Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm {Book Review}

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Publisher’s Summary:
When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hind Kush Mountains of Afghanistan—but he was ready. In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”

Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and determination were fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses, including drug addiction, and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. In a deeply personal and absorbing chronicle, Fearless reveals a glimpse inside the SEAL Team SIX brotherhood, and presents an indelible portrait of a highly trained warrior whose final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

Adam Brown was a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as…fearless.

My Thoughts:
This really was a great book. It takes you inside the mind of a fearless Navy SEAL from his childhood through to his wife and children, and his death in combat. From a life of drug addiction and loss of sight in one eye to pouring himself into his career and his family and his God. The author teaches you about the Navy SEAL life so that you truly understand the sacrifices made and the character of Adam Brown. I was amazed and the training that SEALs go through. This is a great read, especially for people interested in military life. Retired military would enjoy it as well.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


Death & Taxes

I followed an example on Pinterest to organize our household bills a few months ago and love it!! So, when I was doing our taxes this year, I realized that the 3+ days of work it takes me to gather and organize all our data could be cut down if I used a similar system. (I itemize everything I can, so I have lots to gather.)

First… the 3 ring binder. A 2″ binder works for us. (I’m falling in love with binders again, can you tell? And I also love my labeler.) 🙂

I divided the notebook into the sections of the tax form (and Turbo Tax). The main sections are Income and Deductions. I added the front section “Return Copies” for a place to keep the printed copies of the return until I’m done and ready to pack it away. When I came across a sub-section that was too big to keep in the main divider, I created a sub-section. Below, Charity is a sub-section of Deductions, and I have a sub-category after Charity for an organization that I have donations and travel to track.

As I went through the information that I needed to gather, I created lists of the items and made a coversheet for each section. Here is the Itemized Deductions cover sheet:

As statements and paperwork comes in during the year, I now hole punch it, put it in the right section, and check it off. The items above with lines are things I have to pull from our records.

Once I had all my notes together and data pulled from different places, I made a list for the front of the notebook with what items need to be pulled and where I get them from. This list will make it much easier to zip through and print off what I need, add it to the sections, and then I’ll be ready to run through Turbo Tax with all the info in one place!

Half the battle each year was remembering how I pulled certain information and what was the easiest way to record it. This has taken away the need to “re-invent the wheel” each year, and I can tweak the process as we go.

It also provides me with a neat bundle using round head fasteners that I file away once the money has been deposited into my account:

Have you tried something similar? Any tweaks to what I’ve done that might be easier? Please share below!

Blessings in your Adventure,



PS – The “Death” part of the post title was what it felt like doing our taxes Before. 🙂 I’m not saying I’ll rejoice about Taxes, but it sure will be easier!