Saturday, June 28, 2008

tahoe loven..

hello friends. just got back from lovely Tahoe. lovely Tahoe. It was BEAUTIFUL over there... a little smoky; but gorgeous still. we had fun. road trip with the girls. devil's juice with friends, old and new. a wonderful wedding. fun sunburns. great breakfast. amazing families. Jeremy did an incredible job on the pictures... but I think it really helped that Jamie is so naturally beautiful, and Pete, well he IS a Metz... all combined with the sparkling blue water of Tahoe.... and well- it was wonderful. I'm sure Jeremy will post some pictures this week.. Keep an eye out.
the trip left me with a lot of time to think...... was thinking about this whole money issue I blogged about a few days ago.... I think some people took me the wrong way and I wanted to explain myself a little more. I think that as a community we do not live below our means so we can help others. seriously. we have to have SO much. we have to drive a nice car so people will think we have money. we have to wear name brand clothes so people won't think we shop at Wal-Mart. we pay more rent than we can afford, just so people will talk about how nice our place is. we go on expensive vacations so we can brag to all of our friends. now tell me... why the hell do we have to have all this crap? None of this means ANYTHING. and I'm speaking about all of us, myself included-our lives in general-not just related to the Stirring. Everyone needs to re-evaluate what's really at the top of our priorities. Think about it...if for some reason you got 100 bucks in the mail from whoever..would you think-sweet, I can go buy that new shirt i want (to hang in my closet full of shirts) or do you think, awesome, How can I bless someone with this gift? Seriously. Think about it. We can get by on SO much less than we think we can. And when you realize that.... you've got all this extra cash flow to bless people with. or maybe it's not even cash, maybe its extra food-invite someone over for dinner.. if you've got some extra gas money, fill up someone's tank. I don't care what you do... just learn to live on less. As a community if we did that-we'd be able to do SO much.
anyway.... just some of my thoughts... that's what this blog is for. take them or leave them. I don't care. loves you all.

4 comments:

pedronegro said...

I think that your right on. Lauren and I have been so much more blessed and dependent on God since we both lost work. We have trusted God to provide money for food and he has, didnt know how we were going to pay for the camping trip we had planned with a bunch of friends, got a random check in the mail, didnt know how we were going to pay rent, God blessed us with some money through a friend, riding my bike everywhere is not only great for the health but the enviroment too.

Living on nothing has been the biggest blessing that we could have ever imagined.

Juan said...

this is awesome.. and I'm sure your intent isn't to discourage those that have a lot, but rather learn to sacrifice and give beyond anything you have ever done..

To me it's not a point to live smart, or below your means and practice good living for the environment because the earth is supposedly about to implode on itself.... but rather trust in God whole heartedly...not wait, but listen to the Holy Spirit.. and remain sound to the wise teachings of Jesus. If we do this I believe God will bless us more than Wal Mart ever could...


For the record... I hate Wal Mart.. I do not shop there.. I'm the originator that coined the term "the circus".... that and Win Co.. They are both "the circus"...

Julie sometimes goes there when there isn't any other option....

Anna said...

Amy thank you! I am totally going to make Matt take me up there! Fireworks over the lake sounds romantic...

Thanks so much, this totally made my day!!! :)

hannahrae said...

Amy,

I totally agree with you and this has been on my mind like crazy the past view weeks...after I got back from vacation I could not believe all the money I had spent on clothes that I didn't need...and once I got back my bank put a hold on my account because they didn't know why I was spending money in san diego, anyway...I've been living on close to nothing but I realized I don't need the starbucks doubleshot everyday or new clothes all the time and I've been totally blessed through it all! And I can't wait till I have all my finances in order and I can really start testing myself to live on less!

I think you're so amazing! I would love to hang out soon!