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Faith keeps Mom, 10 kids hopeful (Where's the daddy? A national disgrace!)
Naples Daily News ^ | 3/16/2006 | Jeremy Cox

Posted on 03/16/2006 5:36:30 AM PST by FerdieMurphy

A toppled candle destroyed the home and belongings of an out-of-work nurse and her 10 children

During the late-afternoon confusion, a candle flame grew Monday into a potentially deadly blaze in the home where Kerren Laitaille had been raising her 10 children.

In a matter of minutes, the fire destroyed family pictures, most of their clothes, beds, just about everything they owned. Everything, that is, except their faith.

“It’s shown me I’m blessed with my kids and shown me people do care and are there for you,” Laitaille said Wednesday morning in her all-too-temporary home: a room at Hawthorn Suites in North Naples.

After the fire, the Collier County Red Cross set her up in the plush hotel room for three days, and the hotel offered an additional day at its own expense. That gave Laitaille, a 34-year-old out-of-work nurse and single mother, until 11 a.m. Friday to find a new place.

She doesn’t know what she will do when check-out time arrives. Her old home, which she rented, is no longer inhabitable.

In the meantime, her children, who range in age from 5 months to 15 years, have been watching television and playing video games to pass the time. Those who are old enough to go to school can’t because they don’t have a change of clothes.

For her part, Laitaille has been living in a controlled state of anxiety. Reading the Bible, she said, has kept doubt from consuming her the way the fire raged through her Golden Gate house.

Like most fires, this one started small.

Someone, perhaps one of the younger children, accidentally upended a candle in the master bathroom. The flame must have landed on or near a clothes basket because it spread quickly, said Victor Hill, a spokesman with the Golden Gate fire department.

A pungent odor filled the house at 5280 20th Place S.W. When Laitaille opened her bedroom door to see what was the matter, she encountered a wall of flames. She hollered for everyone to get out.

One of her sons, 13-year-old Derrick St. Claire, guided the others to safety, displaying remarkable calm.

“First, I had to get the small ones out,” the boy recalled Wednesday. “Then, I had to get the girls out, and then the rest of the boys out. Then we had to dial 911. We had everyone out of the house and safe.”

Golden Gate firefighters received the call at 5:55 p.m. and arrived at the house three minutes later, Hill said. Smoke poured from the eaves of the roof, making the house resemble a pot of boiling water with the lid still on top. The fire would go on to cause $50,000 in damage, Hill added.

Within 10 minutes, the fire was under control, but Laitaille’s life was spinning in the other direction.

A neighbor she had never spoken to before would turn out to be what Laitaille later called a “guardian angel.” The woman, a single mother of five children herself, tried to calm a disconsolate Laitaille and urged her not to re-enter the burning home.

Barbara Bekich, 38, stayed with the family for three hours in front of their ruined home as firefighters finished putting out the fire and concluded their investigation. She raided her children’s closets to give the family clothes and brought them diapers, Pop Tarts, water and Cheezits.

“Really,” Bekich said of Laitaille, “she needed a hand held.”

More help came when the Red Cross gave the family a $400 debit card to help replace clothes and other items lost to the fire. Laitaille said Wednesday she hadn’t used the card yet because she thought it hadn’t been activated.

But Jerry Welty, emergency services director for the Collier Red Cross, said it was ready to use when he handed it to her. Laitaille and her family were one of three families the Collier Red Cross has helped after fires during this week alone, Welty said.

Welty said he couldn’t remember the agency ever dealing with such a large single family. The suite the charity rented for her has three king-size beds and a pull-out sofa.

Laitaille, a native of the Bahamas who moved to Miami at 7 years of age, decided from an early age she wanted a big family. That way, each child would have someone to rely on and be relied upon. She was once engaged to be married to the man who fathered eight of her children, but he moved back to the east coast instead.

Since her van broke down two months ago, she has been unable to work as a private nurse and has been living on child support. A family friend this week put up the money to rent a van for her to get around.

Welty said that since the Red Cross only offers short-term help, he hoped another charity would step in by the end of the week to help the family find housing.

Laitaille, who grew up in the Baptist church, has turned to her faith to ease her frayed emotions. On Tuesday night, she read the comforting Psalm 23 seven times.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want,” it reads. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. ...”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
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...her children, who range in age from 5 months to 15 years, have been watching television and playing video games to pass the time.

Where did the money come from to buy the video games?

Laitaille, a native of the Bahamas who moved to Miami at 7 years of age, decided from an early age she wanted a big family.

Having a big family with a husband would be hard enough, but not marrying at least one of the fathers of these 10 children is unconscionable!

