Friday, October 31, 2008

Exposed #8


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Thursday, October 30, 2008

2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE COMPARISON TALKING POINTS

ISSUE

JOHN McCAIN

BARACK OBAMA

Favors new drilling offshore US

Yes

No

Will appoint judges who interpret the law not make it

Yes

No

Served in the US Armed Forces

Yes

No

Amount of time served in the US Senate

22 YEARS

3 - 1/2 YEARS

Will institute a socialized national health care plan

No

Yes

Supports abortion throughout the pregnancy

No

Yes

Would pull troops out of Iraq immediately

No

Yes

Supports gun ownership rights

Yes

No

Supports homosexual marriage

No

Yes

Proposed programs will mean a huge tax increase

No

Yes

Voted against making English the official language

No

Yes

Voted to give Social Security benefits to illegals

No

Yes

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

MCCAIN

0% on home sales up to $500,000 per home (couples). McCain does not propose any change in existing home sales income tax.

OBAMA

28% tax on profit from ALL home sales. How does this affect you? If you sell your home and make a profit, you will pay 28% of your gain on taxes. If you are heading toward retirement and would like to down-size your home or move into a retirement community, 28% of the money you make from your home will go to taxes. This proposal will adversely affect the elderly who are counting on the income from their homes as part of their retirement income.

DIVIDEND TAX

MCCAIN

15% (no change)

OBAMA

39.6% in all dividends - How will this affect you? If you have any money invested in stock market, IRA, mutual funds, college funds, life insurance, retirement accounts, or anything that pays or reinvests dividends, you will now be paying nearly 40% of the money earned on taxes if Obama becomes president. The experts predict that 'Higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains would crash the stock market, yet do absolutely nothing to cut the deficit.'

INCOME TAX

MCCAIN

(no changes)

Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $31,250

OBAMA

(reversion to pre-Bush tax cuts)

Single making 30K - tax $8,400
Single making 50K - tax $14,000
Single making 75K - tax $23,250
Married making 60K - tax $16,800
Married making 75K - tax $21,000
Married making 125K - tax $38,750
Under Obama, your taxes could almost double!

INHERITANCE TAX

MCCAIN

- 0% (No change, Bush repealed this tax)

OBAMA

Restore the inheritance tax Many families have lost businesses, farms, ranches, and homes that have been in their families for generations because they could not afford the inheritance tax. Those willing their assets to loved ones will only lose them to these taxes.

NEW TAXES PROPOSED BY OBAMA

New government taxes proposed on homes that are more than 2400 square feet.
New gasoline taxes (as if gas weren't high enough already)
New taxes on natural resources consumption (heating gas, water, electricity)
New taxes on retirement accounts, and last but not least....
New taxes to pay for socialized medicine so we can receive the same level of medical care as other third-world countries!!!


You can verify the above at the following web sites
:

http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/election/2008/index..html

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/issues/issues.taxes.html

http://elections.foxnews.com/?s=proposed+taxes

http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourworld/politics/articles/mccain_obama_offer_different_visions_on_taxes.html

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/candidates/barack_obama/

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/candidates/john_mccain/

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Friday Fill Ins #2




1. My favorite food seasoning is GARLIC.
2. Giggles are music to my ears.
3. Lucky is not reaping what you are due.
4. My Christian beliefs are something I take very seriously.
5. Many people need to learn how to truly forgive and let go.
6. A Sword was the last thing I bought at the store.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to trick or treating, tomorrow my plans include watching my oldest perform in a band competition and Sunday I want to FIND MY HUSBAND and spend a few moments together!

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Aloha Friday #2


My Question for YOU this week:

ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE ON TUESDAY?
I am! I feel it is my responsibility. I'm pretty scared about the direction this country is taking and if I just sit back and watch I can just blame myself and others just like me.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link here. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

SO.... ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE ON TUESDAY?
(Please leave you answer and a link to your Aloha Friday in the comments section!)
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Love Does Cost


Love Does Cost

God’s pure Love is free to all
For Jesus paid the cost.
He left the throne of His blessed Home
And came to save the lost.
He showed us what God’s pure Love is,
For that He was despised.
He hung in love upon the cross
For us He sacrificed.

If we want to let His Love
Flow through us from His Life
We must share the cost with Him
And give to Him our life.
If we take for us our life
His love can never flow,
For then we feed upon our greed
And love from Him can’t grow.

