July 31, Evening Tidbit

There’s one worse thing than being alone:  wishing you were.

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I’m a big girl now.

On Wednesday Travis and I had an appointment with the insurance guy. To talk life insurance. This is something that Travis and I have talked about off and on. Not that we want to die an untimely death, but we do want our children to have something when we are gone. And yes, we know that money won’t replace us. But it would be nice for them to have something – to use however they wish.

So we talked about the difference between term life and permanent life insurance. And what kind of coverage they gave. And the advantages and drawbacks of both. And we talked about how much money we want to have for the kids. The kinds of things we want them to be able to do with the money – and what that looks like in terms of dollar amount – and how that translates to a monthly payment. And what that looks like in our budget.

Age hasn’t ever meant anything to me. It never meant that I was an “adult”. It just happened and I got to do different things – whether I wanted to or not. Some things one just doesn’t stand in line for in life (suicidal partners, cancer, death of a loved one, etc). But when we filled out these papers – that protect the children in the event of our death – I felt like a big girl. Like I was taking steps to assure my children had a better future.

It felt – good.
Like we were moving forward.

I like it.

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Today’s Writing Prompt

Friday, July 31, 2009

Today’s Writing Prompt: Phone

The next time the phone rings, what would you like to hear when you pick it up?

Hi, it’s me…
Yes We are going away.
I have made all the reservations.
I have packed and made the plans.
See you soon!
Me xo

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July 30, Evening Tidbit

By the time we get old enough to care what people say about us, nobody says anything.

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Today’s Writing Prompt

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Today’s Writing Prompt: Poetry Review

Write a brief poem reviewing a book or movie you have read or seen.

2 ugly sisters
1 young maid
in the kitchen
there she stayed
then the mother
with the wand
and love came
until the beyond.

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Em’s House Hunting Sidekick

I have had lots of fun being Em’s side kick on this hunting journey. Watching her: look through the houses, weighing the plus and minuses, can I make this work?, do I want to make this work? But the house just doesn’t say, Welcome home.

Until the house on Merton Way, eyes lit up and a little happy dance began in the way Emily moved through the house and studied each room. Yep, I could tell this one would be a keeper if it was the Lord’s will for her.

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July 29, Evening tidbit

It matters not what you are thought to be, but what you are.

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Day 2 on the House Hunt

Hi, I’m back with more on the house hunt. I have learned some more things.

I don’t want a condo. It was mentioned a couple times that I look into them. I went to look at a few today and they are just glorified apartments and I don’t want to purchase an apartment. They are ok to rent…but not to buy. Half-plexes might be an option, I saw the outside and would like to see the inside of one that might work. It is on a corner and the two halves are painted different so they look like two different houses. On this one they only shared a wall in the garage, which might work. If I have to share a wall, that is the best option.

Today I saw a house that I really like and am looking into putting in an offer. I’m not sure how this actually works, but we will see. I need some numbers run and some questions answered first. I am keeping it all in God’s hands. There are a lot of variables in today’s market and I need to keep my options open. However I would be just fine with this one.

I will probably be going out next week again to see some more houses and we will see what we can find.

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July 27, Evening Tidbit

No one knows of your goodness unless you give out some samples.

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July 26, Evening Tidbit

Curiosity is little more than another name for hope.

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Elmer’s Company Picnic

Yesterday was our 2nd annual picnic. And like last year there was too much good food (Aaron & Anatoliy – the BBQ Kings & Anthony with the yummy fish fry). There were about 36 of us that attended. The adults enjoyed eating, talking and playing frisbee (maybe next year we will remember the horseshoes). The kids had fun running around and playing at the playground.  Renee (our Safety Queen) presented our 1st Safety incentive awards – Blue t-shirts with “For a job done right, the first time. ~SAFELY~” on the back of them. Thankfully, we have not had a WC injury so far this year. Good times were had by all, and we look forward to next year!

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July 23, Evening tidbit

A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.

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Day 1 on the House hunt

Well, I guess it isn’t the first day that I have house hunted, but it was the first time that I went out with a realtor. It made this process seam more real.

Mom and I went with a realtor to look at 5 houses and none felt like home. In each one it was what can be done to make it something that I could live with…I guess I haven’t found the one yet.

So now, I continue to look online to find some more options…What an adventure this is!

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July 22, Evening tidbit

When you’re through changing, you’re through.

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House Hunting

So many of you know that I am currently looking for a house to buy. While it is very exciting, it is very scary. It has been quite a learning experience even up to this point of just starting to go out and look at houses.

So far I have learned:

  • I don’t like chain link fenced yards or duplex/apartment-villes
  • I don’t like carpet
  • I tend to only look at houses on-line if they have lots of pictures
  • Houses can be deceiving – they look like they might work but underneath they are hiding lots of problems
  • There are a lot things that I will have to buy that I never had to think about before – like lawn mowers, a fridge, vacuum, hoses, broom, trashcans…(and the list goes on and on)
  • That I can live with less that I originally thought – especially if I am paying for it all
  • When I make my list of things that I will have to purchase, there are many comforts and not needs that get crossed off the list

The list could continue for quite a while and I am sure that I will continue to learn many more things than I ever thought necessary.

I have some stuff packed away, I will have to go through it so I don’t duplicate or needlessly spend money. However, I bought a table and 4 chairs today, they were a steel, $67 for the set. Then I went with mom to Pier 1 and got some dishes, cute ones. :-}

I am going to look at houses with a Realtor tomorrow, again it is scary and exciting. I don’t know what to expect really. Or even how to do this. But it can’t kill me, cause lots of other people make it through alive. 🙂

This is all on house hunting for now – more to follow as the adventure continues.

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