Tell us the story of your two lines:
My husband Tyler and I have been together since 2004 (we are high school sweethearts) and tied the knot in June of 2008. After we had been married for a couple of years we both felt that we were ready to start a family. Truth be told, I have always wanted to be a mom but I knew that babies would come in time. So the first month after we started trying for a baby I was late. Well, I was a day late and couldn’t wait to take a test. We were so excited when I saw those two lines!! Everett, our son is such a joy and I can’t explain how amazing being a mom is! This past summer we started talking about babies again and thought it would be okay to start trying again for another baby. After a few months of not getting pregnant I was getting sad and frustrated so we decided to stop trying to get pregnant… and then I took another test! Bam! I am pregnant again. God really knows how to make you trust in His timing!
How have you and your husband been working on being financially free?
Tyler and I took Financial Peace University in 2009 and it changed our life and our financial future in a BIG way. We learned so many strategies for getting out of debt and managing our money and it has literally paid off! I know that having a budget isn’t fun or easy but it is actually something that Tyler and I enjoy doing together. We have built up an emergency savings account and learned how to save up our money for things we want rather than using a credit card for purchases. One example I like to give is when we had our son Everett; when we found out that we were expecting we started saving money from each paycheck for any expenses that would occur after his birth (we didn’t have very great insurance.) After he was born we wrote the checks out for what was owed and that was it. That was when I knew this whole budge thing was really working. We are still not where we would like to be, but we are so much closer than we were. One of the tag lines from Financial Peace University is “Live like no one else today so that later you can live like no one else.”
Describe a typical day in your life:
Haha, the not so glamorous life of a Not So Average Momma? Well usually most mornings Everett wakes up around 7:30am so we start our day around then. Breakfast for the both of us and I usually work a little on my computer while he is eating. Sometimes I am checking email, writing a post, editing pictures, or doings some work for my dad. After breakfast we change into play clothes and prep for whatever we have planned for the day. Three days a week Everett and I go into the “office” (which is at my parents house). He likes this because he gets to play with his Gran and PigPaw a lot, and I like it because I get to take him to work with me! After I am done working we head home and Everett goes down for a nap (if he didn’t take one at the “office”). I try to get any dishes, laundry, dinner made, etc done around the house while he is napping. Tyler is usually home after nap time, so he and Everett get to play while I am getting dinner ready. After dinner we have bath time and then start getting Everett ready for bed! Some evenings we are able to fit in some of our DVR’d shows!
What’s up next for you and the fam?
We just moved to a new house so we are really busy trying to fix it up and make it ours! We are also getting things ready for the new baby and getting Everett ready to be a big brother.
Any advice for other young moms out there?
Yes! Please listen to your instincts! You can read and read and read all of the books but if something doesn’t seem right, don’t stress about doing it the way that the books tell you to! There is no perfect way to parent and I don’t think that mothers should get wrapped up in the way that things “should” be done. Just follow your heart and trust in the instincts to mother that you were born with and you’ll be great! 🙂