Thursday, August 30, 2012

Money.

I was originally going to post about our engagement in "The story of Kley and I," but then I changed my mind to talk about money (although talking about our engagement is WAY more fun!).

August was a depressing month for us money-wise. We talked about it several times and tried to stay on top of it, but it didn't go so well. We knew we were going to have some larger expenses, such as my visit to the eye doctor, ordering new contacts, and paying for Kley's law school books. But we also had some expenses that we weren't expecting, such as re-paying money for my teaching license application (that's another long story that maybe I'll share sometime) and Kley getting a "new" car (his old car unfortunately bit the dust and is now in the salvage yard) and having to pay for things like broken speakers and new license plates.

We are so thankful for a generous and supportive family, on both sides, and for God blessing us when we need it. We both have the best parents who help us out with things like random target gift cards, helping Kley get a new car, letting us house-sit while they are gone, and helping us figure out Kley's loan information for this year. For those of you who don't know, we are a single-income couple right now as Kley just started year two of law school! We knew that this would be a big decision for us financially, resulting in large amounts of debt, but it will be well worth it in the end when he finishes!

All in all to say that we went way way over budget this month. September will hopefully be much more frugal.

I don't mean to sound down in the dumps. While we did spend a lot this month, God has blessed us with everything we need and we are doing fine. Growing up has a lot of learning that comes with it!

Matthew 6:19-21- "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." This verse is a good reminder for me. It's easy to think that we are fine and we don't need to worry about that because we don't have any money to worry about, but that's not true. No matter what our financial situation is, if we don't handle it properly or spend too much time focusing on it or worrying about it, it's still wrong. I want treasures in heaven!

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