Now, For Curriculum We Will Use…

…MOST things I already have!  I ordered a few things (some used).  And I’m borrowing several things from my neighbor!  I am set for the year!

Morning Time

I haven’t been super consistent with this in the past, but I’m going to try again :-).  I have so many great resources that I want to use!  I will do this on a loop schedule.  Literature and poetry, fine arts, geography, and Bible.



Math (Math U See)

For the boys

For Karis

Language Arts

They will be doing The Good and the Beautiful for phonics, reading, grammar, spelling, art appreciation, and geography (levels 2 and up).  The boys are starting with level 1, and Karis will be starting with level 3 because it’s very advanced.  They need the spelling and grammar from the lower levels.



Karis will be doing IEW Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons.

Ethan and Levi will be doing Writing With Ease Level 2 (this is narration, dictation, and copywork).

All 3 kids will also read novels and library books and do a reading response journal using these:

Reading Response Menus

Informational Text Question Cards

Reading Response Question Cards

I will also use this list of “book reports” to have them report on the books that they read in a creative way.

Here are a few pictures of the reading response questions that we will use:

This is a rubric to go with the menus.


Science (Apologia Astronomy)

I had this for this past year but I wasn’t consistent with it.  We’re going to use it this coming year.  We will add field trips to it!  The McDonald Observatory, the Scobee Education Center Planetarium, and NASA.  It’s going to be so much fun!


We’re borrowing Story of the World Volume One: Ancient Times from my neighbor.

I bought these to go with it.  The encyclopedia has internet links to go with it.

These will be our read alouds… one per month.

Handwriting (Handwriting Without Tears)

For Levi

For Ethan

For Karis

Nature Studies and Poetry Memorization

Journaling a Year in Nature by Simply Charlotte Mason

I think this is everything :-).  It seems like a lot, but many things we will not do everyday.

Grocery Geek, May 7th

I took pictures of our groceries a week ago and forgot to post about them!  So here I am!

I decided to buy groceries for 2 weeks.  My budget for 2 weeks is $250.  I spent $185.  I’m pretty proud of myself!  I was hoping to spend less because I’m trying to save up to buy science for Karis for next year (she is so excited about doing Chemistry and Physics but the lab kit is expensive!!).

  • Sea salt and cracked pepper crackers (which turned out to not be so good)
  • Small packages of Whales
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Simply salted popcorn
  • Lime and salt popcorn
  • HEB cheddar crackers
  • 2 bags of whole cane sugar (for my homemade yogurt)

  • 2lbs ground beef
  • Bacon
  • Hot dogs
  • Cottage cheese

  • 2.2lbs of Ruta Maya coffee (it’s the BEST)
  • 2, 12oz bags of decaf coffee

  • 2 packages sliced cheese (muenster and provolone)
  • 2 packages hummus snack packs
  • 1 bag string cheese
  • 2 packages block cheese
  • 2 summer sausages
  • 2lbs butter
  • 1 package salami
  • 2 packages HEB deli meat
  • Coke Zero

  • HEB brand individual packages of chips
  • 2 loaves whole wheat bread
  • 1 package whole wheat hot dog buns
  • 4 broccoli crowns
  • Green leaf and red leaf lettuce

  • Bananas
  • Celery
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Zucchini
  • Avocados
  • Baby carrots
  • Yellow onions
  • Glade candles

  • 2 gallons whole milk
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Frozen chicken breast
  • Whole chicken

It has been a week since I bought groceries and we still have lots of food.  We will be good for another week at least.  It helps that we also eat in the dining hall here at camp.

I realize that I was going to have a “no spend month” but it hasn’t worked out completely.  But.  I haven’t spent money other than gas and groceries.  Since I’m using cash I can’t buy things online.  So far I have saved $160 (maybe more) just by not buying things online.  I have been known to buy lots of little things that add up quickly.

I’m super proud of myself!  I have more growth ahead in the area of money, but I am on my way!

