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We are the poor church mice ...

June 30th, 2014 at 02:27 pm

DH has a meeting with the pastor of our parish tomorrow. He (the pastor) "has some ideas" about options for DH. For the newbies, DH's last day of paid employment is August 29th. We are assuming that this is some sort of paid employment opportunities. DH's started assisting with baptisms and is taking up lectoring to add to his practices. He's accompanying the present deacon on visiting the sick and elderly and will be going through the training for being a Eucharistic minister. So life as clergy is starting.

We're attempting to do some decorating on a shoestring budget. So 2/5th of the kids and I were at Salvation Army and Goodwill looking for several items on our list. These are the two that embrace frugality and find fun in any challenge.

Younger daughter: "Yep, with Dad working for the parish and you working in jail, I think that we're going to be officially poor."

Oldest son (who is younger than daughter by three years): "Yep, I think you're right. We are the poor church mice."

Well, this poor church mouse is pretty happy. We spent most of the weekend with our Church family - there was an installation for the Knights of Columbus officers and the K of C Family picnic at a local pool. One of the benefits of being *the large poor family* is that we are always the recipient of leftovers and at present we have enough burgers and chicken breasts to get us through at least 4 days.

We dropped off two big bags of clothes to one of our friends (a younger version of us - large and poor family) and it was very nice to see all their girls in my girls' clothes.

I am one month ahead on the mortgage payment and will make the first tuition payments to the high school by the end of July ($1,000 to each is the goal).

Anyhow, it will be interesting to see what is offered to DH tomorrow at 12:30 CST. I'd appreciate any prayers and well wishes that can be spared. It would be so helpful to finally know what money we will have coming in. Still looking at ways to stretch the budget.

Total spent today: $0. Did find a rather vintage looking bedside table for $6.99 at Goodwill that son though could be sanded and painted. "Spray painted in a cool color" was his recommendation.

11 Responses to “We are the poor church mice ...”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Is it full time work? Will he still be contributing to Social Security? I understand some clerics do not, which ends up with them having little SS in their elder years.

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    What was your husband doing before to get paid? Why does it end on August 29th? Can you move parish to somewhere else and get paid?

  3. aukxsona Says:

    Hugs. Having a large poor family can sometimes make life harder, but it is so rewarding in ways no one else understands.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Said a prayer.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    @LivingAlmostLarge, Laura's husband has been working for a major corporation and because of the a merger his job is being eliminated.

    Laura, I think you are doing great. Prayers sent!

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Hang in there; I think you're doing great. Sometimes being "poor" is more fun than affluence.

  7. PNW Mom Says:

    Prayers coming your way!

  8. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I think I was misunderstood what you are saying. I thought you meant your DH was about to begin employment as a deacon. Will watch for updates.

  9. Rachael777 Says:

    Prayers for you. Smile

  10. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Hope it works out. I thought your husband was in theology school and finally becoming a deacon.

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I hope he was offered something that will help you guys out!

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