Showing posts with label natural disaster. Show all posts
Showing posts with label natural disaster. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

God Bless Henryville: A Sign Of Reality

REUTERS/John Sommers II
By Sally

My husband and I were barreling home to Indiana from our road trip to Houston, Texas.  We had spent some wonderful days with my sister’s family, and spending time with each other. Being away from home, work, and the norm had been so healing.

We had just crossed the Indiana/Kentucky state line, and I was still in my mellow “I’ve been on vacation mode” when I saw a big sign on the side of the road that said, “God Bless Henryville.”

Initially, it added to my warm & fuzzy feeling. "What a nice way to welcome people into the state.”   Suddenly, the words below this caught my subconscious.   I can’t tell you exactly the words…but the gist of it was, “No storm is bigger than our God.”

It hit me hard and I burst into tears as I looked out the window.  I saw destroyed homes, dwellings without roofs, sheds that were shredded, trees that were mangled, neighborhoods leveled.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Five Things To Do With Your Tax Return

By Heather

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As parents, we have the honor of claiming our children as dependents on our tax returns. Growing up, I know my parents always made a big deal out of this but I never knew the numbers. Claiming our 2 ½ year old for the first time was pretty nice but this year when we did our taxes? Our jaws dropped! Adding two more children to our return did wonders for us.
So what do you do with all that money? Here are five common things that people do and my suggestions on how to make the most of your choices.

Save it.

When is the last time you bought a car with cash? Or maybe on a smaller level, when’s the last time your car needed new tires? I believe in having two savings accounts. The first is for living expenses in case of extreme life changes, emergencies, etc. The second is what I call a spendable savings account. For:  when Little Johnny needs new tennis shoes because his are talking to you and payday is still 2 weeks away; when the check engine light comes on; How about when Suzy fell off her bike and went to the emergency room? These are all unexpected events, not really something you want to dig money out of your life savings for, but things you really don’t want to put on credit either. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the money already waiting for you?

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