Looking Back on 2008: Top Tens

Okay, I know this post is a few days late, but I have a good excuse. Well, not really, but I am not quite ready to start 2009. I am getting there, but there are a few loose ends I need to wrap up first.

For one thing, all of my Christmas decorations are still up because my step-son arrives on Wednesday. He lives in California, and visits often, but was not able to come over Christmas break. So, we are having a belated Christmas with him this week.

And also, I cannot officially start 2009 without thanking the wonderful people who made 2008 so great- my readers! I started this blog in March, and I amazed how far it has come in such a short time.

This would not be possible without the amazing support of many blogging friends and readers. Thank you for spreading the word about Keeping the Kingdom First!

Here are my Top 10 Referral Sources for 2008:

  1. Money Saving Mom
  2. Coupon Cravings
  3. The “Cents”ible Sawyer
  4. Deal Seeking Mom
  5. Mommy Snacks
  6. www.elevenmoms.com
  7. Cafe Mom
  8. Fiddledeedee
  9. Twitter
  10. BeCentsAble

Since I have so many new readers, I would like to highlight my Top 10 favorite posts from 2008:
(in no particular order)

  1. Dear Target…I miss you!
  2. Texafornian
  3. Reflections on Mothers Day
  4. July Financial Update: Big News!
  5. 10 Ways to Be the Worst CVS Shopper Ever
  6. A Frugal Litter Box
  7. From California to Texas: Two Years Later
  8. Frugal New Wheels
  9. The Mystery Shampoo-Revealed!
  10. Our Christmas Cookie Tradition

If you are new here, feel free to subscribe to my feed. I am looking forward to seeing what 2009 has in store, and I hope you will stick around!


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About Alyssa Francis

A thirty-something wife and mother of four! Two daughters by birth, one son by marriage, and a sweet baby boy born in April of 2009. Oldest sister of four girls raised by a single mom. California native. Grew up in Hawaii. Somehow ended up in North Texas. Once a single mom. Former agnostic. A survivor of abuse and addiction. Forgiven by a great big God. Married to my best friend.


  1. Here’s to a fabulous 2009, Alyssa! Can’t wait to see that beautiful baby boy.

  2. I reread some of your post. I also read some I haven’t read before. All were good. Hope you have a great 2009.

  3. Andrea @ Mommy Snacks.net says:

    Alyssa, I’m so glad we’ve gotten to know one another this year too! I’m really happy for all that has happened for you personally and your blog in 2008. Blessings in 09!

    *I love that scripture too!

  4. I hope you have even more success this year than you had last year. Here’s to a fabulous 2009.

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