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Watching Our Pennies
Watching Our Pennies
04/13/2012

Dear Dr. Laura,

I wanted to take a minute to tell you about my wonderful husband. We have four children and have been married 22 years.  Things have been a little rough financially for us these last few years. I am a stay-at-home mom and homeschool our children, which means thinking twice about what we spend our money on. 

My car was on its last legs with 200,000 miles on it, and we were trying to get it to last long enough to buy my in-laws’ car from them. I found another car I really liked, but after checking it out, my husband felt he really didn't want to spend the money.  I don't buy myself much and I always was willing to drive whatever car he bought, our furniture is as old as our marriage etc...  I was somewhat unhappy with his decision to not buy the car and started to pout when I realized what I was doing.  I told myself to get over it - this man works 65 hours a week to provide a good life for us.  Who am I to whine? 

Well that weekend, I went out of town for a Rugby tournament for our son (my husband stayed home to work).  When I returned home, the garage door wouldn't open.  I became very frustrated because I thought here was another broken item:  our microwave, dishwasher, dryer and car, all broken in the last month.   I went inside to tell my husband what happened.  As I headed to the garage, he began to follow me.  When I got to the garage, I was completely confused until I suddenly realized he had bought me the car I had asked for.  Dr. Laura, I cried. Later, he told me that while I was gone he started thinking about all the things I do and wanted me to know how much he appreciates me.  I love him so much.

 Thank you Dr. Laura for all you do.  I have been listening to you for 17 years and your words of wisdom and books have made me a much better wife.

Temple

P.S.   He had a great night!

Tags: Appreciation, Attitude, Finances, Marriage, Read On-Air, Tight Budget, Values
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