Compulsive Buying, Cash Budgeting, and 31 Days of “Living Well and Spending Zero” (Yes, Again)

So… I’m not sure if my anxiety last week was medication after all.  I have been anxious about one thing in particular and I made some decisions and have been feeling better.  Only time will tell.

This is a very honest post.  I’m hoping there will be others who can relate and join me in this!

One of the biggest things that causes me anxiety is money.

You see, I’m learning that I am a compulsive spender.  It can be due to my obsessive/compulsive nature, part of my addictive nature, part of my bipolar, or I’m just a plain old spender.  Regardless of what the reason is, I get a rush out of spending.  I have never been able to save, and I spend every cent I have.  I often go negative in my account because I don’t think about the little things that come out of my checking account like Netflix.  So I will have spent every cent, then Netflix will come out and I am negative.  I have been spending every cent on books and curriculum, or online groceries ( and  Often, I have spent so much money on credit.  When I was homeschooling all of the kids I would constantly buy curriculum on credit, sell it, and buy again.

Poor Robert has been trying to pay off debt, and I remembered last week that our credit card on my account on Math U See’s website.  So, I bought her math for next year on credit, once again.  The interesting thing about that purchase is that I was feeling very anxious.  I had laid down to rest because of it and I remembered that we still had our credit card on our account (this is one that I had paid off with out income tax refund but not closed).  I got a rush and felt no anxiety for a little bit while I purchased it.  I was very excited about it.  Then once that excitement wore off, I felt guilty and anxious again.  If Robert wasn’t the one to pay the bills, I would have hidden it from him.  But since I know he will see the statement I confessed to him what I had done.  He reminded me that paying that off will take a few months, and it has set us behind again.  He wasn’t mad, just confused.  I ended up closing that account and have no more ways to buy on credit.

I also spent all of the money that Robert gives me for groceries and gas on books (good old Amazon, used curriculum groups, Rainbow Resource, and our writing website), and online groceries (not all was needed).  Hundreds of dollars.  Some things that I bought we needed.  We bought groceries at HEB and spent almost $100 (not bad, really).  Gas was necessary.  I bought some t-shirts at our camp store here so that I had some clothes that fit better (I guess this wasn’t completely necessary).  I paid for counseling for Karis and me.  Etc.  But I spent a lot of money on things that either we didn’t need or I could have saved up for.

Now what?

Time and time again I have proven that I cannot be trusted with any kind of card.  Credit or debit.  If I have it in my account, I will spend it online.  If I have any credit line open, I will spend it online.  Do you see a pattern here?  Online shopping does it every time.  This coming week I have 5 packages coming!  And that doesn’t include how many packages that came in last week!

The only way we can solve this is to take away my ability to buy online, which means going to cash only.

We had the opportunity to learn a lot about managing money a few years ago.  Our friends here at camp taught a Dave Ramsey class.  We bought the materials and only went a few times.  In fact, Robert went, not me.  I’m the one that should have gone.  Today I pulled out those materials, and I’m currently listening to the CD’s.

I also dusted off the envelope system.

We don’t have a house to pay off (part of Robert’s income is a free house!), and we don’t care about building wealth, but the rest is applicable.

I also pulled out another book that I’ve had called Living Well Spending Less.  I did some reading in it yesterday and came across a section that talked about doing a zero spend month to kick start things.

So, that’s what I’m going to do.  31 Days of Living Well and Spending Zero.  Well, it won’t necessarily be ZERO spending, but only essentials.  I bought the kindle book (I thought it was $0, but turns out that’s only for kindle unlimited, oops).  It’s a day-to-day plan for how to live this out.

What does that look like for me?

I’ve tried this no spend month many times and quickly failed.  Obviously I wasn’t committed, but more importantly, I was too tempted by being able to buy things online.  This is part of my pattern.

What am I allowed to spend money on?  Perishable food (as little as possible), gas, counseling, doctor appointment, and medicine (my medical and counseling is the most expensive part of our month).  Anything else will be saved.  I’m planning to be able to buy the rest of the curriculum that I need by the end plus have money saved up.  To buy this curriculum, I will hand Robert the cash and he’ll make the online purchase.  I think this is going to work nicely.

