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My attempt at poetry when I wrote a message for some teens a long time ago … I found it in spiral notebook as I was cleaning up my desk.

Painted on
Super thick
A smile so big
It’s hard to miss

Peeled away
Underneath you’ll find
Resides the truth
Of what’s inside

The smile a tool
Was just a cover
Hiding the pain
Hiding the struggle

Lost and alone
Wandering about
In search of something
But filled with doubt

If only they could see
The smile I wear
Is only a mask
There’s pain underneath

Is there hope
Is it true
About the One
They say he’s True

Afraid to trust
To remove the mask

But if it’s true…


Reading List 2012

Here are the books I read or at least started this year…

. Out of Solitude – Nouwen
. Scarlett – Lawhead
.Blue Like Jazz – Miller
.Poke The Box – Goden
.Fall of Giants – F0llet
The Personal MBA – Kaufman
.Untamed – Hirsch
.The Return of the Prodigal Son – Nouwen ( I actually listened to the audio version )
Are you a reader? Do you read specific authors or do you focus on a particular genre? Do you have a plan for your reading each year?

Goals – Finances

For most of our marriage we have lived pretty much like everyone else. Credit cards, minimal savings, no budget, no long term planning… we even had months were we over-drafted on a regular basis… which makes no sense to me… you don’t have enough money, so the bank charges you more money.

That changed for us about 3 years ago. On the way back home on a late night drive I found Dave Ramsey on the radio. He is the author of the “Total Money Makeover.” We had played with getting control of our finances in the past, but nothing ever stuck until Dave. We have paid off a significant amount of debt… in the area of 90k so far and haven’t used a credit care in three years.

I won’t go into detail about all our goals financially, but here’s what we’re shooting for….

Fi – 8

  • Increase our Emergency Fund to 3 months expenses
  • Add Term Life Insurance for myself
  • Add Term Life Insurance for my wife
  • Continue to pay down on our house, the last debt we have

Do you have a plan? Do you use a budget? What goals do you have? Do you find money to be a problem in your marriage or something you work together on?

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