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Book Review: Walk to Beautiful

It was May 2013; Eric and I were at the House of Blues enjoying Bubba’s Bash, a charity concert hosted by PGA golfer Bubba Watson. Jimmy Wayne, a country singer, sang a few songs and shared a short testimony of his teenage years. When he was thirteen, his mother and the man she was married […]

Jumping off the Christmas Merry-Go-Round

Did you know Christmas happens to be on the same day every year? Really, it is! Who knew? While the stores start reminding us in September Christmas is coming (isn’t that annoying?), many of us are caught by surprise when we flip the calendar to the month of December. “What? Christmas is at the end […]

I Run for Chocolate

Several of my Facebook friends are fired up about losing weight. I mean fired up! They’re eating better and exercising regularly. Not only are they losing weight, they have more energy and self-confidence. Their progress is truly inspiring. I love reading their updates. They fire me up too! This got me thinking about what it […]

How To Never Hit a Red Light Again

In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. –Proverbs 21:20  It never fails, if I’m running late for an appointment, I will hit every……single……red light. Ugh! So frustrating. But, if I leave five minutes early, it’s smooth sailing. Have you ever stayed […]

Dream for My Son: No Credit Score

I have big dreams for my Little Man. I dream he lives a long, healthy, Christ-centered life. I dream he finds a career he really enjoys. I dream he becomes a true gentleman. I dream he never has a credit score. Wait, what? What was that last one? Yes, I dream he never, ever has […]

The $2 Million Dollar Mistake

Listen. Can you hear it? It’s that time of year again. Hallmark has filled the shelves with “congrats” cards and “Pomp and Circumstance” will be played thousands upon thousands of times over the next few weeks. Break out the cap and gowns; it’s graduation season. In the spirit of the season, I’m dedicating the next […]

Smart Money Smart Kids: Debt Free College

“Student loans are a roadblock to this generation. Current college graduates are leaving school with an average student loan debt of $27,000… Altogether, there is roughly $1 trillion in total outstanding student loan debt in the United States today, and student loans have recently surpassed credit cards in total debt owed.” -Rachel Cruze, Smart Money […]

Smart Money Smart Kids – The Good Kind of Tired

“I learned early on that work creates discipline, and when you have discipline in your life, you are a healthier person. There is no better feeling than coming home from a job and feeling tired. You know, the good kind of tired. The kind of tired that means you actually did something with your life […]

Book Review: Smart Money Smart Kids

In an earlier blog post discussing my 4-year old’s materialistic obsession with toy trains I said, “I don’t blame him, but I do want to “train him up in the way he should go”.  I want him to understand the difference between needs and wants. I want him to grasp that money doesn’t grow on […]

Fun with George and Dave

George Strait isn’t doing a show in Florida for his farewell tour?   Are you kidding me? What are we going to do? This was Eric’s and my dilemma several months ago when King George released the schedule for his last ever concert tour. This was just not acceptable; we had to see him one last […]