Category Archives: Finances

Construction Loan Closed!

Its been a long time since our last post on building our dream home! The last post we made was regarding our Master Landscape Plan and was posted back in mid May.

Rental House we moved into after closing on our construction loan
Temporary Rental Home

Since that time we have:

  • moved out of our old home and into a rental house,
  • we got our plans approved by the HOA,
  • we finalized everything with the builder and signed the builder contract,
  • and we worked on getting approval for the construction loan.

On October 17th we closed on the construction loan and were given the green light to begin construction!

For those that are following our build process and would like to have a little more detail on securing a construction loan just keep reading.  Continue reading Construction Loan Closed!

Teenage Affluenza

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted to this blog but my wife sent me this YouTube video regarding “Teenage Affluenza” and I thought it was worth sharing.

I find the video especially concerning since I have five kids, one of which is already a teenager and another that will be later this year (that and we have heated seats in our van…not a good sign).  I am stuck in that position of wanting to bless my kids with a “good life” but simultaneously not wanting to promote “teenage affluenza”.  What’s a dad to do? Continue reading Teenage Affluenza

Margin: A foundation for happiness

I was flying home from Indianapolis last week after a hard week of work and school.  I was exhausted and craving time with my family.   My plane was on the final approach for Atlanta and it was already dark so all I could see were the lights of homes and businesses spreading out all the way to the horizon.

I began to think about all the people, striving to own a little more land, a little bigger house, and a nicer car.  I started thinking about all the stress and anxiety that must exist just below me because of the down economy, strained relationships, hectic schedules, etc.  I also wondered how much happiness, joy, contentment, and fulfillment I was flying over.  I began to think about my own happiness and the goals I have set for my life and for my family.  I realized that what I am craving in life is not more money or success but simply time with my family (specifically time when I am not preoccupied with financial burdens, distracted by work, or cranky from exhaustion, stress, and personal commitments). Continue reading Margin: A foundation for happiness

What’s on Bethany’s mind: What does God “highly esteem”?

SuccessI came across this in my reading today, and the second part of the verse really jumped out at me.

Luke 16:15  And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

So what do you all think “for that which is highly esteemed among men” is referring to?  Continue reading What’s on Bethany’s mind: What does God “highly esteem”?