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Dear World,

I am not perfect.

I have never claimed to be so (Am I cheerful? Yup. Do I try to make lemonade out of lemons? Yup. But I am not perfect and neither is my life.)

I really, really do try to share my flaws and failings.

However, based on feedback I’ve received lately, it would appear that these types of posts have somehow fallen through the cracks.

So, here’s a list of some of the posts I’ve written about my not-perfect life.

I shouldn’t be doing this (wherein I share how I ordered pizza and ate three boxes of Hot Tamales instead of cooking a nutritious dinner)

Frugal Girl Confessions (a post comprised of my failings)

Some real-ness, in the form of a messy office

Right now, I am (in which I feel discouraged about my vision, am tired of humidity, and feel discouraged about something I’m observing in one of my kids)

Ugly Bread (two posts where I share some not-too-fabulous baking results)

Why I need Mr. FG (in which I explain that I fail at being frugal when the amount of money in question is large)

A missive from the sickbed (in which I experience my 3rd cold of the winter, can’t do a Food Waste Friday post, and have to miss a speaking engagement)

And to add to my list of flaws, I am sitting here crying from frustration and discouragement, which is clearly a symptom of me having skin that is too thin.

Please know that I’m not perfect, and I don’t want you to think that I am. I’m a sinner, a sinner who is saved by grace. I am an ordinary wife and mom, imperfectly seeking to help and encourage my readers and glorify God as I do so. Nothing more, nothing less.

Jesus is the only perfection there is, and I’m grateful that His performance is where my hope lies, and His grace is what will help me to press on and grow.

Simply to the cross I cling.

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christy harris

Friday 30th of December 2011

Well all I can say is .......Ridiculous. People are crazy sometimes and gossips and meddlers in others affairs. You do not owe anyone an apology. Keep on being you. Christy

Mandee Pate

Friday 30th of December 2011

Wow you had me in tears :) Love the way you ended that You're fearfully and wonderfully made sister ! you've been an inspiration to many including me! I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well Psalm 139:14

I just recived this in an email today! I'm thinking you might like it too! God Bless you and your family...

May God make your year a happy one! Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain, But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes; Not by making your path easy, But by making you sturdy to travel any path; Not by taking hardships from you, But by taking fear from your heart; Not by granting you unbroken sunshine, But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows; Not by making your life always pleasant, But by showing you when people and their causes need you most, and by making you anxious to be there to help. God's love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead!.

Rebecca P

Wednesday 9th of November 2011

I was out of town when you posted this. I have insomnia tonight, so I'm catching up on the posts that I missed. I just wanted to chime in here and let you know again how much I love your blog. It truly lifts my spirits and reminds me to stop and appreciate the simple things. I look forward to your posts every day!

I completely understand how some of the recent comments would hurt your feelings, because they would have hurt mine also. It's hard to tell you not to worry about it, when I know I would be worrying to death! Lol! However, you can't control how other people react to what you have to say. The only thing you can control is your intentions. I think we all know for sure you have really good intentions with everything you post.

Keep on keeping on!!


Thursday 3rd of November 2011

Oh frugal girl, your blog is my favorite and you are the best!!

Tanya @ The Inspired Budget

Wednesday 2nd of November 2011

Kristen, I just recently found your blog and, from the comments, it seems somebody was crabby with you for being cheerful? Ridiculous. The world needs more cheer. Keep being cheery!

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