for the past 35 days (or the month of september) brian and i took the challenge of eating beans and rice for one meal every day. usually this was dinner. i read on one of the blogs we follow Building the Blocks. the challenge was to remind us to be so grateful for what and where the Lord has placed us. we are so privileged and spoiled with all that we have to eat. it doesn't take much effort or time or even money to come up with a good tasting meal. and we always have to have variety. it's just doesn't seem right to have the meal more than twice. so needless to say 35 days was a long time of the same thing.
the first few days our stomachs ached so bad. i was so full but my body just felt yuck. i just imaged all these children around the world who eat this for 3 meals a day with no complaints. there little bellies bloated yet nothing nutritious about what they were eating. brian and i were spoiled that we did get to have something else throughout the day. we could eat a banana, or carrots, or a sandwich, or whatever else we had around the house. and i must add that we didn't fully take the challenge that we wanted to. i did flavor up our beans ALOT. so that might have defeated the purpose a little. but nonetheless it got us focusing on something more than ourselves. every weekend i made a huge crockpot full of beans to last us through the week. i do have some great, cheap, and easy recipes if you would like them.
our second reason for doing this challenge, like our friend's blog spoke about, we wanted to pay it forward. we have been so blessed financially on our own adoption journey that we asked God to use us to bless someone else. by eating beans and rice for a month we were able to cut our grocery budget by more than half while still buying necessities like toiletries, fruits, veggies, laundry detergent, and even stalking up on diapers. it's amazing that when you set a budget you find you really don't need a lot of the things you would normally buy. we were able to take what we saved on our grocery budget and pay it forward to another adopting couple.
it's nice to eat meat again and have a little more variety in our diets. i'm totally going to need a detox after all those beans. God really opened my eyes to how blessed i truly am and that serving others is why we are all here. is there something you can cut back on or give up in order to pay it forward? i will definitely do this again, especially when we have kids.