Sunday, September 7, 2008

Why do we need $$$$?

I suppose that every culture has some form of currency--be it animals, goods, food, paper, gold/silver etc. But it really is a pain. I'd like to go back to the garden of Eden days when no currency was needed. All the food you needed grew from the ground and you didn't have to buy clothes.

Can you tell I'm a bit stressed about money right now? Really there is nothing new, but every once in a while the expense of life can be overwhelming. Especially when you add in a new baby coming. We have a lot that we will need, but the carseat expense is such a killer. With fall coming, Miss Rose needs a new wardrobe--and although she has friends older than her--she's bigger than them, so no hand-me-downs. Gracie won't need much, but a bit to add to what I have. And then there's my ever-expanding body, which in about a month or so will require all maternity--and I have, um 3 pieces of maternity-wear currently.

I have no idea what to do about carseats fitting in our current vehicle. Because I'm a big carseat fanatic, I want my kids as safe as possible. I really want Miss Rose to be in a harness until she's 6--and our current seat would accomodate that. However, she has one of the larger seats available (due to her amazonian size). Our infant seat is also the largest, as most children can rear-face in it until age 2.

So adding another seat to our one available bench (I drive a Honda CRV) is quite a challenge. There are a variety of options...but I have no idea what three seats will even fit, and many of the options require the purchase of two more seats--since the current ones may not work with a third. A minivan will definately be in our future, but maybe not the near one.

I know it will all work out, but sometimes my brain works overtime. I want to figure it out NOW, but there isn't really the time or money at this moment. God always provides, but I really it would be more convient to strap my kids into a box on the back of a wagon. You may think I'm kidding--but some days the Amish life really calls to me.

We have been blessed that our income has increased some over the almost 7 years of our marriage--but as life would have it, so have the expenses! I wonder, will there ever be a point that the expenses level out and the income goes up a bit giving more of a cushion, allowing us to save for larger expenses? Hopefully...but it seems SO far away.

As I go to bed tonight, I'm going to dream of growing all my own vegetables, making all my own baked goods and driving a wagon. Part of me would welcome the hard work of farm life! I do know that grass is not always greener on the other side. I am happy with the life God has given us and we have never truly been in want and as we remain faithful to Him, I trust that we won't be.

3 comments:

  1. I know what you mean. My friend and I were talking last night how our food budget keeps increasing every month and it's crazy.

    I wonder if you can try to sell your 2 carseats on Craigslist to at least get some money towards some new smaller ones. We also have 2 smaller backseats so I know that must be hard to fit 3 carseats in. Wal-Mart has a great, safe carseat that was compared to the Britax by Consumer Reports (but smaller) for only about $100 or so. (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5515915) Right now shipping for the car seats is only $2.97. We have one and it is perfect for smaller cars and goes up to 40 lbs. (at least for Gracie)...

    Hang in there!!! God will provide and do miracles, and it's so fun to see that happen...

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  2. I've had the same stresses lately, Lord knows your needs, they will be creatively met. :)

    When we had our #3 we had a tiny Rav4, we ended up getting travel carseats for the older two and the baby had a new seat that was smaller than the convertible we had been using. . . that worked until we got our minivan and then #4. I am in need of a new seat for Owen now - your right he's getting big! Our health dept is having a safety check and offering discounted seats later this month - I'm planning to check it out.

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  3. What size does Miss Rose wear?

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