Friday, May 19, 2006

Trust in the Lord

Proverbs 3:5-6"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, Lean
not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and
He shall direct your paths"

I haven't been blogging this week- that's because life sort of got turned upside-down,
inside-out, and all around!!!

On Wednesday I started my new job - full time. It's great, wonderful and I love it!!!!
The Lord has blessed us in SO many ways. Because on Wednesday we also got
an offer on the house. We took it and our home in Wellford is now


I'm excited also since my parents will be in town as Sunday is my Birthday! I just recieved a
beautiful basket from the Bishop, and roses from my sweet, DH!!

I can't wait to relax in my newly, decorated, beautiful home and enjoy
my time with my family!

Many, Many Blessings to you all!!!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Thursday, May 11, 2006

New Fountain

So last night, Joe and I went on an impromtu shopping trip. I was looking for curtains for my kitchen that match some placemats that I have. We are so excited with the new furniture in the family! Hopefully this weekend, we will have the diningroom, family room and powder room complete! Well we ended up going to Belk's. I was told Never to register at Belk's and I know why. Service is horrible and they don't hardly carry anything. They no longer carry my everyday dishes (Pfaltzgraf Summer Breeze), my china (Lenox Opal Innocence) is outrageously priced, my crystal is cheaper online than in the store, etc.

Well, they no longer carry curtains and their selection of linens is pathetic. So I decided to go to Lowe's since I know they carry Waverly curtains. Yes, I should have tried Penny's since they carry TONS of curtains, but when you walk into Belk's at 8:30, you don't have time to go to Penny's.

Anyways, I found some similar curtains at Lowe's, but decided to wait. We went to the garden section, and we found our fountain! We saw it many months ago and should have bought it then, because every trip since, they haven't had it. They had it last night. Here it is link Click on the view larger image, it's fantastic. I set it up last night (Joe was much too tired from his holiday "Honey-Do" list. And we set it up tucked away near our patio. We were even able to open a window in the family room and hear it! Oh! With the outdoor lighting we have installed and the more lighting to come, our newly re-upholstered patio set (courtesy of moi), with the newly painted black wrought iron, we are going to have fabulous outdoor area!!!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Illegal Immigrants

I have been away from being able to blog for a couple of days and wanted to weigh in my opinions on this matter. First, and foremost, I have respect for all peoples of all nations, gender, creed, etc… We are a country that (unless you are Native American) is made up almost entirely of immigrants. Bishop Baker, in his Good Friday Homily said we should be good Christians and welcome this immigrants. I agree full heartedly that we should welcome them, but straight to the local immigration office so that they can go through the proper steps of becoming citizens.

All of our families came over from somewhere in some point in time. Whether it was from France, England, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Slovak countries, etc… we all immigrated. But look at what our forefathers did. They did it according to the LAW. They became LEGAL citizens, most changed their name to sound “American”, and they all learned American English. They did not demand signs in French, Italian and Gaelic, etc… Could you imagine what would have happened to them? They would have been thrown out! Sent away on the next boat home. They even paid taxes on their wages. They did not expect a free ride. They expected to work for their “American Dream” and to be Americans.

Now, yes there are plenty of jobs in this country that I would not do, and they are welcome to them. But they should be citizens, or at least be documented and have a work permit, and be like everyone else. I was born, my parents got me a Social Security #, I went to work when I was 16 or 17. I have paid taxes on every job I have worked and I have filed taxes. I have paid into the failing Social Security plan. When I didn’t have health insurance – I had to pay the hospital bills. I’ve gotten no free ride from the government. These people do not pay income taxes, they do not pay Social Security, they do not help out with any social programs (Welfare, TANF, WIC, Food stamps, etc…), yet they take part in them. Why do you think it costs YOU so much money to go to the hospital? Because THEY go for free.

Every morning on my way to work, I see anywhere from 30-70 men standing around a gas station waiting for day labor. I have watched (while my husband gassed up across the street- we don’t support the other gas station at all) while trucks would pull up and these men would negotiate their pay for the day. Then they would hop in the back of the trucks and leave. I think the one of the ways to stop this problem is to go after these employers. While working for my former employer, I worked very closely with the SSA, and the HR dept. I quickly found out one way illegals are getting work. One way is by legitimate employers who are uneducated. Illegal immigrants found out that they can get a “Taxpayer Identification Number” from the IRS. They get a little card that looks like a SS Card but it’s issued by the IRS. And on it is a 9 digit number which looks just like a social. Only difference is that they start with either an 8 or a 9. Small time business owners wouldn’t notice. My former employer put out a company statement that unless they had a legitimate SS#, they wouldn’t be hired. That’s the way to go! These employers who hire (purposely) illegal immigrants should be penalized.

I hope that these protests are a “wake-up” call for Americans. I hope that by seeing these marches, we become more aware (by the sheer number of the masses) of how serious this problem is. I think that the laws of our nations should be enforced. Our police and government officials should use every force necessary to either pack them up and ship them out, or make them go through the immigration process. Illegal means AGAINST THE LAW. This is the “Land of the free” not “Land of Free”

P.S. I just found this on the web.
I love Sheriff Joe Arpaio. My aunt lives in Phoenix and has been telling us about him for years. I love what he has done for the county prison system out there. So when I was looking around on the Drudge Report, I saw this article.
Gotta Love Joe!


Casino Royale

So I found this on the internet. It is the new James Bond movie trailer. my DH and I both agree that it looks horrible. While we disagree on the best Bond, he is for Sean Connery and I am for Pierce Brosnan, we both agree Daniel Craig should never have been chosen. I think this is one Bond movie we will have to pass on.

Now, THIS is a movie I can't WAIT to come out!! I've been anticipating this since the night I saw X-Men II. It premieres five days after my b-day. So I know what I want!!! LOL! Only 3 weeks to go!!!
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