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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

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sn’t it mind boggling how God takes us - in our messes, in all the ways that we are unqualified, and uses us to bring Him glory? He has no specified time limit for it either. He’ll uproot us in the most unlikely of times, even if it’s in the midst of our families and lives being in full swing. Lee and Jordan Ridings know better than anyone. Their contagious hearts for the Lord weren’t always thriving, but when God got a hold of them, He changed them forever. Both Lee and Jordan were born and raised in Paulding County. They went to school together from the beginning, but were never friends. They ended up meeting in Hiram Station and began dating in December of 2009. They were married in July of 2004, thus beginning their crazy adventure together.

Lee says he wasn’t conditioned or bred to be a pastor. He came from a broken home, and although he was introduced to Jesus when he was 13, he never surrendered his life to Him until Lee was 24 years old. At the time, Lee and Jordan already had their twins, Claire and Sara Jo. Life got so rough that they were on the brink of divorce, but then Lee met Jesus. “God completely changed my world with that decision of salvation,” Lee said. It was then that Lee lost all desires for the party stage. He gave up drinking, he gave up gambling, and he worked on his relationship with God. It wasn’t always easy - he tripped, he stumbled, but he walked with God nonetheless. Jordan found Jesus in 2009 while their family was living in South Carolina. God even restored their marriage and blessed them with four more children.

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Six months after Lee surrendered his life to Christ, he felt God telling him that he needed to preach. After six months of fighting God’s call, Lee preached for the first time. This past February, Lee and his family celebrated four years with Greater Hope Baptist Church. “It’s definitely a hospital for those that need healing and a center for the proclamation of biblical truth.” Jordan always knew she wanted to teach special education. Even at a very young age, she would go read to a special education class. Her passion continued into her high school years, where she was in the Teacher Cadet Program - teaching in elementary special education classrooms at the end of her school days. During college at West Georgia, she worked with the after school program and was a summer camp counselor at Sara Babb. Jordan has been teaching special education in Paulding county schools since 2004, except for three years when the couple lived in South Carolina while Lee was in college.

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Since then, I have been thinking about how many different kinds of mothers we recognize in society: 1. Birth mother - The woman who conceived and gave birth to you. 2. Adoptive mother - The person who legally or formally took on the caregiving responsibilities for you. 3. Social mother - A woman who informally took on the role of a parent by your choice, by hers or by both. 4. Step-mother - Your father’s partner who may or may not have adopted you and may Inc. or may not be your caregiver. 5. Foster mother - A woman who is appointed, usually by a government agency, to care for you when you mother was unable to do so. 6. Surrogate mother - The woman who carried you in her womb until you were born - at which time others took on responsibility to raise you. 7. Donor mother - The woman who provided a biological egg which was then fertilized and planted in another womb to grow. 8. Grandmother - One generation above your parent. 9. Great-grandmother - Two generations above your parents. 10. Childless mothers - Women whose child(ren) have died. We all have had at least one mother and some have more than one. I remember asking a foster child “How do you get along with your mother?” He replied “Do you mean my real mother, my step-mother, my foster mother or the woman who lives with my dad?” Our experiences with and feelings towards each person who has been in a mother role is unique. Some people do not have any memories because of her premature death. Others might not have positive memories to cherish. Others may view their relationship with their mother as the closest they have had with anyone. My mother died in 1995. She was a career woman who taught school for 35 years and was dubbed “Queen of the Blackboards” by the media. One of the things that most upset her was bullying and she did everything possible to top it. Mom was a popular speaker, kind friend and good sport. She taught my sister and me that everyone is special and no one should ever be discriminated against. She valued family, honesty, charity and accountability. She didn’t know how to play an instrument, swim or sew but made sure that I had opportunities to learn how to do all of these things. Everyone smiled when mom entered the room and this was usually followed within minutes by laughter. What do you think about on Mother’s Day? Do you focus on the negatives? If you asked my three children they would likely state that I am sometimes annoying. But they also tell others about my strengths, and I am thankful that their perceptions are realistic and include both sides of the coin.

