Posted by J L on April 23, 2013
Posted in Life • Parenting | Tagged With: Christmas, family, love
Guest post by Steven Ballast
My life has not been easy by any means. Some of it I did myself, some of it was at the hands of my birth mother. I have forgiven her but forgiving myself came much harder. Looking back on my youth I can’t help but to think back on the first Christmas I spent with my foster family.
I moved in just before Christmas. I was born Catholic so we didn’t open presents until Christmas day. They opened their presents on Christmas eve and then Santa came that night. I didn’t touch my presents. Then Christmas morning came and I stayed in bed. They kept calling me to come see what Santa had brought me. I was 15 years old and what they didn’t know was I had never gotten a Christmas present much less had Santa bring me anything before.
I didn’t know how to act. I didn’t know what to do. These people had given me something I had never had, a real Christmas and they didn’t even know it. I was ashamed that I had nothing to give them in return. I was ashamed that I was given presents when I had done nothing to earn them. I was ashamed to be treated as a part of their family when I didn’t consider myself as anything to them.
They showed me more love in just two days than I had ever had in my lifetime. I found the spirit of giving in their home. I found a family, a home, and most of all, love with perfect strangers.
Posted by J L on April 12, 2013
Posted in Friends and Family • Life • Money and Finances • Travel | Tagged With: Bahamas, family, money
Every now and then my wife and I like to talk about what we would do if we came into a log of money. We talk about whether we would even tell our extended family that we had won. I don’t know if any of them would be aware of the good fortune if we did not tell them about it, so we haven’t decided on a yes or no answer. We agreed that it would probably depend on the amount of money, and on the circumstances of receiving the money.
For example, a winning scratch ticket, if the amount was really large, might result in a news story in the media, and that might be difficult to keep quiet! But then again, I don’t think anyone in the family pays any attention to that kind of news, so maybe they’d never know if we told them! We talked about whether we would change our telephone number to a non-published number, and we agreed that would probably be a smart thing to do. Then we would probably set up a few trust funds for our kids, to make sure that they would be taken care of the rest of their lives.
Then we’d probably purchase an annuity where we would be able to get payments immediately every month to survive on. We’d definitely either pay off our house or sell it and move to one we like better. That would depend on where our kids were living at the time, as we’d like to stay close to them if possible! We’d make sure that all of of credit cards and bills were paid off, then we’d fly down to the islands and try to find a Island Properties Bahamas ocean view cottage to spend our winter months in the years to come.
Posted by J L on April 1, 2013
Posted in Business • Computers or Internet • Friends and Family • Life • Money and Finances • Technology and gadgets • Travel • Weather Issues | Tagged With: Business, computer, family, gardening, internet, life, money, postcard, printing, technology, weather, work
Finally found some time to look online to research, as I promised at Easter dinner last night, and find the best cheap postcard printing options for my kid sister’s boyfriend. He is starting his own landscaping company and wants to try various marketing attempts in order to get the word out and get some business drummed up as soon as possible. There is a lot of money out there in this type of business, but a lot of competition to try and get over, around and/or above and I will help him (for my kid sisters sake) in any way that I can.
They have managed to stay together (without a lot of unnecessary drama) for over two years, so this just might be the one. He is a good enough guy to get along with when I see him on occassion. A step up from previous relationships, in the whole families opinion. With that said I guess I better sign off and get my butt in gear and send him the links that I have come up with and see what he says about that before proceeding. The weather is getting nicer with each day that arrives and there a tons of landscapers taking advantage of it.
Posted by J L on March 1, 2013
Posted in Education and Personal Growth • Entertainment and Fun • Friends and Family • Life • Music • Parenting • Technology and gadgets | Tagged With: Entertainment, family, fun, in-laws, life, music, opinion, school, technology, travel, wife
My mother-in-law is the type of woman that can and will find a fault with everything and everyone, I can only take her in small doses and I’m so glad that her daughter, my wife, is nothing like her in that respect. My in-laws dropped by today on their way back from seeing a cousin’s vocal performance that was a big to-do for hundreds of kids in the tri state area. Four hours of sitting and listening to various songs and singers with only one short Intermission really was over doing, if you ask me, but of course no one did.
During the entire 4 long and boring hours the elation lighting was blinding my in-laws, and numerous others, for the majority of the lengthy performances and for some reason beyond any of us, my mother-in-law didn’t get up and complain until the entire performance was done and over with. I have to give her credit, because after 15 minutes of a glaring light in face would have sent me right over the edge and out of my seat trying to find someone to take care of the situation.
To make matters worse my in-laws only recognized 4 songs that were song the entire time.
She It just boggles my mind.
Posted by J L on February 28, 2013
Posted in Business • Education and Personal Growth • Entertainment and Fun • Friends and Family • Life • Parenting • Shopping • Sports • Travel | Tagged With: beach, Business, computer, Entertainment, family, fun, internet, life, money, parenting, Shopping, technology, travel
One thing that is really neat about working in a large office is that I have a lot of friends. There always seems to be something going on and new things to hear about. My friend Bob was telling me about how he and his family had spent their summer vacation at an Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Hotel. He said they had a great time and told me more about it.
Bob has traveled to many places in his life. When it comes to finding the best places to go, I trust his judgment. When he said that Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Hotels were the place to be, I believed him. Bob liked the fact that the service was great and that the view of the ocean was so nice.
Bob also told me about the great time that the kids had. They went to play on the shores of the ocean and enjoyed the sunny weather. Bob was able to get in a round of golf at one of the local courses and his wife caught up on her shopping. Bob had a serious look on his face when he told me that a great vacation could be found at a Myrtle Beach Hotel. I believe everything he said was true and I am now thinking about taking my family on a trip to Myrtle Beach.