1 posted on 03/16/2006 5:36:34 AM PST by FerdieMurphy
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To: FerdieMurphy

Also how can someone be a nurse in the USA and be unemployed? The demand for nurses is through the roof - it is so high that we import huge numbers of them to try and achieve appropriate staffing levels.


2 posted on 03/16/2006 5:39:28 AM PST by thoughtomator (Nobody would have cared if the UAE wanted to buy Macy's...)
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To: FerdieMurphy
She was once engaged to be married to the man who fathered eight of her children, but he moved back to the east coast instead.

Stuff like this, you almost think it has to be "The Onion."

3 posted on 03/16/2006 5:39:34 AM PST by Tax-chick (Death is perishable. Faith is eternal.)
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To: FerdieMurphy
In the meantime, her children, who range in age from 5 months to 15 years, have been watching television and playing video games to pass the time. Those who are old enough to go to school can’t because they don’t have a change of clothes.

One wonders about having video games and not clothes to enable the children to go to school...but in any case, many churches have clothing "closets" where there are clothes free for the taking if one has need. Last I heard the one at my church was overflowing.

4 posted on 03/16/2006 5:40:31 AM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: FerdieMurphy
Heeerrrress Daddy!
5 posted on 03/16/2006 5:40:41 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: thoughtomator

Maybe they're using "nurse" in a general sense, rather than meaning she's an R.N. She could have been a health aide of some kind; the fact that she couldn't pay for car repairs suggests she wasn't earning an R.N.'s pay.


6 posted on 03/16/2006 5:41:07 AM PST by Tax-chick (Death is perishable. Faith is eternal.)
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To: thoughtomator
Also how can someone be a nurse in the USA and be unemployed?

She's blaming the van that no longer works when in fact it is she who no longer works. That's okay though, we'll keep her kids in video games.

7 posted on 03/16/2006 5:42:01 AM PST by Cagey (You don't pay taxes - they take taxes. ~Chris Rock)
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To: FerdieMurphy

Dang. She should have been reading that Bible instead of throwing down


8 posted on 03/16/2006 5:42:13 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: FerdieMurphy
For her part, Laitaille has been living in a controlled state of anxiety. Reading the Bible, she said, has kept doubt from consuming her the way the fire raged through her Golden Gate house.

Reading the Bible is a wonderful thing, but she should have had at least one other book available since she reached puberty. Any book. Any book at all, just as long as she held it tightly between her knees at all times.

9 posted on 03/16/2006 5:42:26 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: thoughtomator
Also how can someone be a nurse in the USA and be unemployed?

Good point, but with 10 kids I don't think she's got time for work.

You and I may question this woman's judgment and we might be able to find places in her life where she could have made better decisions. Nevertheless, it is our responsibility - through the government, of course - to pay the cost of her bad decisions.

10 posted on 03/16/2006 5:42:46 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: FerdieMurphy
She's made a mess of her life, so she reads Psalm 23. Geez.

I do have compassion for this woman - we all have done dumb things. And I had a major house fire, where I lost everything, so I've been there.

But having 10 children without a husband? No wonder she is jobless. She sounds like she is seriously deficient in the common sense department.

Maybe she should have read some of the other parts of the bible, like "fleeing from fornication" or Proverbs. I raised my sons on Proverbs. They are the best basis for a successful life you will find.
11 posted on 03/16/2006 5:43:07 AM PST by I still care ("For it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: thoughtomator

She's unemployed because, at least according to the article, her transportation broke down and she did not have the funds to repair. Not because she can't find employment.


12 posted on 03/16/2006 5:43:22 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: FerdieMurphy
The article doesn't mention whether she gets child support, at least from the father of the first eight of her illegitimate children. Not that I think it makes a difference: the kids really need a father. The courts should haul his @ss back there and force him to rear the kids with Laitaille until the youngest one graduates.

(As an aside, is it "Lie-tie", or "Lay-tail"? The former sounds more French; the latter sounds more accurate.)

13 posted on 03/16/2006 5:43:40 AM PST by Shalom Israel (There's a reason cows ain't extinct.)
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To: SittinYonder

It's not our responsibility to make up for her bad decisions, it's simply what the government forces us to do at gunpoint.


14 posted on 03/16/2006 5:43:51 AM PST by thoughtomator (Nobody would have cared if the UAE wanted to buy Macy's...)
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To: SittinYonder

"Nevertheless, it is our responsibility - through the government, of course - to pay the cost of her bad decisions."

Let's all take a moment to stand up from our desks, move away from the computer, and do the "Lucky Me!" dance.


