Navigating Each Day with God

Navigating Each Day with God

Toni was born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma.She graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.After college, she returned to her hometown to marry her best friend, Charles.Toni is a stay at home mom to their three teens, two boys and a girl, whom God led them to homeschool.Her goal is to raise her children to love and serve the Lord.They live on a farm where they grow produce to sell at several farmers markets.She also plays the piano at church and teaches piano.
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Vacation Prepwork

We recently went on a long weekend with our children.  While the trip was nothing big, it was definitely interesting.  My story actually started two weeks before our trip.

My husband and I both drive large, gas-guzzling vehicles because of our farm.  I decided we needed something smaller and more economical to drive.  After much searching, I bought a small, used SUV.  I got a great deal on it because it needed a wheel alignment and two new tires.  The day before we planned to leave, my husband asked what we were driving on our trip.  Since my old vehicle was in the shop and could not be driven safely, he wanted to take the new car.

Well, I had not gotten the wheels aligned or the new tires.  Since we live in a small town, we have to drive about thirty miles to have all this done.  We went to have the alignment checked and it checked out fine.  The bad tires were the only problem!  We then went and got two new tires.  This took about six hours including drive time.  We got home just in time to pick up my old vehicle from our mechanic.  What a day AND we had to get up early the next day for our vacation!

The Help that Wasn’t Helpful

Next up, Google Maps!  We were merely going from Oklahoma to Texas.  Our first stop was the Texas State Fair.  For this, we needed a map.  My tech-savvy teenagers said Google Maps would help us with navigating.  Apparently, that is not a good idea when you are driving through a large city with lots of loops and overpasses.  At one point, it gave me different directions for about thirty seconds solid.  I was so confused.  I finally told the kids to turn the voice off and read me the directions as I drove.  It also tried to route me to take all the turnpikes, which I could not due to the paper tag on the new car. Even though Texas has a reciprocity agreement with Oklahoma for turnpikes, the scanner must read the PikePass as well as the license plate.  We finally figured out how to navigate through Dallas/Fort Worth and avoid turnpikes on Google Maps.

Arriving at Our Destination

We got to the fair and went on a quest for “fair food.”  We all wanted to try fried butter.  Yes, you read that right, fried butter!  This is an incredible delicacy that we had seen on television years ago and was only available at the Texas State Fair.  It is butter wrapped in a dough, deep fried, then topped with powdered sugar and honey.  This was just as good as we thought it would be.  We also feasted on fried Oreos and fried cookie dough among other things.  Of course, my children do have their limits and did not want to try fried Jello or fried lemonade.  Really, that was what they said no to!

We had a long day at the fair and then went to our hotel.  My children wanted to stay at a hotel with an indoor pool since it was fall and too cold to swim outside.  Being the good mom that I am, I found and paid extra for such a hotel!  Did any of them swim?  No!

The remainder of our trip was unremarkable, except for our navigation misadventures with Google Maps.  I did learn that we did not have to spend a lot of money or go far away to have a fun vacation.  We had a good time bonding as a family and eating some unusual foods.

Navigating Our Spiritual Lives

This reminded me that we do not have to spend a lot of money or go anywhere specific to spend time with God.  He is our Father and just wants us to spend time with Him.  Let’s start the New Year off by spending time with Him!  The great thing is we can go straight to God.  We don’t have to hassle with “Google Maps Bible Edition” that might loop us round and round in frustration before we ever even get to God! We can pray, we can go straight to the Bible, and we can count on the Holy Spirit to guide us. Navigating each day with God by our side will help make the best of every day!

Are you navigating each day with God?



Saving for Vacation: Quick Tips for Saving Money

Saving for Vacation: Quick Tips for Saving Money

Originally from Texas, but now I claim Oklahoma with my awesome husband and adorable baby girl. I enjoy baking, crafting, reading, and a good cup of coffee.
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I like vacations.

There, I said it…and It doesn’t really matter where we go, because wherever we end up, there is usually good food, new experiences, and is devoid of any chores. But before we go on our trips, we like to save some extra cash so that we can be smart with our money and not max out our credit card for a getaway.

Here are the steps we took to save some moolah, without having to eat boxed macaroni and cheese every night:

Follow a budget.

It doesn’t have to be super strict, but you have to follow it in order to reap the benefits.  For a free, online budgeting tool, check out or

Use coupons/ savings apps.

I know, I know. Who has time to cut coupons, look up ads, etc.? But once you get in the flow, it can get really fun. Here are some things that we use to save more! I put them in order of awesomeness:


I cannot say enough good things about this app. You can earn gift cards to different stores, which can help you save big later. Learn about it in the link. You can also go to this link to download the app!


If you buy your groceries at Target, this app is great for saving on things that you might already buy, and you can stack it with the Target Red Card! PS: There is a debit card version of this for people who do not want a (or another) credit card.

Local Ads/ Sunday coupons:

Decide what you want to cook/buy that week based on what sales are happening!  For more couponing and meal planning ideas, check out Tina’s posts here and here!

Ask for cash back at the store.

Once you check out and use all of your resources for saving money (coupons, apps, etc.) decide how much you are able to ask for. For example, if your budget for groceries is $60 per week and you only spent $40 that week, then you can push the cash back button at the register and take $20 home with you. You still spend the $60, you still get your groceries, AND you get to save up your money!

Put it away right when you get home. If you leave it in your wallet, then it is likely to stay there until you hit the coffee line the next week. Find a place where you can put your money and know not to touch it. My husband and I have one of those glass jugs, like Ellie and Carl have in the movie Up. Some people have a hidden envelope, other have actual piggy banks. It’s your preference!

Saving for Vacation…Or Something Else

Even though we use this primarily for vacations, you can really use it for anything–Christmas gifts, diapers, new tires, or giving extra at your home congregation. It’s up to you! This is something that we decided would be our alternative to using our credit card too much, or overbuying at the store. It keeps me from wanting to impulse buy and helps us look forward to what we can do with our savings.

What is your favorite way to save some extra cash? Comment below!




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