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Several months ago, in the spring, a friend of ours, J, lost his job. Around the same time, their car was totaled in an accident that left them uninjured, but without a car. J’s wife, L, was pregnant with their second child, and staying home with their little boy. J was able to work a few small, odd jobs from time to time, and they received an old car from L’s father.

But, things were still challenging with limited savings, no job prospects, a young child and another baby on the way. Fortunately, J found a part time job a month or so ago.

Still, things are almost irreparably bad. They are several mortgage payments behind and in danger of loosing their house. This winter, which was especially cold, it was difficult for them to keep up with their electric bill and are now in danger of having their electricity turned off.

That is the bad, the desperate, in this situation.

But there is also so, soo much good.

Our church benevolence fund and a Sunday School class (not ours) will be able to help with about 1/3 of their bills. They have been having yard sales to raise money, and have been given car and trailer loads of things from friends to sell. J has 3 current full-time job prospects.

When another friend sent out an e-mail to ask for financial and prayer support for J and L, another member of the class who recently lost his job and has yet to find a new one, replied and said he would commit to giving them $50.

I wanted to cry.

We all have tight budgets these days. Looking at where Hubby and I are now, there isn’t really any room to give outside of our regular tithe and support of Janeth.

But we have enough.

We have money for food, for ourĀ  mortgage, for bills, diapers and clothes for our children. We have health insurance, provided through Hubby’s job.

Yes, we have tight times, but we have enough.

And when when we look closely, we have more than enough.

We have money to help clothe our friend’s children, we have a home we can open to them and food we can share.

We have enough.

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You know those moms who say, “isn’t this this the cutest baby in the world? That’s MY baby!” like no one has ever had a baby to compare with the cuteness of theirs? Yeah, they always got on my nerves. I mean, everyone thinks their baby is cute, its just the right thing to do. But I like to think I’m not deluded by my love for my kid to think he’s really the cutest kid to ever walk the face of this earth.

So on that note, check out the cutest picture (so far) of the cutest kid to come out of womb (so far)!

And okay, even I am loathe to call this the cutest picture of him, but it is one of my favorites. My yard sale basket, his hand crocheted blanket and a white onesie make an excellent combination. And I just love how it looks like he’s contemplating some mystery of the universe.

If you read Colton’s blog, you’ve seen this picture already, and I do try to use that as an outlet to share his adorableness, but this one, I just couldn’t resist.

He may not be the world’s most adorable baby, but he’s my baby, and I think he’s pretty darn cute.

And that’s enough for me.

Just a 20-something girl living on the East Coast, trying to figure out life. I'm a wife and mom to two. I'm trying to rediscover my love for long walks, yoga and pilates. But not hiking. I still don't like hills. I was raised at the beach, but I don't like the beach. I like to look at it, but I don't like to swim in it, I'd prefer a pool, thanks. I'm just trying to become the best person I can be -- the woman God wants me to be. That's easier said than done!

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Hubby is my all-time favorite guy. A perfect mix of serious, sarcastic, laid-back, handy and nerdy, he is the perfect complement to me. I love his strong work-ethic and the way he always loves and supports me through everything. Some of Hubby's favorite things include: hiking, Virginia Tech football, woodworking, and his family. When I married him in July 2007, I had no idea what an amazing journey we were headed on, and how I could come to love him so much more each day.

Our oldest, Colton, is three years old. He is equal parts sassy and hysterical. He loves all things train, car, bus, truck, and machine related. He has a penchant for made-up words and loves to be the clown of his pre-school class. Our younger son, Nathan, was born this May. He is pure joy and full of smiles! He is such a blessing and a perfect fit for our family.