in addition to being an associate pastor, i also work at a local middle school. most of our family’s “cash” income comes from the school. i say “cash” income, because when you factor in our church salary + the value of living in the parsonage rent free w/o paying for utilities it comes out in …
Continue reading “summer vacation”
it’s 6.17a as i begin writing and the house is quiet, except for the lonely cry of one baby. everyone else is calm, peaceful, warm, safe, and at rest. (deb’s with the crying baby so maybe she’s not completely at rest – but you get the picture.) we ate a great meals all day yesterday, and the day before, and the day before, etc. and today we’ll eat well again … and tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after, etc. my children are clothed and lack nothing. my wife is beautiful, looks great in her clothes. she’s a devoted and loving mother to our children. she loves me and takes care of me. she goes out of her way to give things her personal creative touch. she’s the other half of our “family brain”. in other words, she remembers to think of things that i never would; like bringing water bottles and cereal for snacks in the van on vacation. and most of all, she loves me. we’ve paid for everything on this vacation in cash. cash that we’d saved up for specifically for a family vacation. it’s nice to think that when we go back home we won’t have the credit card bill of the fun things we did following us home. i may not have all the luxuries of life, i guess i do have a Macbook Pro now, so that counts as a luxury. i don’t drive a car that has less than 100K miles on it, but they both run great and are “new-to-us” (oh yeah, and they’re both paid off). i don’t have servants waiting for me to mention my every whim, but i have kids and a wife love to spoil the only “man of the house”. i don’t have a legion of armies fighting for my behalf, but i have the God of the universe on my side. yes, i live like a king. i live in the blessings of God. i live in a house of love. —————————- // today i’m thankful for: 1. my uncle rey’s hospitality 2. debbie woolsey’s hospitality 3. my MBP not being stolen when i accidently left the sliding door of the van wide open with my computer bag in plain site while we went to the “family fun center” in tuckwilla, and we didn’t realize it until about an hour or more later when julia had an accident, and she and deb went to Target to buy her some new clothes. 4. the great carne asada we had for dinner last night 5. having a home to go back to after a vacation
well to my “random reader” (who lives or works near seattle/tukwila, wa, uses a mac. and gets their internet connection via qwest. i could put your ip address that you use to visit, but that would be irresponsible of me) thanks for reading. i’m always glad to hear i have more readers. i’m somewhat disappointed that you didn’t identify yourself by name. i don’t mind engaging in conversation with views differing from my own. but i’d at least like to know whom i’m conversing with. okay, so enough with the introductory banter. on to the comment and response. i’m sure my previous post that gives more details on our current financial situaion on “ kids don’t cost too much ” only seems to reinforce the point that the “random reader” was making. but the fact is that primarily i vote according to “moral” issues more than financial ones. so my views align more closely with the republican party in general on issues like Life, Marriage, Stem Cell research. so thus both Clinton and Obama being “pro-choice” (or “anti-life” depending on your view point) wouldn’t ever get my vote because i’m against most situations of abortion. if i women wants the “right to choose” there are other options like adoption or “duh, choosing not to have sex!” obviously i know there are cases of rape and/or incest where it wasn’t the woman’s choice to get pregnant, but i said above “most situations” and adoption is still an option. and the other issues above i also have strong feelings about but you as well as any other reader can use google well enough to find the differences between the various candidates on the issues . but i don’t just disregard the economic issues. on those issues as well, my views hold more closely to the conservative end of the spectrum than not. i don’t believe there should be a national health care system. i support viewpoints the encourage more personal responsibility rather than discourage it by always looking to the government to provide everything. even things like food stamps (which we do receive) i don’t think people should demand or feel it’s a handout that they “deserve”. in fact if any of that aide wasn’t available to us we would adjust accordingly. would we still have as many kids as we have now? yes. read the previous post . there was a post i wrote about a few months ago when our food stamps allowance was delayed due to paperwork. we suffered a little during that week. but if for whatever reason the food stamps were no longer available to us permanently then we’d still survive. we appreciate the help to our budget that it provides for our family at this time, but we don’t put our trust in them. our trust is in God. in fact we don’t want to or plan on being on government assistance for food or health care the rest of our lives. we plan on becoming “rich” someday. (we tell our girls that we already are rich since technically we are compared to 96% of the rest of the world.) and as i stated in the paragraph above we technically don’t need it right now either. but we qualify for it and accept it as a blessing for this time in our lives. i want to vote according to the way i think things “ought” to be. to vote according to what my convictions actually believe. not just on what benefits my current situation. well i guess that’s all i have to say about that. but i encourage any more comments in agreement, opposition, or just more questions. and although i’d prefer you include your name, i don’t mind anonymous comments that much. 🙂 i’d rather hear back from my readers without a name than not hear back anything at all.