This January is setting up to be one of the coldest on record here in the interior of Alaska, according to an article in today’s Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. It has been colder than -20f or it will warm up then snow for what seems like an eternity. What this has meant for us is that it has been too cold to travel by plane. So today as I’m clearing my desk of months of backed-up paper work, wishing that I could be out visiting folks in the bush, I am watching some of the videos on our YouTube channel. This video is the most popular of all and for good reason, bright sun, fresh powder and a smooth touchdown (if I say so myself).
It is getting harder and harder to save money with cost going up and the pitiful return of savings accounts and other investments. What is the balance between being a miser so you can’t live in the present and spending it all like a wild man and having nothing for a rainy day? Obviously those are two big extreme ends of the problem. The Bible tells us in Matthew 6 that where our treasure is there our heart will be also, and that you can’t serve both God and money. I don’t want to miss out on making memories with the kids but I don’t want to be completely destitute when an unforeseen calamity strikes. Where is the balance when there is very little margin in the budget? These are the things I’ve been thinking about lately…
This was the view while I was on my ‘I don’t care that it’s 40 below, I’m tired of doing paperwork,” walk to the post office.
Sabrina and I are in Anchorage for a couple days of meetings. It’s fun to have her along and it’s great to have a “personal assistant!”