Wednesday, February 22, 2012


"She had forgotten that summer would come again, that the green would spread over the frozen fields, that the earth would be turned up to the sun and the seed sown, and that the meadows would renew themselves. Was this what strengthened these New Englanders to endure the winter, the knowledge that summer's return would be all the richer for the waiting?"

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

I chose this quote for this post for a couple reasons. One, I absolutely love it. Two, I'm from New England, and I just love the meaning behind the quote. Three, it sort of goes with what I'm going to talk about.
Hey, it's a good quote!

Anyway, as you're reading this, we're on our way to Hawaii!!

We're going to be seeing beautiful beaches like this, and even spending a night in a honeymoon suite on the volcano!

We've been waiting (and saving) for this trip since last March. That's a long time to wait on a big trip, but I'm proud of how much we were able to save, even with my small monetary contribution to our household. We've been saving, and waiting, and eagerly anticipating a trip that will be both relaxing and fun.
What we will not be doing is putting every last purchase (including the rental car and tickets which were bought in January) on a credit card. Nope. If we don't have the cash, we won't do it. Since we're staying in a time share, we will have a small kitchen, so I'm planning on eating "in" for breakfast and lunch, and out for dinner. Though we will probably pay for some excursions, we will also be doing a lot of frugal or free activities.
We will not be stressing about how much money we're spending, or how we're going to pay those credit cards off when we come back. Nope.

Our last vacation together was just over 2 years ago...our honeymoon. And while we could have gone on vacation after our first anniversary, it would have been a financial burdon. Rather than stress about paying off credit cards for a year, I prefer to save, and enjoy my vacation.

And now it's here, and our vacation will be "all the richer for the waiting".

Stay tuned for a few more posts from the Harry Potter challenge, and guest posts over the next week!

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