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Pushing Against Evil: I Have My Basketball Goal Back!

Hidden Nuggets Series #68: “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” – Psalm 94:16

Superman fighting Lex LuthorSeveral weeks ago I wrote about being robbed and how we were dealing with the theft of a portable basketball goal at our house. After some investigation on my own, I discovered that the neighborhood kids in the subdivision behind ours took the goal and had placed it in their subdivision’s park area. The big complication to the whole situation was that the subdivision directly behind ours is in another county.

Because I didn’t have proof like a model number for the goal or any personal identifying marks inscribed on it, our local police would not cross jurisdictions to retrieve the stolen property. So we were left frustrated about what to do.

In the end we felt resigned to let the issue rest. It seemed dangerous to retrieve the goal ourselves in that it might incite the teens to take some further action against us. The wise course of action was to just chalk this up as one of those unfortunate life situations that you are forced to stomach.

Before we closed the book on the case though, we had one last route to consider (which some commenters here suggested). Now I’m glad we decided to push back just a little bit more.

How We Got Our Goal Back

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3 Tips to Boost Your Credit Score Before Getting a Loan

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Getting a loan soon? In today's guest post, Certified Financial Adviser Joseph Hogue shares some ways to boost your credit score before you apply for a loan. The original title of this article was going to be, “3 Tricks to Boost Your Credit … [Continue reading]

Insurance: The Black Sheep of Our Personal Finance Family

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This may see like an odd time of the year to be discussing insurance. No doubt your mind is geared toward preparing for Christmas and figuring out how to save money on all the presents, decorations and food you will buy during the holidays. There is … [Continue reading]

My Go To Bible Verse When I Worry About Money (or anything really)


Hidden Nuggets Series #67 - “…tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” - Matthew 6:34 If there is one thing I’ve discovered while teaching and writing about money and monitoring my own finances through … [Continue reading]

Finding Balance in the Holiday Gifting Madness

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Are you having trouble dealing with the pressure and the obligation to buy presents during the holidays? Please welcome Jacob from Cash Cow Couple as he shares his thoughts and offers some solutions to the matter. When I had been dating my … [Continue reading]

The Biggest Home Security Issue Everyone Is Missing


When it comes to home security issues we typically think of analyzing and paying for the basics: quality dead bolt locks, an alarm monitoring system, and multiple smoke detectors. Maybe we also purchase a dog for the heightened sense of awareness … [Continue reading]

The Hidden Issue Behind the Best-Laid Plans

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Hidden Nuggets Series #66 - “…you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away…” - James 4:14 “Mary, I know what I’m going to do tomorrow and the next day … [Continue reading]

Sharing the Results of a 4-Month Blog Commenting System Experiment

Today I'm guest posting over at the Yakezie network about my four-month blog commenting system experiment. As long-time followers know, I started this blog using the third-party commenting system DISQUS to manage all reader comments. In response … [Continue reading]

Why My Kids Love That We Are Not Buying Christmas Presents This Year

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I love Christmas! Giving and receiving gifts is one of the highlights of our family’s year. In my mind nothing beats it for family togetherness and sharing expressions of love. As a parent though, I’m often hit with a January hangover. My headache … [Continue reading]

We’ve Been Robbed! Dealing With a Theft at Our Home

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Last Saturday I pulled out the leaf blower for the first of several fall sessions of blowing leaves out of the yard. I went around the side of the house to begin clearing leaves out of our secondary driveway. As the motor roared to life I looked … [Continue reading]

Starting a Small Business in 2015

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One of my goals for 2015 is to officially start a small side business. I’ve been thinking about this for some time now and believe I have an idea that’s worth pursuing. It does relate to writing and blogging so I do have some experience in figuring … [Continue reading]