I was never a big reader when I was in school. And I dreaded book reports (mostly because they usually involved some sort of diorama). But I trudged through my school years reading all the fiction books that my teachers assigned: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Ramona the […]
Every morning, after I wake up, one of the first things I do is make the bed. (Exciting start to this blog post, huh?) This tends to be one of my chores in our marriage because my wife Alissa typically comforts and feeds our infant daughter Clara when she wakes up. So, let’s […]
Every January, as the new year begins, I sit down to write out my goals. The process is pretty simple, and I tend to come up with my goals based on what I want to accomplish.
Pretty straightforward, right? Nothing outside the normal approach most goal-setters take.
But as 2017 became 2018, […]
Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes.
It was Christmas Eve 2016. My family went to Mass as we always do. After wrestling our boys for an hour, listening as intently as possible to the priest’s homily, and receiving our final blessing, we drove over to Red Robin for our annual […]
A couple weeks ago, Alissa and I journeyed with our 3 kids to Seattle for Thanksgiving. Each year we take this trip to spend time with her family. But this was the first year in which we were officially outnumbered.
Everything started off great. We survived the wait in the airport. The kids […]
Just about 3 months ago, my daughter was born. With 2 boys already, Alissa and I were officially outnumbered and feeling a little overwhelmed. We were grateful for the amount of support we received from our families. Alissa’s mom in particular helped take care of our boys, cooked us meals, and helped clean […]
October 2013 was probably the most difficult month of my life. I lost my son…and almost lost my wife. And while the physical and emotional effects lingered for quite some time, we faced something else we didn’t anticipate: medical bills.
That’s not to say we weren’t prepared financially for moments like […]
It was early 2010. Alissa and I had recently gotten engaged and sat down for a visit with our mentor couple. The discussion for the day centered on finances in marriage. And we thought we had it down. Our mentor couple asked us what we thought was a fairly simple question: How much […]
For over a year now, I’ve been writing for this blog regularly (two times per month), and I’ve had a pretty good system down. Every 2 weeks, I would:
Step 1: Pick a day. Step 2: Wake up at 5 a.m. Step 3: Tip-toe down the stairs, so the kids don’t wake up. […]
The biggest key to helping us achieve our financial goals has been a regular monthly budget. While some categories like our mortgage are consistent, others, like our electric bill, can be more difficult to plan for in advance. But perhaps the most challenging item each month is our grocery budget. Honestly, we could spend […]