Sunday, November 29, 2009

Can I Get a WOOHOO???!!!

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it. . .

Okay, now that I've got that song stuck in your head like it's stuck in mine, I'm going to share with you what is so exciting.

I was sooooooooo excited to get up in the morning and pay a bill. Can you believe that? Who gets excited about paying bills anyway? Crazy people I tell ya! BUT, I was checking our account online to see how much money we had left. I wanted to buy fast food for dinner. Mommy (that's me) had a headache and 3 hungry children that needed to be fed ASAP. First I should be thanking God because there was actually some money left!!!

And the even bigger surprise was that my husband got paid a day early, so I didn't have to wait to pay the bill. WHY is this so exciting, you ask? Well. . .I will gladly tell you. . .

I just paid this off. . .7 months early!!!

That is our 2005 Honda Odyssey. Did you get that? It is our 2005 Honda Odyssey. It no longer belongs to the bank.

It is ours.

We started on our journey of doing things the Dave Ramsey way, GOD'S way really, almost 2 years ago. God has brought us so far. There were times when I did not know where the money was going to come from to survive until payday. God tested my faith many times, and every time He provided in miraculous ways. So when what we had built our emergency fund back up to was wiped out by an emergency purchase of 2 new tires for our van, I didn't panic. And when I realized there was only $45 in our checking account, with no credit cards (praise God!), a depleted emergency fund and 4 days until payday. . .I still did not panic. I knew the God that had carried me through the last 2 years could see me through the last 4 days until payday.

Not only did he carry us through, but he sent payday a day early. And while we still have a little more work to do before we can call Dave Ramsey and scream that we are DEBT FREE, we have come a long way and it feels so good to own both of our vehicles.

This is the God I serve. . .

Ephesians 3:20-21

20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Can I get a PRAISE THE LORD and a WOOHOO???!!!

P.S. Yes, I did get the fast food for dinner, in case you were wondering. And it's a good thing. I have a 9 year old son who has what I am convinced is a bottomless pit for a stomach and 2 hollow legs. It's a good thing my van is paid off because I see my grocery bill going way up in the near future!!!



I am blessed! said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you! Now if the government would only follow your example:)

Cop Mama said...

That's awesome!!! We too are on a modified version of the Dave Ramsey plan. We hope to have our minivan paid off in 10 months. You're an inspiration...I just showed your blog post to my DH!

Aileen said...

Congratulations on getting you car payed off! I know how thrilling that can be. We are trying to pay off one of our cars right now too. The Lord always come through when we're doing what he wants us to:)

Alison said...

We've paid off 2 credit cards this year and it feels sooo good!
Our baby steps are exactly that, very tiny baby steps, but they're baby steps in the right direction!
Way to go- enjoy that owned free and clear vehicle!!

Crayon Wrangler said...

Sounds like you got to that "gazelle intense" point!
Whoot Whoot!!!

We have been Ramsey-fied for 6 years and have 3 (count em 1..2..3) paid for vehicles, no consumer debt and are chipping that house payment down.

It's good to weird! Congratulations!!!

inadvertent farmer said...

Love Dave! Good for you that is so cool! We paid ours off...15 years ago, lol. Yep still driving it, Dave would be proud.

We are debt free all except our mortgage with we should have done in 7 - 8 years...can't wait! Kim

OurWonderfulLife said...

AWESOME!!!! We should have our car paid off in Jan/Feb and then it'll just be a mortgage for us too!
I can't wait til I can post the same thing as you!!!!!!!!!!!!

TAMMY said...

That's so awesome! Praise the Lord!!!

Pixel Perfect said...

Congratulations! It's the best feeling...isn't it?!

Sandy Hop said...

THIS ROCKS!!! Can't wait to hear you call in a scream on Debt Free Friday!

Sandi said...

Thank you ladies so much for being excited with me!!! I feel so humbled today, thinking about how God brought us through the last 2 years.

Debt Free Friday here we come!!!