Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Today the California Supreme Court upheld the will of the voters of that state when they amended their state constitution to ban “gay marriage” much to the dismay of many in the gay community, Hollywood, and other liberal quarters of not only the state but the rest of the country. At the same time, the “marriages” that were performed during the five month period that such “marriages” were legal will remain valid in the eyes of California. I suppose this is one of those legal decisions that has a little something for everyone! In my opinion, the reasoning behind not making the ruling retroactive ("throwing property rights into disarray, destroying the legal interests and expectations of thousands of couples and their families, and potentially undermining the ability of citizens to plan their lives according to the law as it has been determined by this state's highest court”) sounds like politicians worrying about the next election cycle rather than jurists applying the law without regard to their personal opinions.
According to the Associated Press, the court noted that, “while the ban denies gay couples use of the term "marriage," it does not fundamentally disturb their basic right to "establish an officially recognized and protected family relationship with the person of one's choice and to raise children within the family." While the ability to enter into so-called domestic partnerships remain unchanged, attorneys have already filed suit in U.S. District Court seeking a preliminary injunction against the ruling on the grounds that Proposition 8 violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. I am not surprised at the speed with which this filing was made as I am certain it was prepared well in advance of the ruling should it not favor their preferred position.
Opinions on this decision vary but all agree that this is major victory for those who favor the traditional view of marriage and a very significant setback for the homosexual community in their quest to legalize same-sex “marriage” in the United States. With a number of states approving their own measures and the ongoing battle in California unlikely to be settled anytime soon, I believe it is inevitable that this issue will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps during the current presidential administration. Pray! We all need to pray!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
There have been a lot of things going on around here since my last full post and I am very happy to report that everything is positive on all fronts! It has been almost a year since we bid Las Cruces farewell and life has been a bit crazy at times. Our last piece of unfinished business has been to purchase a new home where we plan on spending many, many years to come.
We have narrowed our search to three houses. Our realtor is doing the necessary research on the properties while Melisa and I begin the pre-approval process for a mortgage. With 20% down and our good credit, we do not anticipate any problems. Each of the homes offers something different and we believe we can be happy in any of the three. Much to our surprise, all three are in Woodstock and two would have us remaining in the same school district where are currently living. This is especially attractive considering the fact that the kids could remain in the same school where they have already been thriving socially and academically. Melisa’s drive to work would also remain much more manageable though we would remain a considerable distance from our beloved church. After weighing all of the options, spending much time in prayer, and even getting the kids input, we believe this is the best decision for our family. Of course, I will provide more details when appropriate.
Since my last full update, I have made the difficult decision to leave Sears Home Improvement and join Energy Defenders. While I felt that the opportunity with Sears was a good one, it wasn’t the best fit for me and I felt a bit uneasy from day one. It is unusual for me to make this kind of move after such a short time with an organization but the opportunity with Energy Defenders is a much better fit for me professionally and personally. We offer blown insulation, radiant barriers, and open cell foam products servicing the retrofit market. Insulation is not something people think about very much but it is something that every homeowner I have visited so far needs. Most homes are under-insulated costing families hundreds of dollars needlessly each year. Not to mention the improved comfort of the home. Helping people AND having competitive pricing feels good! It is my sincere hope that this will be the last time my employment situation changes until I complete seminary.
I have completed two classes and have already begun my third class. By the end of the summer, I will have four classes completed and will be enrolled in my next two. I am very much enjoying the studies and am doing well. I completed my last class and received an “A”. Adjusting to the workload has been a bit challenging but it is about staying on top of the workload and prioritizing my daily tasks. The volume of reading is tremendous and the assignments are very thought provoking. As I have said before, I have a new appreciation for those serving in our churches who have completed advanced degrees as part of their preparation for ministry. I am every bit as challenged with this program as I was in when I was working toward my MBA…maybe even more so!
Joshua and Hannah
The kids are looking forward to the end of the school year next week. It is unfortunate that the school board felt the need to run into next week with the Memorial Day holiday next Monday. Nevertheless, summer break is almost upon us and the kids will be heading to Mississippi for their annual time with Melisa’s parents. When they return, they will have new bedrooms, a new community to explore, and new friends to meet.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to mention Joshua’s performance on the mandatory CRCT exams. After returning from Mississippi and the events surrounding the passing of Melisa’s grandmother (see my blog from April 21, 2009), Joshua had to take two tests on Thursday (his first day back at school) and the third test on Friday. The other children took one test each day Wednesday through Friday. He scored 862 in reading, 858 in
English/Language Arts, and 841 in Math; 800-849 is Meets and 850-950 is Exceeds! As you might expect, Melisa and I are so very proud of him and his performance under difficult circumstances.
I will forgo my usual remarks on the economy and close for now. Before closing, I want to mention also that my mission to lose 30 lbs. has hit a milestone! I am now down 20 lbs. and feeling GREAT. Still, I want to lose another 10 lbs. but I belive I will be able to do so by the end of June. I will continue to post updates on Facebook for those of you who use their site as well as in future blogs.
Please remember our family in the coming weeks as we prepare to purchase our new home and then get moved ONE MORE TIME! We covet your prayers and appreciate everyone the Lord has brought into our lives.