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A Look Back on 2018

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My phrase for the beginning of 2018 was Defined By God .  I am amazed that every year I've done these phrases and posts - that when I go to look back on them at the end of the year - it truly did define that year!  This WAS the year that I became defined by God and God alone!  I had great personal and spiritual growth, probably more so in one year than I've ever had. I let God cleanse me of the poison of the past.  I arose above others' definitions and characterizations of me that were untrue.  I broke the spiritual barriers that had been in my life for so long preventing me from reaching the place God wanted me to be.  I became even more aware of our destiny as I received 2 prophesies personally from the Lord through my Pastor.  I can't even hardly begin to tell you what God has done in our lives - I'm amazed and humbled. I remember the first time I ever got a prophesy about me was from a doctor (of all people right?).  It was when we first came to Ohio at a

When Your Light Offends

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You can try and be the sweetest, nicest person in the world but if you are truly born-again and a light for Jesus, you will offend others by the sheer light in you that invades their darkness.  You don't have to do anything.  You don't have to say anything.  Just the fact that you are light is all that is needed to make others hate you! John 3:19-20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light , neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  Matthew Henry's commentary for this scripture really speaks!  You will find people will not want you around because just you being there makes them feel bad! The true reason why men love darkness rather than light is because their deeds are evil. They love darkness because they think it is an excuse for their evil deeds, and they hate the light because it robs them of

Message to Young Women From a Feminist Career Woman

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This is great advice for young women from a feminist who, sadly, has learned that feminism is indeed a lie, not so much just a lie... but a spirit that destroys women as it destroys society and the order of God's creation!  You can listen to the Dennis Prager radio call or read the transcript at the link below: Transcript Link

Spiritual Gifts Don't Prove The Person - Fruit Does!

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I have seen people follow individuals just because of the great spiritual gift(s) they have, assuming that they MUST be right to have such a gift and such miracles.  However, that is a dangerous road of assumption.  God gives gifts and callings and they never go away - even when the person walks away from God and sins .  They still have the gift or calling!  (Romans 11:29)  That is why we are told in God's Word to rather, judge a tree by its fruits: Matthew 7:15-16 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits . Don't look at the signs and wonders, the gifts, the miracles, great speech, etc. - LOOK at the fruit of that person's life!   Do they show love?  Meekness?  Self-Control?  Gentleness? etc.  It has been said with cults, never look at their beliefs or doctrine, as some can have their doctrine just exactly right - rather, look at their ACTIONS!  What do they do?  Ar

Why Wives Work - Unbelief

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What is the basis, the real reason why a woman, who has an able-bodied husband to provide for her - would go to work?  You could say greed, covetousness, etc. but the true basis is that of UNBELIEF .  They don't believe or have faith in God to follow His Word and live on their husband's income.  They have decided rather to take matters into their hands and make it happen.  Instead of being dependent upon God and His Word, they rather play God and become independent and put themselves under another man's headship besides their husband. Faith does God's Word and falls into line with the roles we were made to follow.  Faith depends upon God to provide, not ourselves as women.  Faith shows the world that God's Word is true and you can depend upon Him!   No wonder God says women can cause the Word of God to be blasphemed.  By not following His Word - they are encouraging the world, the unsaved, to be independent upon themselves and not dependent upon God.  Titus 2:5

Self-Lovers & Money-Lovers

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When we look at the end times signs of 2 Timothy 3, we find a long list of what shall become of mankind and it isn't a pretty picture.  How evident these things are today but sadly, they are accepted as the norm!  Notice the first 2 things listed are self-lovers and money-lovers: 2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous... If there ever was a time in history when we see self-love, it is now!  Take Facebook for instance, there are those who constantly change their profile pic to yet another pose of themselves constantly.  If having a picture of yourself wasn't enough, changing several times a week is overload.  Sadly, it is here - a culture that is full of itself. Matthew Henry put it well in his commentary: Self-love brings in a long train of sins and mischiefs . When men are lovers of themselves, no good can be expected from them, as all good may be expected from those who love God with all their hearts. When covetousness generally preva

Love, Mercy and Forgiveness

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I have many that have lied on me, wronged me, falsely accused me, discredited me, smeared my name and so forth, but I'm reminded that although the flesh would've like to seek vengeance and vindication - the love of God restrained me.  Instead, with each hurt, I grew in mercy and forgiveness for the wrongdoer.   If you do this, you will never become bitter!  It won't matter what they say about you, what they do to you...  you will grow in the perfect love of Christ and share in His sufferings. I'm reminded of the great love chapter, Corinthians 13, and how it tells us that the first thing we should seek above all is what?  LOVE (charity)!  You can have a lot of things but if you don't have love - you're nothing God says!  The first commandment is to love God and the second is to love thy neighbour as thyself.  It goes on to say in Romans:  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.   Think about that for a while.

