Wednesday, October 22, 2008

One step forward, two steps back

Since this was intended to be a blog about the ups and downs of our journey, I feel like I'd be remiss not to report that October hasn't been a good month for us. There was still a lot of month left at the end of the money.

On October 9th we made the difficult but necessary decision to have Ally, our 14 year old lab, put to sleep. Getting a bill for something that emotionally devastating is a strange thing... very different than getting a bill for say, a car repair. The money didn't matter at the time. In fact it was several days later that I finally looked at the statement. Mike had taken care of it when we got there, and I never even asked what it had cost. Now, nearly two weeks later, I'm trying not to think about that day... trying to think about the good times... and here's this bill that needs to be paid, regardless of the feelings that surround it.

The day after we said goodbye to Ally, we immediately shifted gears (the best we could) and welcomed some good friends who were visiting from New York. Quite the opposite of the money we owed the vet, the money we spent when they were here was all fun money. We went out to eat numerous times. We went to the movies. We went to the zoo. And while it was all worth it - except, perhaps, the Chihuahua movie - it was a LOT of money to spend over the course of four days, and it took more than a nibble out of our budget.

On a more positive note, we started going to a new church about six weeks ago. Every month they start a new series, and this month the topic is... MONEY! I always knew that the bible had a lot to say on the subject, but I've never heard it broken down so succintly. The first week was our attitude about money, and this most recent week was, appropriately enough, debt. Most of what the pastor said was not new to me, but it always helps to hear a new perspective from a good speaker. And I was happy to hear that despite the little roadbump that was the month of October, we are still on track and doing what we need to do.

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