Archive for April, 2009

Apr 30 2009

It Always Seems to Rain During a Camp Out

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It’s been gray and dreary all day.  There have been sprinkles off and on.  Of course a day like today is just perfect for Hannah to pack up and take off with her Pathfinder club for a weekend of camping at Spring Camporee.  Well, she won’t be alone.  There will probably be a couple hundred kids trying to put up tents to ward off the dampness for the weekend.

I would much prefer that over the 2nd degree burns she had across her eye brows and cheeks last year just from forgetting to bring sunscreen (and being so fair skinned that she’s almost translucent – some genes we’ve provided her, huh?).

So this weekend it’s just mama and the boys.

Just over a week ago Laura returned from her journey to Maine.  She surprised her folks and got to spend some time talking with her brother.  Not to mention the opportunity to drive through New York City on her way up.  I mean, does it get any better than that?  If we can get organized around here, maybe we’ll do some interviews about our experiences and pull them together into a podcast episode for you.

Caleb had a cyst removed from his palm last weekend and it’s healing really well so far.  We also recently discovered that he’s going to need glasses.  Caleb has all the interesting things happen to him.  He leads a life of adventure.

Joshua still clings to his guitar and I have the phone numbers of some teachers.  We just have to get to calling around and get him going with some lessons.

Nathan is talking more and more.  When I come home from work, he’s the one who greets me.  He wants to have something to say so bad that usually it’s just some jumbled thoughts or maybe a question.  When he gets real tongue tied he falls back to the old faithful, “I nub you dad.”  You can’t go wrong with “I love you.”

And for me, things are crazy at work trying to figure out how thing work around there and getting acclimated.  My accountant called and said they noticed that my income for the 1st quarter of 2009 has been “erratic.”  Uh, that’s because I didn’t have any invoices in December and all but the last week of January.  That’ll make your business a little unstable.  So hopefully my current assignment will stay steady through 2009, regardless of how shaky it feels.

I’m also trying to work on some software on the side – a class assignment planner for homeschoolers that they could access over the Internet.  It’s coming along, but not as fast as I’d like.  Does that sound like something you’d be interested in?  Let me know, it’ll spur me on to get it done.  We really want to develop an online homeschooling community, called Barnabas Way (check out our blog at ).  I’m looking for two homeschooling families that would like to be beta testers and help jump start our community.  Again – speak up if you or someone you know is interested.

That just about covers life with the Kelsey’s at the end of April of 2009.  Thanks for stopping in to see what’s up.

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Apr 20 2009

Joshua Has Proclaimed Dad as a “Minorly Famous Person”

Published by under Happenings

After the attention that the tea parties around the nation, the FairTax is starting to rise in the consciousness of many as well.  In fact, last week the Missouri house actually brought the state version of the FairTax out to the floor of the House and passed it!  It have support from Democrats and Republicans.  This week it is being considered in the state Senate where it’s passage will be more difficult, but nobody thought it would ever get this far – so stay tuned…

For those of you who might not be able to see our local news, you may want to see the first 30 seconds of the Kelsey’s 15 minutes of fame – check it. (It actually starts automatically – and that can be VERY annoying 🙁 )

[Edited: I changed this to just a link so it wouldn’t play and annoy people…]

Why don’t you comment about this below. If you don’t want to get into the politics part, just talk about how great I looked on TV! 😀

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Apr 10 2009

What To Do With Monday’s Again

Published by under Happenings

It seems like this is the way things have always been.  Monday nights are always hectic.  After work it’s the rush home (love that commute), just in time to participate in burrito night – that’s Monday night at our house.

But no sooner are the dishes cleared from the table than it’s time to grab my videos and such and head out the door to Financial Peace University.  And then get home just as the kids are being tucked into bed.  That’s Monday – or at least it has been in 2009.

Now that’s all over.  Another class of FPU graduates have been released into the wild.  They will now be responsible for conversations in the work place over whether there is such a good thing as good debt and bad debt.  Hmm, if debt is slavery (according to Proverbs 22:7) then is there such a thing as good slavery and bad slavery?  That kind of puts a different slant on things.  They will also be there to encourage people that you don’t “always have to have a car payment” and you don’t “always have to owe somebody.”  They will be an example that you can dig your way out of the mess you’ve gotten into.

It’s tough to reorient your time and not to just let it fall into that mess called “free time”.  But we’ll see how that turns out.

Oh, you want to see the graduating class?  Take a gander.

Here are a couple of shots of our last night
Grabbing some food before the last lesson.

Getting closer to the food.

Here's the view from across the way.

A peek at the snacks.

And our official graduation finishing photo…
Congratulations Class of '09!

And there you have it! It was a real blast!

Do you want to be a part of a Financial Peace University class?  Comment on the blog here to get in touch.

P.S. Dave Ramsey’s having a Town Hall of Hope event for Free on April 23, 2009 at a church or location near you.  Check it out at
(Free advertising for Dave…)

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