Our family is no different. We've had to make cut backs, go without many things, and get very creative with our budget.
This month, it wasn't enough.
Today, I had to do something I didn't want to do. I'm near tears while just writing about it cause it sucks so much. Call me sentimental.
I had been saving a bunch of the kids stuff. I was saving them mostly for myself, but also so they could have them for their kids. I had infant clothes, toddler clothes, winter, summer, coats, hats, costumes, socks, and a few special toys.
I went from about four boxes, to one.
There's a children's consignment in town, and in a last ditch effort to make ends meet this month, I had to go through EVERYTHING and part with what I call too much. I packed pajamas, little onesies, adorable jackets, and tiny shoes to go take to the consignment store. Baby bath tubs, little rocker, first toys, and even Chase's first marshmallow suit.
I cried. I called my husband and just bawled.
Don't get me wrong. I wasn't keeping every single thing. I had already taken several boxes to Goodwill over the years. But, this was stuff close to my heart. I know I didn't get rid of all of it. But just knowing his baby snowsuit his in my trunk, ready to be sold, makes me want to cry all over again.
Along with all of the kids stuff, I also went through my own stuff. Not much, just things I had been holding onto in hopes of one day fitting into again. Three dresses, three pairs of shoes, a Coach purse, and a few random shirts. Kyle was not exempt either. Football cleats, football gloves, and a few movies where also put into the pile.
Times are hard. Going through this is even harder. But I know I'm not the only one, and I know that others are giving up much more.