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Frugal Girl Confessions

On Sunday, I was chatting with some friends at church, and my friend Karyn told me that I needed to trot out a few more of my failures here to make her feel better (and she’s sure that the rest of you would enjoy reading about my flaws too).

So, here you go:

I haven’t done a single, solitary thing to get ready for the upcoming school year.

Lisey sitting at the table doing school.

I wanted to get my ebook finished and published by the end of June. Then I thought, “Well, maybe by the end of July!”. But it’s the 26th, and I don’t think I’m going to make it (though I am getting closer to being done and I am excited about how the book is turning out.).

I haven’t updated Quicken thoroughly in quite a while.

I regularly feel like not cooking dinner and getting takeout instead (most of the time I resist).

I am a sloppy dish-washer (Zoe even sends dishes back to me when she’s drying).

A little girl drying dishes.

I haven’t been to the gym very regularly this summer.

My office is frequently a disaster.

My shower usually gets that pink stuff around the edges before I clean it because no matter how much I try to clean it every week, two weeks usually go by between cleanings.

I hardly ever make homemade desserts.

homemade brownies on a plate.

I also rarely make sweet breads for breakfast (danishes and sweet rolls and such usually only happen on special occasions).

I sometimes plan to serve salad with pizza on Saturdays but then discard the idea because I don’t feel like making a salad.

My microwave has tomato sauce splatters all over the inside of it.

I sometimes get discouraged.

I am sometimes envious of people whose children go to school all day (even though I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am supposed to be homeschooling my kids).

Kids sitting at a dining table.

Every August, I have a mini freak-out because I haven’t done school all summer long but have still been very busy and how-in-the-world am I going to keep up when I have to do school again???

Sometimes I am discontent (I’m super tired of getting up before 5:00 am and going to bed at 8:30).

Sometimes I wish we had more money. Or a nicer house.

I wish my house was cleaner (no sometimes needed there!).

Sometimes I let critical words from other people bother me more than I should.

Sometimes I get upset with Mr. FG.

Sometimes I don’t feel all warm and fuzzy about my children.

In other words, I am a normal person, with failings and flaws and an imperfect life.


(because I’m going to be too depressed if I end the post there)

I know that God loves me with an unfailing love because Jesus died for me and I know that there’s grace to cover all my sins. My standing with God depends on Jesus’ performance, not on my own.

I know that my husband loves me more than he has ever loved anyone in his whole life.

I know that my children are somehow convinced that I am the best mom in the world.

I know that what I do doesn’t have to be perfect to bless other people.

I know that my house, my husband’s work schedule, and my financial situation are all perfectly planned for me by Someone who knows better than me what I need.

I know that people are more important than a perfectly clean house, and if making time for my husband means having a messy microwave, so be it. If having a picnic at the park with my kids means my kitchen floor isn’t going to get cleaned, so be it.

I know that my list of blessings is much longer than my list of complaints.

I know that I have had more privileges in my life than most of the world’s population has (simply having clean, running water puts me ahead of a lot of people in the world!).

Because of all the stuff that I know, I manage to keep going through life with a mostly perky outlook, even though I’m not perfect and my life isn’t either. 🙂

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Thursday 4th of August 2011

Wow! I really needed that today! I think more people should be honest in this world. It's easy to feel like you're on an island until other's share that they feel exactly the same! It's too hard to be wonderful at everything, but yet, it seems that we women/mothers put this on ourselves. Thanks again! Have a tremendously great day!

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Monday 1st of August 2011

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Saturday 30th of July 2011

You're a mess! ..... just like the rest of us. That's why I'm so thankful for grace! Hey, it's usually two weeks between bathroom cleaning here and I don't have any kids at home anymore. Keep doing what you're doing. Love your blog.

jessica blood

Thursday 28th of July 2011

Thanks for posting, I am so glad that I am not the only mom who gets envious of others who send their children to school, and has not yet gotten everything together for school yet. This was very encouraging to me, your friend was right. Even though we all know you are normal it's nice to have it in writing, so we actually believe it.

Proud Karyn

Thursday 28th of July 2011

I'm so glad I have inspired your confessions of a REAL PERSON Post!!! I feel better about myself already! :-) Especially since I fell asleep on the couch the afternoon and REALLY don't feel like making dinner tonight. But since I know that you're in the same place as I am I will have a little bit of a spring in my step and get to making dinner.

Thank you for being honest that you aren't perfect. You still rank pretty high on my amazing people list though! Maybe you should have your readers email you a few of our favorite things about you. I think you'd be surprised at how wonderful we all think you are.

:-) Karyn

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