How I’m saving money on groceries


Since I moved into my new home, I had to change how I spend my money. Especially, seeing the act of buying the house took its toll on our pocketbook. From Closing cost, connection fees and deposits on top of our normal every day spending. So, to save money we started to make some changes. One such area is on our groceries.

Groceries is an area where we actually spend a lot of money and the coast of goes up every year, while like most people my pay does not. Now I would love to grow my own food and be off the food grid as much as possible. However, we just moved in and this will take time and money to start getting enough fruits and vegetables to feed us inorder to make a financial impact.

Not to mention, its 114° (Fahrenheit) out right now and is expected to get to 121° by this Tuesday. So, planting anything and expecting it to survive when its young and week, is not wize.

Though I do have three little seedlings growing in pots in the house (tomato, okra, cucumber and it looks like a jalapeno plant is poking through the soil and may make it), it’s just not enough to to feed one person. So, I needed to come up with better ways not spend a lot of money

Anyway –  One way I am saving money is something my aunt Deb suggested. A program that saves produce from landfills and I am not talking about spoiled goods. You see, produce is often rejected for a variety of reasons. Such as it too small, or to big, or has a blemish on it. What this means is that, instead of stores selling perfectly edible and healthy foods, they just take it straight to the landfill. Wasting millions of pounds of food every year.

So, I had gone out to check out this program in my state that saves this food from the the landfills, selling 60 lb of produce for just $10. Now, it not like shopping however, you get whatever they have that week. In my case it was lots of Roma tomatoes yellow squash mini sweet peppers and jalapenos.

Now there is no way I can eat it all before it spoils, and there are only so many dishes I can make with the produce I got this week before I get sick of eating the same ingredients over and over.

So, I have been flash freezing and dehydrating what I got for 10 dollars and it’s a lot. So every time I go I should get different things, things that are in season. And I can do the same it won’t be long before I will always have what I need, Frozen or dehydrated. Thus I will only be spending about $20.00 a month on produce and only need to buy any meat I might need or want.

After the first few months I will probably save $200.00 to $300.00, more once my own garden gets up and running.

The move is over. Time to unpack.


Well, we have finally finished moving in to our new home and have lots of unpacking to do. I managed to pull a muscle in my left arm getting some last few items from home. Funny part was is I did not do it with any thing heavy.

Luz on the other hand is having fun being creative as she unpacks and decorates. She got a eye for interior decoration so she in charge in that area.  She even desided to get a little creative with the dinner that I was making an added a few of her own ingredients while I wasn’t looking. I think it’ll actually turned out great.
Elijah, well he been a wee bit of a knucklehead, making things harder for everyone. He wanted to help and still does, but there not much he can do that wont end up making things harder on us. It’s hard to find ways to keep him out if they way while giving him something to do.

On a side note, our internet is not working. They said it was tuned on, but we are not getting a signal. So we must wait one more day for that to get taken care of.

Right now my body is sore, I hope is will be better tomorrow, as it’s the first day back to work. Only good news is I am in charge of stats on the east side tomorrow and stats usually go pretty easy and not that physical most of the time.


“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

Being fruitful and multiplying is not all that God wanted us men to do. God wanted us to actually get involved and raise our children and not just get the willy wet and leave. God tells us in Proverbs 22:6 to “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

It’s our duty to raise our children in a godly way. If we don’t and sit on our but all day, leaving them to raise them self and they go artsy. We can’t blame anyone, but our selves.

Yes, having children is a huge responsibility for us. However, just because they are a responsibility and take time out of our day, does not mean the are a hardship in are life. No, They are to be a privilege that we have been granted. Psalm 127:3-5 makes that clean, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”

As fathers, we should be spending a great deal of our time teaching our kids about God and his teachings. Trying to find ways to inject God into any activity we are engaged in with our children. Doing some garden work, Talk about Genesis and the beauty of Gods creation. Building a shelf, tell them about how Jesus was a carpenter and why He chose to be a carpenter, where he worked with his hands.

Use your time with them to teach them about God. Sure, not everyone is a bible scholar, but it’s not hard to inject a lesson into it. If you know your going to do something with them tomorrow, then after you put them to sleep, use that time to do research on a lesson you can apply to what you will be doing the following day.


The entire weekend, Luz and I had spent time working on the new home. Cleaning and installing curtains and blinds. Something that was surprisingly exhausting and took longer then I thought it would. 

The curtains I had installed are juat temporary, as later I want to put in better quality rods and curtains. For now, I got cheap rods from the Home Depot and curtains from savers and Goodwill.
Here’s a photo of the blinds I installed.

Here’s the curtains.

I have lots of plans for the home, like upgrading the bathrooms, upgrading the look of the home (inside and out), replacing the outlets and ceiling fans, cleaning the vents, getting the spa up and running, cleaning up the back yard and puting in garden, etc… So, its a long list.

I am sure the home will keep us busy for a long time. I will keep people posted.

Abortion


Human history is riddled with a lot of disgusting and disturbing Acts. With Some of our worst moments having taken place when one group of humans had declared that others are not human, or are some kind of subset of humans. A kind of less developed human being.

Millions of Jews had been sent to the gas chamber. As they had been seen as Untermensch, a term that was used to describe inferior people.

