Tuesday, August 30, 2011

2 Years!

Two years ago today we posted this...

Eating Beneath Our Means

A new blog and a new project! We thought that a new blog would be a great place for us to share some of the exciting things going on in our newlywed life together! To kick it off, we are sharing our experience with you as we live for a week, eating out of a box. No, it's not pizza, or a happy meal, but a Children's Hunger Fund Food Pak.

These small boxes cost about $25 to fill and provide nutrition and hope for families in need. They are designed to supply meals for a family of four for about a week. We did make a few adjustments to ours (we aren't quite a family of four...although sometimes we eat like we could be) but none the less, we are challenging ourselves to eat beneath our means. Not only will this give us a chance to experience a small taste of what these families go through, but it will also free up some of our budget so that we can help provide some of these Food Paks through CHF.

It's going to be different, that's for sure. And it may be bland. But hopefully it will help us put in to perspective the amount of money we should be spending on food and simplify our eating habits.

Here are the rules:

  1. We only eat food from the Food Pak- breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, fourth meals, etc.
  2. No eating out.
  3. We only drink water.
  4. We pray daily thanking God that He provides for us in abundance and for the families who live on less than what we are currently eating.
  5. We don't grumble and complain...even if we are hungry when we go to bed!
Here is the CHF Food Pak grocery list and the items we purchased:

  • two canned meat products 12 oz: tuna and chicken
  • 1 bag or box of rice 16oz: enriched, long grain, white rice
  • 1 bag of pinto beans 160z: Goya's frijoles pintos
  • 1 bag or box of pasta 16oz: twirls!
  • 2 small cans of tomato paste or sauce: 1 sm can paste, 1 can cream of broccoli soup
  • 2 canned green vegetables 14oz: green beans and mixed veggies
  • 2 canned fruits: mandarin oranges and peaches
  • 1 bag of salted nuts 6oz: raw Spanish peanuts
  • 1 small box of crackers: saltines
  • 1 box of granola or nutritional bars: crunchy granola bars variety pack

  • Possible additions: peanut butter (check!), soup 12oz can (broccoli cheddar), trail mix, refried beans, cooking oil, dried fruit (apples and cranberries). We also added oatmeal.

  • And...we added tortillas...this is Texas, ya'll!

So, stay posted! Frankie is coming up with the recipes and tomorrow we start cookin! :D


Can someone really live on something like this?

That is a question that we asked two years ago and it started the craziest and most fun two years of our lives!

It took us to the question,
How can we change the way we are living so that we can help others?
and now,
What else can we do with our lives and careers that will have a huge impact for the people that are suffering in this world?

Two years wasn't very long ago, but it was a totally different path we were headed down...we were just settling in to a nice apartment, a great job, a fancy new school...and after two years, we're back in San Antonio where we feel called to love and serve, called to community, and to continue living our lives to love others. No job, different school, bumming off parents as we try to make our savings last...not complaining here, it's just different.

So, what is next?!

Two years of trying to change the lives of the people that we see as suffering has completely changed our own. I am not sure where we would be if we would have continued with our lives without taking the time to think about our first question. This blog and the things we do through it have connected us in ways that we didn't know existed. We both have learned the passion that we have to serve daily and how much we can accomplish when we work together. Our hearts have grown in so many ways and we are so blessed to have all of the opportunities that God has given us as we seek more of Him. We are so grateful for all of the memories and great friends that we have made along the way. Thank you for your continuous support of our projects and our blog! We press on because He is worth it and we hope to inspire you with how God is working in our world and how he wants all of us to be a part of it. :)

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