15 posted on 03/16/2006 5:44:19 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: HamiltonJay

How convenient.


16 posted on 03/16/2006 5:44:38 AM PST by thoughtomator (Nobody would have cared if the UAE wanted to buy Macy's...)
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To: Tax-chick

"Nurse" probably refers to an LPN or nursing assistant..the kind of employee who often works at homes for the elderly. High demand but very low pay. Undoubtedly more lucrative to stay home and collect welfare while minding the young kids.

So her kids burned the house down while she was home, and it was her 13 yr old son who got everyone out. I wonder if she was even sober?


17 posted on 03/16/2006 5:45:14 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: FerdieMurphy

WWJP.


18 posted on 03/16/2006 5:45:20 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: AppyPappy

BTTT


19 posted on 03/16/2006 5:46:15 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: HamiltonJay
She's unemployed because, at least according to the article, her transportation broke down and she did not have the funds to repair. Not because she can't find employment.

Carpool? Bus? Walk? Bum a ride off a co-worker? You mean she's completely stranded? That can only mean one thing: she lives on a farm 100 miles from the city, and the nearest neighbors are five miles away--and are KKK members to boot, which explains why she's afraid to ask any of them for a lift.

20 posted on 03/16/2006 5:46:21 AM PST by Shalom Israel (There's a reason cows ain't extinct.)
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To: thoughtomator
It's not our responsibility to make up for her bad decisions, it's simply what the government forces us to do at gunpoint.

Well yeah ... that's what I meant ;-)

21 posted on 03/16/2006 5:46:26 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: linda_22003
Let's all take a moment to stand up from our desks, move away from the computer, and do the "Lucky Me!" dance.

ROFLOL!

22 posted on 03/16/2006 5:46:58 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: FerdieMurphy

She is 408 months old, been pregnant about 90 months, had to sleep some time, could not have had much time left to work!


23 posted on 03/16/2006 5:48:28 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: FerdieMurphy

I guess she never heard of public transportation. This article ticks me off instead of doing what it was intended to do. I have trouble being sympathetic to someone so irresponsible.

"The kids can't go to school, they have no clothes." --Lie
"I can't work because my van broke down."--Lie, ride the bus, get a job at the hospital, I see jobs all the time for nurses listed. There is a shortage.
"I was engaged but daddy moved to the east coast." Oh the horror, moving to spend your life with someone who fathered 8 of your children. Oh the humanity...


24 posted on 03/16/2006 5:49:00 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (I am the anti-soccer mom. Feminists fear me for I am raising a traditional family with values.)
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To: FerdieMurphy
Single mother of ten? Single mother of five?

No clothes, so no school? Van broken, so no work?


Yeah ... by all means folks, give some money to help this bimbo out so she can carry on.






25 posted on 03/16/2006 5:51:18 AM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: silverleaf
"Nurse" probably refers to an LPN or nursing assistant..the kind of employee who often works at homes for the elderly. High demand but very low pay. Undoubtedly more lucrative to stay home and collect welfare while minding the young kids.

You're probably right, if welfare still pays a per-child premium. However, even a nurses' aide can make as much as $10-$15/hr in nursing homes. I worked my way though college as a nurses' aide. The trick is (1) work innner-city homes, which give "danger pay", and (2) work through a staffing agency, which pays 50% more but still gives you 40+ hours. You can also clean up in a place that pays time and a half for overtime or per diem work.

My dad was an LPN, and he made as much as $50/hr, though $20/hr was more usual. The higher pay was for Christmas eve in a bad part of Boston--and in fact he was robbed that night, by a street gang looking for narcotics.

Worst case should be around $6 for a nurses' aide starting out, and $12 for an LPN starting out. "Low pay," I spose. But if welfare beats that, then welfare is a serious racket.

26 posted on 03/16/2006 5:51:22 AM PST by Shalom Israel (There's a reason cows ain't extinct.)
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To: thoughtomator

I wonder about the neighbor that is single with 5 children...


27 posted on 03/16/2006 5:52:03 AM PST by just me
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To: Shalom Israel

The article states she has been living off of child support.


28 posted on 03/16/2006 5:52:41 AM PST by Politicalmom (Must I use a sarcasm tag?)
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To: FerdieMurphy

What a whining loser. We'll be seeing her 'chilrun' in lockup real soon.


29 posted on 03/16/2006 5:53:42 AM PST by Aznar5
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To: Shalom Israel

So you worked your way through college on $10 an hour. Did you pay childcare and other expenses for ten kids on that?


