Budgeting Tools from Dave Ramsey

Long time readers will know how much respect FishPapa and I have for Dave Ramsey. Following the methods that he lays out in his book, The Total Money Makeover, we paid off $18,000 in consumer debt over the course of 18 months. Reading Dave’s book and listening to the free podcast of The Dave Ramsey […]

Budgeting for Christmas

Christmas of 2007 seemed bleak in some ways. That was the year we woke up and smelled the debt. About six months prior to the holiday season, we gave up using our credit cards and headed to uncharted territory. We started using cash to pay for everything. We got crazy that summer and aggressively started […]

Christmas To Do – Make a List and Check it Twice

There is so much to do at the holidays. And unless you have a list and check it twice, you may find yourself scrambling in the final hour. Scrambling does not promote peace and harmony. And while Christmas is, indeed, five months away, sometimes it serves us well to plan ahead. The lazier days of […]

Behold the Lamb of God

Several years ago — when we were in the throes of debt and disappointment — FishPapa and I attended a Christmas concert on Thanksgiving weekend. We didn’t really know what to expect, except that we knew the music being played. We owned the album, Behold the Lamb of God, by Andrew Peterson. The concert itself […]

Jesus is Why

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he […]

Christmas in July 2010

Christmas is Coming! In fact, it starts tomorrow. Well, sorta. This is the third annual Christmas in July at LifeasMOM where we talk about all things Christmasy and how we can be better prepared as moms, homemakers, and family managers once December 1st rolls around. Good Ideas There is so much we could talk about […]

It’s Coming! Christmas (in July)

Christmas is Coming! True, it comes every year on December 25th. But this year, it’s coming a little early. Well, sort of. From July 25 through 31st, 2010, we’ll be thinking about and planning for Christmas here at LifeasMOM. Why? Let me count the reasons. 1. Summertime is a little more laid back. Schedules are […]

Christmas: What About Next Year?

So, it’s all boxed up, right? Ready to be stored away until next year. The red boxes on the right gave way this year to the six red boxes on the left. Each kid has his own box, labeled with his name. This should make decorating SOOOOOOO much easier next year. I can’t take credit […]