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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

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About the Cover: Stephen and Madison Shirley Family Focus: Paulding Census 2020 Faith: God’s Box of Chocolates Calendar of Events Finance: Changes in Retirement Plans Fitness: BodyPlex Profile Medical: Shoulder Instability and Labral Tears Feature Photographer: Cayla Browning Pets: Help Your Local Animal Shelter 26 What’s Cookin’: Chicken Divan 26 Crossword Puzzle

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his Valentine’s Day, Our Town would like to introduce you to Stephen and Madison Shirley, along with their beautiful pups, Lou and Chance!

Stephen and Madison both grew up in the area, but are fairly new to Paulding County. Madison grew up in Powder Springs while Stephen grew up in Lithia Springs and later moved to Acworth in high school. They attend One Baptist Church in Douglasville, where Madison’s dad is the pastor. Stephen is an independent contractor for his family business, Around the House, where they install storm doors, security doors, and garage door openers. His parents started the company around 20 years ago, and Stephen has been working alongside his father since he was 8 years old. Madison always knew she wanted to stay home someday when she had a family. She began working for the family business about a year after she and Stephen started dating; it just made sense! Madison now works full time from her home office scheduling jobs, giving her the freedom to stay home. They are both looking forward to what God has in store for their family business in the future.

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They pulled onto the property, unloaded the truck, and before Madison knew it, Stephen was down on one knee! Before he could finish the sweet speech he prepared, Madison screamed “YES!” Stephen thought of everything, ensuring they would get to cherish their special day for the rest of their lives. Now they get to celebrate his birthday and the day he asked her to be his wife all in one!

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On Stephen’s birthday in 2018, the two planned to go shooting on family property to celebrate the day. At his birthday lunch after church that day, Madison kept teasing him that now that he was one year older, it was about time he popped the question! He was so nervous; he barely ate a bite of his lunch. Madison still didn’t suspect a thing, despite Stephen’s strange behavior on the drive.

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Their two families have known each other since before Madison was born. Their older sisters went to elementary school together, connecting the families long before they knew they’d be family! Fast forward 20 years, Stephen showed interest in asking Madison out. Their sisters began dreaming of setting the two up, and just a few weeks later, Madison received a Facebook message from Stephen saying he would love to get to know her! Believe it or not, Stephen and Madison didn’t meet until their first date in December of 2016!

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Family Focus Contributed by Rebecca Meredith and Mary Carol Sheffield

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very ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the nationwide Census in order to establish an accurate count of the nation’s population. States and local governments are currently in the process of preparing for the upcoming 2020 Census, which will begin on April 1, 2020. The 2020 Census is very important to Paulding County and will shape the future of our community, define your voice in Congress and generate local employment opportunities. In the words of the Census Bureau, it “will define who we are as a nation.” Likewise, it will define Paulding County. Ensuring that each county has an accurate Census count is very important. The data collected through the 2020 Census will impact the County in many ways. Including: l Determine Congressional Representation. l Attracting new businesses to State and local areas. l Distribute over $675 Billion annually in federal funds and even more in state funds. l Decisions regarding locations for new schools, hospitals, roads, child-care, senior citizen centers, facilities for people with disabilities, and much more. l Decisions regarding the need for additional social services, including who receives community development block grants, and other essential grant programs. Paulding County has followed the Census Bureau’s recommendation and established a local Complete Count

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Paulding Census and Safety 2020 tions about their identity, you can call 1-800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. Important changes to note for the 2020 Census: l The Census Bureau is building a more accurate address list and automating field operations—all while keeping your information confidential and safe. l For the first time, you will be able to respond online, by phone, or by mail. l The Census Bureau will use data the public has already provided to cut down on in-person follow up visits to nonresponding households.   We ask that everyone do their part to be counted so that all of Paulding County wins!

Committee to help with building awareness about the importance of the 2020 Census. By partnering with the local businesses, school districts, the faith based community, and municipalities, the count will be more accurate; insuring we receive access to the maximum amount of state and federal funding for many types of projects over the course of the next decade. The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe for all participants. Here are some tips to help you stay safe: l Phishing is a criminal act in which someone tries to get your information by pretending to be an entity that you trust. Phishing emails often direct you to a website that looks real but is fake—and may be infected with malware. It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census.

2020 Census Timeline: Key Dates March 2020 - The public can begin responding to the 2020 Census online at 2020census.gov. Replying by mail or phone will also be an option. April 1, 2020 – CENSUS DAY: Every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. April—July 2020 - Census takers visit households that did not participate in the questionnaire online or mail. December 2020 – By law, The Census Bureau delivers population counts to the President for apportionment. March 2021 - By law, The Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states.

Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for: l Your Social Security number. l Your bank account or credit card numbers. l Money or donations. l In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party. If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity: First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you still have ques-

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promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

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verywhere I look near Valentine’s Day, there’s chocolate: boxes of chocolate in all the stores, chocolate on TV promising to be ‘the only love you need,’ chocolate Girl Scout cookies--CHOCOLATE! I even saw chocolate breath mints in the grocery checkout aisle the other day! I think that’s what led me to remember the famous quote from Forrest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you’re gonna get.” (I even remembered it with his accent.)

