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It’s Time. Name Guardians, Sign Your Powers of Attorney, and Get Your Basic Estate Planning Done (!).

Tonight I will meet with some friends to help them finish a task they’ve been meaning to do for, well, years: Get a Will Name Guardians for Our Children Figure Out What the Heck Powers of Attorney & Living Wills Are and Maybe Get One? Or Two? Maybe some of you can relate … You’re adults. You have young children. …

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Please Don’t Make My Funeral About Me

Since my “How to Write a Eulogy for a Bad Mom” article continues to be one of my most-read articles ever, I can only assume that this topic is a hot one. It is also, I would guess, a painful one for many of us who are not buying Mother’s Day cards this year because we are missing our moms (both …

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What do you want us to do if your heart stops beating?

I am a strong proponent of basic estate planning, including discussions and documents (powers of attorney / living wills) re: end-of-life decisions. It seems to me that being an adult means that you invest a little bit of time and money to keep track of (and distribute) your assets and liabilities, ensure clear guardianship for your minor children, and empower …

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Money (Holiday Misery Part 3)

This entry is part 3 of my blog series on things that tempt us to be miserable during the holidays. I’ll start with a quick recap of what we’ve covered so far and then jump into today’s topic. 1. Comparisons: We live in a world of competition and performance, even (tragically) in the church. No one wants to look ugly, sound stupid, …

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Annual (Actually 3X/Year) Credit Report.com

It’s September! A wonderful fresh-start / archive / shred / toss / donate month (for we organizers). One thing I do every September? (And every April & December?) I visit AnnualCreditReport.com and check both Fred’s and my credit reports. The whole thing takes under five minutes, but from what I have read and understood about identity theft, it is a …

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Little Miss Austen? Yes! Pride & Prejudice Board Book …

So happy to receive this gift from my Marian-the-Librarian bud Samara add this board book to our library (and our LibraryThing!): Pride and Prejudice: A BabyLit Board Book Did you even know that this genre existed in the world? I didn’t! But I think it’s super fun. A tiny bit of a spoiler alert—but will a preschooler REALLY remember the …

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Consumer Debt is Not Your Friend

A great read over at Seth’s blog: Consumer Debt is Not Your Friend (HT: Challies)

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Basic Estate Planning

Here are my notes for today’s “(Actually!) Setting Your House in Order” Sunday School class. We’re tackling the topic of BASIC ESTATE PLANNING: INTRODUCTION 1. Disclaimers/Goals: a. It’s been a long time since Tara has practiced law as an estate planning attorney—and even when she was actively licensed: a) it was in Illinois, not Montana; and b) she practiced in …

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Your Money Counts

Fred and I are beginning to work hard to (try to) pull it together and teach well our Sunday school class: (Actually!) Getting Your House in Order. This is the description that’s been running in our church’s bulletin: “(Actually!) Setting Your House in Order: Deacon Fred Barthel and his wife Tara will lead this class to help all RMCC families …

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