The Kind of Man I Married

The third week of every month, he travels down the congested road in his salesman shoes. Every third week, he passes homeless men. They are dirty, some with signs, others aimless, but all forming a derelict community.

One day about a year ago, my husband stopped. He had extra food from an event in his company car and fed the hungry. Some months he passes out chicken biscuits, other months, tacos. He always stops to listen to their stories. He isn’t sent by some church or fulfilling some ministry, there aren’t accolades or attention for his unseen acts.  He saw a need.

Late last week, the third week of the month, he called me. One of the homeless men he’d been helping had a medical need and was in pathetic shape. Please read it in his words…..

He says he’s just doing what feels right to him. But to me, he’s amazing.

Because that’s the kind of man I married.


Links I Love:

  • I Dance Revolution-I think this is an adorable idea to learn something new and get into shape. Too bad, I can’t. Dance.
  • I thought these two posts about blogging about blogging were interesting from Stephanie and Amanda.

Please note:Next week’s WFMW (Wed. June 2nd) will be the annual themed summer edition: “Mom, I’m Bored!” Share your best tip for keeping kids occupied in the summer


We are THAT family Carnival & Blogoversary

I wanted to share a doozy of a story with you that would leave NO DOUBT that we are in fact THAT family…you know the ones. But, my life has been strangely normal lately. 

Because surely my toddler discovering she could actually PUT things in the two little nose holes, also called nostrils, this week doesn’t really qualify me.  It turns out that the blue noise putty hidden in my son’s room has many uses, including but not limited to, shoving them into your brain, followed by tiny bits of toilet paper.
Her snot is still blue.
And while I’m retrieving paper from my daughter’s nose with tweezers, it’s probably completely normal for my out-of-town hubby to call from the airport to let me know he found a lost sippy cup in his travel bag. He discovered it because the sour milk EXPLODED from the pressure of air travel, causing many to question the foul odor. Yep, just an ordinary day.
Every week I receive emails from other moms staying “We are THAT family too.” I’ve laughed and taken comfort (at your expense, of course) reading of your embarrassing and real life moments. I think there’s a little bit of THAT family in all of us.  It seemed fitting to provide a central gathering place to share our moments. And since I’m celebrating my 2 year blogoversary this week, I giving away TEN prizes to TEN carnival linkers!
Most days, I feel good about who we are and where we’re heading as a family. But I’ll be the first to admit, sometimes when my toddler lets out her ear-piercing scream or we end up in the emergency room more than once in a weekend, I want a disguise!

There. That’s better. Hmm…..I wonder who that woman is?
So my neighbor, friend and baker-extradonaire, Bake at 350 is providing a Grand Prize for TWO lucky participants with a dozen (each) mustache-shaped cookies!! 
Here we are incognito:
And, since it’s my party and I can do what I want, I’m not stopping there!
One lucky winner will win a custom necklace from The Vintage Pearl: ($40 value):
One lucky winner will win a gorgeous Life pitcher for your sweet tea (my sweet tea taste even better is this delicious piece of art from Dayspring: ($25 value):
One lucky winner will win a $100 Blogger blog design (The Works) by my friend Jo-Lynne owner of DCRDesign!!
One lucky winner will win a $25 gift certificate to Back 40 Life, an adorable vinyl lettering store.
Scalloped Initial Wall Vinyl Decal
Three lucky winners will win customized holiday cards (jpeg form, you can print them at places like Sam’s, Costco, WalMart, etc) from the lovely gal at Butterfly Sparks! ($15 value, each)
Select card :: Purchase below :: Email photos & wording :: Voila!
And one lucky winner will have their choice of a set (5) binky leashes of 2 sets of mitten clips from Mommie of 4 Munchkins
Lot of Five (5) Pacifier Clips Binky Holders NUK MAM Soothie Gumdrop Avent and More

Whew! Happy 2nd blogging day to me! (MckLinky will close at midnight Thursday night and all winners will be announced on Friday! Make sure you check back in!)

It’s your turn. I can’t wait to read your stories (if you’ve written a post in the past, link it up)!
P.S. The 30,000th comment is getting closer and closer!!!

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 56



Picture of the Week:


The Week in Review: I’m so thankful we were able to keep ChaCha! We hit the jackpot with this sweet doggie!

Introduction into The Society: Welcome Under $1000 Per Month!

1. Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):
My blog is called Under $1000 Per Month. My husband is going back to school, as well as working with a reduced income. We’ve learned a lot about who we are and what is important to us, as well as a ton of money savings ideas, and that’s what I blog about.  

2. How long have you blogging? 
About a year, but on this blog, only two months.

3.  How would you define THAT family? THAT family is unashamed of being a little different. We enjoy our lives and don’t care who sees it.

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family? 
I was taking a nap with my babies (aged one and three) the other day, pretty normal. I woke up alone,the apartment was silent. The first thing I saw as I entered the living room was a chewed up broken crayon. Then, the sight of chewed up toilet paper, all over the floor hit me. And we don’t have a dog. My toddler had fed it to the baby! I knew that we were THAT family.  

5.  Where can we find your blog? http://under1000permonth.blogspot.com/