You see, no matter what chocolate we are “in the middle of” right now, He is there--with the certainty of His promise today as well as His hope of heaven in the future. Listen to how the verse above continues to encourage us: (vs.19-20)

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In reality, that phrase can be true in many ways. We wake up every morning completely unsure of what the day may hold for us. We’ve made our plans. Sometimes they even happen the way we make them, but we never know for sure, do we? The days that come with caramel in the middle are my favorite. The ones with the strawberry goo are just so-so, but the ones with coconut--YUCK! I’d rather go back to bed. Then there’s the days where tragedy or difficult times come out of nowhere, and the chocolate sits in the pantry untouched...there’s no sweetness to be had in those moments, it seems.

God knows that life, as it pertains to circumstances, is uncertain for us. That’s why He comforts us and reminds us so many times that He is our constant companion, our steadfast friend, our consistently loving God and Savior. He doesn’t keep promises the way we do: When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee His promises, He gave His word, a rock-solid guarantee--God can’t break His word. And because His word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. Hebrews 6:16-18 ESV - 16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the

19 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God 20 where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up His permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek*.”

I love the visual picture of grabbing on to Him with both hands as He runs ahead of me to the Father. That makes me able to get up today and praise Him for whatever comes my way. This faith, this confidence, this hope is our unbreakable spiritual lifeline - HIS love for us no matter what, when, how or why. Let’s binge on His priceless box of chocolates today...the sweetest and most satisfying of them all. Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” *Editor’s Note: Hebrews Chapter 7 describes the importance of Melchizedek as the king of Salem and priest of the Most High God.

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t might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you’ll want to learn more. The new laws, collectively called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, include these noteworthy changes: Higher age for RMDs - Under current law, you must start taking withdrawals – known as required minimum distributions, or RMDs – from your traditional IRA and 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored plan once you turn 70 ½. The new law pushes the date to start RMDs to 72, which means you can hold on to your retirement savings a bit longer. No age limit for traditional IRA contributions – Previously, you could only contribute to your traditional IRA until you were 70 ½, but under the SECURE Act, you can now fund your traditional IRA for as long as you have taxable earned income. Limitation of “Stretch IRA” provisions – Under the old rules, beneficiaries were able to stretch taxable RMDs from a retirement account over his or her lifetime. Under the SECURE Act while spouse beneficiaries can still take advantage of this “stretch” distribution, most non-spouse beneficiaries will have to take all the RMDs by the end of the tenth year after the account owner passes away. Consequently, non-spouse beneficiaries who inherit an IRA or other retirement plan could have tax implications due to the need to take larger distributions in a shorter timeframe. No early withdrawal penalty for IRAs and 401(k)s when new child arrives. Typically, you must pay a 10% penalty when you withdraw funds from your IRA or 401(k) before you reach 59 ½. But now, with the new rules, you can withdraw up to $5,000 from your retirement plan without paying the early withdrawal penalty, as long as you take the money within one year of a child being born or an adoption becoming final. Some provisions of the SECURE Act primarily affect business owners: Multi-employer retirement plans – Unrelated companies can now work together to offer employees a 401(k) plan with less administrative work, lower costs and fewer fiduciary responsibilities than individual employers now encounter when offering their own retirement plans. Tax credit for automatic enrollment – The new law provides a tax credit of $500 for some smaller employers who set up automatic enrollment in their retirement plans. And a tax credit for establishing a retirement plan has been increased from $500 to $5,000. Use of annuities in 401(k) plans – It will now be easier for employers to consider including annuities as an investment option within 401(k) plans. Previously, many businesses avoided offering annuities in these plans due to liability concerns related to the annuity provider, but the new rules should help reduce these concerns. The SECURE Act is the most significant change to our retirement savings system in over a decade. We encourage you to contact your financial advisor, tax professional and estate planning attorney to assess the potential impact on your investment strategies and determine any possible tax and estate planning implications of the SECURE Act.

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The orthopedic specialist will evaluate joint stability, pain level, and range of motion in the shoulder. X-rays or an MRI may be ordered. The most reliable way to diagnose a labral tear is through shoulder arthroscopy, a less invasive surgical procedure that allows the skilled physician to inspect, diagnose, and often repair the problem right inside the joint.

