Unpredictable life 

Happy Birthday Canada 🇨🇦 

I haven’t posted much because life has been crazy. I’m home from my visit with my daughter now and she is still struggling since the car accident but has a great physiotherapist and will be following up with the neurologist soon.

I had mentioned before that we are trying to pay off debt and budget with envelopes. I had tried the virtual enevelope app called Mvelopes, using the free subscription but recently learned that they intend on charging everyone beginning in August. This makes no sense for my family seeing as we are trying to pay debt and save money, not spend more! 

So I recently found the Better Haves app and am trying it. It is free, and you can share the app with another using their email. So far it has not limited the amount of envelopes and there is the option of having shared or individual envelopes as well. There is also tracking for general savings. It doesn’t connect to bank accounts so this is good for me as I worry about the safety of that option. It did take a bit to figure out how to transfer from envelopes, change envelope amounts or income amount. Every month I will have to enter this info for the new budget, but that’s good for me as I need to be able to budget with my spouse each month (and the amount towards our variable expenses changes). 

This month is difficult as I had to make the impromptu trip, and I still haven’t figured out how I am paying for school in September. But I trust that with some planning and faith, everything will work out the way it is supposed to! 

My health is okay. I have a meeting with a specialist at the end of July and continue Physiotherapy, Kinesiology and Massage therapy. I also see my surgeon at the end of July. I am hoping things are improved by then but I know that my vertabrae has slipped another 3mm since surgery… for a total of 12mm now… so we will wait and see. 

Going to take my youngest out and celebrate the birthday of Canada and enjoy the festivities once my husband gets home from work. Hope wherever you are, your day is a blessed and happy one!

Update: Morning of Day 6

Up this morning early so we can drive to Thunder Bay. In Winnipeg we stayed at the Holiday Inn (Airport) – we had stayed previously and it was great but this time we were disappointed. They are in the middle of renovating so maybe that’s why our service wasn’t great. All the hotels we have stayed at this far have been pretty good. My favourite so far was the Holiday Inn in Regina… Clean, had a supervisor for the waterslide, and the front desk guy was fantastic. 
My back hurts more today. I knew it would, sitting for so long in the car everyday, but I was hoping that I could pretend I was the way I used to be for just a moment… The ‘get in the car and have minimal uncomfortableness afterward’ kind of person. No such luck today, as I begin to have muscle spasms travelling down my left leg. I am thankful that my husband has been driving, my doctor gave me extra medication before leaving, and I felt pretty good the last 4 days. 

I was able to visit friends I have not seen in 8 1/2 years last night. I wish we had more time in Winnipeg, but given that we have to be in Nova Scotia by a certain date, we just cannot stay longer. 

Our oldest son is doing well (he is going to college in BC and elected not to move with us). He signed up for his courses for the Winter semester. Our daughter also seems well, still in Edmonton (and I wish we could have stopped there to see her!). Our youngest, who is travelling with us, is out of sorts and is acting like a crazy person. This morning he wanted to shower before everyone… (It was a big deal) and was throwing attitude – even after we let him. I suppose it is par for the course seeing as we have turned his life upside down, but it will be nice to have a sense of normal again soon. 

I’m ready for a great day… Even though I feel blah, I know that God’s hand is guiding us and His light is shining 🙂

“For the joy of the Lord is my strength…”