My New Blog!

Dear Frugal and Simple Readers,

A few weeks ago, I shared that I was taking a “Spring Break” from this site and mentioned that I wanted to invest some time into a special project. That project is my new blog, Intentionally Simple!

Here’s a little background:

At the beginning of 2012, I started thinking more about my writing and the topics I was passionate about. My website at the time, Frugal & Simple, did not seem to be fitting into my vision, mainly the word frugal. {We still consider ourselves to be frugal but that word can mean so many different things. Our frugality is purchasing less but higher quality whereas most people view frugality as more for less.} I wanted to write more about living minimally and green as well as share more about parenting and our financial philosophy. I felt limited by the name Frugal & Simple.

After attending the Killer Tribes conference back in March, I was inspired to finally take a risk and start over. During our drive home late that night, Intentionally Simple was born. It’s a little scary to be leaving the comfort of this site and starting over from scratch but it’s also exciting, I feel like I have more direction now!

We were hoping to launch the new blog on May 1 but we have it ready to go now!

I’m so excited about my new space and would love to have you join me over on Intentionally Simple!

I’d love for you subscribe to Intentionally Simple via email or RSS

Thank you so much for reading Frugal & Simple and being a part of this community! I’m sad to be saying goodbye to this space but excited about Intentionally Simple!


— Rachel


Our Needs Are Met

We are constantly reminded that we cannot out give God! After deciding to give a little more (which required us to re-evaluate our budget and reduce some savings & miscellaneous spending) God has met specific needs through different people!Paxton is quickly growing (at 2 months he is 13 pounds 4 ounces and 25 inches long) and he needed a few summer rompers in bigger sizes! This Thursday we received this precious romper from his Great Aunt Loretta! What a blessing…God meets every need!

“So don’t worry saying ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be provided for you.” -Matthew 6:31-33 HCSB

Help for Haiti

{ We had 48 links & 30 comments; $50 was donated to Samaritan’s Purse! Thanks for linking up & leaving comments!}

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action is dead.” -James 2:14-17 NIV

The past few weeks my husband and I have been praying that we will be more aware of the needs of others around us and if we have the ability to meet a need, instead of just praying, that we would take action!

Right now there is a need in Haiti! No, we can’t meet the need alone, the need is great; but we can take action and do what we can!

Since I’m taking action, I’m joining with Crystal from Money Saving Mom in a “Help for Haiti” drive. For every person who leaves a link on her site, she is donating $10 to Compassion.

If you want to take action in caring for the needs of those in Haiti, write a post about how you are taking action. I will be donating $.50 to Samaritan’s Purse for the Haiti Earthquake Relief fund for every link through January 21, 2010.

If you don’t blog, you can still help! For every comment I will be donating $.25!

What you can do to make a difference:

1. Give We are so blessed in America! If we have a roof over our head, clothes on our backs and food in our stomachs we have so much more than millions around the world. Consider giving a monetary donation to help! If finances are tight, give up eating out for the rest of the month and donate that money or just give $10…every little bit helps!

Here are a few organizations you can give to:

Baptist Global Response


Samaritan’s Purse

2. Blog Write your post sharing how you are taking action and come back and link up here and also at Money Saving Mom as well as the other blogs that are participating!

3. Pray Pray for those who have lost everything. Pray for the relief workers who will be in Haiti.  Pray for the Haitians, that they will be receptive to the gospel because their physical needs are being met. Pray that people in America will take action and give from our abundance to help those with nothing.

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God Meets Every Need

“So don’t worry saying ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be provided for you.” -Matthew 6:31-33 HCSB

This is one of those verses that I come back to over and over because it is so evident in my life! God takes such good care of us that we don’t need to worry about anything!

I love when I can see God’s blessings in my life. I know he blesses me every day in different ways but some days its more visibly evident than others. This Sunday was one of those days; He provided for us in 4 different ways! It’s important to count your blessings, so here are our recent blessings:

1. Maternity Clothes– A lady at church offered me her maternity clothes since she is finished having babies! We are about the same size — what a huge blessing!

2. Lunch– A sweet couple who we are good friends with took John David, Rebekah, Emerson and me out to lunch! This was a blessing that we were given food and also helped us stretch our gas money because we had to be back at the church by 3 for a reception. Since we ate in town we didn’t have to drive home and back to church (we live 15 minutes from church…not a short little drive!)

3. Hand-me-downs for John David and Me– A couple at church brought us 4 big bags of clothing, they were cleaning out their closets and thought of us! There were a couple shirts that John David liked and a pair of pants. I found several jeans, shirts and sweaters that fit (my current size & hopefully post pregnancy)…and a wonderful pair of black athletic pants that I’m wearing right now…I foresee them giving me lots of wear as my pregnancy progresses too! My sister also found a few things that she liked and there were some items that I sent back home to my mom that I think she would like and will fit her! So 4 of us were blessed by this!

4. Gift Card– I won a $30 Kroger gift card! This money will help stretch our food budget!

So the questions ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ were all answered…we have had food provided and clothing provided! Oh the goodness of God!