What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Two Masters? Two controversies.

Yesterday was the most beautiful day of the season, reaching a whopping 78 degrees of pure golden sunshine and bright blue skies! The children and I enjoyed it as we flew from one place to another, running necessary errands and some unnecessary ones. One of which was to get our taxes done.

Because Matt was working, I had to do it ALL ALONE for the first time ever-which was a bit scary. Thankfully, I had religiously tucked all documents that looked even remotely important in a special 'TAX FOLDER' starting the beginning of the year. We waited to the very last minute to ensure Matt and I could do it together-only for our plans to be foiled again! ;-)

I actually LIKE tax time though, because we always seem to get money BACK and never have to owe anything. Of course, much of that has to do with the fact that we don't OWN a home-but hey. You get what you get. Having another dependent always helps too! ;-) I came up with a doozey of a comment for all those insensitive people out there who have everything to say about YOUR fertility for those of you (who, like me) breed like rabbits. Just say, "Ahh-we were getting a bit short on cash flow so we needed another dependent to claim!" Wa Ha HA HAHA! (begin evil cackle!)

On a more serious note on the same topic: Recently our Pastor gave a VERY good sermon relating to taxes and why we as Christians SHOULD/MUST pay taxes (and do so happily) even when it is a temptation to use the governments flaws to override our responsibilities to it. If anyone is interested in this topic or is sitting atop the fencepost on this one, let me know and I will be happy to mail you a copy of the tape. It's a good listen, for sure! Additionally-I found an article that seems to be quite similar. I wonder why? It is God's WORD! :-)

With yesterday being as gorgeous as it was, it is hard to fathom the weather as I peer out the window this afternoon. I find myself glancing toward the window every few minutes-wondering if the gray fog and dreariness have passed yet. Would you believe the weatherman predicts SNOWFALL by tonight and into tomorrow? SNOW-after nearly 80 degress?!?!? With 'Mother Nature' flippantly changing her mind about the temperature, I won't be surprised if cold season returns for all. Easter is coming...so
we are about due. (It seems every time a holiday or trip rolls around, the children are sick...)

Speaking of Easter:

What are your plans? Are you an Easter basket, gifts, and egg hunts kind of celebrator or do you tend to shy away from those things? Do you hide real eggs or the plastic ones? Do you visit with extended families or stay with the immediate? Do you typically have Ham or Lamb dinner?

We are definately an egg-dying, candy-eating, rabbit-loving Christian family. Christ's resurrection from the dead is reason to CELEBRATE!!! Just as we make and PROUDLY don our Gnomekin duncecaps to ring in birthday celebrations, we can giggle and laugh over dying and hiding eggs to rejoice in the joy of our salvation! (I like this SHORT and SWEET article about celebrating Holy Days. Though this article is specifically about Christmas, it can pertain to all holidays...read it!)

Our family is heading back to our extended families homes and squeezing in visits with both. It should be fun. It will be the first weekend Matt has had off of work in a month! Since we will be gone for Easter, I think perhaps we will be dying eggs tomorrow and hiding them inside (no-I refuse to hunt in the snow...). The deal is, for every egg found, Corynn can have an M&M. Maybe even Andrew will find a few! I am crossing my fingers that Matt keeps up his premarital agreement: every Easter I get a bulb plant of some kind-or a hydrangea. I think it has happened twice in the almost five years of wedded bliss. The odds are against me...I know. :-)

I must get off this computer but before I do-I have to tell you about the project that I have been working (tirelessly, mind you) on. It is a job so horribly awful and with a change SO drastic that before and after pictures WILL follow. But-since I don't want to give you all NIGHTMARES, I will wait to post the before pictures until the AFTER pictures can leave you with a good impression. The tackle? The kids' room. Oh-it was SO bad I was fearing Andrew might get lost and never get out! I am nearly done, just need to vacuum and I will take an 'after' picture.

Of course, Corynn is having QUIET time in there now-so things might look ENTIRELY different than how I left them after rest time! We shall see...


smilnsigh said...

I hope you have a lovely time, on your Easter visiting.


Anonymous said...

Just a little thought on taxes - being a home-owner actually gives us many tax breaks; we can deduct the mortgage intrest + improvements just to name a few...every penney counts! Maybe next year you'll have one too... :)

Rebecca said...

And a Happy Easter to you as well Mari-Nanci!

Ellie~you know, I never knew that! Of course, there is a LOT I don't know about homeownering (hehehe). It is good to know that for when we DO own a house. I will have to make a folder for reciepts and such. Thank you for telling me that! SOMEDAY maybe I will be able to utilize that information! ;-)

PS...I am heading to the post office today with your package! :-)

Anonymous said...

I wish that package was for me...Another Ellie is the lucky one I see!(I missed your contest as I only check in now and then) I discovered your blog while doing a search for good old-time canning recipies a while back - What a find! I'll have to pop in more!
Ellie V.(From S.C.)