Families Benefit from Tax Plan

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I was playing around with some numbers on the new drafted tax forms from the IRS for this coming tax season of 2018.  It is pretty amazing how great Trump's new tax plan from last year is for families.  It is especially great for families with more than 3 kids but those with 2 kids will also find great savings. For the typical family of 4, that includes 2 children, you actually will pay NO federal tax at all until your household income reaches $60K.  Then, for every $5K after that, you will pay on average $600 or 12% as shown below.  However, if you go into the next tax bracket past $78,950, your tax increases to 22%. 2-dependent child tax credit households making: $60,000 and below = NO federal income tax owed $65,000 = $600 $70,000 = $1200 $75,000 = $1800 If you have a 3rd child, you may even qualify for an additional child tax credit, which means the government will actually PAY you for having that child despite you not paying a dime in federal income tax.  Some may

God is ALWAYS Right on Time!

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We had a unexpected situation recently that we had to make an immediate upfront payment for.  It was a large sum money and one we believed was going to be reimbursed to us in the near future.  However, the reimbursement was being denied (which just isn't right for them to do!), and we were left with the lack of funds to cover our monthly expenses.  I was angry and just couldn't believe that such an injustice would be done and then we were left in a situation that could put us into debt temporarily. In the midst of this anger and fear - I stood up and began declaring the Word of God!  I prayed and petitioned Heaven for help to correct this wrong done to us.  I then did my best to let the situation go and just waited upon God to move. Nothing happened.  I was getting nervous as the date was drawing nearer and we were going to be short money and be in debt to cover our regular expenses.  This past Sunday I knelt at the altar and asked for financial help.  I didn't think

Thinking of Others or Only Ourselves?

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You hardly see this mentioned anywhere but we are actually in a housing crisis.  Homes were too inflated for the lower-to-middle class consumer to purchase and rent was too high as well.  All that is coming down as home prices nationwide are falling dramatically.  In NYC alone, it is a buyer's market with people snatching up properties for $20K less than the asking price.  In my area, people started realizing the home prices were going down the past 2 months and are listing like crazy but there are hardly any buyers.  Rents are still very high and inflated and we will see if those come down. I'm not here to talk about the housing crisis in that regard, I'm here to talk about how we got here.  It is more profitable for a builder to build a large, 2-story home on a lot than a small ranch home that is affordable for the buyer.  That, I believe is a huge problem as we are forced to either buy a home that is too big for what we really need, or we buy an older, smaller, more af

Garage Clean-Up

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The garage seems like it is the place to put everything we don't want in the house.  I now understand why people have so much stuff in their garage, it makes a great storage area!  I had tons of stuff that we no longer needed that I wanted to get rid of or sell that was too good to just throw in the trash but I hadn't took the time to go through all of it and it just kind of piled up.  I finally took about 4 hours yesterday and went through most of it.  I have bins full of things now to sell on eBay or give away. I had a 30-gallon storage bin for the outside toys but it wasn't working, so I replaced it with a 40-gallon bin:

Out With the Old...

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In with the new!  We bought our first home 2 years ago and it is now 14, almost 15 years old.  It seems like it is the time for things to need replacing.  On one hand it was upsetting that the kitchen faucet was leaking and the hose had rips, but on the other hand, I'm glad it did because I love my new faucet LOL!! 😀 Here is our white faucet before, which we found out upon trying to remove that it was severely corroded and installed incorrectly: This is the new one, which was very easy to install and is way better because I no longer have to reach to get the water stream, it is in the middle of the sink now: Next thing that went bad was our master bathroom faucet and after finding we couldn't fix it, we replaced it.  The new one has a cool LED light that is really fun to use in the dark - seriously, I never knew faucets would be so exciting.  I don't like chrome, so I opted for the nickel-plated.  

Helping the (True) Needy

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Why are we supporting legislation to help women with child care costs when they should be raising their own children at home?  We should only be helping women who are single or have husbands that can't work - you know, the ones who actually need it?  How about being content with your husband's wages and raising your children, like everyone else does that makes it on one income?  Put aside greed, your selfish desires, your "success" and follow after God's design for women - being a mother!  Novel thought I know. Save the food stamps, housing, child care costs, etc. for those who NEED it - the disabled and single.  Quit stealing the working man and his family's money!! That goes for school too - why do we support a socialism-based schooling system where everyone has to pay for it?  Pay for your own!  Leave the funded-school for those that NEED it. If you keep milking the system and stealing from others - you will keep saying the same ole' rhetoric th

Preaching, Horses & My 1st Song!

