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Easter 2013 121SmallWelcome to Mom’s Plans!   I’m glad you’re here.

My name is Melissa, and I’m a wife as well as a mother to three kids, ages 9, 5, and 3.5.

Our days are full with homeschooling, reading, and cooking.  We have multiple food intolerances, so we make all of our food from scratch.  Healthy living is important to us, and we try to eat locally grown, organic produce as well as grass-fed meat, all while trying to stay on a budget.

In 2011, I happily became a stay at home mom, but a few months later, I started working from home.  I currently run this blog, am a freelance writer for a number of other blogs and also work as a virtual assistant.

My husband just got his Ph.D. and is in a post-doc position.  In a few years, when he’s done with the post-doc, we hope to buy a house.

In 2013 we officially became a homeschooling family.  Our kids are in 4th grade, Kindergarten, and preschool.  I never thought I’d homeschool our kids, but now that I am, I love it!

We’re also in the process of paying down $57,996 of credit card and student loan debt.  After 2 years, I’m happy to report that we are completely out of credit card debt and have paid off about half of our initial debt.

Thanks for stopping by!  Feel free to e-mail me at momsplans[at]yahoo[dot]com.

 

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  2. Hello Melissa! I just read an entry about how you and your husband paid cash for your children’s Japanese school. I’m kind of in the same situation, where I grew up in Japanese (I’m half Japanese) and it is very very important that my children learn Japanese so that they can go back to Japan and communicate with their relatives. My husband, is American. I try speaking to my kids in Japanese all day (very tiring when I’m the only one who speaks it!) and try to show them Japanese “PBS” type shows at movie time, but it still seems like it’s not enough. My children (4 and 3 years old) still seem to talk more English!
    Anyway, I just thought I needed to say hello! and I hope you guys will keep saving so that you can pay for their Japanese schooling!! I admire that! Ganbare!

    • I imagine it is alot of work! My husband tries to read to our daughter in Japanese, but she usually responds in English. She is getting more excited about learning now that she can hear her big brother talk on the phone to obaachan and ojiichan and she can’t. She really wants to be able to speak with them.

  3. Just dropping a note to say I love your site!! I’m moving in this direction food-wise, and I’ve been struggling to 1. do it, 2. shift my blog in this direction. Thanks for being an inspiration.

  4. Hello Melissa! I just read an entry about how you and your husband paid cash for your children’s Japanese school. I’m kind of in the same situation, where I grew up in Japanese (I’m half Japanese) and it is very very important that my children learn Japanese so that they can go back to Japan and communicate with their relatives. My husband, is American. I try speaking to my kids in Japanese all day (very tiring when I’m the only one who speaks it!) and try to show them Japanese “PBS” type shows at movie time, but it still seems like it’s not enough. My children (4 and 3 years old) still seem to talk more English!Anyway, I just thought I needed to say hello! and I hope you guys will keep saving so that you can pay for their Japanese schooling!! I admire that! Ganbare!
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