Remember a week or two ago when I opened up for questions? Well, I've answered some of them privately and I'm starting to tackle the public ones.
I am interested in your religion.
I read both of your blogs and you do not quote the bible.
But, your kids have all biblical names so you must be somewhat religious. I am curious about how much of your life revolves around your church and the bible.
I also wonder what your husband does for a living because he works from home.
To start with the easier question, my husband is an independent financial advisor. Which means he works for himself, governed by the state, and counsels people on financial strategies whether that's investments, trusts, estate planning, college fund planning or financial management. He works from his home office and meets clients in their homes. Therefore he is home a lot. Which is so great for our family life.
The second part of your question is a little more complicated. I'm a Christian of no specific denomination and Jesus is personal to me. He's not a religious icon or a historical story, he's a friend and I try to live my life according to the Bible. We are very involved in church activities and yes, I intentionally don't quote the Bible on this blog. And here's why.
This subject of this blog is universal....saving money. And while I do feel that my success at what I do with our groceries is definitely a provision from God, I also want it to appeal to everyone no matter what religion or belief system they have. I'd hate to have someone click away because they see a Bible verse and just aren't at a place where that speaks to them yet. I've been to Bible quoting blogs and while there are many out there that come across sincere, the rest sound fake and preachy and paint a picture of perfection that just isn't real. It turns me off and I'm guessing anyone who isn't a Christian clicks right over the top of them and moves on. I avoid religious language in real life and on this blog too. I don't use pretty Bible words when I pray. When I talk to someone about Him I talk in regular English not flowery talk that would make no sense to someone who doesn't know church-talk, and I want my life to be realistic. I struggle, it's hard, my marriage isn't perfect, my kids aren't always good, I get cranky, I lose my temper, I get discouraged, I sometimes feel hopeless but I've also got a place that I go to for strength and counsel and peace and that's Jesus. So the lack of Bible quotes is intentional and works for me. The behind the scenes e-mails and talks that go on simply because people see something different about the way I live my life is so much more effective at providing opportunities to share my faith than preaching to people that don't want to hear it.
And it's a little bit scary to hang it out there like that but there you go.
More questions and answers coming soon!