#1,728 Wreath is Up + Business Papers.

I got out my fall wreath this morning. I do not care that it is still 90 degrees outside.

I do not care at all, I said.

Also, look what came off the presses today! Our very first business cards as co-owners (in rose gold foil no less)! And our new sample mailers!

It feels really real now. Really real. Which also got us thinking more seriously about our healthcare plan after the big career change in November. We’re thinking pretty seriously about joining Christian Medi-Share in January. Have you heard of these medical bill sharing ministries? It’s kind of like insurance, except nothing like insurance. It sounds like it could be great for us but I’d love if you have any experience with it and have some thoughts or advice. What I love about it is that your monthly payments don’t go to lining some insurance company’s pockets—they go straight to another family in their time of need after a medical event.

I also spent the better part of the day coming up with some lettering concepts for a custom invitation. I always feel a little stressed at the beginning of a custom project, but once I wade into it—it’s super therapeutic. I feel like a REAL artist when I get paint on my hands.


Erin

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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8 thoughts on “#1,728 Wreath is Up + Business Papers.

  1. Hello, Erin.

    As my screen name suggests, I'm employed with Samaritan Ministries International. SMI is another health care sharing ministry that you may want to consider. Obviously, I'm going to be bias, but do note that my wife and I were members of SMI long before I joined their team. I just wanted to comment on your blog and give you some info that will hopefully be helpful to you. There are three main health care sharing ministries (HCSMs). You mentioned Medi-Share, but there's also SMI and Christian Healthcare Ministries. All three strive to offer a Biblical alternative to health insurance, and each has a different approach to doing so that appeals to a wide variety of Christians.
    Here is the website to The Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries, of which both SMI and Medi-share are members:

    http://www.healthcaresharing.org/

    That site has several comparison charts that may help you in your deliberation.

    Also, here’s a recent article in the Houston Chronicle discussing both Medi-share and SMI:

    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/medical/article/Christians-save-on-health-care-by-joining-5706783.php

    Finally, here is a story about my personal experience with publishing a need with Samaritan:

    http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/6155874660.html

    I hope this info helps, and may God bless you in all your efforts to switch from insurance to a HCSM.

  2. My uncle and his family are with Samaritan's Ministries as well, and we were JUST talking about switching this week. I am a self-employed designer and have an individual policy with BCBS, as well as my 2 boys. We aren't on my husband's insurance because he works for the state (state trooper) and their insurance is terrible. We are considering it. My uncle said it is absolutely wonderful.

    • I've got a friend who uses Samaritan and she just can't say enough about it. She just had her second baby and it paid for her medical expenses 100%, apparently. It's very optimistic sounding!

  3. Erin,
    This is my first time hearing of such a ministry. I would love if you keep us posted on your choice. I'm very interested to look into this for my husband and his family, as we run a private family farm. Do you happen to know if it can be used as a supplemental program?
    Thank you!
    Courtney

    • I'm really not a good resource for info, but the people at the organizations are amazing with questions over the phone. You should call them!

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