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 […]
When I started my dream job 4 years ago, I was brimming with confidence. As the Chief Operating Officer and Editor-in-chief of a startup men’s magazine, I knew it was going to be a lot of work. But I had hustled to get there. I was ready for the challenge. I believed in myself.
Last week, my oldest son Kellen started kindergarten. Having never been to preschool, we worried about how well he would make the transition. The first 2 days went smoothly, but Wednesday? Let’s just say Wednesday did not go so well. That morning, at drop off, Kellen threw the tantrum of all tantrums right outside the […]
About 4 years ago, Alissa and I made a decision: she was going to become a stay-at-home mom. We thought it would be best for our kids to have their mom around as they grow up, and it’s benefited our family in ways we never imagined.
But this decision hasn’t been without its challenges. Why? […]
For the first 16 years of my life, I lived my faith pretty haphazardly. Actually, let me rephrase that. For the first 16 years of my life, my faith basically existed because my mom, God bless her, took me to church every Sunday.
That’s probably more accurate.
Other than that, though, there wasn’t a whole […]