Even slaves had been seen as not being human. Thus, it was fine to do what you wanted to with them.

However, it seems we have not learned from our past. Where millions of our most innocent have been killed because others have deemed them not to be human. Or are said to be a less-developed human.

At least not until they pass through the vagina, as if the vagina is a magical barrier that turns them into a Human Being.

I’m talking about the millions of babies that have been routed out of their mother’s in what is called an abortion. A word that fails to really describe the genocide that is taking place. After all if you described it as crushing skulls or sucking brains out, it could have an effect of humanizing the unborn baby’s. So, other words are used in their place called euphemisms.

Euphemisms are used in order to downplay the barbarism of this genocide. Where words such as abortion and terminating a pregnant are used. They won’t even call it a baby. Instead, they choose to call it a clump of cells, a parasite or a zygote in order to dehumanize the innocent life within.

Why do you think the same people who use such Euphemisms don’t ask pregnant women, at lest women who have are going to have their babies such things as, “Are you going to find out if your zigote will be a boy or girl?” instead choosing to use the word “baby.” Never using the words zigote, blastocysts, even calling it parasite or clump of calls.

Chances are you have never heard anyone refer to an unborn child that way, unless there are talking about killing the baby. Then they use such words. Why because its easier to justify ripping the baby out of the womb if you no longer think of it as a human.

Showing that it is only a human when its wanted, and when it’s not wanted they disconnect it in their minds from humanity. Justifying it by dehumanizing the life and down playing what is done to extinguish that life.

It’s discussing how people feel that it’s ok to take a human life because it’s an inconvenience for them. No one has the right to snuff out the most innocent of us. A person right not to be inconvenienced does not trump the right for that individual human being to live.

To use a common pro-baby killer Euphemism, It is sad to think that the embryo of an eagle is seen as more valuable then that of a human, where terminating the eagle embryo will result in a heavy fine and or prison time. But a human embryo can’t get that same protection.

With this said, we on the side of saving lives must put forth plans and programs that, while they don’t incentivize people to pop out babies for some kind of reword or hand out, we do need to come up with ideas to give mothers reasons to keep the children, while setting up programs to better take care of the children who are given up. And to adopt more children, giving them a home with a loving family.

Because in the fight to save lives, many have forgotten that if you win, there is still a life that needs to be taken care of once born. And the implications, such as truing over the unconstitutional ruling Raw v. Wade without a plan to care for the many children is careless to say the lest.

This is something that must be discussed now, not later. Not after its over turned, not right before it is. Now!

How Cute. Elijah’s First Bad Word.


Ok I don’t really believe it is sweet, and I was being a bit sarcastic with the title. However, Elijah has said his first bad word. And that magical word was none other then the F-Bomb.

I wish I could say he learned it from some stranger, or at preschool. However, I would be lying. He learned it from me. The Male role model in his life. At least, I am supposed to be his role model, but I failed.

He had overheard me say this word while I had been on the phone. I had been was upset about something one of our officers had done. Now I can’t be upset with him. It was 100% my fault. I said the word and he repeated a word, he knows nothing about. A word that even I should not be saying. Originally, I told him not to say it again and hopped he would forget it. Of course, he did not. He a little sponge, soaking up every little thing.

So, while Elijah, Luz had been sitting down watching a movie in the living room. Elijah said, out of the blue, “what the %$^. And immediately Luz turned gave me a look and said, “See!” I was busted. Since then he has said it a few more times, and we are stuck trying to get Elijah to understand why he should not be saying such a thing.

This also reflects badly on me. I am the head of the family. A Christian family, and I am to be the model for what my son is to grow up to be like. God had given me this responsibility, and I failed. However, I have also learned from this. I have learned that just saying a word one time, and that word can stick with my son his entire life because of me. And I cannot fail again.

Dysfunctional Families You’re Not The First, But God Can Help.


The Bible has a lot to say about families, it even mentions the ideal family.

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8)

This seems simple, but a lot of families have issues. Even the most close families will have times where they find themselves having issues they must overcome. And the Bible is full of stories where families are challenged with issues. Genesis 3 is the first known case in the Bible where both the husband and the wife disobey God, only later to have one of their children kill another one of their children (Genesis 4:8).

A person’s family can challenge them in every way. Yet we cannot just simply abandon, or give up when times are hard. A family needs to learn to stick together, and meet the challenge, working together to get through the issue.

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4).

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him (James 1:12)

Even when we have lots of issues with a family member we cannot just abandon them, or stop taking care of them. The Bible does not have anything good to say about such a person who does.

8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:8).

True, it is not always easy. If you have a child who has become addicted to drugs, and takes money out of his own mother’s purse. It can be hard to trust that child. And yes… Sometimes denying that child something, you are helping him.

However, if he is hungry, you still must feed him/her. If they are sad you must still be there for them. Ultimately you are trying to build them up in the Lord (Romans 15:1) when you do this. And if you trust God, he can make your family stronger and better (Isaiah 40:31).

You must also be ready to forgive that family member when they have turned from their sin. Remember what it says in Matthew 6:14 – 14 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

Trust God. Let him guide you. Live as God wants you to live.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do (James 1:22-25)

And remember, you are not the first or only dysfunctional family. And God will not abandon you. You however must be willing to trust God in all things.