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Thursday, February 12, 2009

I bake at home.
Most of the time I sell what I bake.
Small time earning but it makes me do what I love to do.
Guess how it brings out my kids' creative juices?
See the pics?
My kids looovvvee to do arts.

Just a quarter kilo of meat sauteed in garlic and onions then the vegetables (string beans and squash) came next, our family of 5 had two meals with this healthy and frugal recipe. After a cup of water, a dash of salt with pepper, few minutes of boiling in freshly-squeezed coconut milk...

Voila! Fresh, inexpensive food on our table.

Lesson number 1. It's always enough. It's the "want" that's never enough.

Since I took my one year leave of absence from work, our income dwindled. Worse, the business my husband has been into since 2007, has not taken off that well. To put it simply: the income can put food on our table but never sufficient to send our kids to school. To make matters complicated, my blogging earning was slapped tremendously . Good thing my family/siblings always trickle down their blessings to us. However grateful, we know we have to work and really earn on our own because dependency is not an option.

Meticulous menu planning, basic goods buying, no impulse buys, our car never used, very rare eat-outs, all fancy things buying gone - we are still alive!!

Simple living can be done. It's difficult but it can be done. Doubly painful when I hear my kids comment: "why can't we be like this or buy this or get this?" There are however, explanations to everything. The trade of the simplicity: they all eat vegetables now, the older kids were never sick the entire year and they seldom ask for anything fancy. They know they won't be succesful, that's why.

Simple life is difficult in this material-driven world. Others will always have better life compared to ours, but isn't that a fact of life? Now, I always ask myself: is it a need or a want?
Hopefully, I will be better in money management later. That is one lesson I was taught by our situation.
More details to follow.