Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Big Bad "D" Word: Debt


I am one of the thrifty.  You may well laugh at us & our frugal means.  Coupon clipping & waiting until movies have been out long enough that they move 'em to I what I affectionately dub "the cheap theater" {I hope your town has one}, checking out books {& DVDs!} from the local library instead of buying, & the like.  But, laugh all you will, I never had one iota of debt.  That is, until I got married & inherited my husbands'.  Student loans & personal loans & credit cards had all snowballed into a pretty fierce & ultra-scary snow monster!  My husband's debt was a tough thing for this debt-less girl to handle.  Of course, I knew while dating that this snow monster existed in my then-boyfriend's life, & my entire relationship was bathed - no, drenched - in prayer, & I felt God say yes.  {In the end, all us imperfect ones {ahem, everybody}, we all bring baggage into marriage (monetary, emotional, & otherwise).  Thank You, Jesus, for being able to carry our loads & free us up to love {again, imperfectly, & through Your power}!}

Now that we're fighting this bad debt dude together, it's definitely proven true Ecclesiastes 4:9 {in so many areas of marriage/relationships, in fact}! {FYI, this verse is an even dearer example.  Jesus + Dan + Laura = mighty power in Him!}  What has really been a tremendous help to us is implementing the Debt Snowball Calculator from the faith-based organization Crown Financial Ministries.  It's a free resource that lets you plug-in your current debt + interest rates + what you currently pay {& if you have any extra moola each month to add in} & it calculates perfectly how long it will take to pay off  + how much you need to pay each month to get to that amazing place of debt freedom.  It includes printable charts of exactly what you should be paying every month to reach your goal in said amount of time.  We've been loving being able to pay above & beyond {Thank You, Jesus!} what it says some months & seeing the numbers on those loans & cards shrink down drastically!  God is so good!

In the debt boat with us?  I hope this tool will help you, too!  Not in debt?  First off, congrats!  Secondly, there are even more helpful calculators & tools at Crown.org.  Give 'em a visit!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Currently {October 2017}


💮 Enjoying... the crisp chill in the air {it finally arrived here in the south}, picking wildflowers on park walks, the yummy smell permeating our apt. from our pumpkin pecan waffles wallflower fragrance bulb {Bath & Body Works}, & the joy in the now + the hope of the future.

💮 Watching... the newest episode of the Star Wars Rebels cartoon {because my husband is the biggest SW fan ever + he won me over} & Extinct {we've just started this one, but I'm already intrigued}.

💮 Wearing... my tall boots for the 1st time this season + tights + warm/cozy stuff.

💮 Excited... to make our 1st homemade couples costume {we're gonna be an Oreo cookie} + help in our church's fall festival at the end of this month.

💮 Praising Him... for safe travels while visiting my family in TN this past weekend + His patient forbearing love that still just plain blows my mind daily.  Help me to be more like You, dear Father, I pray.

💮 Eating... the Mystery Oreos.  Very interesting...  I think I like 'em!

💮 Working on... finishing cleaning up our apt., pumpkin decorating, & beautifying/restoring my heart {the last one's the most important & while only God can bring the beautiful full restoration work needed, I'm working on my part along with Him}.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Honeymoon // Magic Kingdom


Magic Kingdom is hands down my favorite Disney park.  It speaks to the Disney princess dreams of my childhood {&, let's be honest, my adulthood, too}!

What We Got to Do/See:
  • Astro Orbiter {1st ride of the day, 'cause it was a super short line}
  • The Barnstormer {we rode this one in the rain}
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Country Bear Jamboree {I have to say, aspects of this show seems utterly bizarre to me}
  • Haunted Mansion {twice!}
  • "It's a Small World..."
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain {Dan solo}
  • Splash Mountain
  • Stitch's Great Escape
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland's People Mover
  • Under the Sea: The Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Electrical Parade
  • Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Fireworks Show

Magic Kingdom Favorites:
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress {love this classic ride}
  • Haunted Mansion {Dan had never been on this one & we ended up riding it twice (it's always been a top fave of mine & he loved it, too)}
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • "It's a Small World..."
  • Dole Whips
  • getting a special seat to see the Electrical Parade

Where We Ate:
  • Aloha Isle {three words: Dole Whip floats}
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
  • Liberty Tree Tavern

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Honeymoon // Hollywood Studios


This place turned my husband into a giddy little boy & I will never forget all his smiles.  Dan really is the biggest Star Wars fan ever & Hollywood Studios was like a dream.  We are eagerly anticipating the new Star Wars Land coming in 2019!

What We Got to See/Do:
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster {Dan solo}
  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue {2 or 3 times}
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Star Wars Launch Bay Theater
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Beauty & the Beast Live Show
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • March of the First Order
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks Show

Where We Ate:
  • ABC Commissary

Hollywood Studios Favorites:
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Beauty & the Beast Live Show
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • seeing Dan's face light up at all the new Star Wars stuff
  • getting to meet Chewbacca & Kylo Ren {After meeting KR, we exited the private photo meet-in-greet area behind a curtain, we weren't sure which way to go - & I guess we took a little too long figuring it out - because all of a sudden Kylo Ren sweeps aside the curtain & comes at us all menacingly {like a guy who would kill his own father} & I push Dan {& {just} maybe let out a small terrified shriek} & we go into hyper speed to escape!}