Archives For March 2011

By Eric on March 31, 2011 4

Yesterday I had my very first guest post! Mary from Mary Sievers, CPA, asked us to write about our budget committee meetings. Here’s what was posted:

You can read our full debt-free story here. My wife, Kelsey, and I had seen an ad at our church for Financial Peace University. This was intriguing to me. Pay $99 for (what I assumed to be) a pyramid scheme to learn how to get your financial life in order. Soon after we heard about the class, we took a trip to Kansas City and spent lots of money on frivolous things. It wasn’t long after that Kelsey gave me the look and said, “I think we should enroll.” (That look means, “We are enrolling”.) I do love to learn, though, and was OK with the decision after we agreed that we would dive in all the way and get our finances in order together.
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By Eric on March 28, 2011 5

The other night, I decided to move another desk into our home office, so Kels and I can work on our blogs side-by-side. This led to me having to unhook and re-hook up our PC, printer, modem and wireless router. They all made the transition…except for the wireless router. For some reason, it decided to self-destruct like an Inspector Gadget note. When I plugged it back in, it had no power.

So, the next evening after work, we went to Best Buy to get a new one. Not a big deal, or so I thought…

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By Eric on March 25, 2011 14

Kelsey and I met in college, during the fall semester of our freshman year before classes even started. We both attended NIACC first (that’s their slogan, and I don’t care who you are, it’s funny). I lived with three guys in an apartment and Kels lived with three girls just a few doors down. At the time, we were both dating our respective high school sweethearts boyfriend/girlfriend. Not long after, said girlfriend broke up with me, and I was taking it pretty hard. One of the first times Kels came over to our apartment, I was playing guitar in my room and really didn’t want anything to do with company at our place. I think I even closed the door. A couple months later, Kels’ boyfriend broke up with her.

Kelsey: My first impressions of Eric were that he was tall and…odd. I think his hair was highlighted a horrible shade of orange, and, like he said, he was pretty closed off. Honestly, at this point I would have dated anyone in his apartment except for him…

friends before lovers

From left: Nick, Danielle, Eric, Katie, Mike & Kelsey

I soon picked up the pieces of my broken heart and found the social moth inside of me to hang out with other people and make new friends. Our two apartments became pretty close. We hung out as a large group quite often, and, naturally, us guys would try to show off for the ladies. (Oh, to be young and in college again.) Kels and I started to realize we shared a common interest in music. We were both into punk rock bands at that time. Kels was really great at discovering new bands, so we would spend hours listening to songs she downloaded through Kazaa! (Do you remember the days of free music?) She was so technologically advanced for that time. I didn’t even have my own computer! It was really developing into an awesome friendship.

At this point, I didn’t have any romantic feelings for her, but I really cherished our friendship. I knew there was something special about her, though. Looking back, I think it was her faith. Actually, I’m sure it was. She has been a Christian all her life. I hadn’t been to church since I was very young, and the only memories I had of it were falling asleep in the pew. Our friendship grew closer and closer through the fall semester of our freshman year.

boy meets girl

This is the first photo we took together. Just friends. Check out our Fairytale page for more of the story…

By Kelsey on March 23, 2011 21

Eric and I started working at the same company two and a half years ago, and the biggest adjustment has undoubtedly been our morning routine. Eric’s old hours were 7-4:30, and my hours were flexible, so Eric would get up first and get ready, and then wake me up on his way out.

Now, we carpool every day and that means I have to get up earlier than him (since I take twice as long to get ready). Our hours are flexible: we can go in to work between 7 and 9 and leave between 4 and 6. This is great, but Eric is a morning person and I am not. Continue Reading…

By Kelsey on March 20, 2011 2

The other day, Eric told me I should model for Raygun. Little did he know that I would volunteer his services as well. Check him out.

Cute, right? I thought he looked so good, I convinced him to buy the purple one.

And the most exciting part? Raygun pays their models in T-shirts.

photos by John Bosley