Saturday, April 22, 2006

New Profile Image

I was tired of looking at that same profile image all the time so I swapped it for this one which is our engagement picture that we took in Beaver Creek, CO. That is actual mountain scenery and not a photographer's back drop. Is Colorado beautiful or what??

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

April Flowers

I LOVE the month of April. It has always been my favorite month because everything is so green, the flowers are blooming, and even the weather is usually pleasant, which for Texans is something to be very thankful for. These pictures are of some type of rose bush in my front yard that has just taken off this spring. I love it although I can't quite take credit for it because we have a landscaper. But my lack of a green thumb certainly doesn't mean I can't enjoy it =-) !!




Monday, April 17, 2006

Time for Fair Tax

What is the FairTax plan? The FairTax plan is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a rebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes up to the poverty level, dollar-for-dollar revenue neutrality, and the repeal of the 16th Amendment.

This non-partisan legislation (HR 25/S 25) abolishes all federal personal, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, self-employment, and corporate taxes and replaces them all with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax – collected by existing state sales tax authorities. The FairTax taxes us only on what we choose to spend, not on what we earn.

It does not raise any more or less revenue; it is designed to be revenue neutral. So it is also cost neutral –because there is so much tax embedded into the current costs for goods and services that the final cost changes little under the FairTax. The FairTax is a fair, efficient, transparent, and intelligent solution to the frustration and inequity of our current tax system.

What is Americans For Fair Taxation (FairTax.org)? FairTax.org is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to replacing the current tax system. The organization has hundreds of thousands of members and volunteers nationwide. Its plan supports sound economic research, education of citizens and community leaders, and grassroots mobilization efforts. For more information visit the web page: www.fairtax.org or call 1-800-FAIRTAX.

In Honor of Tax Day


Sunday, April 16, 2006

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Moving In, Moving On

After seven long months of hard work, Kenny has finally completed my parents home at Sawdust Ranch. Now they just have to get the landscaping finished and move them in and we'll be ready for Dana & Shawn's wedding =-). I can't wait to stay out there overnight and to relax by the pool but MOST importantly I'll be glad to get my husband back!! This was his biggest and most difficult project to date so he has had little room to think about anything else these last several months. I'm very proud of him!


Monday, April 10, 2006

What's this life for?

What's this life for?? If you were raised by covenant parents you probably learned the answer to this question at a very young age. "The Chief End of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever"(Westminster Shorter Catechism).

Pretty impressive to hear a young child know the answer to that when, sadly, so many adults spend their lives looking for it. But even if you've known this your whole life, it can be hard to put into words exactly what that means.

I attended a conference recently where the guest speaker, Carol Ruvolo author of Footsteps of the Fisherman, touched on this subject in a clear and to the point manner and I want to share some of her thoughts:

Chief End = the MOST valued and sought after goal
Glorifying God = to uncover His nature & to reflect His attributes to Him & those around us by living according to what we know to be true
Enjoying God = to delight and to be satisfied in our relationship with Him

She asks these questions that I found to be very convicting:

Does your life reflect that you know what your Chief End is?

Is God's Chief End for you, your Chief End for you?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Having Our Cake and Eating It Too

Everyone knows of the tradition of the top tier of your wedding cake. On your 1 Year Anniversary you are supposed to thaw out the frozen cake and eat it together. Everyone I've ever heard do this has said the cake was so terrible they ate one bite and tossed it.
Well Kenny & I completely forgot about our frozen cake back on our anniversary and missed that all together. So we planned to eat it on Valentine's Day but again forgot about it entirely. Well anyway, we had an unfortunate freezer event that resulted in a thawed out cake. So we ate our 16 month old wedding cake for no special occasion and it was SO good. That's right, I think it was actually as good as on our wedding day. So I just want to say Hooray for Marriage and the fun/silly experiences that life brings =-)!!