The High Five of the Century

cash envelopesRemember this cake? Truly, I am not obsessed with Dave Ramsey.

But, well, the first six weeks of this year really seem to have been Dave Ramsey-inspired. Not only did I reread The Total Money Makeover and get the chance to make a Dave Ramsey birthday cake, but earlier this month when I was in Nashville, I had the opportunity to visit Dave Ramsey headquarters, or Financial Peace Plaza, as it is also known. Money Saving Mom and Money Saving Mister arranged a tour for a group of us Blissdom bloggers.

Since I was once a Girl Scout, I believe in being prepared. So I printed a photograph of the famous birthday cake so that I could hand it to the staff at Dave’s offices. And if he happened to be walking through the hallway, well, maybe I could hand it to The Man Himself. I also wrote a letter of our GOOD (Get Out Of Debt) story, just so’s I could make it official: we’re debt-free!

As Providence would have it, The Man Himself did greet our group. The Happy Housewife had the opportunity to interview him for Savvy Blogging. And when she was done, I inched my way up. Obviously, a birthday cake with your name on it is an ice-breaker. But, when I tried to tell him our GOOD story, well, I cried.

Yes, yes, I did.

I don’t think I got even a complete sentence out. Instead, I blubbered like a fool. Yet, gentleman that he is, he asked me questions like, “Really? How much did you pay off?” And he gave me a high five.

Photo Source: The Happy Housewife

Yes, yes he did.

Note to self: Next time you meet a super hero, keep your composure! (And stand up straight!)

Everything we saw and all those we met were super accomodating, from Mrs. Martha who plied us with complimentary cappucinos and Debt-Free Snowball Cupcakes to Katie who handles many aspects of social media. They were all a delight!

I came away with a sense that these people are for real. Dave’s employees practice the same money principles that he teaches. He is generous and fun and wise with his money. His employees admire and respect him. And the legacy he wants to leave behind? Millionaire employees. That’s my kind of boss.

There are not many people who I would consider it “an honor to meet” — at least not in a celebrity sort of way. I’m not a groupie in that sense. But, Dave definitely carries “celebrity status” in my book.

It was, indeed, the high five of the century.

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  1. You are so cute here! We are working hard to GOOD right now. So glad you wrote about your fabulous high five!

  2. Christine Albert says:

    Awesome, Jessica!!!

  3. What a blessing to meet a human man, a servant of the Lord, that has blessed your life. It’s not being a groupie, it is understanding the purpose of the body of Christ, that we work together to bring glory to the Lord. I am so very thankful for the life changes the Lord has made in your life and that you are sharing them with the rest of us. I would have cried, too. I am very thankful when the Lord uses other believers to bless my life.

  4. That is soooo cool! :)

  5. Yay! I only caught the little bit of it in the video, but this picture is great! Though I must admit… I’m a bit jealous of you getting to meet – and high 5 – Dave! :)

  6. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog tonight. My husband and I are huge Dave fans and are out of debt b/c of his advice. I can’t wait to read more of your posts!

    God’s blessings to you and yours!

  7. *JEALOUS*

    :)

  8. That’s great!! (I would have been blubbering too.)

  9. Bless your heart. I would have sobbed my eyes out, too. I actually have two college friends who work for Dave Ramsey, and every time I talk to them, I ask questions as though they work for a rock star. It’s pretty hilarious.

  10. That’s Great! And you wore your green :)

  11. How awesome is that!!! I too am jealous of your fabulous opportunity!!! I’m not a big groupie, but he’s definitely ‘star’ material in this household!!!

  12. Very cool!! I’m glad to hear he seems as nice as he does on his shows. What a great experience. And congratulations on being debt free!!

  13. I’m so jealous! We love Dave at our house, too! We are debt free because of him! He is such a blessing. I would of been blubbering, too. LOL

  14. Yeah, what everybody else said! Dave Ramsey is AWESOME!!!!

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