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My husband got assurance of his call to preach.  He just had to be in the right place, and here we are in the right place, and he is preaching again .  It is amazing how God moves and if you just follow Him, you WILL find that place!  He preached for 5 years off and on from 2001-2006 but never could remember a place where God called him, he had just been told he was called.  I'm glad that he was careful in seeking it out and only doing it when and where God wanted him to and now is the time! My daughter has put flying planes aside for a while and started horse riding lessons .  I can say that I actually preferred the flying over the horses LOL!  I'm not an animal person, except for cats and I don't even have those anymore because I can't take the hair and smell.  I sure can't stand horses and the smell of the barns.  I'm glad that we can give her a chance to explore all of these interests and she's having the time of her life while doing so!  She is cur

How to Evaluate Health Insurance Plans

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As a homemaker you manage your home, and I believe this includes the budgeting and researching for what is needed, such as health insurance.  I wanted to help by showing you how I evaluate which plan overall would not only save the most, but in my opinion, be well worth the "risk." Let's take 4 plans offered by a large employer.  You have the highest plan known as the PPO generally, which has the highest premium but lowest deductible and offers copays along with coinsurance.  Next, is the step-down plan, which costs a bit less in premiums but the deductible is higher.  Then, there is usually a third plan that is the lowest premium but highest deductible.  However, since Obamacare, a lot of employers have started offering high-deductible plans, which is the 4th one I'm going to share.  This plan has a very low premium but a very high deductible. PPO Plan - $9,300/yr premium, $775/month; $2,000 deductible with copays ($30 doctor visit, etc.) and 20% coinsurance

Day of Reckoning

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Many women are feeling the courage to come forward about their molestation, rapes, sexual assault/abuses today.  Twitter is filled with women naming who did what to them for the first time in their lives, as they have been silent for so long.  There may be those that lie, but I believe most are telling the truth, as I know many in my generation were molested, it was common in our day.  You know the late 70's/early 80's when moms worked and children were left to themselves!?  Yep, the latchkey kids. It isn't limited to workplaces, we can see with the Catholic church that men in authority even in "God's" House are wicked.  And it isn't just the Catholics!!  The Jehovah Witnesses have covered up sexual abuse of children and have finally been sentenced to pay $35 million dollars to survivors ! There are men that think they are God, who play God and think they are above the law - or better yet, they are the law!  I'm so glad that God is pulling the c

Our Busy Week Meal Plan

We have developed, what I call, a busy week meal plan.  This is a 7-day menu plan for those weeks when I know it is going to busy or those weeks I just don't want to do much in the way of cooking!  Everyone likes this menu and it is cheap as well and very low prep/cooking times. Monday - Tacos Tuesday - Pinto Beans & Rice in Instant Pot Wednesday - Hamburgers & Fries Thursday - Creamy Chicken & Noodles Friday - Pizza Saturday & Sunday - Mac n' Cheese w/ Hot dog chunks The tacos are made from organic, grass-fed beef and on flour tortillas with all the toppings.  Beans and rice is so easy in my Instant Pot and we add in toppings.  Hamburgers are frozen from Aldi with frozen fries.  The creamy chicken and noodle is my son's favorite and SOOOO easy and it can feed all of us with just 1 pound chicken breast!  Friday is either frozen pizza or homemade pizza.  I cook a 5-quart dish full of homemade mac n' cheese with hot dog chunks in it on Sa

Take Care of Your 4 Walls

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If you have listened to Dave Ramsey for any amount of time, you have heard about the 4 walls.  He recommends you take care of your 4 walls before anything else - always making sure you have your 4 walls!  What are the 4 walls? Food  Shelter Transportation Clothing I had always put food and clothing on the back burner in place of other things because those were usually the areas that we could save in.  However, after listening to people's stories and those who didn't tend to these things FIRST, I have changed my thoughts on it.  I wanted to go into detail about each to help you all in case you haven't heard of this before. 1.  Food - this includes enough food for your entire family to live on each month.  I believe it also includes things like toilet paper, soap, etc.  The basics - not extras or luxuries. 2.  Shelter - this includes your housing and utilities.   If you have a mortgage, it also includes your property taxes and homeowner's insurance.  If

Just Making It Budget for Family of 4

Times are getting hard for a lot of "former" middle class families, now considered lower class, despite the economy going so well.  I've been reading it and hearing it in various places.  I'm talking about families that are living on one income already without luxuries.  Incomes aren't going up for a lot, though the prices of everything is, especially health care. I decided to do a no-frills, no government assistance, just-make-it budget for a typical family of 4 on one income to see just what the base salary needs to be.  This family has no debt but the mortgage possibly.  They also have no life insurance, though some say you can get it for $10 a month, which could be easily added in.   Tithe - $260 Offerings - $50 Housing (rent or mortgage/prop taxes/HO insurance) - $1000 Car Maintenance/Repair Fund - $90 Car Insurance - $50 Gasoline - $150 Home phone - FREE (Google Voice with Obihai) Cell phone - $25 (Google Project Fi) Additional Cell phone line -

New Life - New Everything!

