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I just found an excellent FREE web source for “banking” services for children FamilyMint. Let me say upfront that NO money is involved with respect to this website. The site provides a simple front-end for you to set up a bank for your children’s use where YOU are the banker and hence responsible for the security of their deposits. The children are your clients. You/the banker decide where the money is actually kept and it is not linked in anyway to this website.

I teach my children stewardship using a modified version of Stewardship Street from Doorposts. I do not use actual boxes or piggy banks for the individual savings categories. Instead I have been using a spreadsheets to keep track of everything. My children are old enough to understand a bank statement and they no longer need to see or touch the money for it to be real to them. Their money is deposited in accounts in their respective names at a local credit union.

FamilyMint enables you create a bank and name it anything you want. You set up an account for each of your children and then either you or they can set up savings goals such college, a new video game or vacation. You and they can then track deposits, withdrawals and their progress toward each goal. Money can be transferred between account categories and you the banker must approve each transaction as well as make transactions on their behalf. You can also set up a Savings Plan and have each deposit allocated by percentage into the various accounts representing their savings goals. Our accounts are set up similar to the ones in Stewardship Street and when I make a deposit, it is instantly divided up into the separate categories according to the percentages I set up for them.

I sat up my family bank and the accounts for my children including the various savings categories and how the deposits are to be allocated and “transferred” the balances from the spreadsheet to my FamilyMint Bank in less than 15 minutes.

I had a question about how to allocate the deposits and wrote a note to their support staff. I got a reply back within an hour. It turns out that the answer to my question was right in front of me but I know now that their support staff is right in top of things!!

Check them out! I love the concept and I know that you will find it easy to create a family bank and it will be a valuable asset in teaching your children stewardship, financial planning and goal setting.

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This weekend was the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Eastridge Church Campus on the south end of the Sammamish Plateau.

News Report

Overflow crowd at the free Matthew West Concert.

Sunday Morning Service

Senior Pastor Steve Jamison and family cutting the ribbon.

First worship service.

GOD’s love is shown so powerfully through the lives of our pastors and their families. These are people who live to the fullest what they preach and teach. They are touching lives around the world in service to a great and glorious GOD.

Follow Eastridge Church on Facebook and rejoice with us as the Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared “From the I-90 Corridor to the Ends of the Earth.” Be sure and scroll down to see an aerial image as well as images of Adventure Land and the tub slides the children use to access Kids Zone.

If you live close by and do not have a church home, please drop by and worship with us. You will feel at home.

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I guess the question could be asked … “What schedule?” I cannot imagine trying to handle the family issues surrounding my father’s illness with my kids in a conventional school. It would certainly be possible but a lot more difficult. It is a bit over an hour south to the location of my father’s care facility. Last week he got so dehydrated, he had to be hospitalized. This was the second time in two weeks. He also has fallen out of bed because he wants to get up but does not have the strength. I sat with him in the ER for many hours last week, and the kids were real champs. They spent that whole time waiting patiently while I held his hand and kept him from pulling the IVs and various sensors.

As a result we are a bit behind as far as the schedule I had set for us but the eldest son is just one lesson from completing two years of math and the younger is halfway through his second year of math so I am not too disappointed with our progress. Still I am behind on some commitments I have made and for that I am sorry. I will get through some curriculum I promised to test and post reviews as soon as I can. We are making our way through the material and the kids are loving it but for obvious reasons, our pace is inconsistent at best.

On another note, we had the grand opening for our new church campus this weekend. Matthew West was there along with many other of our long time friends who had walked and prayed with us through this incredible journey. The existence of Eastridge Church’s new campus is the result of GOD working so many miracles and the faithful, sacrificial support of countless families. I will post some links to the news reports and other videos and pictures later tonight.

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The kids and I have been tossing some crud bug back and forth for several weeks now. Putz the younger had strep last week and now is sick again. We are trying some allergy treatment on him this time to see if that helps as the last time we gave him regular cold medicine, it had no effect.

The weather has been unseasonably warm so we went on a hike on Monday. We identified several varieties of evergreens and the kids had fun looking for quartz in the stream beds along the hike. Putz the younger started sneezing and coughing almost continually about 20 minutes into the hike. Another reason why I think he has allergies.

They have both taken to the new curriculum very well. They like the increased independence and the ability to work at their own pace. Next week we will start on the two evaluation studies mentioned in the last post. I want every one reasonably healthy so their impressions and how they receive it isn’t tainted by their feeling sick.

In addition to being sick with a cold I have been feeling more than a bit tired for some time now so tomorrow I begin a “sleep study.” I get to sleep like a lap rat, all hooked up to wires and monitored by video. I am not sure how well I will sleep but I and my boys need me back in top form again so I will do my best. I am tired to feeling like I could fall asleep at any moment all the time. I want that spark and drive back!

Our church is less than three weeks to moving into out new I-90 Ministry Center! This has been a decade long journey where GOD has shown his hand in so many ways. GOD has even used the construction to introduce this church to more of the community. The slow economy has meant that when ever there is a code inspection, we get not one but several inspectors to walk through the building. In one case the fire department used the inspection as a class to teach a larger group of fire code inspectors. In all these cases, as they walked with our building and construction coordinators, they got a chance to hear the gospel and how GOD has blessed this project from start to finish. They can see that we are not just building a church but a place for the community to gather and be cared for and ministered to.

Here is the latest TV spot we are running on our local cable networks. If you are in the area, please drop by and share this time with us!

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