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reparations for The Paulding Summer Lunch program are in full swing as several area ministries once again prepare to serve children and families in need during their summer break from school. CAYA Reconciliation Ministries, Hope Church of Dallas and Dallas First United Methodist Church have once again partnered together to provide sack lunches to kids in our community during their summer break from school. Volunteers come together daily from these organizations as well as many other churches and organizations throughout Paulding County to prepare and deliver more than 600 lunches a day.

community. During the past seven years of this program in Paulding County almost 160,000 lunches have been provided to our kids. This is a huge undertaking that depends greatly on volunteer involvement. Help is needed to donate supplies for the lunches and to help us make the lunches. All lunches are provided through the generous donations of people in our community. If you would like to volunteer, donate lunch supplies or give financially to this wonderful endeavor, please call

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The recipients of these lunches are children and youth who would typically receive a free or reduced price lunch at school. That service provided throughout the school year helps families who struggle to make ends meet stretch their budget by not having to use their limited resources to purchase a school lunch or food to make a lunch for their kids to take to school. Over the past several years the Paulding County school system has averaged between 45% and 50% of the student body benefitting from the lunch program.

Please consider coming along side of us to get involved in what God is doing right here in Paulding County as we serve lunches this summer to our children. He is bringing people together to enjoy being part of an uplifting and inspirational experience where friendships are developed as we share hope from God. Don’t miss out on lifting up someone that is discouraged, or being a smiling face to someone who really needs joy. The lunch program is Monday through Friday mornings. There are many ways you can participate. Come help one time, once a week or all Summer long. Come alone, with friends or with your family. Help with food donations or financial donations. Call us or check us out on Facebook. You’ll find us on Facebook at “Paulding Summer Lunch.” Come see what can happen when you make yourself available to be used by Him.

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center May 3; Thursday 11am - 1pm State of the Schools; ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) To register visit www.pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. CrapFest 2018 – Paulding County’s Largest Non-celebrity Yard Sale May 3-6; Friday – Sunday; Open at 8am Daily, 18 Chipley Way, Hiram GA. 20-25 Families selling in one yard! MIDNIGHT MADNESS – Friday night, bring your own flashlight! Half price items on Sunday until 3pm. Nicaragua 5K Fundraiser May 5; Saturday 8am – Check-in, Race begins 9am Silver Comet Trailhead, Hiram. $25/adult, $15/kids 13 and under. Cash or check accepted at check-in. 1st and 2nd place prizes. 100% proceeds for missions! Info: Lindsey Wells lindseyblake11@gmail.com 770-356-6863 Paulding County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale May 5; Saturday 8am – 1pm Grown perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, shrubs, trees and of course Second Hand Rose, gently used gardening items. Cash or checks accepted. Paulding County Extension Office, 530 West Memorial Drive, Dallas. 770-443-7616 Keep Paulding Beautiful - Great American Cleanup 2018! May 5; Saturday 9 am- 11 am at all locations Keep Paulding Beautiful will be at the following locations to clean and plant to help improve our community: Post 1 Paulding Chamber Trailhead, Post 2 Tara Drummond Trailhead, Post 3 Hiram Trailhead Caboose, Post 4 still TBD. Questions? http://keep pauldingbeautiful.com/ “EMBRACE”- A Worship Celebration for Women with Babbie Mason May 5; Saturday 1pm – 3pm at Northwest Christian Church Experience Christ-centered worship music led by Babbie Mason, God-honoring testimonies, and encouragement as we celebrate Jesus. $20/tickets available at www. nwcc.net/embrace. NWCC - 3737 Dallas Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth.

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Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments, Dallas/Acworth

