Days 10, 11, and 12 and a goat update!

Well, I did it! Even with all the last-minute holiday stuff and  a nasty cold to boot, I managed to finish the 12 days of kindness! I am so glad that I decided to do it! It was actually kind of challenging at first to make a conscious effort to do something for someone else each day, but it got easier. It also really forced me to focus on the true meaning of giving this season. Hopefully it was also an inspiration. If we could all make these small acts of kindness a part of our daily lives, how much better would this world be?

Saturday (day 10) was a sort of anonymous thing that doesn’t need blogged about. Day 11 was really special, as we were able to pass along a blessing that was extended to us seven years ago. When Stephen and I were first married, a friend of ours paid for us to go through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace course (Thanks, Tim!). We were both already fairly responsible with our finances, but there were a lot things we just didn’t know much about. We implemented several of the things we learned in the class, and it has changed our lives. Really changed our lives. We didn’t even realize how much the course had impacted our lives until three weeks ago when Stephen was laid off from his job. Because of the decisions we have made over the past seven years, we have an emergency fund that will last us almost a year if it has too (hopefully it won’t!). Of course, there is a certain amount of panic that inevitably comes along with losing a job, (like healthcare….all I can say is WOW, Cobra SUCKS!) and of course our budget has been slimmed way down, but there is SO much peace in knowing that we were as prepared as we could be. Anyways, back to day 11… some friends of ours got married on Sunday, and it just so happened that we had a Financial Peace membership kit lying around from the last time we taught the class (we accidentally ordered an extra). We were planning  just to order one less kit for the next class so that we could recoup the cost, but decided that we would pass the blessing on instead by helping another couple get off to a great financial start. Best of luck, Sharon and Kyle!

The last day of the 12 Days of Kindness challenge also happened to be our 7th wedding anniversary, so I decided to reserve my act of kindness for the day for my wonderful husband, Stephen. He has always been such a strong rock for our family, and I am blessed beyond measure to have him in my life. I know that the last few weeks have been extra-stressful for him because he takes the role of providing for our family financially so seriously, so I let his sleep in (well, as much as one can sleep in with a blanket-hogging, squirming 10 month old in the bed!) and got up early to fix a special breakfast for him. Stephen, I love you so much!

* A big thanks to all of you who stopped by my etsy site! Because of you, I was able to give a goat to Heifer International this Christmas!

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