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A realization.

After yet another grocery shopping trip where I felt totally uninspired about laying my groceries out for a photo, I realized something:

I’m getting kind of tired of blogging about my groceries/menu plan every week.

I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, and that’s probably enough to warrant a break!

Soo, at least for a while, I’m going to shelve this feature. Maybe once a month I’ll do a spending summary, just to keep me on track? We’ll see.

In place of this feature, I may publish my weekly goals, or maybe just a short and simple post about something for which I’m thankful.

In that vein, lately I’ve been thinking about just how privileged my life is, and about how so much of the world’s population would give anything to live the existence I do…shelter, running water, safety, people who love me, and so much more.

Speaking of people and love, I’ve also been thinking about how very blessed I am to be his wife,

And their mom.

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WilliamB

Monday 2nd of April 2012

Contrarian voice here: I usually only skimmed the grocery shopping & menu planning posts. Hmmm... now that I think of it, the two features you've changed are the two that held the least interest for me: Wednesday Baking and Saturday food shopping & menu plan. How sweet of you, to remake your blog to my personal preferences. ;-}

Kristen

Monday 2nd of April 2012

Yes! That's exactly what I did. My motto in life is, "What would WilliamB prefer?" ;)

RudyHutch

Monday 2nd of April 2012

I will miss the menu plan, but I can look back at things you have done in the past. I will admit I came to your site for frugal ideas, but never expected to get so much more. I love all the frugal ideas but I love hearing about your family, and the way the two intertwine. I look forward to your beautiful pictures. Your blog lifts my spirits just seeing a family making its way through life together. I like that you also mention the things that happen off schedule, or unexpected things that come up, and the reminders that everyone has a bad day. Change is good!!!

Lauren B

Sunday 1st of April 2012

From what everyone else has written, I'm not the only one who absolutely LOVES the menu plan feature.

Suggestion: Still put a tentative menu plan up of the main meal each day, since you will likely be doing that anyway for your family..but don't worry about taking a picture of it or calculating everything for us.

I love hearing about your family, because your family is a part of your frugality. It's so inspiring how happy you all live on frugal, simple, christian living!

Q&A and the list of what y'all will be eating for the week have to be my favorites! :) Just thought I'd throw all of this out there...ha!

Jo@simplybeingmum

Sunday 1st of April 2012

Totally understand ... I did a couple of grocery shots and that was kind of enough for me. Just laying the stuff out was a task in itself... You do deserve a break doing it for over 2 years!

Robin

Sunday 1st of April 2012

I have wondered if posting a weekly menu plan is a little tiresome, though I have to admit--I really enjoy that feature! I'll miss it because I always read your menu plan on the day I'm planning my menus for the next two weeks. It's sort of a grueling task, but reading your post about it makes me feel like we're menu planning in solidarity. I'll manage, though. :-)

For me, your weekly grocery expenditures are a little less compelling--I would be more interested in a monthly round-up because that shows the big picture trend. I would also be interested in hearing more about what you spend specifically on "local, sustainably produced food," which you've mentioned as a goal in the preface to previous menu plans. But, this is your blog and I hope you'll do what's best for you! I'll keep reading either way.

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