In 21 days our family of 4 (in case you missed it we adopted Calvin!) will be moving. Moving is nothing new for me, I grew up moving, and I’ve moved multiple times since being an adult, but this will be the first time, as an adult for me to move to another country. It’s hard to believe that after years of pursuing foreign missions, we’re finally going to West Africa! I know my life will be changing a lot and I’m both excited and nervous, but I know God will be with me through it all!

As far as the blog goes, I’ve really missed blogging and I’ve thought many times about coming back to it, I’ve even gone as far as starting some rough draft posts. However, it’s also been good for me to get away from it and spend time and thoughts on other things.

I’m hoping to keep posting sometimes, although it won’t be as often as I used to post….and if my posts do become really frequent I give you all permission to write me ¬†and say, “Katy, what’s up with all these posts? Are you getting your other things done first???”

I’ve also been updating our ministry blog more frequently too, which covers more ministry and family type things.

Right when you feel like packing’s going good……

…you realize, you need to start all over again! :)

 

With all this traveling and moving I haven’t felt very frugal at all, let’s face it plane tickets, typhoid shots, malaria preventatives, and passports aren’t cheap. And it doesn’t help that we keep saying, “We need to eat at (insert all of our favorite State-side¬†restaurants) before we go!”

To make myself feel better about all we’ve been spending, here’s 5 ways we’ve been frugal recently:

  1. I bought a dual-voltage blow dryer and flat-iron on amazon, using my earnings from swagbucks* to cut the price quite a bit.
  2. We opted for a small layover in Brussels on our way to Senegal because it was significantly cheaper than flying straight.
  3. We have over $50 at a consignment store, that I plan on collecting before leaving the country.
  4. I’ve been collecting lots of free e-books for my Kindle. I’m so thankful for modern technology, that allows me to pack buckets of books into one small device! :)
  5. I’ve been finding tons of coins lately when I go on run/walks. I wish I’d been keeping track of how many, but almost every time I go, I find at least one or two…Cameron makes fun of me, but hey, every penny counts!!

 

Linked at Sarah Titus for Frugal Friday.

8 Responses to “West Africa, Here We Come!!!”

  1. yes, getting ready for such a big move has got to make frugality challenging. Good job in spite of it all!
    :)

    Mary

  2. Our pastor was a missionary in West Africa for 4yrs and he had to learn to speak Cloza (?) a local dialect. His wife and three children were there with him and they loved spreading God’s word even though there were times of fear at the unrest in that country. Be careful and may God bless you all in this exciting venture for our Lord.

  3. Hi Katy! One of the big things I get out of your blog is the simplicity in moving – so I would LOVE to see a detailed post on what you’re bringing. I understand if that’s not a big priority, though; I mean, going to those restaurants you’re not going to get to go to for a long time is way more important! :-)

    • Well, right now it doesn’t feel very simple! lol But I’ll try to squeeze a post about it in, in between mouth fulls of fresh tortillas and ice-cream

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