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Here are some suggestions to consider: • Contribute to your employer’s retirement plan. If your employer offers a 401(k) or similar plan, such as a 403(b) or 457(b), contribute as much as you can afford. The more pre-tax dollars you put in to your retirement plan, the lower your taxable income. Your employer also may offer a Roth 401(k) option, under which you invest after-tax dollars, so your annual income won’t be lowered and your withdrawals will be tax-free. • Contribute to an IRA. Even if you have a 401(k) or similar plan, you may still be eligible to contribute to an IRA. With a traditional IRA, your contributions may be fully or partially deductible, depending on your income level; with a Roth IRA, contributions are not deductible, but your earnings can grow tax-free, provided you’ve had your account at least five years and you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59½ . • Follow a “buy-and-hold” strategy. You can’t control the price movements of your investments, but if you do achieve gains, you can decide when to take them – and this timing can make a substantial difference in your tax situation. If you sell investments that you’ve owned for one year or less and their value has increased, you may need to pay capital gains taxes at your personal income tax rate, which, in 2018, could be as high as 37 percent. But if you hold investments for more than one year before selling them, you’d be assessed the long-term capital gains rate, which is 0, 15 or 20 percent, or a combination of those rates. • Consider municipal bonds. If you’re in one of the higher tax brackets, you may benefit from investing in municipal bonds. The interest on these bonds is typically free of federal taxes, and possibly even state and local taxes. Interest from some types of municipal bonds may be subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT). However, because of the new tax laws, the AMT exemption amounts were increased significantly. You might be wondering what these new laws mean to investors. In terms of your regular investment activities, the effect might not be that significant. The tax brackets for qualified dividends and capital gains – such as those realized when you sell stocks – will remain about the same. This means that most investors will continue to pay 15% to 20% on long-term capital gains and dividends. Consequently, the new tax laws shouldn’t really affect you much in terms of your decisions on buying and selling stocks or investing in companies that may pay dividends. Of course, it’s still a good idea to consult with your tax advisor on how the totality of the new laws will affect you. Ultimately, your investment decisions shouldn’t be driven only by tax implications – nonetheless, it doesn’t hurt to take steps to become a tax-smart investor This article was written by Edward Jones for use by Roberto De Jesus, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. 678-574-5166

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however, if after a period of time (not being led by emotions and feelings), you have been in prayer and God is opening the door to release you; that may mean God is removing what may be getting in the way of what He has for you next.

f you are a gardener you understand that most flowers have to be pruned regularly for new growth to happen. Pruning allows dead flowers to be cut away so that new growths can erupt. Just as flowers need to be trimmed for more beautiful and bigger growths to happen, we need to be regularly “pruned” in our spiritual lives. No one likes to be pruned while it’s happening, but some things in our lives need to be removed that are hindering our growth. How to you know you are being pruned for new growth? What you are doing is longer working. You keep trying to force things to work, but you are unable. (This does apply to marriage, unless it for improvement not for divorce). You no longer have peace. You may have had peace before in this situation, but now the peace has been removed. This is God getting you ready for change. The grace for the situation you are in has left. That means now it feels like work, and you no longer enjoy what you’re doing. You begin to dread whatever is being pruned. There is resistance here, because it is hard to let go of things that once brought peace and God’s grace;

Your flesh initially will not like the changes, and possibly you will resist them. It never feels good to surrender and let go of things that have been a part of our lives. Difficulty arises also in not wanting to let others down. Maybe God is calling you to let go of a friendship that is not good for you, or maybe God is asking you to not be involved with people or organizations that hinder your walk with Him. This will not feel good to your flesh, BUT if you sense God’s supernatural peace, walk in faith and trust God! Why is being pruned important for our spiritual growth? It allows whatever may be hindering or holding you back from reaching your potential and purpose; and will allow more peace and joy into your life. . If God is pruning or removing something from your life, it is for your good. Whatever was “dead” or old has to be removed to make way for the new. If you resist and question why God is

doing this, you could likely not move into what God has for you, and may miss a blessing. It also allows us to see that God is sufficient. If a relationship is removed, then we have the opportunity to completely rely on God. Just because something is removed from your life, does not mean that space will be empty forever. Just like when you prune a plant, at first the plant looks bear, empty; but after several weeks’ tiny little buds of new growth happens. God’s pruning redirects our spiritual growth. Sometimes a door is shut in an area we have been serving in, or we do not get the opportunity to serve where we choose, but this can serve as a purpose to redirect and refocus our energy and time in an area God knows we will be more effective. “Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it” John 15:2 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 Can you see how God may be pruning your life now? If so, in what ways? It never feels good to have things removed from our lives, but know it is for your good and for your growth. Contact Stephanie through www.StephanieReck.com.