For once I’m hopeful.  It’s going to take a lot of work, but I think it’ll teach me to be more content.  That’s my goal.  Hopefully with this kick start I will be better with money.  We’ll see!


Grocery Geek Part 2


I received my and orders.  Not everything I ordered is pictured here because Walmart sends things all separately.  I forgot to take a picture of what I received yesterday!


  • Old Elpaso taco kits (3)
  • Krave jerky
  • Veggie straws
  • Pretzels
  • Mixed nuts
  • Pesto
  • Zbars
  • Mayo
  • Brown sugar
  • Jif To Go
  • Kelloggs assortment pack


  • Tostitos
  • Eight o’clock coffee
  • Gogo squeeze
  • Zulka sugar
  • Pledge wipes
  • Lysol toilet bowl cleaner
  • Melatonin (for kids and me)
  • Cover girl powder
  • Eye liner

Not pictured:

  • 8 cans of green beans (yes, we love canned green beans in this house)
  • Powdered sugar
  • 2 Nature’s seasoning containers

I also bought these at HEB:


  • 2 sausage links
  • Carnitas
  • 2, 12 packs of La Croix
  • 2lbs Decaf San Antonio blend coffee
  • Decaf tea
  • HEB herbal teas (one bedtime and one mint)
  • Hibiscus mint tea
  • 2 packs of HEB water drinks made with stevia

I bought all of that tea, decaf coffee, and La Croix because I am weaning off caffeine (for another post).  The meat is because I am making Carnitas for a friend and the sausage links (one sale) because I have some cabbage that needs to be used or it will go bad, and one of our faves is cabbage and sausage!

Now we are really set for the month!

No Spend Month: March


I have successfully stocked up our pantry, refrigerators, freezers, personal care products, cleaners, paper products, and more.  I spent a lot of our income tax refund to do this.  Robert laughs at me and says we’re not getting another refrigerator/freezer so I have to use up what we have.  We also have no room left for pantry items and snacks.  I will have to buy some dairy and produce.  So it’s not 100% no spend.  But mostly.

We also don’t need any clothes.  Everyone has what they need for now.  Plenty of t-shirts, shorts, shoes, under clothes, etc.  We’re all set!

We plan on not eating out at all (if we have to, it’ll be okay… we’re just doing our best to eat at home/dining hall all meals!).

Gas will be our main expense because of driving to Kerrville (an hour and 15 minutes away) twice a week and Rocksprings (35 minutes away) 3 times a week!  I plan to drive our Xterra which uses a little less gas, but it’s still a lot to fill up every time we go to town!



Pictured and shoved in the back:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Corn tortillas
  • Cut veggies
  • Almond milk
  • Chocolate chips (Lily’s and Tollhouse)
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Mexican vanilla
  • Boiled eggs
  • Protein steel cut oats
  • Leftovers
  • Chobani yogurt (for kids)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Minced garlic
  • Cauli-bits
  • Laughing cow cheese
  • Chocolate candy
  • Coke Zero
  • HEB Sparkling water (with some added apple juice)
  • HEB Greek yogurt
  • La Croix
  • Pickles
  • Spring mix
  • 2 links of sausage
  • Apple sauce packs


  • Shredded cheddar
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • String cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Deli meat
  • Sliced provolone


  • Grapes
  • Carrots
  • Coleslaw
  • Onion (half)
  • Bell peppers
  • Avocados


  • Apples
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Bagged veggies
  • Hummus
  • Fruit cups


  • Strawberry cream cheese
  • Plain cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Egg whites
  • Half and half (not pictured because it’s on my counter)
  • Condiments


  • Frozen leftover fried chicken
  • Frozen homemade chicken stock
  • Frozen veggies


  • Frozen bananas
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Frozen mixed berries


