Money, Migraines, Miracles

If you know anything about me, you know alliteration is my BFF. Money, Migraines, Miracles. Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

I’m coming off the heels of yet another migraine, so there hasn’t been a lot happening this week. Still, there are a few things I can report on.

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Money, Migraines, Miracles


Shortly after Hubs and I were married, we were introduced to Dave Ramsey and his book, The Total Money Makeover. We started following the principles then, but fell off the wagon after moving to North Dakota.

We’ve been through Financial Peace University (at least twice), and we’ve been debt free (twice…) and yet…

Getting out of debt those first two times was easy: we just had to sell our house. That’s not our plan or our goal right now, so we’re having to work at it. And it is work. But we’re doing the envelopes and the budget and whatever we can, to dump our debt for good.

The difference in this time versus the others is Hubs and I are both 110% on board. I think over the years, we cycled around each other as to who was more motivated when. To both be on the same page at the same time is a wonderful (exponentially productive) thing.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not (she said, tongue-in-cheek), but the world is a little dicey. Every day we hear words we hoped to only read about in history books, “inflation”, “recession”, “collapse”, “war”, etc. Getting out of debt and dialing in our financial habits and decisions will be an incredible asset as time goes on, and as more historical phrases become our present reality.

These habits present their own challenge in developing themselves. While we’ve only been doing this since the beginning of April, it feels really good to have a handle on our financial situation and to have a plan to dump debt for good.


In my Money, Migraines, Miracles segment, we’re on part two, which is also my least favorite: Migraines.

Since late last week, I had been dealing with exceptional brain fog. Complete and total inability to think clearly, and struggling to remember anything. I’m noting this because as migraines are still a relatively new phenomenon in my life, I’m trying to recognize them before the pain sets in.

By Monday at supper time, my head was hurting quite noticeably. By bedtime, I knew it was a migraine.

I spent all of Tuesday in bed, in the dark, with the door closed. Light hurt my eyes. Sounds hurt my ears. Thinking hurt my head. I was hungry, but not really. My forehead was having a volleyball match, sending the pain back and forth over the middle of my brow. Stabbing pain behind my eyes was the icing on the migraine cake.

I don’t know why I went 40 years without ever experiencing these, and now have been dealing with them for a couple of years since. What I do know, however, is I hate them.


There have been innumerable small miracles happening here on the hilltop. I hope I can remember most of them.

Garlic scapes are beginning to peek above the soil in one of my raised beds. Planted last October, they huddled beneath the soil surface waiting for this day. They endured subzero temperatures, being buried in feet of snow, and occasional naughty-chicken-antics to get to this point. Seeing those nubs of green poking up above the dirt is one of my most favorite things to see each year. When the asparagus heads do the same, I’ll squeal for joy.

My seed starts are doing so well, I’ve run out of room for them on my grow shelf. I have another month before I can put them outside in the ground, so I hope they maintain their vigor and enthusiasm until I can begin hardening them off and finally transplant them.

We’ve got 25 eggs in the incubator, with an expected hatch date of May 3rd. I was going to wait until day 10 to candle them, but in my migraine-recovery-weakness, I thought I’d give them a go on day seven.

Every. Single. Egg. shows signs of development. I’m blown away. And even more nervous now.

If I have a 100% hatch rate…. we will have too many chickens. “But Val, is that even possible? To have too many chickens?” I know… it seems somewhat of a slanderous thing to say. I know better than to count my chickens before they hatch, and I know a lot can happen between now and hatch day. Knowing every egg shows signs of life, however, is a bit daunting.

Another miracle, or at least something really neat… For the first time ever, I think, we’ll be finishing our school year before the public school kids finish. We should be celebrating our summer break starting after the last of the school work is completed on May 4th! That also happens to be the day we’ll be getting our turkey poults (and the day after the expected hatch day of our chicks).

It’s been an interesting homeschool year with its own unique set of challenges, but it’s been a successful homeschool year, and I’m grateful for that. It will be nice to take a break from schoolwork and get lost in gardening for a few months.

Money, Migraines, Miracles: A Summary

Here I thought not much had been happening since I was out of commission for two days and three nights with a migraine, but it seems I had plenty to say about the past week. We’ve got plans, goals, and dreams, and it feels good to be working toward progress on all of them.

As April winds to a close and May is just around the corner, there will be plenty to provide updates on, and I can’t wait to share it all here.

Even if there’s snow in the forecast for tonight/tomorrow… and I wish I was joking.

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