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READER EMAILS: NEW SPINACH RECIPE, A NEW READER, & A THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY STORY

Sometimes I get emails from readers that make me smile, or have some really useful tips in them. Today, I decided to post some of these personal emails just to say thank you to those who take the time out of their day to write me, share their stories, provide me with tips and recipes, or just want to say thank you. I have always said that I keep this website going for other’s, and it will always remain that way even if only one person stops by to read.

This letter is from a reader named Jennifer. She had a really yummy Spinach Lasagna recipe to share with me, so I plan on definitely making this while I’m on maternity leave. (I love me some spinach.) 

I have a quick recipe for you.  It is a Spinach Lasagna.  It’s quick and easy.  I use:

  • 3 bags of frozen large square cheese raviolis (you can use the large round also). 
  • 1 1/2 Jars of pasta sauce.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1 bag of frozen spinach.
  • 2 bags of shredded 5-cheese cheese.  

Boil the raviolis in one pan and the spinach in another pan. Layer the lasagna pan with sauce, ravioli, spinach, sauce, and cheese.  Repeat the layers to fill up the pan.  Bake until the cheese melts. I found this recipe experimenting for my son. Also to change it up some I recently tried it with the ground turkey and mushroom and pepper pasta sauce. I am going to try the garden vegetable sauce next time.  This is important to me to have added vegetables so I can get in the vegetables that are needed. 

Anyway I really like your blog. I will keep reading because I truly have benefited from your hard work.

This letter is from a new reader named Carol. She found my website because of my sister Amanda. (I love the word of mouth advertising. *smiles*) I always love it when I hear from new readers that come across my website. It does make me feel really good to help a new family out on their quest to save money.

I work at Kohl’s with your sister Amanda.  She clued me into your website.  Wow! is all I can say.  You rock girl. I am so happy that I don’t know what to read first.  You are my new best friend.  My husband got laid of 10 years ago and it has been a struggle on my income ever since.  God gave you gift and I am blessed to have your organized knowledge at my fingertips.  Amanda told me you will be giving birth any second so I will sign off for now and let nature take it’s course.  All my best to you and your family.

Your new best friend in Troy, Michigan,
Carol

This email really touched me, and while I’m on maternity leave I will be responding back to it personally. It is no secret that I was in a physically abusive marriage. I talked about it on my website quite a few times in hopes that my story will inspire someone else to remove themselves from a physically and emotionally abusive relationship. I was also a teen mother and I have no shame in my game because all of my life decisions and struggles have led me to the point where I am at now. It’s emails like this that make me happy to see other strong women out there.

I’ve been following your website for a few weeks and was touched when I read some of your personal posts, one about the show Teen Mom and Domestic Violence. Thank you for sharing them. My mother, too, was a teen Mom with four kids at 22, living in a new country, with an abusive husband. She found the strength to leave, and while I’m glad she did, I wish she could get that time in her life back, she has been longing for it ever since.

 As children we never want to repeat struggles we’ve seen our parents go through, but I ended up in an abusive relationship myself. Like you, it wasn’t until I almost died that I left. Three years later I still deal with the after effects of my injuries. It took two years to prosecute him in court but it was worth it. My mother was by my side the entire time, and let me know she was proud of me for not giving up. I want to thank you for sharing your story, and letting others know what it’s really like to be in an abusive relationship. There is such a stigma with domestic violence, people will commonly blame the victim, and it’s frustrating. It’s like their protecting the abuser. People don’t realize the brainwashing that goes on within abusive relationships, how it messes with your self esteem and decisions- I appreciate you explaining your experience about that on your post. I hope it helped others who read it gain a different perspective.

 And finally, I’m so glad you responded to those posts asking about your marriage status. I’m so tired of people thinking that women are obligated to get married, and if they don’t feel that way, something is wrong. What a stereotype. I’m glad you let them know that’s not the case!

I love your site, thankyou for sharing so much! Your kids are adorable and you’re beautiful. I wish you the best. =)

CC
Tampa, FL

If you have any type of questions for me, whether they are money saving related or not, or you just want someone to chit chat with, you can ALWAYS reach me through my contact form.

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4 Comments

  1. I have to once again commend you on being you!! God isn’t through with you yet, stay open for his direction. Keep your head up!!!

    THANKS

  2. hey mama,
    hope all is well with you! i have been trying to reach you in hopes in having the right address for you. I dont want to send it to the wrong address!=)!! let me know,
    Kenesha~

    • Dear Kenesha,

      Hey mama! I’m about to write you an email. It seems that AT&T hasn’t been delivering me all of my text messages or voice mails.

      Take care,
      Shynea

  3. The spinach lasagna is wonderful. I have tried and it is favorite of mine.

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