Daniel and Amanda’s Weblog

December 16, 2007

Ending the year

Filed under: Just for fun — theburts @ 4:13 pm

As we draw near to ’08, we’ve got lots of exciting stuff happening in the Burt household. Well, we think so, anyway.

  • Homeless Education night. We’ve invited the Homeless Power Project to come and have dinner with us, to speak about homelessness and what we all can do about it. Amanda and I are super excited about this. It will be Thursday the 20th for any of you Nashville blog readers who might want to come. Check out http://www.homelesspower.org to learn more about what this organization does. Part of the reason why we’re hosting this event is because Amanda and I are trying to figure out what to do with some money we’ve saved. We’ve built up a little bit of money in what we call our “Acts 2 and 4 account,” and have planned on trying to use that money in a similar way that the early Christians used it…”noone claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had…and God’s grace was so powerfully at work among them that there were no needy persons among them.” We feel that if even a third of Christ’s followers would begin living by this passage, hunger would cease and homelessness would be eradicated in Nashville (not to mention the world). So Kiva’s only allowing $25 loans, and we’d rather do something more local than one of the large world charity organizations. AND we’d like to be more active with the local homeless than our random encounters with them, so we put all that together and decided to ask HPP how we could support them. I hope we’ll learn a lot and find out some good ways to use that money.
  • My school loan is almost paid off. There’s actually just $750 left and we could pay that off right now, but we’re waiting so we can throw a party right when it gets paid off. :) I know that’s weird…we want to do something with money, debt, and generosity at our party, but don’t want it to be just us being publicly generous now that our school loans are paid off. We want to find a way to involve everyone in whatever we do, whether it’s asking everyone to bring a bunch of coins and finding something to do with them…paying off some stranger’s electric bill, passing money out to strangers, I have no idea. We’re still brainstorming. But I think it’d be fun to celebrate a debt relief by concentrating not on how much more money we’ll HAVE, but how much more we can GIVE once we’re free from debt. Make sense?
  • Our long term plan (for right now) is to continue to live in the apartment for another year to year and a half and try to pay off the mortgage. Then we’ll really consider getting our own place, whether that be an old apartment building we can fix up or a few acres just outside of town to start a community garden or a duplex or who knows what. That plan may change if something great comes up…we’ll keep revisiting our ideas on a home/property as we go along. We will “probably” wait until we have something like a yard to get a dog. Sad for us, but probably the best idea.
  • Amanda and I decided to start eating more healthily at home, and so we’re trying something new. It will go something like this…Tuesday nights we’ll eat an apple and some peanut butter, an orange, and maybe one other thing. Every Wednesday we will eat rice, one cup of vegetables each, and split a chicken breast. And that will become routine, so that at least 3-4 nights we know what we’re eating and it’s a very small, simple to make, healthy, and inexpensive portion. How does that sound to you guys? We just know that, when we get in the kitchen to start cooking, we usually end up with too much food. There’s leftovers, of course, but we tend to eat too much when it’s there.
  • Small things…free movie screening this next week, going to my parents’ next week for Christmas, and her parents’ the next weekend for just a day and a half, only 2 more weeks of working at SEE, and Josh and I had a newspaper article done about us dumpster diving…I’ll post it when it comes out in the paper.

Bye for now! Off to church, then eating leftovers, then listening to NPR’s Prairie Home Companion hopefully while my fabulous wife/barber gives me a new do…who knows. Much love to all.



  1. You guys are awesome.
    Much much love to the two of you. I think all that you are doing is wonderful and amazing.
    I like the new theme too, but my comments keep running of past this green section here.

    You two are wonderful

    Comment by ariahfine — December 16, 2007 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  2. I’m so proud to call you friends/family. I am so excited for you. All of your ideas sound great. I love the Acts 2 and 4 account idea and the party to recognize how much you will have to give rather than just have. And the food/dinner idea sounds great. Let us know how it works for you. I foresee it taking awhile before you are used to it. Persevere!!!

    Comment by Dawn — December 17, 2007 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

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