Archive for 01/21/2009

oh my!

Posted: 01/21/2009 in house, life

i’m so thrilled! 

i budgeted x amount for our foundation and exterior walls – we’re using those insulated concrete forms, icf’s to the trusses instead of stick building the first floor. we called a place in our area and got a quick quote from them. then did some math online with figuring how much our concrete would be and that landed us x amount. i used this amount on our estimates for the bank and for my personal figuring on how much the house would cost etc. 

this figure really bothered me. it was A LOT! but it is crucial. we really want to use them and had accepted that they would cost a bit more than a traditional poured foundation… the “green”ness of the icf’s was worth the initial extra cost. besides, this is not an area to try to save!

some friends of ours are also pricing to build along with my sister and her hubby. they all found this other company who is WAAAAY less. i’m talking $10,000 less. i actually cried this morning on the phone with my sis while i was telling her this. this really alters so much. it’s a lot of money when you are building a home with the budget we have. dad has decided to keep investigating; he’s a deal hunter! 🙂 but i’m thrilled with it being this much less!!!! but more is fine too! 🙂 

i feel so blessed. 

the tax lady just emailed back with the total we owe into our government. it’s A LOT! not more than we’ve paid in the past but plenty, but again, less than i mentally prepared for – so how great is that!!!!!!!

maybe it’s time to decide on windows. maybe i’ll go bigger and a couple more than i had in the original plan! woot woot!

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psalm 103

Posted: 01/21/2009 in spiritual growth

 1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; 
       all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, 
       and forget not all his benefits-

 3 who forgives all your sins 
       and heals all your diseases,

 4 who redeems your life from the pit 
       and crowns you with love and compassion,

 5 who satisfies your desires with good things 
       so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 6 The LORD works righteousness 
       and justice for all the oppressed.

 7 He made known his ways to Moses, 
       his deeds to the people of Israel:

 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, 
       slow to anger, abounding in love.

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this day!

Posted: 01/21/2009 in life, spiritual growth

today i am taking captive. 

i have a to-do-list.

i have things i must do that i do not want to do. 

that doesn’t matter.

i still have control over my attitude and my reaction.

the situation, well, it is what it is. 

i have fought for it to be different, but it is not. 

i am determined to not let this get the best of me. 

i am determined to love as christ.

mia

Posted: 01/21/2009 in life

you know me.

you know when i go mia it’s because i can’t blog about what is most bothering me or pressing so hard on my heart. 

it really is hard for me to get past certain issues in situations like this. 

that said, i’ll do my best to.

i miss blogging.