- As I announced last Wednesday I am finishing my novel by participating in NaNoWriMo. This leaves little time for blogging. I have over 10,000 words so far. Right on track. I’m going to be honest . . . this is HARD. Mostly because it is forced. Also because I work full-time I can’t just stop and write whenever I feel like it. But I keep a pen and pad with me at all times and write when I’m feeling inspired. I’m on Day 6 of 30 and I have told Naaman I’m quitting or that my book sucks about five times already. But he won’t let me quit. He says there are no excuses this time. It’s like I have Jillian Michaels as a personal writing trainer. It’s so daunting to look to the future and picture a finished novel. And the fact that 50,000 words isn’t even enough. It will probably take me 100,000 words writing throughout December to finish it. And then 2012 will be spent editing (or completely rewriting) the book. Keep rootin’ for me, will ya?
- Brigham turned 18-months-old last Wednesday. Craziness. I plan on posting some updates on how he is doing with milestones. Plus a bunch of cute photos of my little dude. He is really starting to look like a little boy instead of a baby. And he is showing us something new every day, which is the most fun between the age of one and two! They have so much to learn and it’s fun to watch them grow and figure things out. He is truly a blessing for our family.
- We felt an earthquake on Saturday night! We were in bed and heard a toy start singing in the playroom. That was great for my anxiety, let me tell ya. As Naaman got up I felt the bed vibrating and the mirror was moving too. I told Naaman that I thought there had just been an earthquake. Of course he thought I was crazy since we live in Missouri! Until we turned on the news and saw that Oklahoma just had an earthquake and it was felt across multiple states. I think the earth is an amazing place!
- I’ll just put this out there because it is a BIG part of our lives now. We began Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University in September. I was inspired by one of my blog friends, Leah at Marital Bless. We are doing the classes online and although it is very hard (no shopping except for groceries and incidentals) it is WORKING. I can safely say that this program is quickly changing our lives. The best part is that Naaman and I both know our financial status at all times. We decide the month’s budget together and communicate weekly about money. It has strengthened our marriage more than we imagined. The main reason we are doing this is for our boys. They deserve better. We cut up all (yes, all) of our credit cards and will be free from credit card debt in less than 18 months. Then comes student loans and mortgage. We will be refinancing to a 15-year home loan but will pay it off in ten (maybe less). It is not easy. But it has freed us from thinking that buying stuff equals happiness. It doesn’t. Not even close. And we’ve realized that we have more than enough already. I highly recommend this program if you’re ready to change your lives and live debt free.* It’s time to be responsible adults.
- I am getting excited about the holidays. Except for the whole spending money to buy presents part (see above). I have to get creative with my decorating this year as I really want to make it warm and inviting for Christmas. I’m shopping good ol’ Craigslist. You would not believe the amount of Christmas stuff they have on there. I need a larger X-mas tree for our higher ceilings and they have some really good deals!
- I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow to figure out if I need yet another med change. I just don’t think this much paranoia and anxiety is normal. I feel like it could be a side-effect of one of the meds I am on. I want to be happy and stable and I won’t stop searching and working until I get to that place again.
That’s all I’ve got for right now. I might have to do more of these posts in November just to let you know I’m still here. Happy Monday!
* I was not paid to say these things about Dave Ramsey or Financial Peace University. We paid for the program and all opinions are my own.