My family is my world! My husband, Dave, is my rock and the best man I could’ve ever dreamed of marrying. I am a stay-at-home mom to three boys. Jett is four, Rex is three, and my baby Ace is around six months. I definitely stay busy! I love my kids, but being a mom is HARD! There are so many things that I feel like I did not learn growing up or was never taught to me. For one, I don’t ever remember my mother cooking. Not that she never did- I just do not remember it. She never brought us into the kitchen to show us how to cut potatoes, peel an onion, or dice carrots. I was never shown the innards of a turkey or made privy to a secret recipe that had been passed down for generations. So when I became a mom and a wife I really had to learn everything by myself.

One of the hardest things to learn was meal planning. I loathed grocery shopping trips. I would never go with a list or even really a game plan. Before I had gotten married my budget for food each week was whatever I could afford between trips to Wendy’s or Taco Bell, so the thought of having to find food and cook for other people terrified me. Also, being a picky eater did not help. My husband and I didn’t/don’t have the same taste in food. Usually by the time we got around to eating mac and cheese for the third night in a row, my poor husband would finally say something. I had to learn quickly how to make a budget and plan accordingly. I, of course, took to the internet. After mulling over hours of work and hundreds of pins, I finally feel like I am a grocery shopping expert. Although I would love to know how those crazy coupon ladies do it! I am always up for suggestions! Anyways, grocery shopping fears is kind of a problem for people with no problems…and for that I am very blessed.

My husband affords me the luxury of having basically no worries. It is so nice for the first time in my life to not have to worry about where I am going to live or have to work everyday for twelve plus hours and still pray to God I can pay my bills. I have a beautiful life, but its not because of monetary comfort. All of our luxuries could go away tomorrow- that is fine, I’ve been poor before. The one thing I have never had before and I cannot live without after experiencing it is my family. The unconditional love I get from my husband and kids is something I have never had the pleasure to receive and for that reason- I think I am the luckiest gal in the world.