A Different Sort of Guest Post

My friend and colleague, Neal Frankle, who writes at Wealth Pilgrim, offered a rather special guest post in honor of my mother, who passed away at 54 on Sunday morning after complications from a stroke. I was touched by his message, and asked that rather than run the post here, I’d like for him to host the article at his site.

Please take a moment today to read the article, A Legacy from Mom, and share your thoughts with Neal in the comments. I probably won’t have time this week to put together my normal Thursday roundup, so I thought this might be a unique way to highlight a couple special posts from my friends in the personal finance blogging community.

I’m overwhelmed by the response from readers, fellow bloggers, and even people I’ve never interacted with on forums, Twitter, etc. Many who guest post here at Frugal Dad tell me, “You have the nicest readers. Thanks for letting me get to know them.” Well, I’ve known that for a long time now! We do have a great community here at Frugal Dad, and it’s all because of you.

So thanks for your continued support, and your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for my family.

Now, please go check out Neal’s post!


  1. You have shared so much with us that you and yours feel like extended family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Your Mom, younger than I am, has been my inspiration (my push) for making sure my financial affairs are in order just in case something bad happens here.

    Take care.

  2. Thanks Marci, and Tracy. You guys feel like extended family for me, too, especially readers who have been around since practically the beginning of the blog. I’ve strived to be an open book here in the hopes it would help someone else going through something similar.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Your dedication to your family has been an inspiration. Please know that good thoughts and prayers are being sent your way by a lot of people.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of your loss; ironically my father and I were only talking today about financial security and the best way to go about it. I pop in from time to time and love what you suggest by the way of being wise with your money, even thought you are geared towards the American market it makes me think what the equivalent would be in England and I go on a bit of a hunt. You have taken me on many indirect journeys and I have gained so much from this. Blessings to you and you family.

  5. Hi FrugalDad, I hope you are hanging in there. I’ve been meaning to e-mail a guest post I’ve written for another site to you, but they have not given me the go ahead yet. Once I get the green light, I’ll send it over to you, as your situation is something I think about often, and I think you might find something good in it. Time will heal everything, and it is excellent there is such a great community of bloggers out there.

  6. I am praying that your Higher Power provides for you where your need is greatest and surrounds you and your family with love, protection and grace. I am following Neal now, thanks to you.


  7. There are some very thoughtful and heartfelt comments following Wealth Pilgrim’s great post. Frugal Dad – holding you and your family in my thoughts.

  8. I want to share my deep condolences for your loss.
    I know this is a difficult time for you. You are in my thoughts

  9. FD, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I have had to deal with losing my brother at a young age so I can relate to how you are feeling. I just hope that you are handling it as best you can and my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  10. Jason
    Condolences to you and your family on your mother’s passing.

    From your posts, it’s clear that you were very present for her during her illness and I’m sure this made a huge difference. Prayers for you and the family to be there for each other and to allow each other to celebrate her life even as you begin to grieve.

  11. So sorry to hear about your mom. I followed the saga on twitter. I lost my dad when I was 11 years ago – and I still think it’s the hardest thing I’ve encountered in life. I’m no longer grieving, but I still feel those feelings once in awhile. Hang in there.

  12. Poor’ in this context, some point out, is not about a temporary lack of funds – a college student who’s ‘broke’ the day before his parents transfer him his allowance, a recent college grad with a low-paid but educational or do-gooder job, these are not The Poor. ,