  • Whole wheat bread
  • Frozen veggies
  • Ice cream 🙂


  • Bacon (2)
  • Ground Beef
  • Whole chicken
  • Cut veggies for the week
  • Street taco tortillas
  • Sprouted bread
  • Half and half
  • Milk
  • Sour cream
  • Deli meat (2)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Block cheese
  • HEB Greek yogurt


  • Eggs (5 1/2 dozen)


  • Deli meat
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Sliced provolone


  • Jalapeños
  • Cabbage
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Avocados


  • Cream cheese
  • Laughing cow cheese
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Lily’s chocolate
  • Sour cream
  • Cottage cheese
  • Hot dogs
  • Hummus snack packs
  • Julio’s salsa


  • Chicken nuggets (2 packages)
  • Chicken thighs (2 packages)
  • Pork chops (2 packages)
  • Carnitas (4 packages)


  • Ground beef (7 pounds)
  • Chicken thighs (1 package)
  • Fish (1 package)
  • Frozen chicken breasts (1 bag)


  • Assorted fruit


Shown and shoved to the back:

  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Hard white wheat flour
  • Unbleached flour
  • Kodiak cakes mix
  • Zulka sugar
  • Rolled oats
  • Steel cut oats
  • Quick oats
  • Corn meal
  • Grits
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut butter
  • Annie’s Mac N Cheese
  • Barilla pasta
  • Barilla pesto
  • Chia seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cocoa powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Shredded coconut
  • Pecans
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Brown rice
  • Pinto beans
  • Syrup
  • Corn starch
  • Almond flour
  • Mayo
  • Oolong tea
  • Skippy natural peanut butter


  • Canola oil
  • Coffee (decaf and hazelnut)
  • Vinegar
  • Taco seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili powder
  • Sea salt
  • Cholula
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Molasses
  • Peanut butter and honey packets
  • Z-bars
  • Clif bars
  • Lots of Ramen (for backpacking)


  • All of the herbs and spices one would need 🙂


  • Salsa
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Canned garbanzo beans
  • Canned pinto beans
  • Canned black beans
  • Salsa
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Rotel
  • Jif to go peanut butter
  • Black olives
  • Raw honey
  • Mustard
  • Coconut oil spray
  • Tuna
  • Assorted jellies
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Protein powder
  • Powdered peanut butter
  • Relish


  • Lots of herbal teas
  • Water drinks (Tru Lime and HEB brand)
  • Coffee (regular and decaf)
  • Decaf tea


  • Veggie straws
  • Pretzels
  • Tostitos
  • Assorted cereals
  • Pop tarts
  • Oatmeal
  • Jerky (for backpacking)
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Foil
  • Freezer bags
  • Snack bags
  • Parchment
  • Vitamins and fish oil


  • Chips


  • LOTS of snacks

As you can see, we have a TON of food.  I know I need to organize it all… I’ll get there.

Some things that I know I will need in a few weeks:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Salad
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Shredded mozzarella (possibly)
  • Shredded cheddar (possibly)
  • Food for HAF homes (dinner with our gap year students)
  • Milk
  • Half and half
  • La Croix (weaning off of Coke Zero)
  • Possibly a few other things… but groceries for the month of March will be about $100

Have you considered having a no spend month?  A few years ago I did the same thing.  I wasn’t completely successful, so I’m hoping this month will go better!  All I can do is try!

Weekly Meal Plan, Week of February 27-March 5



  • Oatmeal (just plain old Quaker) and Greek yogurt
  • Green protein smoothie
  • Eggs in corn tortillas with cheese and salsa
  • Sprouted English muffins (in the freezer) and eggs
  • Kodiak Power Cakes pancakes (in the freezer)
  • Omelets
  • Pop tarts 🙂
  • Cereal
  • NutriGrain bars


  • Chicken salad, boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Cottage cheese (or lunch meat and cheese), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Peanut butter and honey sandwich, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Leftovers
  • Dining hall on Saturday


