TELHIO CREDIT UNION IS a lot LIKE THE “SHOP-LOCAL” VERSION WHEN IT COMES TO SHOPPING FOR a BANK. TELHIO  IS MORE THAN A BANK. IT’S A CREDIT UNION THAT EMBODIES A STRONG PHILOSOPHY FOR GIVING.  AND WHEN YOU’RE A MEMBER OF TELHIO, YOU OWN IT. YOU REAP THE BENEFITS. But, that’s the thing with credit unions–they have the ability to make banking more personalized based on the individual.  “EACH STORY AND EVERY PERSON IS DIFFERENT, WITH A DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCE.  SO, BEING ABLE TO BE FLEXIBLE AND RESPOND WITH VARIOUS OPTIONS IS CRITICAL.” Since Telhio is a credit union, they are a not-for-profit organization–which basically enables them to keep the members their top priority. Unlike...

We’ve actually touched on this before, but figured we could revisit.   Quality time. This past weekend, my husband and I spur of the moment (kind-of), decided to go out of town.  And, it made me extremely anxious to leave the girls for the first time.  Also, extremely anxious to do something spur of the moment.  I’m a “Type A-plan ahead” kinda gal. The last time my husband and I went away together out of state was when I was 5-months-pregnant.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast and played  the board game Life far too many times. And, I complained the entire way up a mountain. We...

[caption id="attachment_9052" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Devon Albeit[/caption] He’s small in stature but mighty in fight. When we were dating and David hadn’t made it as a Columbus fire fighter yet, I was pressuring him hard for a back-up plan. He pushed back with all he had, saying this wasn’t just A plan, it was THE plan. And sure enough, this December marks his 13thyear as a Columbus fire fighter. As a fire fighter’s wife, your worst nightmare is having a station vehicle pull up in front of your home, pausing before delivering the news that something is terribly wrong.He’s not coming home. The second worst nightmare, which I’ve lived, is receiving...

I've been reflecting on heroes that have impacted my life (since this month is dedicated to sharing the stories of heroism), but I stumbled across something in the process.  A definition of a hero. he·ro ˈhirō/ noun a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. "a war hero" For some reason I couldn't shake how wrong I felt this definition was.   Not wrong as in none of it was true, but wrong in that it just didn't feel right when I read over it.   For a couple of reasons actually. First, I disagree that heroes are typically men.  And, I don't...

The moment he was brought home, wrapped in towels, and cold to the core was a moment I will never forget. Zachary was surrounded by neighborhood children that were helping him walk his frozen body home.  I opened the door to see his tear stained face and listening to his sobs, “I am so sorry. I was so stupid. I am so sorry. My curiosity got the best of me. I am so sorry.” It was like the entire sky broke into a million shards of glass and came crashing down around me. My greatest fear was realized. Our sweet child had not heeded 6...

When is a good time to panic? Today I had a couple moments where panic manifested itself, in short order. The first moment, was hearing of an ‘active shooter’ at The Ohio State University.  I don’t think I’ve ever been in a 20 mile radius of anything like this, have you?  (And this was my thought when we were first hearing the news). Sure, we’ve heard about incidents in various other states-- and have prayed for those families, or changed our Facebook profile pictures.   But never has an incident like this been so close to “home.”  The Ohio State.  That’s our “home-base.”  Right? Elizabeth and I were driving down...

The list of things we're not allowed to say is getting long.  Honestly, I'm not sure what is and isn't PC anymore.  And, I don't know about you, but growing up my parents encouraged passionate debates and open conversation.   Especially those topics, like politics, race, and religion.  Remind me, why they are taboo again?  Is it just because people are passionate about them? My parents encouraged these types of debates for a couple of reasons.  The main one being that, they wanted to educate and empower me.   But, they also believed they would be the most important conversations I would have in my life.  And, guess...

Good Deed Rags is definitely one of Columbus' hero organizations.  Below you will find a Q&A with them, where you'll learn what they do, why they do it, and the two seminal events that kickstarted the whole thing.   And, you can read my notes at the very end as to why they are some of Columbus' true heroes (and it's not because they giveback to the community--although that's amazing). How did Good Deed Rags come to fruition?       "Gosh, I could spend forever on this one. So we spent much of the past 15 years working in the clothing business for some of the major...

Catie Mehl is one of the owners of Columbus Birth & Parenting, a business dedicated to providing the utmost care, support, and guidance to families (and each individual within that family) through the journey of parenthood. For the month of November we are focusing on adoption. The process---the feelings---the different perspectives---and, of course, the stories. Columbus Birth & Parenting (CBP) is one of our sponsors for the month, not only because they have a personal connection to the topic of adoption, but also because they're educational experts while providing non-judgmental support and concrete direction. So, maybe you're expecting parents, or maybe you're an adoptee, either way Catie and Leah...

I'm not usually one to be political.  But, this year, seems like a big political decision. What I mean by 'not one to be political,' is that I'm not typically interested in debating the subject.  Partially because I got my fill in college.  Yet, I'm fully aware of the fundamental importance of discussing government and politics, because it drives so much of our industry and culture.  Though, it seems someone always gets upset (in these conversations).  And, I don't like that part of it. The part that segregates us--creates animosity between us--and turns us into judgmental pushy people. It can really bring out the worst in ourselves, and put a stopper...