No-Spend Month: Day 8


Have you ever had a completely unexpected opportunity just fall in your lap?  I feel like God just decided to surprise me with a wonderful financial blessing.  I have been trying to make a little money here and there, but I certainly wasn’t looking for a job.  However, that is exactly what He has provided for our family.

I will start teaching two classes of pre-algebra students next Wednesday at the school my older two children have attended for over two years now.  Their school is a university-model school, which means the students attend classes on campus three days a week and complete assignments at home two days a week.  Students can take all of their core classes and electives there, or they can homeschool a subject or two and take the rest there.  My awesome mother-in-law teaches each of our kids and their friends (one each) science and social studies, so I pick up my kids from school at 11:30-11:45 am.  

Because of the nature of the school, teachers are also able to teach just one or two subjects and not be on campus the entire day.  I will teach from 8:00 am to 10:40 am, so I will have time to grade papers and prepare lessons before picking up my kids.  They also offer childcare for my little ones, so all of my children will be at one school with one drop off time (saving me time and gas).  My salary will cover what we have been paying in tuition for the older two to take classes on campus, so we are hoping to build up our savings to what it was before we began over-spending.  

While all of that is wonderful, maybe the best part is being able to teach math again and develop relationships with a group of students.  I already know some of my students, and they are great kids, and their parents are terrific as well.  I’m really excited about this!

Unfortunately, my little ones are sick again.  They each told me midday that their “neck” (throat) hurt.  Combined with their lack of appetite and fussy behavior, their sore throats told me they had strep.  I took them to the doctor who confirmed it.  I’m so thankful the girls are able to tell me now when their throats hurt.  They weren’t running fever, coughing, or congested, so I had no idea they were sick until one said her neck hurt.  

  • We had to spend $60 at the doctor’s office and then $16 on their antibiotics, so our no-spend month took a little hit.  
  • I also had to buy gas today, but that came out of my paycheck from subbing last month. 
  • Big Brother desperately needed a haircut before he goes camping this weekend, so that was another $15.  It’s a good thing all of our other kids are girls and don’t need frequent haircuts. 
  • My husband went to a class out of town today and had to eat out, but the restaurant messed up his order and comped his meal, so he was only out $3 for the tip!


Big Brother had let his hair get fairly long before deciding this week that he wanted it short again. We had also lightened his hair a few weeks ago.


We think he looks a lot better with his hair short and back to his natural color.



About Leslie

I am a mother of four, who loves organization but is dealt a new hand of chaos each day. I love Jesus and each of my unique children. I strive to foster these relationships and bring a little organization to our chaotic home. I want to be a better blogger, but, truthfully, this is just not as high on my priority list as the aforementioned relationships or the state of our home.

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