21
Oct
10

we’ve moved…

I know, I know…this is like the third time we’ve moved our blog, but just go here and Ill explain.

 

 

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15
Oct
10

I’m listening to…

Christa Wells, check her out here.


http://www.nimbitmusic.com/nps/christawells/fans/3927/labels/wordpress

15
Oct
10

A desire to connect

As parents of twins, we can begin to see and realize that they connect with each other on a level we dont understand yet. They’ve known about each other and communicated with each other longer than the 18 months they have been out of the womb. Below is an interesting article from Pete Wilson’s blog:

“I read a mind blowing article yesterday in Wired  Science entitled “Babies Want to Be Social, Even Before They’re Born”. The article stated…

The impulse to be social is so deep-seated in human consciousness that it’s even evident in the womb, suggests a new study on the interaction of twins just a few months after conception.

Twin pregnancies offer “the unique opportunity to explore social behavior before birth,” wrote researchers led by psychologist Umberto Castiello of Italy’s University of Padova. “Newborns come into the world wired to socially interact. Is a propensity to socially oriented action already present before birth?”

The researchers used ultrasound recorders to make three-dimensional videos of five pairs of twins, once at 14 weeks and again at 18 weeks. By the 14th week, they were already reaching for each other. This was even more pronounced by the 18th week, when fetuses touched each other more often than themselves (see picture below).

Though some contact is inevitable between two growing bodies sharing a confined space, kinematic analysis showed that fetuses used distinct gestures when touching each other, rather than touching themselves or uterine walls. Their hands lingered.

Even without this study I think we know we’ve been created for deep connectedness.
Sin did not change that. It complicated it but it didn’t change it.
You still have that desire. In fact, we don’t do well at all with isolation. People who are socially disconnected are between two and five times more likely to die from any cause than those who have close ties to family, friends, and other relationships.
When God said “It’s not good for man to be alone,” He really meant it.”

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15
Oct
10

meat and potatoes

If you are a meat and potatoes kinda person, this is a great recipe from The Pioneer Woman. I made it last night; fresh cut fries and homemade gravy was a great combination. Here’s the recipe for Murphy’s Hot Hamburger.

11
Oct
10

recommendations

1. Get a will. Dont make your family or children fight over your things or your children’s custody after your gone. Sit down, write some things out, be specific and then go get it notarized. No need for an expensive lawyer, or to feel a little more confident – go to legalzoom.com and a lawyer will draft one for you for $100 or less.

2. Start a 529 or ESA (Educational Savings Account) for your kids. From Dave Ramsey:

“An Educational Savings Account (ESA) grows tax-free when used for higher education. Right now, you can only invest up to $2,000 per year, per child, if your household income is under $200,000 per year.

How helpful can an ESA be? I’ll show you. If you start investing just $166.67 per month ($2,000/year) from your child’s birth to age 18 through an ESA averaging 12%, you would have $126,000 tax-free. That’s great for most schools with inflation factored in!”

“If your income rules you out of opening an ESA or you need to save more than an ESA allows, you may want to look into a 529 plan. 529s are state-school plans, but most allow you to use the money at any college. (That means you can save in New Hampshire’s 529 plan and go to college in Kansas.)

There are many 529 plans out there but the best type is a flexible 529. Flexible 529s give you more control of your money by allowing you to move your investment around periodically. This is the only type of 529 that I recommend.”

3. Get life insurance. From Dave Ramsey:

If you die with no life insurance, your family will most likely be stuck in a dire situation and have to make drastic changes, all the while grieving you. You should have eight to 10 times your yearly income set aside in a term life policy. That way, if you pass on, your family can invest the money and, at a 10% return, replace your income.

This is something that shifts more often than you think. Every time you get a raise, have a child, buy a house or have some other significant life event happen, you need to make sure that you have enough insurance to cover it. Don’t take this lightly; one-third of adults in the United States carry no life insurance, and more than half a million in the prime of their lives die prematurely each year.

These are all things that we are doing at the moment or have done and I feel much more confident about my childrens future, you know aside from them being raised by us.

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11
Oct
10

daddy’s shoes

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07
Oct
10

toddler wise

“…we know of no greater fulfillment that a parent can recieve than the upturned face of a child, eyes speaking wonders and a face of confidence in discovering the world with you. This is what makes parenting the most interesting subject in the world. In just over a year, the helpless infant emerges as a little moving, talking, walking, exploratory person marked by keen senses, clear memory, quick perceptions and……unlimited energy.”

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