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The new hasn't stopped since we stepped out on faith and followed God's leading for our lives.  As soon as we physically stepped foot on the ground here in this area, we felt the Holy Spirit and a strong feeling inside both of us that we had finally arrived in the place we were meant to be.  It was the oddest thing ever but we sure know we are in God's Will!!  I'm still happy, I still love it here - best place I've ever lived before and the whole family is happy here.  We got a new (first) house, a new (first brand new) car.. a new church, new friends - well you get the idea. It isn't just all that as we are finding out.  We have even had new adventures from traveling to kayaking and being outdoors more!  I really do feel alive again and healthy.  Our daughter has been flying an airplane, our son is a genius (no really, he is) and taught himself piano, multiplication and the list goes on and on.  People at church quiz him all the time about math equations a

I Never Lost My Hope, Joy, Faith and Praise!

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I loved this song but couldn't say that I've never "lost" my hope, joy, faith and praise but then I began to understand the song as it was meant - never having lost these things completely .  Then, I could sing the song because truly, I never lost my hope, joy, faith and praise no matter what has come my way in life.  God has been faithful and good! I've lost some good friends Along life's way Some loved ones departed In heaven to stay But thank God I didn't lose everything I've lost faith in people Who said they cared In the time of my crisis They were never there But in my disappointment In my season of pain One thing never wavered One thing never changed I never lost my hope I never lost my joy I never lost my faith But most of all I never lost my praise My praise still here My praise still here I've let some blessings Slip away And I lost my focus And went astray But thank God I didn't lose everything I lost pos

When a Married Woman Works...

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What does a married woman do, cause, violate.. when she works on a job? Direct disobedience and rebellion to God's Word Usurping husband's role of provider and head Placing herself under the boss; another man's (or woman's) headship instead of just her husband Denies her husband the help he needs from a wife (mothering his children, keeping the home, meals, joyfulness, vitality and needs being met) - she should be all about HIM and helping HIM be successful Defies her role as a woman, domestic and feminine Abandoning children by not being "there" and available to them If she is barren or simply despises having children and chooses barrenness, etc. - then refusing to take in orphans or help the many parent-less children Shucking responsibilities of raising and educating/teaching children to someone else Causes the Word of God to be blasphemed - giving a place for others to speak evil by her rebellion Teaches younger women to rebel and sin against

My Daughter's Test Scores

We haven't done a standardized yearly test since 4th grade.  When I tested my daughter then she was several grades ahead and I just never saw the use of testing every year and it wasn't required.  I decided to go ahead and test and see how she was doing as she is starting high school you all!  Well, she did awesome and I don't know why I ever worried it would turn out any other way - God + Education + Love = Success! Math was her best subject and always has been so I knew she would do well, however, I didn't know she would do THAT well LOL!  She scored 99th percentile in math and college level!   That is the highest possible score. English has always been her worst subject and I was just hoping she would actually pass.  Again, I was surprised to see she scored well above average and 11th-12th grade level !  She scored at college level in reading! God makes the difference!  He WILL bless your homeschool!!

When God's People Struggle Financially

I wanted to write this after my last post to make sure my readers know that I'm not saying if you do everything like God said, you will not have financial problems.  The rain falls on the just and the unjust the Bible says, but what is different about the Christian that is doing God's will in all areas of their lives, is that you can rest knowing that God will take care of you.  God WILL work it out as you have FAITH for Him to do so!  Faith is the missing piece today in the Christian world, it is sadly, a rarity. Pray to God for wisdom and knowledge , do you actually ever pray for that?  I started praying for those 2 things several years ago and let me tell you - God delivered, just not in the way I had thought I would gain more of each.  I had to go through some things but came out the better and the wiser.  If you face a financial problem, pray and ask God for wisdom and knowledge about it.  Pray and believe in faith that God will answer.  Don't fret, worry and let a

Financial Problems or Results of Rebellion?

