 3 then on the 24th my oldest turns 10! TEN! (Where has time gone?) That same week the baby turns 2.  CRAZY.  Not only is it fun thinking of themes for the parties, but budgeting them, getting gifts for each child and so on.

This month my hubbie also has MAJOR overtime, which means many nights not seeing him until 9PM…really it means being on FULLTIME duty until 9PM.  Talk about pulling out your hair. HA!

About 6 years ago I went through a really bad depression. I went to a counselor but did not want any meds. I was really worried someone was going to send me to a mental hospital.  In one week I lost 10 pounds by not eating. Not good.  We lived with my parents then and had the 2 boys.  All I could do all day was cry…I was not of any use it was really bad.  I got sooo bad, that I did eventually use the medicine, I hate to think if I wouldn’t have done that…I got better and haven’t needed medicine for that since.  Praise God.

I have been noticing a major swing in hormones the last couple of days…not sure why either.  MAJOR mood issues, no self-control, hair loss, crying ALOT, and very short temper.  (ok so why did I just list my faults in black and white???)  I have NO idea what is going on…pre-menopause? pre-menustration? slipping back into depression?

I have been praying ALOT lately, praying for God to help me stop crying so I can face my kids.  Praying for strength to be honest with my hubbie and tell him I am concerned about what this is.  Praying for knowledge to show me what is the matter.  Praying for patience and CONTROL over my voice.

I never imagined I would be a mom who yells.  I don’t want to be…I need lots of prayer on this one.  I love homeschooling the boys, but I have very curious girls who get into everything while I am out of the room.  

I feel like I am swimming upstream in my own house.  I clean a room and before an hour is up, it is completely TRASHED.  I am trying, and I think/know that the harder I try to get things in order (house and heart) the harder satan is trying to ruin things. I do not want him to get the best of me but it is really hard. 

Satan is really good at giving us inadequate feelings and thoughts.  Telling us that we are not good enough.  It is NOT true.  In this AWESOME book I am reading, Captivating the author states:

You are passionately loved by the God of the universe.

You are passionately hated by his enemy.

That is soooo true. Think about that…God loves us soooo much and at the same time satan hates us that much.  WOW!  You have to keep putting God where He belongs daily, FIRST and making sure satan has no control over your life. The more determined you get, the more determined satan is to mess you up.

Remember that brake issue we had with the van? We still have not gotten a concrete reason of what it is or could be.  It has not been doing it, until we get in the van to leave for vacation it’s 3AM and we pull out of the driveway and it starts.  NOT funny.  We stop at the stop sign at the corner and I say “Wait a minute, we gotta pray!”  We join hands awkwardly in the minivan and I pray for traveling mercies and our vacation.  Enough said, God is in charge and NO more brake problems.  Isn’t that awesome?

My heart desires for a fully committed family for Christ, when you enter our home there is no doubt in your mind that we worship God.  The more I desire this, the more satan is trying to show me otherwise.   I could really use some prayer!  I am asking, if you think about us, please say a prayer for me especially…I want to be a self controlled mom.  I don’t want to be a yelling mom who looses her cool. 

Well, I told you this would be long…if you came looking for a deal sorry.  I have finally pulled the newspapers out of the plastic bag and found the coupons from the last 3 weeks…but now I have to cut them and sort them.  HA! It never ends…

WOW. I love Nashville.  I miss it too but Frank won’t move back. 😦  Well I have been having fun with the kiddos…I was up to 1:30AM the morning we left (3:30am)cutting all my coupons on the paper cutter.  I still have at least 4 weeks of coupons to file.  NOT FUN.

I was so excited to come into the land of double coupons, however when I looked at the Publix ad I don’t see things all that fabulous.  I have lots of ideas on how to save on a vacation, so look for those in the near future.

If you need to know about some deals check out hip2save.com or southernsavers.com.

I’ll try to post some, we leave Monday for the mountains and I don’t know if I’ll have internet there or not.

Just kidding.  I am really sorry, I have not been blogging this week.  I LOVE sharing deals with you however, I have been doing some much needed Spring Cleaning.  To tell you the truth, I haven’t even made it toKMARTs double coupon event.  Shocking, I know.

We are leaving on Wednesday for vacation for 11 days, so I have been doing laundry times 6 and packing.  My two little ladies have decided to get up all through the night, so no one is sleeping well in our house.  The youngest, Paige also has an ear infection LIFE has been crazy again.

I promise to catch up some later today or tomorrow…I plan to be connected to the internet while I am on vacation and WILL be blogging.  I can’t wait to be in a state that will double coupons!!!

Have you ever felt so willing to be something, do something that no matter what arises you sit and picture that? I think I desire so much to see a clear description of God’s will for me that I probably am missing the WILL.  Does that make sense?  I am so willing to jump in and “do” whatever.  If someone approaches about a new opportunity I am willing to try to make it work, I am excited and then I often loose steam and reality hits and I know this was not for me.

For example we had a Lay Witness weekend at church last month, it was awesome.  Basically regular people travel to our church at their cost to share what God has done in their lives,  for the first night I kept thinking…that would be cool God, you gonna ask me to do that? I am willing, I could do it. 

If ever there needs to be something done, I always seem to sign up.  It is not easy and I usually stress out and worry but I go forward and keep signing up for things.  CRAZY! I know.

I was reading the book When a Woman Trusts God by Shelia Walsh tonight and there is a part that seemed to hit home tonight.  Here is the exert:

I spent some time with a woman who wanted to know how she could work full-time doing what I was doing, you know writting, traveling and speaking.

I asked her what she was doing at the moment.

Right now, she said, she was raising six children under the age of twelve.

I was blown away and told her that I was pretty sure that what she was doing was more than a full time  job.

Then she said something that really saddened me, “But I want to something for God.”

Where did we get the idea that the ones on stage or in bookstores are somehow more special to God? Certainly you cannot support those ideas from God’s word.

 

I can’t help but wondering why I keep forgetting that I have Gods little treasures in my own home.  I have four very improtant lives that need fine tuning.  I have lots of praying to do over my kids.  I keep hearing of people who had 4-5 kids and now have 12 grandkids. WOW if that isn’t the chance to build a heritage then I don’t know what is.  God has entrusted me with four wonderful little people and I need to make sure that I keep putting them first and not put my values outside in the “world” but in Him.  For right now, my purpose is them and I need to keep reminding myself of that daily.


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