Archive for April, 2008

Money Advice

Friday, April 25th, 2008

I am no big “Money Advisor”.  I think I am pretty good with my money, though.  After making ALOT of mistakes and going through many, many years of paying off past debts and surviving the “seven years of bad credit” on my record.  I am looking back from the other side of the mess with a whole new respect and attitude towards money.

This being said, some of you may know that the advice I received was from a guy with a radio program named Dave Ramsey.  His site is and his basic advice is to get out of debt, save money, and pay cash for everything.  Basically, to live on less than you make, then you can do all of these things.

Dave has on occasion talked about a letter that President Lincoln wrote to his brother-in-law.  Out of curiosity, I googled it and read it this morning and thought it was “post worthy”. is the link.

I like the advice of “get a job and don’t go looking for gold”.  I also liked the fact that basic common sense and a desire to want to take care of your family is what Lincoln was trying to get across to his brother-in-law.

If you read this and think Lincoln is being a jerk for not helping him out, then you simply do not get it.  It’s the old saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” 


Getting Closer

Friday, April 18th, 2008

We are only a couple weeks away from the house being finished.  I added a new picture folder called House_2 which I will add new pictures to.  I will be putting all the new stuff in there.  I posted some pictures of the kitchen cabinets which went in last week.  I also added a couple a couple shots of the granite.  It’s not installed yet, but will be by the end of today. 

Another picture gallery I added is one for pictures which won’t necessarily fit into another category, or I only have one or two pictures to put in there.  The ones I added was one from Pastor’s School in February.  It is our friends from Atlanta who have a church who help the homeless in the ghetto of Atlanta.  Check them out at www.atlantaic.organd you can see all the great things God is doing through them in Atlanta.  The other picture is of Dad and his brother and sisters from Grandma Angie’s funeral.  There is also a group picture of most everyone who was there.  The last set is of Ratatootie, Erin’s pet rat we had for a few days after Spot died.  She would carry him around in her shoe.  He was a good little guy.

That’s all for now, check back in a couple weeks and you will see pictures of the house finished.

God is good.


Almost there…

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

It’s been a few weeks since my last post, so I am going to cram 6 weeks of stuff into a single post. 

First, the house is coming along great.  As of today, the stucco is on the outside, waiting for the final coat.  Inside the house, we have drywall up and finished.  My dad has been over there pretty much everyday since last monday painting the inside walls.  We also have all of the doors up including the garage doors, the only exception is one that we are waiting to have delivered.  

So right now, once the painting is finished, cabinets and counters will go in.  Afterwards, the floor can go in, and then the lights and stuff.  The outside is basically waiting for the final coat of stucco, but we are waiting for the stucco company to get the color right.  Once they are finished the roof tiles go on thats it.  So (cross your fingers) we can be finished in 4-6 weeks.  The only real hold up right now is getting power to the house.  Hopefully they will be finished before that time.

On a personal level, my snake died a couple weeks ago.  Though, most people wont understand it, he was a really cool pet.  Also, he was 17 years old.  So that is a long time for any pet.  And to put it into perspective, I bought him when I was in the Army.  Erin took it pretty bad too.  Spot (his name) stayed in her room, as that was the only place we could keep his cage.  So after he was gone, Erin was sad that her friend wasnt there anymore.  On the lighter side, I tried to feed him when I noticed he was dying.  So we gained a pet in the form of a rat.  Erin loved the little guy, and called him Ratatouille, after the movie.  Only she called him Ratatootie.  Ratatootie has since found a new home in the form of Pet Co.  The were kind enough to take him back after I explained the story.

OK, I guess this wasnt as long as I first feared.  It also shows me that as busy as we always are, not much really happens.  Weird.

Ayways, God Bless, have fun and take care.