  • Sandwich crackers
  • Sriracha cashews
  • Dry roasted almonds
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers) with hummus or ranch
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges, or a fruit cup)
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Annie’s bunny snacks
  • HEB brand Greek yogurt
  • Granola bars (plain old Quaker)


  • Monday- Baked chicken thighs, mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli
  • Tuesday- Southwestern soup (basically taco soup with black beans)
  • Wednesday- Potato ham cream cheese soup (recipe to come)
  • Thursday- Instant pot homemade hamburger helper (with cheddar and mozzarella), salad
  • Friday- Homemade pizza
  • Saturday- Burgers
  • Sunday- Instant Pot Chuck Roast and Veggies (mashed potatoes instead of potatoes with roast)


  • Thaw meat
  • Cut up veggies
  • Boil eggs
  • Grocery shop

Instant Pot Pork Tacos



  • 2-3 pounds of pork (HEB sells Carnitas like the ones pictured)
  • 2 small oranges, halved (or one large)
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1 handful of cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (not pictured here… I forgot it when I took the pic!)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin

First, mix seasonings in a small bowl.


Finely chop cilantro


Finely chop jalapeño and place on top of cilantro.


Dice red bell pepper and place on top of jalapeño.


Dice onion and place on top of everything.


Mix veggies


Pour 1/2 cup of water on the bottom to start with some liquid (you could also use chicken stock).

Place a layer of carnitas meat, sprinkle seasoning, veggies, and garlic.


Second layer of meat, seasoning, garlic, and veggies.  Squeeze the orange and lime and place into the pot.  If you use a pork roast or something similar, you won’t be able to do layers.  Totally fine!


Cook for 50 minutes and natural pressure release for 20-30 minutes.


This is what it looks like cooked.


Pull the meat out into a bowl.


Shred the meat.


I imagine this would work fine in a crock pot.  It would just need to cook 6-8 hours to make it to where it falls apart and is easy to shred.

We eat this on some locally made flour tortillas or corn tortillas.  We typically have Mexican brown rice and pinto beans (I’ll post this recipe soon, I promise!).

This meal costs maybe $8?  It’s a pretty inexpensive meal!

It’s one of our faves!  Enjoy!

Here are some easy-to-follow directions!

  1. Mix seasonings in a small bowl.
  2. Finely chop cilantro
  3. Finely chop jalapeño and place on top of cilantro.
  4. Dice red bell pepper and place on top of jalapeño.
  5. Dice onion and place on top of everything.
  6. Mix veggies
  7. Pour 1/2 cup of water on the bottom to start with some liquid (you could also use chicken stock).
  8. Place a layer of carnitas meat, sprinkle seasoning, veggies, and garlic.
  9. Second layer of meat, seasoning, garlic, and veggies.  Squeeze the orange and lime and place into the pot.  If you use a pork roast or something similar, you won’t be able to do layers.  Totally fine!
  10. Cook for 50 minutes and natural pressure release for 20-30 minutes.
  11. Pull the meat out into a bowl.
  12. Shred the meat.

Grocery Geek, February 8th


I spent $95 on groceries and $27 on food for HAF homes (our gap year student get together).  Tomorrow I will be posting pics of food that I bought on (for some reason they shipped it all separately).  The stuff I bought on is mostly “stock up” foods (pantry items) and backpacking food along with things like zipper bags, deodorant, etc.



  • Family pack Hormel natural smoked turkey (14oz)
  • 1 dozen HEB cage free eggs
  • 3lbs HEB ground beef
  • 1lb HEB mild Italian sausage
  • 1 container HEB sour cream (32 ounces)
  • 1 container Julio’s salsa
  • HEB Sliced provolone
  • HEB Sliced mild cheddar
  • 2lbs HEB shredded mild cheddar
  • 1 gallon HEB whole milk
  • 1/2 gallon HEB half and half
  • 8oz HEB brand gouda
  • 8oz HEB brand New York extra sharp cheddar
  • 3, 4 packs of HEB Greek yogurt (Vanilla Bean, Banana Pudding, and Lemon Sorbet)
  • 2 half gallons of HEB creamy creations ice cream


