Thursday 30 January 2014

Counting our Blessings

January's pay day seem to take a long time to come around; we have had Christmas and my birthday all within the last month or so. I don't know why I get excited when Phil gets paid, as most months the money is all but gone on bills alone; some months I am surprised we manage to keep a roof over our head and have enough food, but we do and I'm so grateful for what we have. We don't have a lot but we have enough. 

This year will be the first year we have a proper family holiday, a week away at Coombe Mill. I am so excited; we have been saving and cutting back for a while now, which is the only way we've been able to afford it. I've been trying to work out how much spending money were going to need, we will be self catering so we will do our normal food shop whilst we are there. We also plan to visit some nice places whilst we are down there.

I recently asked some friends on twitter and facebook how much spending money they would take, and was shocked when people said as high as £1000... no way could we afford that! So far we have saved around £250, which I hope should cover most things.

Today's got me reflecting on the things that I am grateful for; although we need money to buy things, there are some things in life that are free and we do really need to count our blessings for what we do have, rather than we don't.

For instance, I have a husband, two wonderful daughters and a great family, and were are all in reasonable health (mine at the minute is a bit hit and miss, but I will get sorted).

We take it for granted, but social media and blogging have made such a huge impact on my life, they have allowed me to make many amazing friends who have made me feel a lot less isolated whilst I am a stay at home mum.

And of course it is the small things that mean so much to us, such as:
  • Cuddles
  • Smiles
  • Manners
  • Compliments 
  • Happiness

But for me, one of the things that I am most grateful for is my faith, something that money just cant buy.I plan to write about my faith sometime in the near future, but I am trying to decide on the best medium to do this.

So what are you thankful for?


  1. Lovely post, and I hope you have a lovely time when you go. I can't wait to get away and have some family time. £1000 is a lot to take away though I don't think I know many that would take that much.

  2. Aww! Lovely post! We're so lucky as my fella gets paid weekly....I don't think we'd manage on monthly pay....
    Coombe Mill sounds such an amazing place!!....I really can't see you needing £1000 though....That seems a lot!!

  3. What a lovely post. I am very jealous of you going to Coombe Mill! You will have a fab time judging from what I have read.

  4. Don't worry about the spending money, you can have a lovely time on your £250. The best things here are free - beaches, woods, the farm, harbour towns, family time. A car parking fee and an ice cream are the only investment you need for days out you will all love.

  5. Another jealous commenter here! I would love to go too someday but money is tight so we'd have to save too.
    And I agree about being grateful for the things money can't buy. Top of my list is cuddles too!