Monday, June 30, 2008

The Michaels went down to Georgia

While Isabelle was visiting Oma and Opa (i.e. running them around like a puppy on a leash!..On second thought I'm not sure who was running who around) Conrad and I drove to Atlanta for a United First Financial Conference (the mortgage thing I wrote about last week).

It was a good conference. It was really good to connect with Chris, our friend from Colorado, and to gather some much needed wisdom and advice from him. As well as get a feel for the company. We were reassured to see how focused the company was on getting families out of debt. AND we were excited to see that UFF just won the 2008 Ernst and Young Entreprenuer of the Year Award in Financial Services. This is huge and means, even if you've never heard about this will, it's only a matter of time before this becomes standard practice for the financial industry. And we feel pretty excited to be involved at this juncture!

We also got to have dinner with some friends while we were in Atlanta. It was soo good to connect with old Teen Mania friends, to introduce my husband to them, and to let him in on a little of my TM past. Not to mention, as I looked around the table, I was amazed to see how many movers and shakers were there. Brenda is a chaplain at Georgetown U, Chris is at Focus on the Family, Reggie is basically the CFO at Teen Mania, and Brad and Friends work at Orange (252 basics, if you are involved in Children's ministry or Northpoint Church) Definatley a group I am proud to call friends!


Lacy said...

You'll have to tell us more about the program! My husband and I are in the process of buying a house right now and would love to know how to pay it off so quickly!

Mary said...

Does the program have a program (that sounds redundant)for people who do not own homes but wants to get out of debt? ;) Let me know. <3

Heather Costaras said...

Hey! I was just wondering... is "Oma" and "Opa" a common way of describing grandparents over there - and do you know where it originates from. I thought it was purely an Afrikaans description. Over here, grandparents are called Ouma and Oupa - which literally translated means Old (ou) Mother (ma) and Old (ou) Father (pa). Does "O" also mean "old" in some other language? On the other hand, I do remember telling your parents about "ouma" and "oupa" - they might have dug the names and adopted them.... (heh-heh)... (insert evil cackle here). PS: I put your "you must reduce" story on my website - under "Rants"... you can check it out if you're bored... Mexxx