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Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year 2006 - Goals & Comedy Club

GOAL SETTING
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Well, today Matt and I put together a budget. It was an extremely daunting task. We started at 2:00 this afternoon and we just finished. It is now 11:50 pm. We still have some final touches to add to it tomorrow. It pretty much covers any possible thing you can think of. It is just stupid to waste money when you can save it for awesome things. But - it takes looking at a before and after picture to see where the dollaz go to really understand what a person can accomplish if they alter their spending habits. This is a budget that is attainable, but it is altering the way we view our finances so that we contribute to the most important things in our lives. That is the hardest part, changing how we view the items we spend most of our money on.

Matt and I have set some pretty aggressive goals this year, NOT New Years Resolutions, but our yearly goals. We almost always accomplish the goals we set together, when we do it seperately it just doesn't work. We have a binder complete with a contract we made and signed.

Our three most important GOALS that will enable us to live by our budget are:

Strenghthening our Relationships w/

God
Our Marriage (each other)
Family/Friends

By working on our relationship with God as a couple, we will remain focused on what the intention of our budget is. We figure the better we are as a married couple focused on God, the better our marriage will become too. So we will be strengthening our marriage by starting two different things:

A nightly devotial for couples called"Moments Together for Couples" by Barbara and Dennis Rainey

and

Reading and Completing the "Rescue Your Love Life" Hardcover and Small Group Workbook by the guys who wrote the book "Boundaries" - Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

This is something ,as a couple, we decided to do on our own. We understand the importance of having a grounded marriage in Christ. Although you can't always tell because we are human and we can sometimes lose sight of this, however, we have also come up with a list of "Goal Enablers" that we agreed will help us stay focused on not just the goals we have, but why the goals we have set are important to us.

NOW FOR THE FUNNY STUFF
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Here are some pics of Matt, Nicole and Jason on NYE. We went to the Comedy Showcase in Ann Arbor. We have done this for 4 years. Last year we did not go because Greg and Nicole came to visit us in BFE. But, it is really fun. We usually eat dinner before and then go to the club. The first year we ate a Palio, then Real Seafood Co., The Earle, and this year we went back to Real Seafood because the Earle could not accomodate our party of 10. The main comedian was Kenny Rogerson. He was pretty funny. Although, I had a difficult time laughing because I HAD TWO VERY HUGE FAT BOILS on my face (I have never had anything like this before) and one of them started to bleed through the bandaid because of the heat. That was realy nice, I sat there holding napkins to my face the entire night. But the Jokes were HILARIOUS.

Matt making noise for 2006















Matt Dancing on Stage for 2006















Jason and his Noise Maker - the other guy in the pic was the headliners brother and he ruined all the jokes for Jason because he kept saying the ends of the jokes before the comedian. It was actually pretty funny. We were in the very first row too.




















Nicole making noise for 2006 too. If you look closely you can see that we had a champagne toast in our very high class plastic champagne glasses. LOL. It is always FUN!

8 Other Freaks Said:

At 3:34 AM, Blogger Deborah Broadway said...

I have the life boundaries book and it is changing my life! We too have a budget and it seems like after 6 1/2 years of marriage we are starting to be realistic and meet our goals. It's exciting to see it coming to fruition. It is awesome to see what God is doing in your lives. Hopefully, we can meet each other's families one day soon. Enjoyed your pictures. Happy New Year!

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger Bstermyster said...

Happy New Year Deborah. I loved the picture on your christmas card. I hope you update your blog soon to, I miss reading it.

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Sarah, you and your husband are on track for maintaining a very happy marriage. When you focus on our Lord nothing is impossible. It is so awesome to read about a married couple sitting together and praying for guidance concerning all decisions. I know you both will be blessed with each of your goals. I pray for my daughter and myself to find a good Christian husband one day. So happy for you guys..God Bless you.

The party and pictures look so fun. Happy New Year!!! (smiling) Thrilled to see you back.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Bstermyster said...

Thanks Suzie. Your comments are wonderful and I will pray that you and your daughter do find the christian spouces you are looking for. I know a lot of people have success with www.eharmony.com. Some people are scared to internet date, but I am meeting more people who have met online who have happy marriages that those who have not. I think it is worth a try. Eharmony was founded by a christian. Check it out.

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

The family that saves together stays together. OOps - maybe it's "prays together." That works best. :) Best wishes for 2006.

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger Heather said...

I think it's awesome that you and Matt created a budget for 2006. We could so use a budget, we have attempted to create something that tracks our money but for some reason it never helps!! Frustrating!!
This is so off the subject but I have started a home based business and could really use some prayers. I feel that this is a great way to earn an income and remain home with my two little ones, but just need some encouragement. I know that is vague, sorry! Thanks a lot!
Good Luck with reaching your goals throughout 2006.

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger mihemija said...

ok, I'm confused, somehow I have like ten blogger names. I assume that you know the heather is me. Ok that was really confusing, sorry!:))

 
At 12:51 AM, Blogger Bstermyster said...

Hi Hether, I knew it was you. You are the only Heather I know of that blogs :)! I responded to you on your blog!

 

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