North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


July 18, 2013

Danielle Cater: Checking attitudes at my newly-purchased door

COMMENTARY — What would you consider the hardest part of finding a new home? Would it be the process of finding a place that everyone in the household agrees with? Would it be the financial process of finding a lender with the lowest rates and getting all of the paperwork for approval? Would it be the actual move?

The answer is YES — all of the above is the most difficult part. I can say this with full assurance because I have just recently bought a new house, and the whole process is somewhat overwhelming.

Finding a house in the general location that you have in mind, that is in your budget and has enough room to house a family of six is frustrating, redundant and very taxing on your patience. It seemed like we looked at the same kind of house in the same general price range for over six months. Every day we searched websites and got houses from our agent, Mrs. Cindy Dodd, and off we would go. Sometimes we could tell by the moment we pulled into the neighborhood that it wasn’t the house for us. Other times we would go to a house two or three times to get the feel of it, but without finding the satisfaction that we needed in order to call this house our home. We put a couple of bids on houses that didn’t get accepted for different reasons.

And then one day, it seemed as if the Lord Himself had smiled down from heaven. We found a house that we felt was perfect for our little family and quickly put a bid on it, then waited to see if we were going to get the house. The news came back that we didn’t get the house, so we sadly continued our search. A few weeks later we got a call from Cindy telling us that the other contract on the house had fallen through so we quickly bid again, this time putting all of our eggs in this basket, and thankfully, we got the house. Elation came over us and our family and friends.

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  • Danielle Cater: Be strong in moments of weakness

    A sad scene took place on Sunday at a church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The founding pastor of Calvary Chapel stepped down from his position of head pastor due to “moral failing which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church.” This church is home to over 20,000 members who worship together in 10 locations across Florida.

    April 15, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Old dogs can learn new tricks

    You’re never too old to learn something new. I’m of the opinion that you can, indeed, teach an old dog new tricks.
    So as an old dog, I’ve been trying to pick up a new trick.

    April 7, 2014

  • Commentary: Bad vacation attitudes won't last forever

    In these photos, everyone else in the family is smiling as if this were their favorite vacation of all times, but I am huffing with my arms crossed and a literal frown on my face.

    March 26, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: I’ll never live down running out of gas

    Have you ever had one of those days where you are functioning on four hours of sleep, and yet you still have to get up at 5:45 a.m. to get the family to church by 7 a.m. on the other side of town? After church you run home to get ready for your 6-year-old’s birthday party and then head straight back to church to help with the services until after 9 p.m.? That just might be a good description of our Sunday afternoon. Whoever said “easy like Sunday morning” obviously didn’t have kids and probably didn’t go to church.

    March 20, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Most people aren’t politically correct

    I probably work in the wrong profession to hate political correctness, but I do. I can’t stand it when I feel as if I need to walk on eggshells all the time to keep from hurting people’s feelings. I don’t try to be excessively offensive, but people are so easily offended these days, it’s almost impossible not to tick someone off by everything that you say or do.

    March 14, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Lessons, fun times make retreats enjoyable

    I did something recently that is apparently out of the ordinary for most people. I went to a marriage conference while I was not in the midst of marital problems.

    March 6, 2014

  • Letter to the editor: Thanks to Gardendale citizens for hospitality

    We, along with many other travelers, spent the next two days and nights in your splendid center. We are of the opinion that we couldn’t have been stranded in a better place.

    February 28, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Be sure to give your kids what they need

    Once the snow melted this week, life went back to normal and we all found ourselves busy with our regular day-to-day activities, and trying to catch up on everything we had put on the back burner during the snow days.
    Our household had a busy weekend, and among the events of the weekend, we celebrated our second birthday in three weeks. That’s right, our perfectly-blended family has given us two daughters who celebrate birthdays within three weeks of each other.

    February 18, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Find excitement in the boring days

    Many people got to take a vacation day this past Monday for MLK Day. What this day stands for is a great cause and an issue that should be addressed, but for many people, it was just another holiday.
    Our office is like most other offices, so we were open to the public Monday. But since schools and daycares were closed, I got the privilege of staying home with the four best daughters in the world. We started off the day with the attitude of fun.

    January 22, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: One year down, rest of my life to go

    Dec. 29, 2013 has come and gone, and for many people it held no lasting significance. But for me, it marked the first anniversary of marriage to my amazing husband.

    January 9, 2014