Just a quick shout out to Shutterfly and tiny prints. I like their photo books and gift tags for Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s and Easter. The design layout makes the personalization easy to do. Now I need to figure out the gifts they are going on, but at least it is a start. Here is a link: http://www.shutterfly.com/?cid=CB-TP-headersfly
The wisdom that comes from above is, first, pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruit…s, without uncertainty or insincerity. James 3:17
By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word.
From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.
We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are:
(1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and
(2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do.
We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and He has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage. But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government healthcare mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one.
If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.
Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our govern-ment threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our
government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true.
The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief. So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for ReligiousLiberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit. My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American and no American business should have to make. The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.Since you will not see this in the liberal media, please pass this on to all your contacts.
Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
Once upon a time there was a client who had dreams of an antique tub. Yes, you read that correctly a “tub”, but not just any ordinary tub. It was a pedestal or claw foot tub.
The dream was planted in my ear and the search began. Eventually, this journey came full circle back to my very own hometown where I found “The Tub Man.”
He finds old tubs that have seen better days, puts them back together again, repairs the porcelain and bakes on the enamel in a very hot chamber. It all happens on his farm where he works long hours creating works of beauty in custom colors or in just plain white.
After some sand blasting, painting, baking and magic touches, The Tub Man turns out a splendid product ready for a soaking hot bath.
The rare pedestal tubs are a specialty and he grabs them whenever he finds one. As quickly as one is found discerning buyer’s scoop them up.
There were telephone faucets to be found and exposed drains to learn about. At the end of the day, my client found her dream. The tub was installed and everyone lived happily ever after.
For more information on claw foot tubs or pedestal tubs that have been saved and restored to their former glory contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.