But today I wanted to write about one of the more drastic spending changes we have made. We are discontinuing our internet. Completely. Tomorrow.
I am still getting very nervous about that change. We have a great alternative that I am very excited about. We have a new coffee shop in our town that has internet access. Scott has been encouraging me to get away regularly for a little quiet time. But of course I never do it. Now he's saying, "You are doing it and here's some extra motivation." So I'll get to play on the internet, have some time to be quiet and alone, and save over $60.00 a month at the same time (minus the cost of the coffee, of course).
Now, every time I think about not having internet access at my fingertips, my heart pounds. I'm not saying this is good, I'm just saying this is what happens. Right now, I keep my laptop open on the desk in full view of the kitchen and within listening distance to most of the house, and I can just pop over and get online whenever I want to check out a recipe, check the weather forecast, or whatever else springs in my mind. I can also hear the comforting bing from Outlook, telling me someone loves me, um, I mean, that I have an email.
But I can already think of some great reasons why this is a good idea. Scott and I will no longer walk over the computer to check our inbox before we great our children or each other. Gone will be the ability to hide behind the keyboard while countless minutes pass and this dishes don't get done. My internet time will have to count. This will be a good thing.
I think this new plan will not only save us money, it will save us time. And cause us to think about our internet time and also our time here at home. We want to have more face to face conversations with people like our children.
I'll still be writing on my blog, and using autopost as my friend. I'll still be looking forward to reading your comments and writing back and forth. I am hoping that my posts will be better and more focused, but that may be setting my hopes too high.
So even though I am very unsure how this will work, I am so thankful Scott came up with this idea. I am looking forward to the discipline it will bring. It is our prayer that God will use this change to conform us more into his image and to bring himself glory as the sustaining joy of our lives.