Important Interruptions?!

Last night my son could not fall asleep. We had family over for dinner and it was quite inconvenient! He came to the stairs about an hour after I put him to bed and sweetly asked if I could come upstairs with him. At this point we were cleaning up and visiting with our family. Although I was in the middle of a task, how could I resist?!

I ended up spending about an hour talking with him and telling him stories. I enjoyed that special time so much! When I tucked him back in bed, he asked if I would climb up into his bunk bed (remember that I am seven months pregnant!!) and lie down with him for a few minutes. He always likes for me to sing to him before he falls asleep. At this point I was falling asleep myself! I climbed up there and sang to him as his eyelids started getting heavy.

As I quietly left the room, I realized how “task” oriented I am. So often I get caught up in tasks that I’m supposedly doing for others. I get easily frustrated if I’m cooking dinner or cleaning up and my children (or husband) need my attention and I have to stop what I’m doing. How silly! They are the priority. The tasks that I’m doing, I do for them. How often have I missed sweet moments because I was more wrapped up in the task than the one for whom I was doing it? My quiet time one morning this week was about the fact that God cares about people, not programs. I think that I saw that application in real life last night.

I hope that I can remember this perspective when I’m interrupted from something that I am doing, and realize that the interruption can often be a blessing in disguise.

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Published in: on February 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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FYI… For those who have not owned a home in the last three years.

Since many of you have asked me about this credit, I’m pasting the details that I received from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. Although this doesn’t apply to most of my friends and clients, it may help to share this information with family and friends who are in a position to take advantage of this credit.

FIRST‐TIME HOMEBUYER TAX CREDIT
As Modified in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

PROVISIONS EFFECTIVE FOR PURCHASES ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 2009 AND BEFORE DECEMBER 1, 2009

AMOUNT OF CREDIT Maximum credit issued will be $8,000

ELIGIBLE PROPERTY Any single family residence (including condos, co-ops and townhouses) that will be used as the principal residence.

REFUNDABLE Yes. Reduces (or, can eliminate) income tax liability for the year of the purchase. Any unused amount of tax credit will be refunded to the homebuyer.

INCOME LIMIT?  Yes. Full amount of credit available for individuals with adjusted gross income of no more than $75,000 ($150,000 for a joint return).

FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER ONLY?
Yes. Purchaser (and purchaser’s spouse) may not
have owned a principal residence in 3 years prior to
purchase.

REVENUE BOND FINANCING Purchasers who utilize revenue bond financing can use credit.

REPAYMENT None, for purchases on after January 1, 2009 and
before December 1, 2009.

RECAPTURE None, unless the home is sold within three years of
the purchase. If the home is sold within three years
original purchase, the entire amount of credit is
recaptured upon sale.

TERMINATION December 1, 2009

EFFECTIVE DATE Effective as of January 1, 2009