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Lee and Jordan are blessed to parent five beautiful, vibrant children. Claire and Sara Jo (12), their oldest, are twins. They both play softball, and the whole family loves their time at the ballfield! Ruthie, their 9 year old, loves gymnastics. Hutt (5) is all boy and all smiles! Woodrow Ridings was stillborn on October 8th, 2014, after finding out he had passed a few days prior on October 3rd. Exactly one year after they discovered Woodrow’s passing, their youngest boy, Ridge, was born. The Ridings family LOVE being outdoors! Whether it be parks, walking trails, swimming, or riding four wheelers, the family adores the great outdoors. Lee and Sara Jo love to coon hunt together, and Hutt enjoys tagging along whenever he can. The family loves doing ministry together. Many families look at it like a chore, but not the Ridings. “It’s just our life and we’re all grateful for it.” Lee and Jordan have tried to live their lives as an example for their kids. Not only that, but Jordan said she chose to focus on the children developing their own personal relationship with Christ. Rather than having their children do the right thing to make them happy, they hope and pray they will do what is right in order to please God, and be like Him. Mother’s Day is special for Jordan, and a day she spends with her own mother, children and extended family. “I have noticed that I am a better mother and wife the closer I get to the Lord. I have to be intentionally present on a daily basis, if that makes sense. Making time purposeful is necessary to spend individual time with each of my kids. I will never regret spending time with and investing in my children. I will only regret the opportunities to do so that I failed to take.”

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Young Wildlife Does Not Need To Be “Rescued” Contributed by Melissa Cummings, Communications/Outreach Specialist

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uring the spring, it is not unusual for people to come in contact with seemingly “orphaned” young wildlife and want to help – but it is best to leave them where you find them, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

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What If the Animal is Injured? Persons not licensed and trained in wildlife rehabilitation should not attempt to care for wildlife. In fact, Georgia law prohibits the possession of most wildlife without a permit. If you encounter a seriously injured animal or an animal that clearly has been orphaned, please contact a local, licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

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Handling of any wildlife or bringing them into the home poses health risks for both people and domestic pets. Despite the fact that they may look healthy, wildlife can transmit life-threatening diseases such as rabies and can carry parasites such as roundworms, lice, fleas and ticks. Certain ticks transmit diseases such as ‘Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever’ and ‘Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness’ to humans. Protect yourself and your family. Contact the local county health department and/ or Wildlife Resources Division office if you encounter an animal such as a bat, fox, skunk, raccoon, coyote or bobcat that appears to show no fear of humans or dogs, or that seems to behave in a sick or abnormal manner (i.e. weaving, drooling, etc.). The animal may be afflicted with rabies, distemper or another disease. Do not attempt to feed or handle animals. Pets, livestock and humans should be kept away from the area where the animal was observed. The two most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your pets from rabies is 1) get pets vaccinated and 2) avoid physical contact with wildlife. As another precautionary step, adults should instruct children to NEVER bring wildlife home.

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Kids love spaghetti and probably will not realize this dish is full of veggies.

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1 lb ground beef or Italian sausage Olive Oil 1 pepper, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 5 cloves of garlic, minced 1 can Italian diced tomatoes Herbs to taste (such as oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, chili powder, sage, etc.) 1 cup of grated carrots 1 cup of chopped broccoli florets 2 large cans of tomato sauce.

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Brown ground beef or sausage. Drain. In another large pan, warm olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion, peppers, grated carrot, broccoli and garlic. Sauté in olive oil until crisp tender. Add in can of diced tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes together. Pour in tomato sauce, then add herbs to taste. Simmer for about 1 hour and serve over pasta or rice of choice.

Veggie Casserole (Serves 6)

If all you have on hand are a few bags of frozen or already cooked vegetables, you can make a fast and delicious casserole your kids will love. You can also use peas, cauliflower, or any other combination. 1 Tbsp Butter or Olive Oil 1 Small Onion, chopped or 1 tsp Onion Powder 1 Cup Milk 2 Eggs, whisked 2 Cups Broccoli, cooked (can use frozen) 1 Cup Corn, cooked (can use frozen) 2 Cups Brown Rice, cooked 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, grated

Preheat oven the 350 degrees. Heat the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the onions for 3-5 minutes or until soft. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and milk until combined. Add the onion, broccoli, corn, rice and cheese and stir to combine. Grease a casserole dish and pour the mixture in a 9 x 9 inch pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of your casserole dish.

Carrot and Raisin Salad (Serves 4)

This carrot salad is the easy way to make sure carrots are chewed really well. All it takes is a grater to turn beta carotene packed carrots into a light, sweet salad that takes only minutes to prepare and goes down nice and easy! 4 Carrots, grated (about 2 cups) Juice of 1/2 a Lemon 1 Tbsp Mayonnaise 1/2 Cup Raisins 1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Chill and serve.

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