Rattling the Tin Cup

Remember back here when I mentioned that we’d made a slight mistake in our HSA contributions, and were consequently just a wee bit short on funds to pay the medical bills we’ll see rolling in soon? Yeah. That was stressful.

Well, you can forget about all that. We have scratched up enough money in various ways to ensure that we won’t be carrying hospital bills home with us along with the baby.  The really great news is that we did that at the same time that we paid off our minivan, two years ahead of schedule! God truly does provide! (And now we will never go into debt again!)

A good chunk of the money for these expenses came from affiliate sales and ad buys on this blog, and I want to thank you, my readers, for making that possible! Every time you buy a book or curriculum, or click through an ad, you do a good thing for our family.

And now, we need to buy curriculum for the next school year, or we will be unschooling for a while. I wouldn’t want to have to do that. Think of my reputation! If this blog has benefited you in any way, whether by encouraging, entertaining, or even provoking you to fits of rage (which some people seem to thoroughly enjoy), there are several ways you can support us, many of which will cost you nothing whatsoever:

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  • Rebecca April 12, 2012, 7:12 am

    Yeah!!!! that is so awesome!! Can’t wait to see that new baby….that won’t come home with a payment and you are paying all for him!!!

  • Amanda April 12, 2012, 10:06 am

    Why wouldn’t you want to unschool? It is much much better than doing school-at-home when it comes to little ones, at least in my humble opinion. Plus, with a baby on the way, you might enjoy the time to be much more flexible with your schedule. We unschool/homeschool our little ones (who aren’t at the mandatory schooling age yet) and it is nice to just let them play and learn without forcing facts (which can seem very contradictory…like English phonetics/spelling…to little ones). I must admit, I do have that small voice creep up now and then that I’m not doing enough, they’ll be behind, etc. But, then I spend time talking with my 5 year old and realize she’s way ahead of her peers in math and logic…who cares if she can’t read as well as she can do math? She still can read (if she puts some effort into it). And hey, she’s not even 5 and a half! So give unschooling some thought, even if only for a year…didn’t you say you get kind of lax in your schooling in December anyways?

    PS- I enjoy reading your blog:)

    • Cindy April 12, 2012, 10:26 am

      That’s really a joke between me and some unschooling friends. I don’t believe relaxing and letting things slide for a month sometimes is the same thing as unschooling, though. I’m philosophically opposed to the idea behind unschooling, but in practice, it looks an awful lot like what we do every day. 😉

  • Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents
    Twitter: stacymakescents
    April 12, 2012, 2:38 pm

    Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider! :-)

  • republican mother April 14, 2012, 7:59 am

    Check out the homeschool tab on my blog for the Robinson book list and the Jefferson book list, linked and ready to Nook or Kindle or print. Most of your kids aren’t old enough for most that stuff, but the MacGuffey Readers there are great to print out and put in a binder. I go to math-drills.com to print off a ton of worksheets for my 3rd grader. IMO, 3rd grade is just about multiplication tables, after that, everything else in all of math is easy to learn.

    These are great resources when you run out of money.

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