Archive for May, 2008

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Back to April

May 27, 2008

So I started this blog and want to jump back a month to April. Many of you know that I have a man in my life. Not my boyfriend Matt but a 8 year old, red headed, freckle faced miracle boy. His name is Austin. I love him more than life. I cannot even imagine when I have my own kids. He is a miracle and came at the right time to draw our family together. I thank my sister everyday for having him and how he has changed our lives. Many of you know he was saved by a liver transplant April 14, 2005. April is Organ Donation Awareness Month. The reason I am writing this is because my nephew had a big weekend. It may not seem big to anyone else but he went to the lake. Let me say that his transplant team says no lakes or public swimming pools. That is rough living in SC. I don’t think Cincinnati, OH knows how¬†hot SC summers can be. Well he went to the lake over Memorial Day weekend and had a blast ūüôā It is so neat to talk to him and hear the excitement in his voice over small things. He does not mind the¬†lab sticks, extra doctor visits, tests and being sick more often that other kids. He is a tough kid with restrictions. Well rules were broken this weekend. That is OK. So my sister said jump in the lake (life vest on) and don’t get your head wet. Next she saw him on the back of an innertube behind a jet ski. What the heck!!!! He had a blast. No diahrea, fever or infection yet and I doubt it will come. I urge each of you reading this to consider being an organ donor. Three years ago my nephews life was saved because a family chose throught their pain to give the gift of life.¬† More than 98,000 people are in need of organ transplant. Each day around 77 people get organ transplants but 17-19 die waiting. Enjoying today the life my nephew was given!!!!!!)

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Frugality

May 22, 2008

So this is my first real post. This is the topic that has been running through¬†my head for days. The economy, gas prices, food prices. I could go on forever. We all know that we are paying more for gas, food and other expenses. This fires me up but I’ve got this. The reason is that Joe Sangl (www.joesangl.com) changed my life. I budget every two weeks, use envelopes, save for upcoming expenses and don’t spend more than I make. I save for future car repairs, vacations, emergencies, car taxes and more. It is nice not to worry if an emergency happens. Being single and nurse has its advantages but I am sure I ate and wasted my first two years nursing salary. It was nice while it lasted but all things must come to an end. So back to frugality. I am trying to drive less and carpool. I am using up samples of shampoo and other toiletries that I have before buying more. I am washing my car myself. I am using coupons at the store (need to get better but trying). I am limiting myself coffee and fast food runs. My goal is to be debt free car and student loans in less than two years. I can do it. Discipline. The Bible has a lot to say about money. In Proverbs 21:20 it says “The wise have wealth and luxury but fools spend whatever they get”

Jill

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I Started a Blog!!

May 22, 2008

Hello out there!! I decided to start a blog. I have been thinking about it for a while and a good friend of mine influenced me. I hope that I can convey my thoughts as well as she does. Writing is not a strong point of mine but I have lots of thoughts in my head. Hope you enjoy reading it.