Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Praise God!

We paid off the last of our credit card debt yesterday!

(cue Hallelujah Chorus music)

We still have some medical bills and the IRS bill, but the credit card amount was the biggest bear.  It feels so good to know that one isn't chasing us anymore. ;o)  The others are smaller and will disappear pretty quickly now that the credit card debt, with its greedy interest rate, isn't eating all our discretionary income.

With the last year's setbacks, we hadn't thought we would finish paying off debt until a year from now.  But God, who is rich in mercy, reminded my husband of some stock he had purchased a long time ago through his old company's employee stock purchase program.  Since it wasn't attached to a retirement account, the Warrior Poet sold it.  It wasn't a lot, but it was enough to kill the biggest bear.

I think there is light at the end of this tunnel!

The Warrior Poet is such a romantic.  He informed me of his actions by texting me:

I have a surprise for you when you get home.  It will probably make your jaw hit the floor.  This is not an understatement.

When I got home, I saw that he had made a path through our room with post-it notes.  The post-its said:

#1. I love you.

#2. Thank you for loving me.

#3.  Even though I am often a big dumb rock.

#4.  But sometimes even a blind squirrel... well, you know.

#5.  I have a surprise.  Very big.  When I say big, I mean big.

#6.  When you find out about this surprise, you'll agree I was not kidding about the MAGNITUDE!!

#7.  Have I ever mentioned what an awesome God we serve?

#8.  Because I feel he most certainly deserves huge credit for this.

#9.  There are some days when a moment or two of total clarity hits me.  Today was definitely one of those.

#10.  It felt like scales falling from my eyes.

#11.  Well, I have now drawn this out long enough and I see you are giddy with anticipation.

#12.  Open the medicine cabinet...

When I opened it, I saw a statement from the investment company and another note from the WP stating that this stock was not connected to our retirement accounts.  He then told me he had instructed them to sell, sell, sell, and the amount would be so much.

I could not believe it.  It really was a surprise of first magnitude!

(Yes, the post-its were numbered.  He is methodical as well as romantic. ;o)

So... I have an awesome God AND an fabulous honey.  And I will keep these post-its forever and ever.


Jacqueline said...

what a sweet and wonderful surprise! I'm so happy for you! We too, are tackling the Debt Monster. It feels so wonderful when you can strike a blow like that, doesn't it?

Katie said...

Oh, yes! It's been a long time coming. Blessings on *your* payoff efforts, Jacqueline!

Mama Squirrel said...

Praising with you!