Dec
24
2011
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Happy Birthday Love

Today is a great day for several reasons, Nicole’s birthday, Christmas eve, and noone has any new cavities (That last one was input from Isaac). We love you, Nicole and are so grateful for you. Here is what the kids think of their beautiful mother.

Taylor:

I Love you Mom. Have a funtastic day. You look beautiful when u r tan.

Austin:

Hey Mom I want to let you know that I am very grateful for you and all you do, even when I am not so good. I love you mom.

Brooke:

Mom I just want to let you know when I am your age I want to look as good as you, love Brooke.

Isaac:

I love you. You are the best mom. Please go to my blog and checkout it out and post a comment on it happy Bday I love you.

Malia:

Happy Birthday Mom. Giving you presents was fun. Thanks for always tucking me in at night and laying with me. Your face is pretty. I LOVE YOU!!!

Nala:

Roooof, Roof

Me :

I love you. Thank you for your years of love. Thank you for not only putting up with me but helping me be a better man. You are beautiful in so many ways. You keep getting
.better looking with age.

WE LOVE YOU!

Written by curtism in: Family,Love,My Experiences |
Dec
11
2011
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Sabbath Learning – Louisiana Covenant Marriage Law

1970 states started enacting No-fault divorce laws. In only five years the divorce rate across the country rose 40%. In 1997 Louisiana, in an effort to reverse the trend, created the covenant marriage law. Couples could then choose a contract marriage and covenant marriage. A covenant marriage requires that that the couple gets counseling from a religious leader or certified marriage counselor before the marriage.¬† It also requires that the couple exhaust every possible means to keep the marriage together should conflict arise before a divorce. In the case of divorce for a covenant marriage in¬†Louisiana, the law actually reads, “…and subsequent to the parties obtaining counseling.” Only after having counseling can the petition for divorce be filed. The conditions for a divorce are much more stringent than a contract marriage. Only for things like adultery, abuse, felony, abandonment etc… can be the grounds of divorce. Reconcilable differences aren’t good enough with a covenant marriage. It doesn’t matter if you get bored or get sick of your spouse it is much more than that.

So what is the difference between a contract marriage and a covenant marriage. What is a contract? What is a covenant?

A contract is an agreement set up to keep two people honest and in check. One of my lawyer friends says frequently that his job is to see everything that is going to go bad and plan for the best case when it does.

A covenant is a promise between two people. Instead of planning for the relationship to dissolve a covenant is set up to promise to each other that everything will be done to keep the marriage together.

What was the impact? According to a Gallup poll the effect of the covenant marriage law passing in Louisiana:

  • 63% believe that covenant marriages will strengthen family life
  • 59% believe that covenant marriages will last longer that regular marriages
  • 58% believe that they will be better for children
The only trouble with the Louisiana law is that it only accounts for this life. What about the next life?
Written by curtism in: My Experiences |
Dec
04
2011
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Sabbath Learning – This life is a test.

Don’t worry though it is an open book test.

This life is a test, but don't worry it is an open book test.

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