When you think you cannot feel
Love for fellow man
Just as God’s love to flow through you
And into every man.
It matters not what ‘err you feel
Your will releases love.
Don’t let the cost deter your will
Or God’s love will be lost.

When you love you may get hurt
They spat in Jesus’ face.
But even when they rant and rave
There’s nothing you need fear,
For if you’ve given Him your life
He’s filled you with His Life
And as you let His pure love flow
it soon will change all lives.

Love Does Cost


So many relationships are broken because someone no longer “feels” love for the other. We cannot control the way we feel. God has commanded us to love each other. Why would He command us to do something over which we have no control? Love is more than just a feeling. Love is an action. God commands that you act out love for one another even when you don’t feel like it. The action of love may be costly to the way you feel but you will find that if you act in love because you love God, you will begin to yield more to Him and enable Him to change your feelings.

It may not be too difficult to love someone who love you and strives to please you but what about someone who always seems to irritate you? Spend time praying for someone you have a difficult time loving and then choose to act in love to that person. If they refuse to accept your love, consider it a sacrifice of love to God and continue in it, allowing God to work a miracle in the relationship.

You will find that the more love you give others, the more love God will be able to give to you.

This is a devotion written by my mom. She's awesome isn't she?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Quote


If you want to catch something, running after it isn't always the best way.

~Lois McMaster Bujold
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Laundry


With a minimum of seven people in this house and eight when my step daughter is with us, laundry can be a nightmare. Also, the bigger they get the bigger their clothes get (who woudda thought).


I try to do a minimum of at least one humungomama load of wash every day. I have a WONDERFUL washer though. I can even program is to start up to eight hours away or soak for 8 hours.

I fold straight out of the dryer too! Then I have four baskets...the three boys, the three girls, mine & Dad's. The boys are responsible for putting their stuff away and weeding out what is theirs. I usually do the girls' still. That's probably why there are two baskets of clean clothes in their room RIGHT NOW! LOL!

Socks however will definitely be another posting!!!

Anyhow, that's how this mom of six does it...how do you do it.

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A Real Kitchen


I want this!! A real kitchen! Not a kitchen without drawers and missing two cabinet doors. a stove you have to rock back and forth to get the burners to work. A refrigerator that just barely keeps the mile cool enough to not spoil. A sink that won't let go of all the pipe underneath at least once a month. A DISHWASHER and GARBAGE DISPOSAL would be wonderful! Yeah, I know I'm dreaming but hey! maybe we can find another house to rent, huh?

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AT THE FAIR!!!!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Lion Meat

Tonight we went to Sam's Club! My 9yo and 11yo boys begged and begged to buy the LION meat and cook it tomorrow night! Poor guys I had to tell them it was loin not lion!

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Closet Tackle

This week I went through the three boys one closet. It was a very scary occasion! I tossed and tossed and tossed. Donated and have about 40 more items to go to the consignment store. They are getting too old for toys anyhow. I kept their little cars. Now they were here for the sorting out part. They did not finish their bin fast enough so they didn't get to go through the rest it just WENT. I just LOVE getting rid of things. Five 55 gallon trash bags OUTTA HERE! Am I nuts or am I the only one who really gets a massive sense of accomplishment tossing stuff???
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Giggles

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for weeks.

Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: "I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap."

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: "He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?"

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Our Fair Adventure

Well, we bit the bullet! After 4 years of pleading and begging we finally took the kids to the fair! It was partially my birthday gift. We had a blast! Nathan said it was the funnest day of his life! Josh met his "friend" there! We spend an OBSCENE amount of money! AND the fair false advertised their prices! Humpfh! Their website said $8 to enter $15 for wristbands but i reality it was $10 to enter and $20 for the bands! GRRRR! That makes a huge difference with seven people. Anyhoo....fun was had by all! We didn't get home until 12:02 am!!!

Apparently the quality of my phone's camera leaves a lot to be desired.

But here are some photos:

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Congratulations

Congratulations LaDonna & Jason on your sixth bundle of joy, R. A. 9 lbs-4oz, 19.5 inches this morning! WE LOVE YOU!

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Everyone has the key to happiness - you just have to pick out the right lock.


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Lymphedema

Lymphedema (pronounced LIMF-eh-DEE-ma) is a side effect that can begin during or after breast cancer treatment. This condition involves swelling of the soft tissues of the arm or hand. The swelling may be accompanied by numbness, discomfort, and sometimes infection.

