North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


May 1, 2013

Danielle Cater: Water your grass and watch it grow

COMMENTARY — Is anyone ever shocked at a marriage ending in divorce these days? Does anyone gasp in shock when a movie star is found cheating on their spouse? The implied answer here would be a resounding “no.” It’s sad that our society is so used to infidelity that we don’t even flinch when we are approached with it.

Believe it or not, I was a little surprised to hear of country music singer Jason Aldean’s scandal back a couple of months ago. Apparently the media spotted him kissing another woman and made that information quite public. How devastating that must have been to his wife (whom he has known since high school) and his two daughters. They have been married 12 years and, as of this week, he has filed for divorce.

When will someone step up and say enough is enough? Who will be the one to say that, no matter what temptation may come against me, I will stay faithful to my spouse? Is it so crazy to think that a man and woman would say their vows on their wedding day and actually stick to the words they said? Remember that little part in there about “forsaking all others?” Does that mean anything to anyone? You can say whatever you want, but no circles are exempt from the predators against our marriages. It doesn’t matter what group of friends, acquaintances or church members that you run around with, you are at risk. I challenge you to think of at least five couples you know on a personal level who have not dealt with unfaithfulness in their marriages.

If we know it is a real threat, then what are we doing to fight against it? I would say the best offense is a good defense in this case. Don’t put yourself at risk or in situations that would set you up for a disaster. No job or friend or establishment is worth losing your family over — and I want to stress here, no person is worth losing your family over, either. The grass may look greener on the other side of the fence, but if you would water your own grass, it would probably look just as good. Instead of looking at what others have in a marriage relationship, tend to your own. Water your own garden and just watch it grow.

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    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

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    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

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    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