I confess to not being the most creative person in the world. But raising a large family sometimes means we have to be. Awhile back Aleigha and Mya fell in love with these shoes.
I am not one to run right out and purchase everything my kids want- but I did think they were kind of cute too and the girls were in need of new shoes. The problem was our clothing budget didn't allow for 2 pairs of shoes in that price range (thank you Dave Ramsey). So, we had to get creative and make our own.
What we ended up with were these...
two happy little Guatemalan girls, 2 pairs of shoes for $8.00 each and some quality bonding time.
It breaks my heart to see so many families living in debt now a days. Trust me we have been there done that- and made our share of mistakes. I think often times we are tricked into believing that we have to have it all and do it all- to be happy.
Trust me again- things do not bring happiness.
Todd and I, plus 9 kids live on one average income. We decided some time back that we didn't want to live in debt any longer -instead we wanted to be able to serve God the way we felt called. It had become too easy to us to make the excuse that we didn't have anything to give- but hard for us to realize it was because we were overspending- on ourselves.
Todd and I have learned to see money in such a different way. We now see each and every dollar as a seed-we can either spend in on ourselves (and more worthless 'stuff') or we can sow it on others and see God's kingdom grow.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7
It took a long time for us to learn- a long time for us to see the difference between our needs and our wants. But God in all his goodness is patient and faithful and we are learning more with each day. We are definitely not keeping us with the Jones- and I love that. Love that we are who we are- love that we live simple and that feels good.
Thank you God for showing us a creative way to enjoy the blessings you have given us-without the stress of debt. You are so good.