Monday, December 13, 2010

Staycation Day 5: Sunday

Our Sundays are nearly always very busy.  If anything must be done on the weekend, we better not save it for Sunday.

We have had two appointments at the church on Sundays lately - 9:00 a.m. for services and 4:30 p.m. for Financial Peace class coordinating.

We had a wonderful group this time, and yesterday afternoon was the last meeting.  We had a bunch of people who participated actively in discussions, were from different backgrounds, were different ages and marital statuses.  Yesterday was the final Dave Ramsey lesson, "The Great Misunderstanding," which puts the whole get-your-financial-life-in-order into perspective. It stresses that you don't live for greed, or just for yourself, but learn to live with open hands and an open heart and GIVE.  It is a fantastic lesson.

Since it was our last class, people had brought snacks, so we had a little party and an interesting discussion, particularly since the subject was giving, and several different churches were represented by people in the room.  I had to walk away feeling really good about the couple who are choosing to stay on their budget, established this year, next year for their Christmas present to each other, or the single lady who has developed a second income source that's fun, or the young, handy couple who have feel affirmed in their decision to buy a fixer starter home, put up with some serious frustrations, but also some serious payoffs. And then, there's a the lady who doesn't have lots of money but is giving lots of time, and a guy who didn't like an expensive project at his church, but realized later that they were doing a lot of things right and deserved his support.

A nice finish to a very good class.  If you have never attended a Financial Peace course, I can't recommend it wholeheartedly enough. The class hits all the most important aspects of getting your finances in order and even provides a logical sequence to follow, plus you have the support of a group who are all working on the same steps.

No more of those classes for us until 2011, but wow, 2011 is almost here.

My neighbor came over to borrow the sewing machine, and I showed her how to thread the Bernina and operate the knee pedal.  She was hemming napkins, really beautiful pink brocade ones.  We didn't have time to finish, but she'll be back tonight.

We ended our day by watching a cop movie.  John and I are movie nuts.

I've been doing some really interesting reading about Christmas this month - I finished 25 Days, 26 Ways to Make This Your Best Christmas Ever by Ace Collins (great book) and now I'm reading The Case for Christmas by Lee Strobel.

My staycation is about over, but the mission is accomplished - I'm mostly ready for Christmas and won't be stressed out over it that last week.  And, I completely enjoyed being home with hubby for a few days.

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