What is a Labral Tear of the Shoulder? A shoulder labral tear occurs when the labrum—a piece of cartilage lining the shoulder joint—is torn. This injury most frequently occurs in athletes but can occur in any individual who experiences trauma to the shoulder. There are two common types of labral tears. The first is called a SLAP tear, short for superior labrum from anterior to posterior. SLAP tears occur at the front of the upper arm, where the tendon from your bicep connects to your shoulder. Another common type of tear is a Bankart tear. These commonly occur when a shoulder is dislocated. Causes of Labral Tears of the Shoulder Labral tears are most frequently seen in conjunction with other shoulder injuries, such as torn bicep tendons, shoulder dislocations, or rotator cuff injuries. Other causes of labral tears may include falling on an outstretched arm, a sudden tugging or yanking on the arm, sustaining a violent blow while reaching overhead, or receiving a direct hit to the shoulder. These types of injuries are most commonly seen during high-impact sports. However, they can also be sustained in situations including car accidents, workplace injuries,

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Additionally, labral tears can occur in older patients as a result of the simple wearing down of the labrum over time. Gradual fraying or tearing of the labrum can be a normal part of the aging process and is handled quite differently from acute tears in younger patients.

Treating a Labral Tear of the Shoulder In most cases, labral tears are treated with over-thecounter medications to reduce pain and swelling, plenty of rest, and physical therapy to rebuild strength and mobility in the joint. However, if your injury is severe enough, you may require surgery. If you’ve sustained a labral tear, or suspect you might have one, you will want to speak with a trained orthopedic specialist.

Symptoms of a Labral Tear of the Shoulder Of course, it’s possible to experience trauma to the shoulder, along with some residual pain, without having sustained a labral tear. However, if you’re experiencing symptoms and they aren’t improving over time, you may want to see a shoulder orthopedic surgeon. These symptoms include:

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ayla Browning of Wild & Grace was born and raised in Paulding County. She and her husband, Adam, have been married four years and have two beautiful girls, Mason and Walker. Family means everything to Cayla and she feels honored to have the opportunity to create beautiful memories for other families in all seasons of life.

Madison started doing makeup in high school for her friends going to prom and fell in love with it! She now does that in her free time, whether for proms, weddings, or any other events. Stephen loves working out and anything baseball related! He also adores his time spent with their pups, so one of the first things he does when he gets home from work is train with them! Both Stephen and Madison are summer loving people, so their favorite things to do are when it’s warm and sunny outside!

So many changes come with growing up, and life experiences, along with a lot of mistakes, molded her into who she is today. A few of those have remained steady in her life and other than her love for Jesus Christ, her family, and crossfit, the biggest thing in her heart that has never changed is the urge to create. She is a solo photographer; that means you get her full attention. Cayla is devoted to her craft and loves her clients to the moon. Being able to connect with families and make new friends is an unexpected reward that she has found in photography. Cayla spends hundreds of hours working with her clients and delivering to them their dream in photographs. She has been photographing life’s sweetest moments since 2011 and has created a brand that describes everything she is and wants her business to be, Wild and Grace. She is a newborn and lifestyle photographer, and shoots on location and in the Wild & Grace Studio. Believer, Wife & Mother.  Wild & Grace. To contact her about booking a session, please visit www.wildandgrace.co or email Cayla@wildandgrace.co

Their favorite part of marriage so far is just getting to do life alongside their best friend! “Marriage is SO FUN when you are doing it with your favorite person in the world. The week after we got home from our honeymoon, I would say, ‘This is like having sleepovers with your BFF every night!’” Madison recalled. They plan on spending their first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife at home with a movie night, popcorn, and their favorite sweets! They have tickets to one of Stephen’s favorite singer’s concert the next day, ringing in a very special first Valentine’s Day for the both of them!

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2 (10.5 oz) cans condensed cream of chicken soup, NOT diluted; I use 98% fat free 1 cup grated cheddar cheese ½ cup mayonnaise (I used light mayonnaise, but any variety will work)

½ cup milk; I use 2% 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ cup coarsely crushed Corn Flakes; or sub with Ritz crackers or breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon melted butter Optional, for serving: cooked rice; mashed potatoes; buttered noodles Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together condensed soup, cheese, mayonnaise, milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir in chicken and broccoli. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. 3. In a small bowl, stir together Corn Flakes and melted butter. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over top. 4. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Recipe Notes: n If you’re feeding a small family, cut all of the ingredients in half and bake the casserole in an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan. n Take a short cut by using store-bought rotisserie chickens or pre-cooked, diced chicken such as Tyson Grilled and Ready (often found in large bags in the frozen section) or Perdue Short Cuts. n Can Chicken Divan be made ahead of time? Yes! You can assemble the casserole in advance and keep it covered in your refrigerator for up to 24 hours. n Can I freeze the casserole before baking? Yes! Wrap the dish tightly and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. n Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. n To reheat the casserole in the oven, cover with foil and warm in a 350 degree F oven for about 20-30 minutes (or until hot and bubbly). n Some traditional Chicken Divan recipes include a dash of curry powder in the sauce. Feel free to add some if you like that flavor! Similarly, you may also want to add a splash of sherry. For more information and pictures of this recipe visit: https://www.theseasonedmom.com/chicken-divan/ Blair Lonergan started ‘The Seasoned Mom’ to simplify mealtime for her family. For more family friendly recipes, including her “Week in Meals,” visit www.theseasonedmom.com. Sign up to have her latest recipes delivered directly to your inbox. Recipes and images belong to TheSeasonedMom.com and are used with permission.

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