Love Stories for October

I’ve been trying to think of something fun to write about now that the 30 Days of Nothing is almost done. I’ve decided to tell you John’s and my love story on the installment plan. Awhile back Megan from Fried Okra did a cool series that she called: How I Met Your Father, and I’ve been wanting to do the same thing for awhile. It’ll be a fun walk down memory lane, as well as a keepsake for my kids some day.

Here’s what I’m wondering: do any of you want to join in with me? I’m planning to write on Mondays and Thursdays during October starting this coming Thursday. If you have something prepared for that day, just leave the exact link in the comments of that post. Then we can all have fun reading each other’s stories.

After all, there’s nothing like a good love story…..


  1. I think this sounds like a lovely idea and what a tribute to marriage! 🙂 I’ll be joining you and will start this Thursday.

  2. I’ve been enjoying following along with your 30 Days of Nothing this month. I wasn’t brave enough to try it this time, partly because September is the number one most expensive month of our year, with school starting and all. But I wanted to ask about something you never seem to mention, and that is dairy products. A huge chunk of our grocery bill goes in to dairy products, and that’s something you can’t really stock up on very much. As a family of 6, we go through 4-5 gallons of milk a week. Even if I cut out yogurt, cottage cheese, butter, and other cheese, I’d be spending over $50 a month just on milk. What did you do for milk and other dairy this month?

  3. Tracy– We have several children with milk allergies, so we drink less milk that a lot of families– probably 2 gallons of milk a week. To get our calcium we eat cabbage, chard and other vegetables, as well as calcium fortified OJ. I use grated cheese and sour cream in moderate quantities. I try not to spend more than $2.50 a pound for cheese. I do cook with butter, but I stock up and freeze it when it is $2/lb or less. All my butter and about half the cheese I used this month came from my freezer. So don’t get discouraged if there’s no way you can duplicate that $200. I couldn’t do it every month either. But even doing it now and then will save a fair bit of money.

  4. Hmm… I’ll have to think about that.
    Have you seen Fireproof. That’s a beautiful love story!

    Hey, the real reason I”m posting is that I would like to try your Nothing challenge. Since I didn’t find you in time for Sept, I’m going to do it for October. Could you give me pointers before I start?
    Did you start with what was in your pantry and work around that?
    Did you completely run out of staples?
    I don’t have a garden, so $200 will too difficult of a goal when having to buy produce.

  5. Hi Mary ~ I would love to join you in sharing a good love story. It’s really amazing to me that you posted this because for about a week I have been meaning to email you to ask you this exact question: I already have my love story written and would like to share it on my blog. But it’s rather long and I don’t know whether or not I should put it on my blog or somehow link to another location? I remember, while we were going through Soli’s adoption, I stayed up many-a-night reading your adoption stories (which we so very inspiring, by the way, and one of the reasons I ended up going to live in Guatemala at the end of our process). Anyway, I’ve been wanting to ask you how to post my lengthy love story, and then here I pop onto your blog and voila! What timing!! So, yes, I would love to join you in posting my love story. And maybe that’s the answer. Just post it in installments? Very excited! Love a good love story. ~Heather

  6. This is such a great idea. I’m not married, but my boyfriend and I are moving towards that. We have kind of an interesting story so far, and I’m excited to share it in bite-sized pieces over the course of October. Can’t wait!

  7. oooo . . . i love the idea! i will do my best to participate consistently along with you!

  8. the best love story I have read on the blog installment plan

    was written by Nils at Truths and Half Truths

    The story begins Here

    It is even more poignant today because his dad passed away last summer.

  9. Hi! I came over from Rocky in My Dryer. I enjoy your blog.

    And I love this idea. Pioneer Woman is in the process of writing her love story and she has me hooked. I love me a good love story 🙂 I’ll be back to read more of yours. You have my attention already!

  10. I would love to!

  11. I love this idea. There are only a few days left in October, but I might try to do this anyway. Definitely just in one instalment though.