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A Surprising Way I Earned $600 Last Month

Uber

 

Uber!  Who knew!! Until about two years ago, I didn’t even know what Uber was. I only knew the word ‘Uber’ for when we used it in reference to something that was more than Super Great….like Uber Awesome!

But I learned about the ride share program, Uber, through our college age son who uses it to get around sometimes.

I’ve been blogging for a year now, and wrote a slightly humorous blog post here on how it’s been a huge challenge that I’m endeavoring to conquer.

As I communicate my heart and encourage about things that are important to life and living, family and relationships, I’m also trying to use this blogging as a tool to contribute to our family’s income and help in funding our ministry.

There are some who believe blogging is either a ministry or a way to make an income, but it shouldn’t be both.  I am not one of them.  I am unashamedly admitting that I am hoping that the work that I am doing in blogging will eventually bring in a part time income to help with our ministry.

In the meantime I had to temporarily stop putting as much into blogging as I wanted and do something else that would help our family be able to have food on the table now.

A friend told us about driving for Uber.  It caught both my husband’s and my attention….Uber? Hmmm, could this be something that the Lord would use to help us bring in money right now.

First, let me explain Uber just in case you’re not sure.  Uber is a ride sharing service; similar to a taxi.  But the difference is, Uber drivers are not employed by Uber.  They just sign up to drive for Uber, submit some documents, and wait for approval.

Once that happens they turn on the apps on their smartphones and wait for their first ping that signals someone near them has requested a ride through the Uber Rider app.  Uber sends that request to the nearest Uber driver with their app on.  The driver accepts the drive and then the app navigates the driver to where the rider is.  After the rider is picked up, the app then tells the driver where the rider wants to go.  It could be across town, or it could be just a few blocks away.  There is no money exchanged between driver and rider (unless the rider wants to leave a cash tip). Uber takes care of collecting the fees and paying the drivers all through the app.

Uber also works on a rating system.  The driver rates the rider 1-5 stars, and visa versa.  The drivers’ ratings need to stay at or above a 4.6 to continue driving for Uber.  That means, the driver has to go the extra mile on kindness, thoughtfulness, and smooth driving.

I like to have bottled water and a phone charger slot available, I sometimes open doors for the riders, and I base how much I converse with the rider on cues from them.

When I signed up Uber did a background check and looked at my driving history. We also had to have our car inspected.  The car requirements are that the car needs to be a 4 door, and it has to be 2007 or newer.  There are different requirements for different cities.  These are the ones for our city.

On October 30th, I turned on my Uber Driver app for the first time.  I was really nervous.  I got a ping about 20 minutes after turning on my app and my stomach lurched! Would I know what to do? Where to go? Would I be safe?

I picked up a sweet young woman and took her to where she wanted to go.  We had a nice conversation and I was hooked.  I love driving Uber.  I get to meet all different sorts of people, most of whom I have learned something interesting.

Not only do I love it, the Lord has allowed it to be a tool for ministry.  One young gal that I have picked up a couple of times has an elderly husband in ill health.  She is from another country, doesn’t have any family around, and doesn’t know how to drive.  Her husband’s health is failing, and he probably won’t be on this earth much longer.  I am pleased to have exchanged phone numbers with her and hope to get together with her and teach her to drive.

In addition to unexpected ministry, the Lord, through Uber, has supplied just what we need to take care of our family.  I have driven an average of 3 hours a day during the week and was able to contribute $600 towards our needs this past 30 days.  My husband has also gone out driving some and we now have a few dollars towards Christmas.

One thing I particularly like is that either Uber sends by direct deposit what you earn one time a week, or you can cash out at any time for a 50 cent fee. When they direct deposit, it hits your bank a few days later.  But when you cash out, it hits your bank immediately.

My husband and I decided that we’d each cash out once a week as that seems to fit what our family needs right now.

I plan to continue blogging in hopes that this will begin to generate a more passive income, but until that time happens, driving for Uber has been a huge blessing.

If you need some quick cash, Uber may be for you. First it takes about a week to sign up, then you can happily be delivering people or UberEATS for quick cash.

Check it out by clicking on this link.  

 

 

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Pain: Dealing With Grief

 

 

Dealing with grief is a painful experience. I don’t like to see my kids experience it.  Their pain translates into my heart and stabs as I walk painful paths along side of them.

As a mom, instinct says to jump in and reduce their pain at all costs.  At times it just isn’t possible. In fact, at times I am part of the cause of their pain. 

At other times, the Lord has inaudibly, yet clearly, pressed me out of His way as He works growth into my child’s heart through their pain.

My husband and I and our two youngest are dealing with grief;  a season of grieving.  We  lived in Brasil as missionaries for 10 years.  Our two youngest were 3 and 5 when we went.  

We are nearing the 1 year mark of returning to the states for medical reasons.

Now our 2 youngest are teens who were nearly as much a part of Brasil and its culture as those who are born here.  The threads of Brasil are woven into their hearts.  Brasil will forever be the answer they give when asked, “Where did you grow up?”

