Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
She was born the youngest of seven children and is survived only by her sister, Mary Moak of Gage, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Henry E. (Gene) McQuigg, and a son Joseph P. McQuigg. Her surviving children are Dennis (Velina) McQuigg of Tyler, Regena (Jeff) Hallmark of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, Chris (Terri) McQuigg of Tyler and Tim (Christy) McQuigg of Tyler; 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family moved to Tyler in 1973.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home with Rev. Lloyd McCaskill officiating. She will be entombed at Cathedral in the Pines.
The family will received friends from 5:30 to 7:30 Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Willowbrook Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Thanks for your prayers and encouragements to Regena and our family.
Parable of the Twins
Once upon a time, twin boys were conceived.
Weeks passed and the twins developed. As their awareness grew, they laughed for joy: "Isn't it great that we were conceived? Isn't it great to be alive?"
Together the twins explored their worlds. When they found their mother's cord that gave them life, they sang for joy! "How great our mother's love is, that she shares her own life with us!"
As weeks stretched into months, the twins noticed how much each was changing. "What does it mean?" one asked." It means our stay in this world is drawing to an end." said the other.
"But I don't want to go," said one. "I want to stay here always."
"We have no choice," said the other. "But maybe there is life after birth."
"But how can there be?" responded one. "We will shed our life cord and how can life be possible without it? Besides, we have seen evidence that others were here before us, and none of them has returned to tell us there is life after birth. No, this is the end. Maybe there is no mother after all."
"But there has to be," protested the other. "How else did we get here? How do we remain alive?"
"Have you ever seen our mother?" asked one. "Maybe she only lives in our minds. Maybe we made her up because the idea made us feel good."
So the last days in the womb were filled with deep questioning and fear. Finally, the moment of birth arrived. When the twins had passed from their world, they opened their eyes and cried for joy - for what they saw exceeded their fondest dreams.
That is death as experienced by Christians.
- Author Unknown
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. I Corinthians 2:9
Right now our favourite twins.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I held the door open for a man and his granddaughter, then waited for my daughter Leah. Once inside we ordered and the man and his granddaughter was Eddy and Coby, Leah's good friend's dad and daughter. I hadn't seen Eddy in a number of years and he lost a lot of weight.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, CLICK ON THE AREA AND YOU WILL SEE WHERE THE SPEED TRAPS ARE.
Again technology to another level ... it works. The ones I looked up are right on target. Consider yourself warned.
This is for real ... in much detail. Even to the description of the unmarked cars used for layering and ticketing in all states. This is interesting.
Click on what ever state you want and then it will show the city or towns you want to view, click on which one you want to view see if you know any of them.
You can see them in the cities in the U.S. or Canada . Very interesting.
I had no idea this was available to everyone.
Do you know the speed-traps in your hometown? Click on the link below http://www.speedtrap.org/ It works great just link to your state then city...
Hey, give me a comment back as to how close this site is, it is bang on for P.G. and could add another street or two.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
FRIDAY CHURCH NEWS NOTES
April 8, 2011 Volume 12, Issue 14
What the reporter forgot to mention was Rome’s most significant role in that project, which was burning that “Catholic priest” in a public spectacle in Vilvoorde, Belgium. The “priest” in question was William Tyndale, who published the first printed English Bible and the first English Bible translated directly from Greek and Hebrew. Though he was an ordained Catholic priest, he renounced the Roman Catholic Church and its heresies and called the pope the Antichrist.
In The Practice of Prelates, Tyndale likened the pope to an ivy which climbs up a tree and gradually saps the strength of the host and kills it, emphasizing that this is what the pope had done to England and every other nation under the papal thumb. Tyndale called Roman Catholicism “a nest for unclean birds.” Tyndale also brazenly disobeyed Rome’s law that forbade the translation of the Bible into the common languages of the people without ecclesiastical permission.
When the Tyndale New Testament was smuggled into England (because the Roman Catholic authorities there forbade its distribution) large quantities were confiscated and burned, beginning in 1526. By 1528, the prisons were filled with those who had committed the “crime” of reading the New Testament in English, and in 1529 Thomas Hitton became the first in a long line of believers who were burned at the stake for possessing the Tyndale Bible. (Others had previously been burned for possessing the Wycliffe Bible.)
In May 1535, Tyndale was arrested for his “heresies” and for his audacity at thumbing his nose at papal laws. After being imprisoned for nearly a year and a half in a cold, dreary dungeon in the castle at Vilvoorde, William Tyndale was taken out to the public square, strangled, and his body burned. Roman Catholic authorities also burned John Rogers, the translator of the Matthew’s Bible, another Bible in the lineage of the 1611 King James. Further, the Geneva Bible, which was the most popular English Bible before the KJV, was produced in Geneva, Switzerland, instead of England for the simple reason that the Roman Catholic Queen Mary was pouring out such vicious persecution upon Bible believers that many fled to Geneva for safety.
