Today is the day between my anniversaries. Yesterday marked 6 years since Micah and I started dating as well as 1 year since the ceremony in which we were legally married. Tomorrow will mark 1 year since our actual church wedding with family and friends, the one we count. I’ll write more tomorrow about those two days and why we made these choices.

This morning, when I announced our anniversary in church I choked up a little. I remembered what a long road it’s been for us to get here. As individuals and as a couple. We both still fight the urge to “just end it all” and depression which makes nothing seem worthwhile. And then we bounce back and are quite glad that we’re still here. I’m not just grateful for the last year, I’m grateful for all the days over the last few years where I’ve chosen to keep going.

That wasn’t depressing at all. Oh, it was? Well, how about a nice M-Network roundup—what’s been going on in some great personal finance blogs this week? Here’s a taste:

Plonkee decided that since she doesn’t celebrate Independence Day (being British and all that), she might as well declare it getting rid of unwanted things day and outlines some benefits of decluttering. Are you saying the States was unwanted, plonkee? For shame! 😐 πŸ˜‰

Single Guy has recently gotten an incentive to use his Chase card. I’m guessing that they noticed he wasn’t getting into debt and want to change that. No reason not to take careful advantage of it, though!

Patrick watched the recent CBS special on the “Other America” and gives his thoughts on food stamps and the economy.

David of My Two Dollars moved this week. Good for him! There are a number of guest posts on his site if you’d like to check them out. Or just wish him a happy arrival!

The Dough Roller believes that Roth 401(k) plans may actually be a mistake. Careful analysis into why and how they’re problematic. Worth a read if you’re considering one.

Gibble *ahem* I mean Gather Little By Little Guy recognizes the price of Walmart’s cheap goods. Is it really worth it to shop there? I find big box stores entirely too stressful…but then I find most shopping stressful, so perhaps I’m not a good example. And then there’s some ethical questions too. Lots of discussion in the comments.

Pinyo at Moolanomy wonder whether we are financially worse-off than our parents. There are certainly a lot of things we’re expected to spend money on nowadays that my did even exist when my parents were my age.

Paid Twice is looking into disability insurance. She’s taken the first steps. If you don’t have it, join her for this journey…I think it’s quite helpful to see someone else go through it before you do.

And Lynnae at Being Frugal shares how she saves money and keeps cool during the summer.

Also, this week I participated in the Independence Day edition of the Carnival of Financial Goals. Check it out over at Military Finance Network!


Patrick July 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Congrats on the anniversary, thanks for the mention, and life is to beautiful to ever end it all. πŸ™‚

Kacie July 6, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Happy anniversary! I hope this coming year is a fantastic one for you.

Emily July 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm

That made me want to give you a hug. So glad you keep hanging in there. You brighten my day.

Susan July 6, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Happy Anniversaries, Mrs. Micah!
I’m glad you’re here!!! You’re a wonderful person, and I’m so glad to have met you. And yeah, I’m getting in line to give you a hug too. πŸ™‚

Frugal Vet Tech July 7, 2008 at 12:08 am

Happy anniversary! Husband and I have been together six years as well, but we’ve been married four instead of one (we were too impatient to wait any longer to get married!).

Depression is not fun at all (which is why they call it “depression” instead of something like “excitement”). Been there, done that. Having support (like a spouse) makes it easier, but it’s still not easy. Life is worth it, even though it doesn’t seem like it sometimes. If I could, I’d send you a flower from my garden to cheer you up!

dawn @ iowahippiechick July 7, 2008 at 12:54 am

First let me wish you and Mr. Micah a wonderful and blessed anniversary!
Then second … I understand both your struggles with depression. I am just coming off a very rough couple of months in which my depression came back. It had been literally years since I had dealt with it. Then it happened. Anyway dear Mrs. Micah – don’t ever give up, because you my dear are irreplaceable!!!

plonkee July 7, 2008 at 4:41 am

Mrs. Micah, unwanted is such a strong word. It’s just the case that sometimes you hold onto things beyond the point at which you should let them go.

Losing the American colonies probably contributed to the British dominance of the 19th century, a wealth that we still seem to be trading off nicely πŸ˜‰ .

Monica July 7, 2008 at 11:57 am

Or, from the American point of view, the British connection was unwanted. As a Canadian I am not of the same mind, but I do seem to remember stuff about the Boston tea party and Paul Revere and whatnot.

plonkee July 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Looks like it was good for both sides in the long run.

Andrew Stevens July 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm

A poem from Dorothy Parker:

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

mrsmicah July 8, 2008 at 8:34 pm

@Andrew, one of my favorite poems ever. I memorized it a couple years back.

Andrew Stevens July 8, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Parker survived several suicide attempts (thus the poem’s title: Résumé) and died of a heart attack at the age of 73. Stayed an alcoholic all her life though.

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