How to make a budget

AKA: How to afford to do the things you want to do You can read lots and lots of financial advice. There are books and blogs and e-courses, oh my! However, we’ve found that truly the ONE thing you must have if you want to succeed financially is the dreaded B-word- a BUDGET! The months when we get off track with our budget are the months that we lose sight of the big picture. Creating a budget gives you the …

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Spring Bucket List

Each season I like to make a family Bucket List. ?This is so we are intentional about our time and enjoy the particular rhythms and events that each season brings.? In Spring, we’re ready to emerge from our hibernation and really seize the day.? Without further ado, here’s my Spring Bucket List. What’s on your Spring Bucket List? Feel free to print this image-? if you plan to do some of the same things we do! PIN THIS:

Take the kids out of school for vacation? Yay or Nay?

A few weeks ago on Facebook, another blogger posted this video from the Today Show in which the?anchors discussed whether parents should be able to pull their kids out of school for family vacations. ?It’s not just that the absences would be considered unexcused, it is actually considered illegal in some states. As a homeschooling family, I find this debate really compelling. ?It seems to me it is one more situation in America where parents are ultimately losing the right …

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August – life updates

Hard to believe it’s nearly August!? ?In my attempt to share more personal updates, here’s a look back at our July and a look forward to August. July in review July was the first month in a long time that we spent every single night in our own beds!? Can you believe it?!? We had zero out-of-state travels and while that was helpful for mom, it was mostly because of the kids’ activities.? Jackson did tennis camp nearly EVERY SINGLE …

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Labor Day Financial Check-up

Most people celebrate the end of summer with a day by the pool or campground, but we choose to use a morning at home to do a financial check-up. ?It’s never a bad time to review your yearly finances, but the unofficial end of summer seems even more timely! ?The calendar is showing a slow-down to pop-up cookouts, weekend road trips, and high gas spending- so we can evaluate where we’re at and what expenses we have coming up. This …

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Fall Bucket List

How I feel when summer is over: via GIPHY Hahahaha! Nah, summer?AND fall?are both my favorites, so I’m not too sad to see the heat and humidity go bye-bye.??However, in the spirit of seizing the season (Carpe diem!) – here is my Fall Bucket List!   Any of these on your to-do list for fall? ?What’s your favorite thing about the change in season? ?I’m a sucker for some fall foliage. ? Looking for things to specifically do in OHIO? …

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Making a Eulogy List, not a Bucket List

I recently went to the Memorial Service?of a friend’s grandpa. ?Now, I had only met his grandpa one time, but after hearing the speeches at?this service, I could have given a short synopsis of this man’s servant heart and his love for God and family. The eulogy is like the window into the true heart of a person. ?You won’t hear about the size of their home or the 37 cruises they took, but you WILL probably hear about the …

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My Summer (un)Bucket List

Last year I made a Summer Bucket List for our family and I think it’s a very good way to be intentional with the short time we have with our children. ?After all, we’ve all seen that meme about how you only get 18 summers with your kiddos. ?#cuethemomguilt However, the reality is that we mothers already place a TON of expectations on ourselves, that can never be met. ?Right after you hold your child for the first time someone …

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