  • 13 large russet potatoes (for HAF homes)
  • 1 bunch bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Half and half salad
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • Baby carrots
  • 6 avocados
  • 7 broccoli crowns
  • Celery
  • 1 bag of yellow onions


  • 1, 12 pack La Croix
  • 2, 12 packs of HEB coke zero
  • 2 loaves of HEB 100% whole wheat bread
  • 200 ft of foil

We already have a lot of meat (2 packages deli meat, large package of sausage, 2 packages of chicken thighs, 1 large package of drumsticks, box of frozen chicken breasts, and 4lbs of ground beef on top of what I bought today).  I forgot to get summer sausage so I will get that on Sunday when we go to church.

I’ll need to get a few things (produce and dairy), but we’re pretty set for 2 weeks.

Weekend Prep


I woke up late today, but have been busy ever since.  I’m finally sitting down (at 2:30) to blog about all that I have been doing today.

The first thing I did when I woke up was have my coffee, plan my day, and spend time in the word.  Today was day 1 of the Ruth study on She Reads Truth.  This is an old study… one that I missed in the past.  I’m not a huge fan of the one that is happening right now, so I went backwards.  It is fantastic.

Then I made beds (well, I had the kids make their beds but I went behind them and straightened them because I’m a perfectionist).

Then I straightened up the house.  This didn’t take very long because I tend to keep it clean these days.  Plus, I have the kids clean up after themselves.  It helps that they are only home in the evenings and on the weekends.

Here’s what the house currently looks like:











I updated my meal plan for the month.




Then I started my meal prep.

First, I cut veggies for lunches and dinners.


Then I made healthy snack muffins.



I prepped lunches.


I made dinners for the nights that I will be going to town.

Veggie and meat sauce


Whole wheat penne


Taco meat



I ordered some items from that I will need this week.  Friday, I will only have to buy ground beef, produce, and dairy!  I will also be picking up some pizzas from Papa Murphy’s for Saturday (my parents will be here).

Next I will be folding and putting away my one load of laundry for the day.

We will end the night by playing games!


Grocery Geek, Part 2


I ordered from Boxed:

Charmin toilet paper


Barilla pasta sauce


Barilla pasta


Hunts diced tomatoes


I plan on ordering from them once a month, spending $50-75.  This will keep us stocked up on things that I can stock up on.  (I ordered a ton from them with money that I made selling curriculum last week, so that should keep us going.)

I had Robert pick up a few things at HEB when he was there Friday (stuff that I didn’t think to buy and/or stuff that I forgot).


  • 3 dozen eggs
  • 2, 12 packs of HEB Coke Zero
  • 4lbs of ground beef
  • Grape tomatoes (the orange ones are awesome)
  • Onion powder
  • Crest toothpaste
  • Cauliflower
  • Yellow squash (2)
  • Zucchini (2)
  • Chocolate chips (large bag)

Today, we picked up a few things from the little grocery store (Lowes) in Rocksprings.  I won’t be able to go by a store anymore for the next few weeks (because of meeting with my sponsor and counselor after AA).  I don’t want to make a special trip just to buy a few things.  So we are officially stocked for two weeks (actually a bit more than that because we’ve decided to eat in the dining hall more than I originally planned… so the food I bought, especially the meat, will last through the month).


  • 2 packages of chicken thighs (less than $3 each package!)
  • 1 package drumsticks (less than $3)
  • Avocados (4)
  • Flour tortillas (2)
  • Shredded cheese (large bag)
  • Butter (1lb)
  • Julios salsa
  • Sour cream

I made our monthly meal plan based on what we have, so that should save us lots!  We will need things like milk, produce, etc.  I’m working on writing meal planning posts for the month.


Here are pictures of what we have stocked up on (except for the few things I’m still waiting for from Boxed):





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I love having a stocked pantry, fridge, and freezer.  Maybe it’s a woman thing, but it just makes me feel content and helps me know we are taken care of.  God has provided all of this!