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Loving My Life, But Still.....
8/5/2009 1:39:00 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Boy! The month of July was very hard for me. I have been juggling a lot of things. Sometimes I just want to throw in the towel because I don't think it is enough of me to go around. My two older children may be ADD or ADHD. It has been most difficult with my son. His behavior can be so discouraging sometimes. I just took him out of this summer camp because I didn't believe there was enough structure. My son is one kid that needs a lot of structure. When I would go and pick him up, there would be children literally all over the place chasing each other, hitting, cursing, or just being plain mischievous. The staff would be sitting in a daze just letting the kids manage themselves. Anyway, his last day was on Friday, July 31st. He would be attending a new daycare the following Monday. You would think that he would leave the facility in peace. Instead, he kicked the walls so hard that he left dents. He was also running from another student that was trying to hit him and ran and locked himself into the bathroom stall. He jumped on the toilet to look over the wall. He ended up breaking the toilet seat and the stall wall that was hooked on the main wall. Now, the facility is asking for me to pay for repairs.

My car broke down twice in July. When it was all said and done, I was out of $1,500. The transmission broke down first. This was fixed. But not a week later, it stopped again. This time, it was the alternator. One thing that makes me chuckle is the fact mechanics and Auto Zone staff would try to explain to me what was wrong with my car. They might as well be a brain surgeon trying to speak medical terms to me because their words went right over my head. My mother has been nagging me for years to get a new car. Her reasoning is that I need a “dependable” car because I am a single mom with kids. I am just not too excited about making car dealer’s rich and giving them my hard-earned money. I would not only be paying car payments. I would also be paying interests and stealing from my own retirement. I like that my car is paid off. Instead of paying $300+ per month (plus insurance) on a new car for the next 3-6 years, I figure, I can save that same $300+ per month for the next 3-6 years and when the time comes, I will purchase a car in cash. I mean, what’s wrong with buying a cash car and if it breaks down, GET IT FIXED! My commit myself to car payments when I could just save for that type of emergency, take care of it when it happen (because it will), and then go back to my everyday life? I think in a totally different paradigm than most Americans. Sure enough, I used to think the same way. But now, I am mature and know more about my money than the so-called financial experts. I don’t believe in car payments. Nor do I believe that one should purchase a new car unless they are rich. I believe in the simple concept, “Live below your means.” Or “Act your wage!” I follow these concepts throughout my entire being. I don’t have cable, the Internet, or any other luxury-type personal products. I save for major purchases like all holidays, birthdays, and necessities. My mother asked me how I was able to buy a lap top computer in July when in the same month I paid $1,500 for my car to get fixed and $335 to get my hair braided. I told her, I saw the computer I wanted back in January this year. I found out the cost and taxes and began saving for it immediately. I saved for it based on when I wanted to get it. So, I began putting back that money per month immediately. I did the same for my braids. To me, this is simple. But in today’s culture, we live in the “I want it now!” age. People will go into debt just to purchase something NOW! They end up paying way more than what the item is worth. But if they had just taken, let’s say, 10 months and saved for that item, they could just pay cash and be done with it.

My kids attended Vacation Bible School for 5 days in July. This was their first VBS. They had so much fun. My 7-year old son asked Jesus to come into his heart. I wasn’t in the room when it happened because I didn’t want to distract his or my daughter’s attention during this time. I wanted to make sure that he knew what he was doing. So I asked him a few questions. From his answers, I knew he understood what he was doing. He will still be a kid but there has been a change in his outlook. Now, he prays on his own. He has that conviction of his wrong-doing. I have seen a new light in both my son and daughter since VBS. Instead of singing Beyonce and Usher, they are singing the kid’s version This Little Light of Mines. Of course, as a Christian mom, this excites me. They actually know what the songs mean.

Every Wednesday, my son and daughter played kickball with the church. The theme was “Kickball For Jesus”. The kids were divided into groups based on their age range. During in between times, the kids would sit in circles and do devotionals with their group leaders. They would pray as a group. They played in a neighborhood park. So, there were others (not from our church) witnessing all of this. This was my church’s way of reaching out to the community.

I attended an adult slumber party. The theme was “Girls Night Out”. My aunt, who is close in age, hosted. We drank wine, played Taboo, watched Michael Jackson Videos, and just socialized and had fun.

Lastly, my beautiful baby girl turned 1 year old on the 25th. I have been planning for her party all since the day she was born because that is what I am, a planner. However, nothing went as planned because of some unforeseen personal circumstances (not financially). I was very hurt. But, hey, that’s life. Things don’t always go as we would plan them. She still enjoyed herself. We just did hot dogs, cake, and ice cream.

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