Taking proper precautions you CAN greatly reduce your chances of developing the condition.

Don’ts:
1. Subject yourself to extreme temperature changes.
2. Use instuments on affected limb in manicures, or pedicures.
3. Allow blood pressure to be measured on affected limb.
4. Allow injections / vaccinations on affected limb.
5. Receive accupuncture on affected limb.
6. Wear constrictive clothing or jewelry (watches, rings, or bracelets).
7. Lift heavy objects with affected limb.
8. Take unnecessary risks in the kitchen or garden

Dos:
1. Practice good skin care.
2. Use insect repellent when appropriate.
3. Follow a good nutritional program.
4. Avoid table salt and fatty foods.
5. Limit your protein intake.
6. Maintain optimum weight.
7. Exercise
8. Elevate the limb - sleep with pillows under the affected arm
9. Carry antibiotic solutions with you at all times for cuts, scratches, or bites.
10. Treat infection seriously and immediately.
11. Seek treatment at the first sign of lymphedema.
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Quote


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

~Thomas A. Edison

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Exposed #7


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This is where we are going today! Woo Hoo!
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Aloha Friday #2


My question for you this week is:
When was the last time your heart giggled?

Mine was on Wednesday. My third son was oh so excited when he got off of the school bus. My birthday was this past Sunday and he had been waiting to get his latest art project out of the kiln at school. He presented me with a Smiley Face mug, beautiful fall Autumn leaf drawing and this amazing ceramic, uh... thingy! He was oh so proud. AND he made my heart giggle!

SO..When was the last time your heart giggled?

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Quote-Unquote


There comes a point in your life
when you realize:
Who matters,
Who never did,
Who won't anymore...
And Who always will.
So don't worry about people from your past,
There's a reason why they didn't
make it to your future.

Be kinder than necessary
Because everyone you meet is
fighting some kind of battle.

~Author Unknown


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A Comfortable Place to Heal

I'm not an zen master, nor anywhere near an expert on anything in that category. I do know in order to heal, your environment must be conducive to a healing process. Here of some of the things that I believe help to speed up the healing.

Declutter and eliminate: Stuff can take it's toll on me. I get overwhelmed if there is stuff everywhere. It is amazing how relaxing it is when there is less clutter. There is nothing nagging at me (I need to put this away; I need to file this; I need to donate this; I need to fix that; Why do I even have this still). Peace and tranquility cannot be found in disorder. It is also very frustrating trying to locate things in chaos. Keep only things that make you feel happy and positive.

Emphasize the things you love: Things I love bring me peace and joy which promotes healing. I love flowers and plants. If you love tulips, like I do, surround yourself with them (fresh ones, photos of them, artificial ones, fabric pillows with tulip decor). I love, love, love candles. Nothing relaxes me like dimming the lights, lighting every candle in the room and putting on my favorite music. Don't worry about any decorating code. This is your your comfort and healing alone. Do what makes you have joy and peace. It is your home after all, not the Hollywood designers.

Color: White is out, sorry! Neutrals are fair but color is stimulating and peaceful at the same time. Color releases emotions and memories. Surround yourself with color. Repaint the room you spend the most time in and be bold. Make it cheery and lively, no depressing dreary colors here. Brighten up the room and brighten up your attitude.

Light: Try to let in as much natural light as possible. Remove bulky curtains and raise the blinds completely. Raise the valances if the cover the windows too much. Try to invest in a storm door to let in volumes of natural light.

Fresh Air: Open the windows and door every day at least for fifteen minutes. If the weather is conducive, place a fan in the window to blow the fresh air in. It's worth the cost of a little extra air conditioning or heating for thirty minutes afterwards.

Comfort: If finances are available buy a new duvet cover or comforter and some new fluffy pillows. Everyone I have ever know loves the feel of freshly washed sheets. If your bed is comfortable and relaxing you can rest easier.

Fragrance: Surround yourself with aromas you love. If you are going through chemotherapy heed this warning: Do NOT use your favorite scents! The scent will trigger the memories of chemo after your treatment is over. No matter how much you love it, find something else you can love for right now. Believe me on this one, I speak from experience.

I didn't get the opportunity to do a lot of this because we were so strapped financially while I was going through my cancer treatments. I sure wish I had though. Just remember it is hard to heal under stress. Make yourself as comfortable as possible.

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What ever happened to Humility?

