Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Can That Count Toward My Tithe?
I figure I'm now paying forty bucks a month in gas to get to and from church. Tack on trips to church-related events, and we're probably talking closer to eighty. Pretty soon it might actually be more economical to go six figures into debt buying a house in Anne Arundel County.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 10:15 PM
We are in a similar situation, Valerie - our round trip is more than 100 miles.
Sunday I told a sweet teenage girl I wouldn't be able to attend the baby shower she's putting on for her mom, because we have to limit trips. Since I play the piano at a lot of events, I occasionally stay overnight, but that usually helps wear and tear on my body instead of my car.
Our whole church has become more proficient at combining rides and seeking out potential connections for ride-sharing.
On May 20, 2008 11:57 AMpentamomwrote... You have tolls, too, haven't you? Or do you not normally use the Harbor Tunnel you took us through?
On May 20, 2008 7:03 PMAbrawrote... You're welcome to crash with us on Saturday nights. We had to ditch our guest room bed to make room for Mira, but we have a reasonably comfortable sofa and recliner.
On May 20, 2008 7:59 PMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... Y'all are taking me far too seriously. This post was meant to get a laugh! I assure you all I don't begrudge a penny either of the expense of getting to church or of my tithe!
Jane, since I have an EZPass, the toll's only 40 cents each way.
Abra, I was scratching my head over Mira, and then I finally figured out I ought to go read my Facebook wall. ;-) Thanks for the offer, but Sunday mornings usually manage to be pretty complicated with communion or potluck or something, so coming from home is generally more convenient. The last two Sundays I didn't have anything to bring besides my purse, and I felt as if I must be forgetting something! This Sunday things'll be back to normal and I'll have a couple cakes to bring. I hope you'll be well enough to join us at the Tuckers'. Any kind of cake sound particularly appetizing?
On May 22, 2008 12:38 PMMargaret in VAwrote... We have a family that drives their eleven passenger van an hour and 45 minutes to church! I can't imagine! She says she gets lots of work done on the girls' fancy dresses that she makes that way!
We sure are glad that they do come, though. And they are not the only family that comes from farther than an hour.
I know you are thankful for the church family that you spend time with...what would life be without them?
On May 23, 2008 5:45 AMabrawrote... You know me. I'm a chocolate fiend! :-) Still, if you ever need to stay over, let us know.
On May 23, 2008 9:01 AMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... I already had something chocolatey in the works (a redo of this one). And yesterday I got the ball rolling on my other selection, a French vanilla butter cake with lime curd filling and buttercream frosting.