Our dear friends are moving.
I am heart-broken.
Yet, I’m so excited for them (I can’t quite use an exclamation point yet).
They aren’t moving to another city or another state.
They are moving overseas.
They are brave.
And they take the truth:
“I can do all things through Christ”
And clasp it in their precious, moldable hands.
We had one last weekend together.
We possibly won’t see them for two to three years.
Our kids have grown up together.
She has three boys; I have two girls
But they love each other with a love I have yet to see among most kids.
Our girls cry their hearts out when they have to be separated.
And my friend …
I was determined I didn’t need a friend when God brought her into my life.
I determined I only needed Jesus.
And He blessed me with her …
Just because He can.
This post is to say a temporary goodbye
To the most precious family I never tire of …
To the ones who love me when I say ridiculous things …
To the ones who love me when I don’t know what I think about anything …
To the ones who love me unconditionally in spite of me.
To the ones who love me even when I spit on their French fries.
Because …
They have a Jesus kind of love.
Their path won’t be easy.
But God will bless them in the journey …
Just because He can.
Trust God’s path to victory!
Run like the champions you are through Christ.
And meet Him at the throne to receive the victor’s crown.
My precious friends. They are like my little brother and little sister. Aren’t they gorgeous?! 

Me with my “little sister” … she is ten years younger than I am, but that didn’t phase her one bit!

Our kids … my girls, her boys.

Good friends.

Our whole gang!

Our whole silly gang!

Planting a Vineyard with my Little Sister!

I have a new article out titled Planting a Vineyard: “Couponing with Lucrecia Wingfield.” What a fun article this was because my sweet friend (like a little sister to me), Lucrecia, agreed to do an interview/article for me. I started a facebook account because of Lucrecia … she kept posting pictures on there and I kept getting invitations to see her pictures … it was more than I could take, so I started a facebook account. I had to see those sweet kidos – her 3 boys and my girls’ best friends.

Well, not long after, I kept noticing her posting pictures of groceries and personal care items that she purchased for so little money. She, once again, got my curiosity up enough that I had to ask her how on earth was she doing that. She showed me all her great websites for finding great coupons … convinced me to start buying at least two Sunday papers for the coupons … and I have really saved a lot of money since the first of the year. Not only that, I have so much more groceries and personal care items in my pantry and bathroom cabinets … enough to last for months.
The best part … I can give so much more away than ever before. I am a stay-at-home mom who home schools and writes, but basically we live on one income. We are probably the only “one income” family on our street. Earlier in the year, the post office did their yearly food drive, and we were the only family on the street that put out an overflowing sack of grocery items to donate.
It’s just proof that one can do much on one income if you take advantage of money saving opportunities.
Shelli and Lucrecia
I thank my good friend, Lucrecia, for the interview and for the special memory/keepsake of an article on her – written/compiled by me. That is mighty special indeed! And I thank my precious Savior, who makes blessings like this possible.

I hope you are blessed by the article. And that you are able to save money and stock up as I have.
Love, Shelli