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I keep reading articles and seeing books being written about how bad it is financially right now for Americans.  From the talk of it, it is so bad with the "common family" that they can't help but live on the streets and in vehicles.  They can see why those on drugs, prostitution and other crimes live in these places due to their lifestyle choices, so why can't they see that it is the same for others as well? Since when do people think they can go against God and His roles for each gender and the family unit and still turn out blessed?  Since when do people think that they can live a life of covetousness and it never come time to pay?  Since when is our mind so skewed that "poor" is when you can't live in a 2500sq ft house with the latest gadgets? The married woman that works on a job instead of staying home is rebelling against God.   Rebellion IS as the sin of witchcraft!  1 Samuel 15:23   She sold out her place for vain glory and covetousness. 

New Dinner & Dessert Recipes - Pics & Video

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We tried some new recipes and they were all very good!  I've included the links for you all to try them.  These have become staples now for us. Dinners Chicken & Rice in Instant Pot Tamale Pie w/ Cornbread - I did mine on the stove/oven Turkey Sausage & Potatoes w/ Gravy Crock-pot Mexican Chicken Desserts Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake w/ Homemade Whipped Cream  

Fly Baby Fly! ✈

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My daughter became interested in being a pilot earlier this year.  I had no idea that you can fly solo at 16 and get a pilot's license at 17!  She has no interest in having a "career" but she wants to fly, so we talked about how useful being a pilot would be for the ministry.  You never know, she may marry a missionary and be the one to fly from village to village.  So, we went ahead and let her pursue her passions. We had a revival and a preacher from California was preaching a powerful message about trading in your ashes for beauty.   He had a bucket of ashes and said quit carrying around what others did to you and then what you may have done.  He then laid a bunch of roses at the altar and said who's going to trade in their ashes?  I was the first one to go balling like a baby but I didn't care!  I picked up my rose and knelt down and gave it all to God!  It was life-changing to say the least. The next morning was my daughter's graduation flig

Children Learn What They Live

Someone told me about this poem yesterday and I had never heard of it. It was very popular many years ago and it really lays out how we should raise and treat our children.  If every mother would love their children as this poem says, we may not have kids killing one another and all the issues we see today in the schools.  God help us love and care for our own children as He does us! Children Learn What They Live By Dorothy Law Nolte If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight. If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive. If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself. If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child lives with jealousy, he learns what envy is. If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident. If a child lives with tolerance, he lear

When Men Abuse Power & Weaponize Authority

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You may have heard about the MeToo movement and how so many women are finally brave enough to come forward and call out their abusers.  The world has been shocked as each story has unfolded and revealed that men, some famous and some in high positions have abused their power and authority to harm the weaker; women.  It isn't limited to one category or group, abuse has infiltrated every place imaginable, including the church. The Southern Baptists have recently been exposed and found out that one of their top leaders have counseled the abused in such horrible ways as to keep them abused!  It includes such things as telling the victim to stay with the abuser.  It is a tragedy to have a man of God not protecting those who can't protect themselves.  God has heard the cries of the women and children, and His wrath has come to rip the blanket off the hidden things. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, of which I have always admired his steadfa

From Tragedy to Destiny

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God has given us examples in the Bible to show us things that will help us make sense of life.  One that I can relate to, is that of Joseph.  If you don't know the account, you can find it starting in Genesis 37.  Joseph had a hard road that eventually brought him into his destiny.  God allowed Joseph to go through what he did and we sometimes wonder how could a loving God ALLOW such things!?  Yet, when we see where it brought Joseph to and how it ultimately saved his people from famine, we understand.  In our lives, we can't see the end.  We don't know how things are going to work out.  When tragedy knocks on our door, it can feel like God is against us or that He has forsaken us.  God wants us to trust him and have faith through whatever He is allowing us to go through. Joseph was a favorite of his father, Jacob, and was the wearer of the coat of many colors.  From the beginning he was clothed with a gift, of which, his brothers despised him for and hated him.  If Go

Home Ownership is More Than a Mortgage!

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We have been homeowners for 1 1/2 years now and I'm learning all the time!  Having rented since I was 17 years old (that's 19 years of renting!), I would have to say that it IS far better to have a home than rent.  You look at things differently and you treat things differently because it is YOURS.  No, it isn't necessarily "yours" until you pay the mortgage off but for this post, I will say "owning" a home.  When you own your home, you have to fix things and that is new for us.  We were so used to someone else taking care of all of that when we rented.  I had no idea how much things cost or what goes in to maintaining a home and property. We had a list of things that we needed to fix when we bought the home and well, we still have that list.  I really hope we can get it all completed this summer and most of it done ourselves.  However, there a few things we're not willing to kill our backs over, so we are going to pay for those to be done.  Thi