But we left Brasil, the place we had come to know as home; where we loved our ministry, church, friends,  the culture, the people, and even our dogs.

Continue reading “Pain: Dealing With Grief”

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Be Proud of Your Kids

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There have been many times I have been super frustrated with my kids…. like pull-your-hair-out-crazy-woman frustrated.  🙂  (Generally, if I’m frustrated with my kids the feeling is pretty mutual!) 

And then at some time a little later someone compliments me about them.

 That compliment makes me stop and evaluate how I’m looking at things.  

It’s easy for me to focus on an area of needed maturity in their lives and miss their other very positive traits.

Over time, I have learned to focus on and to do better at demonstrating my appreciation for these positive traits, while quietly and gently helping them mature in needed areas. Continue reading “Be Proud of Your Kids”

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Training vs Discipline-The Parenting Dilema

 

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When I thought about raising children in the beginning of my parenting journey, I thought I knew what to do when a child misbehaved.

I had learned from my parents, watched other parents discipline their children, and felt confident of what I would do or not do, depending on the example I was given.   What I hadn’t factored in was….. maybe there was more to parenting than what I had observed.


As our first son began to need his behavior corrected, I only focused on discipline. It was only a little bit later that I learned there is actually something that comes before discipline…. Training.

Let me explain. Continue reading “Training vs Discipline-The Parenting Dilema”

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How to Teach Your Children to Get Along

 

Summertime is arriving, and with it comes fun activities in the warm weather, late relaxing evenings around a backyard campfire……. And then all the in between times. It’s those in between times where boredom pops its head up and my kids begin to bicker and squabble more than normal; they don’t get along. I don’t view conflict as a negative thing. Kids need to learn healthy ways of resolving conflict, but bickering and squabbling is not what I consider healthy. Continue reading “How to Teach Your Children to Get Along”

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Monday Night Huddle–What Works For Our Family

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We started something that we still like to do with our family.  It’s one of those things that stuck because we realized we were on to something good. We started meeting together weekly as a family, thus began our “Monday Night Huddle.”  

Funny thing is we didn’t even always have it on Mondays.  But the main point is that we found it important to meet with our kids regularly so they can have an opportunity to talk about things, anything. It is important for us too.  We come prepared and with a mind ready to listen.

It’s a time where they know they can come and say anything, even hard things.  Not that they can’t at any other time, but this just gives that specific time where they can bring anything to the table.  Here are some things that we do at our Monday Night Huddle. We don’t do all of these all of the time because we like variety: Continue reading “Monday Night Huddle–What Works For Our Family”

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How to Plan a Family Purity Retreat

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He ran in from playing outside and shouted, “Mommy? How did Daddy get his seed in you?”  Oh boy! That’s a doozie of a question!  I’m sure my eyebrows shot straight up.  

In fact, I’m pretty sure I immediately picked up the phone and called a friend for help.  

Up to this point we had  been able to answer questions that fit with his age, but my son wanted to know more and since he was our first, I had absolutely NO experience in talking with kids about this topic. We were pregnant with son #2 and our first had a need to try and make some sense of it. Continue reading “How to Plan a Family Purity Retreat”

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Laugh!! It’s Good for the Family!

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Laugh

One thing our family has is a sense of humor.

We love to laugh.  We appreciate a good comedy film, we laugh at funny videos, we lovingly tease one another to provoke a smile, and, yes, we laugh at bodily noises.

My husband’s father was well known for his humor.  He passed down that humor to my husband, and he, to our kids.  I like humor too, but have learned more from my husband than have come by it naturally.

A few weeks ago the kids and I were in our pool when my husband decided to join us. He is a self-proclaimed cold water wimp.  This particular afternoon he was the last one in the pool. As we watched him gingerly test the water to ease in, his foot slipped and he went flailing and tumbling into the pool.  It was hilarious!! Oh my word!! I chuckle just at the memory now!   Continue reading “Laugh!! It’s Good for the Family!”

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How to Be a Close Knit Family

We had the privilege of living in Southern Brasil for 10 years.  It contributed to our being a close knit family. Our family experienced challenges and grew during our time there.  Yet, one of our struggles was in finding consistent ways to connect to each other. There were so many distractions and important things that vied for our time. Continue reading “How to Be a Close Knit Family”

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Connecting Through Critters???

 

Have you ever thought that getting critters would be useful in connecting with your child?  We recently had a “connecting through critters” experience that, although not so funny at the time, certainly was later.  Who knew that connecting through critters could happen?

We just moved back to the US after living in Brasil for 10 years as missionaries.  We had to leave our dogs and that was hard to do.  Our girls miss our dogs and both have their birthdays in October. 

We’re not quite set up to get a dog yet, but they both wanted these little critters called Sugar Gliders.  They spread the word to family and ended up with enough money to purchase them and fly them in from Houston. Continue reading “Connecting Through Critters???”