What is it with Pride anyhow! Where is humility in today's world. It seems every day humility is becoming a rare trait. What happened to repentance and compassion. All this one-upping is really getting old. Can you imagine how the Lord feels. Watching us, yearning to steer us in His pathway yet knowing our own false pride keeps us at a distance from him.

I try to instill the traits of humility and repentance in my children through my own standards and actions. I do not believe I am the least bit arrogant. Is it arrogant to make that statement? I acknowledge my faults. Well, some of them at least. I feel guilt when I know I'm in the wrong.

Some people seem to be so disconnected from reality and there is no standard left for them. At what point does your own self created version of reality become a prison out of which you cannot escape? Self-imprisonment. Worse yet, voluntarily separating yourself from God! Though not intentional this is the outcome.

When you speak inaccurately, you begin to believe it, explain it, encourage error and yes it grows and grows and grows. If only humility had it's hold it could bring you back from the edge. Realize that what you believe to be the truth actually isn't the truth, actually far from it!

I am certain no one ever intends to go down this pathway but once that first wrong turn is made, if you do not turn around and start weaving through the entanglement of error there is no way out, you are just lost! All it takes is acknowledgement that you are going down the wrong path and a very simple about face. That's not so hard is it. Well, it obviously is.

I have to continually battle to erase the damage this kind of attitude is inflicting upon my children. If I'm this tired of it I cannot believe how the Lord feels! What do you think about all of this? Is this a escalating problem? How do you handle it? I know--pray. I mean a more active role.

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Quote- Unquote

I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.

~George Burns




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The Real Age Test


I took the RealAge Test this morning to see what the supposed biological age of my body is. I am surprised when it really was not bad considering I had cancer and live with a smoker. My RealAge is 41.0 with only 4.4 difference from my calendar age. Not bad eh for a 2 year survivor? And I only have these problems because of the following reasons: breast cancer, not wearing a seatbelt everytime, not getting enough exercise, and, the root of all problems, stress. If I rectify these problems then I think I will be good. At least now I know where I should start.

They gave me some great tips in the cancer follow up I want to share:

Because of your history of breast cancer, keep in close contact with your doctor. You indicated that you were diagnosed with preinvasive breast cancer. Although the prognosis for this type of cancer is very good, make sure you remain in close contact with your doctor, and ask about the most important recent advances in breast cancer screening and treatment.

Here’s why: There are many treatments for breast cancer and many options for helping prevent the cancer from returning. Obviously, the longer you stay healthy and have no symptoms of a recurrence, the better in every way -- even in terms of your RealAge. In general, if you’re young, breast cancer of any type makes your RealAge older. However, if you’re over 55, this form of breast cancer has very little effect on RealAge.

Visit our Living with Cancer Center for more information on staying healthy.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy

Get follow-up care. Even if you are in remission or are cancer-free, your doctor will perform periodic blood tests, imaging studies, and breast exams to make sure the cancer hasn't returned.
Check yourself. Do a breast self-exam at least once a month to look for troublesome signs, such as the emergence of a new lump, changes in breast appearance, or nipple discharge. Also, monitor yourself for bone pain, sudden weight loss, headaches, or difficulty breathing. If any of these occur, see your doctor immediately.
Keep in touch.

Researchers continue to find new ways to detect and treat breast cancer, including better ways to enhance the immune response to tumor cells. New chemo drugs are also being researched. Ask your doctor for the latest information.

Live a healthy lifestyle. Eating well, resting, and exercising can help you deal with the physical and emotional stress of cancer. If you are in remission, early research suggests that exercising and eating a low-fat diet may reduce the risk of recurrence as well. Ask your doctor about these strategies.

Get support. Consider joining a breast cancer support group. It may improve your quality of life and help you manage stressful feelings.

For more information, take the RealAge Breast Cancer Screening Assessment.

What about you? Do you know your RealAge? You might be surprised with the result. So what are you waiting Take the RealAge Test! It's free!

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I Won, I Won!!! Woo Hoo!

I entered a contest at SNS Blog Design for a free blog design during her Mega Blog Design Giveaway! I was drawn first so I got to have first pick! Thank you Shera!!! And thanks Christy for telling me about her contest. If you are considering a new look for your blog please go by and check out her designs. She's great!

So, what do you all think? Isn't it groovy? I also want to thank Amber and Cathy for brainstorming titles and tag lines! You are both phenominal women!

Leave me a comment let me know what you think!

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