The Delta Project

The McKeen Family is starting something new in 2014. We are calling it “The Delta Project”. Do you remember the little triangle we all had upper level math in high school? It was the Greek letter Delta? As in “the change in“? Anyhow, last week I came across an article at http://www.daveramsey.com called “20 Things the Rich Do Every Day“. As I read through the article, I wondered where we would land on this list? Would we be in the “wealthy” column or the “poor” column? And, if we changed our habits to reflect the ones that the wealthy in the article had, what changes would we see in our family?

You may think that I’m specifically referring to whether or not we would become wealthy, but I’m not. I’m more interested in looking at the character behind the man, so to speak. In other words, are there choices in life that predispose us to being of a certain socio-economic level? Again, I’m not referring to the obvious here (degree of education, family size, personality), I’m referring specifically to the habits referenced in the article. On the surface, they seem unrelated to wealth. But, I suspect that there is something more to this.

This is our starting point. We are the McKeen family. David and I have been married for 13 years, and have 8 children. Seven of our children still live at home. Their ages are 9 mos., 2 yrs, 4 yrs, 7 yrs, 9 yrs, 11 yrs, and 12 yrs. Our family’s annual income is less than $60,000. We live in a 2700 square foot fixer upper, in a neighborhood that we can’t afford to live in. We are barely making it paycheck to paycheck.

Can you see what I’m asking? Would adopting these habits in a sincere, humble way bring about changes in our family that could potentially lead to a different lifestyle?

That’s the core of The Delta Project. We are commiting to this for one year. I will begin addressing each habit in future blog posts, sharing where we are now and what changes we are making.

Happy New Year!

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