And going back before Tyndale to the first English Bible, let’s not forget that the Roman Catholic Church condemned John Wycliffe of “heresy” for translating the English Bible and so hated his memory that they dug up his bones and burned them nearly 44 years after his death. Yes, the Roman Catholic Church did have a major role in the English Bibles preceding the King James, and let’s not forget it!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Why Canadians Love To Shop In The U.S.
Ever wonder why Canadians get so excited crossing the border to go shopping?
The main trigger is usually when the Canadian dollar (CAD) is at par with the USD, but even if it isn’t, there are plenty of other reasons to skip across that line, especially if you are a young woman shopper such as myself.
I enjoy shopping for clothes, but sometimes the unjustifiably high prices in Canada force me to wait until I cross the border to pick up what I need, or do without.
This really helps me to curb my shopping impulses and continue figuring out how to not spend more than I make.
1. U.S.-Only Stores
The U.S. has stores and recognizable brands that are coveted by Canadians everywhere, the biggest one being Target, lovingly nicknamed “Tarjay” by loyal fans.
Going across the border just to shop at Target is not unheard of, seeing as basic essentials and even things for the home are not only stylish, but also affordable.
Sure, we have other discount stores here, but it just isn’t the same and the goods are not as fashionable and at such affordable prices, even with the exchange rate factored in.
Aside from Target, another store I like to browse online is J.Crew. The retailer doesn’t have brick-and-mortar stores here in Canada, so I have no choice but to buy what I want online, pay the high shipping costs to get the items to me and cross my fingers in hopes that it fits.
2. A Larger Variety of Goods
Even when we have certain brands from the U.S. available in stores, it is never the whole line. Take for instance the brand Anthropologie.
They have a single Canadian store in Toronto, but it doesn’t carry the whole line of Anthropologie clothing available to American shoppers, and even the the Canadian online store itself is different from the American one.
As a shopper, it is easy to get frustrated because you want to purchase something you saw on their U.S. site, only to realize it is not available for Canadians.
There are other instances where I or my family members have tried to find certain specialty products, only to realize it can only be ordered online from an American retailer.
3. Fixed Prices on Products are Lower
The suggested retail price on many products, like books for example, are a good 10% to 30% lower in the U.S.
Even with the dollar having flirted with par for the past few years, retailers haven’t adjusted their pricing for Canadians and cite other factors such as higher distribution costs to justify the higher price tag.
I can understand a slight increase due to distribution, but a 30% increase?
Even makeup can cost more in Canada! For instance, a best-seller makeup palette by Urban Decay sells for $48 USD in the United States, but its price goes up to $53 once it crosses the border into our greedy little paws.
4. Deals and Discounts are better
Even if you don’t take into account the dollar being at par, or that the printed retail prices are lower in the States, the U.S. generally has better deals to offer.
With more competition from so many companies jostling for attention, the deals are juicier.
5. Gas and food are cheaper, too
Now, I know this isn’t true for every American city, but just looking at the price of heirloom tomatoes or gasoline in the U.S. can make a Canadian frustrated.
Americans pay on average 25% – 40% less for gas, after the gallons have been converted to liters.
As for food, Americans pay at least 20% less for staples such as dairy, meat and even fresh fruit or vegetables.
6. Lower Sales Taxes and Duty-Free Allowances
The States doesn’t offer any sales tax refunds to Canadians shopping across the border, but there are still savings to be had.
Consider, for example, that the average American sales tax rate is 8.62%, whereas the taxes in Quebec and Ontario (two provinces I frequent), are at 13%.
Other savings can be found in duty-free allowances:
If you stay 24 hours in the States, you don’t have to pay Canadian taxes on purchases under $50.
48 hours? Now you’re looking at not having to pay Canadian taxes on purchases under $400.
If you stay for a week, you’re able to bring back $750 worth of goods and not pay any Canadian taxes.
THE BOTTOM LINE
In conclusion, while Canada has some pretty fantastic benefits such as the TFSA, universal health care and a higher minimum wage (the lowest being $8.00/hour in British Columbia), many Canadians (myself included) still feel like the shopping will always be better on the other side.
Oh, and the bright side to all of this? Since prices in Canada feel so artificially inflated to me, I often end up saving my money rather than shopping — which is ultimately better for my bank account.
Serena blogs at Fabulously Broke in the City, a lifestyle blog with a hint of money talk, and for The Everyday Minimalist, a minimalist blog that is all about living with less but only the best. Serena also occasionally freelances and writes for Investopedia.