30 posted on 03/16/2006 5:54:08 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: FerdieMurphy

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;"

Apparently he maketh her lie down in a lot of other places too.


31 posted on 03/16/2006 5:58:32 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: Shalom Israel

I know nothing about where this women lives, but I know I've lived places where public transportation didn't exist... I'm not going to presume that a woman who hasn't worked in a few weeks over car trouble is inately sucking down society.


32 posted on 03/16/2006 5:58:47 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: WV Mountain Mama

There aren't busses everywhere... perhaps there are where she lives, perhaps not, I don't know.. but there are a LOT of places where public transportation does not exist.


33 posted on 03/16/2006 5:59:48 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: thoughtomator

Truly impossible and therefore ridiculous!


34 posted on 03/16/2006 5:59:52 AM PST by FerdieMurphy (For English, Press One. (Tookie, you won the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes. Oh, too late.))
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To: FerdieMurphy

I'll donate some duct tape, so long as she uses it to keep her legs together.


35 posted on 03/16/2006 6:00:59 AM PST by D-Chivas
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To: Tax-chick

I believe the NDN runs feature stories like this on the front page with tongue-in-cheek. They run stories like this quite often no doubt to demonstrate the degree of stupidity in our society.


36 posted on 03/16/2006 6:01:49 AM PST by FerdieMurphy (For English, Press One. (Tookie, you won the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes. Oh, too late.))
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To: Tax-chick
suggests she wasn't earning an R.N.'s pay.

You are right, there's a big difference in pay for an R.N., L.P.N. and a Nurse's Aide or assistant. A difference because of the education levels among them.

An R.N. where I live commands decent pay and I suspect it is the same everywhere.

37 posted on 03/16/2006 6:01:57 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Shalom Israel

If she is an LPN, she's taking care likely of folks in their own homes.. which makes doing the job in an area without GOOD public transportation next to impossible without a car.

So ready to jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts....


38 posted on 03/16/2006 6:02:22 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: FerdieMurphy
If this lady is a nurse, that is a very in-demand profession right now. She should be able to get a job working in a hospital with little difficulty. Of course hse is in a difficult personal situation right now.

She was once engaged to be married to the man who fathered eight of her children, but he moved back to the east coast instead.

This is just disgusting. At least someone is paying child support.

39 posted on 03/16/2006 6:03:43 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: SittinYonder
Nevertheless, it is our responsibility - ...

I'm totally against state foster parent schemes, but am for a return to state operated orphanages (or, childrens' homes.)

These ten fatherless children should be taken from this breed sow in order that they might have a chance some day. As it stands they have no chance.

40 posted on 03/16/2006 6:05:43 AM PST by FerdieMurphy (For English, Press One. (Tookie, you won the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes. Oh, too late.))
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To: I still care
She sounds like she is seriously deficient in the common sense department.

Having an open flame (burning candle) in a house full of kids doesn't imply a good grounding in common sense either!

41 posted on 03/16/2006 6:05:48 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: silverleaf
So her kids burned the house down while she was home, and it was her 13 yr old son who got everyone out.

Maybe she was sleeping. I'm exhausted with only eight children!

The candle in the bathroom was definitely poor thinking, under the circumstances, though.

42 posted on 03/16/2006 6:07:36 AM PST by Tax-chick (Death is perishable. Faith is eternal.)
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To: Pessimist

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;"
"Apparently he maketh her lie down in a lot of other places too."

ROFL


43 posted on 03/16/2006 6:08:31 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: I still care
...we all have done dumb things. ?

If this "nurse's" IQ even approached room temperature, I'd be amazed.

Since the Bible has been her only book she could have spent more time memorizing the Ten Commandments.

I don't believe it. She probably lays around with the kids watching Jerry Springer where, on occasion, she might see someone even worse off than herself.

44 posted on 03/16/2006 6:09:27 AM PST by FerdieMurphy (For English, Press One. (Tookie, you won the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes. Oh, too late.))
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To: HamiltonJay

Really, here is a bus schedule for her, I am sure the $15 monthly pass is cheaper than gas for her.

http://www.colliergov.net/transadmin/atm/operations/cat/index.htm

I find it hard to believe that in the blue hair capital of the world, there wouldn't be good public transportaion or lots of opportunities to make very good money in nursing. When a woman makes 10 babies and chooses to not be with the father, then she better do all she can to provide for them.


45 posted on 03/16/2006 6:10:37 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (I am the anti-soccer mom. Feminists fear me for I am raising a traditional family with values.)
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To: Graybeard58

R.N.'s in my area earn an excellent salary, and there are always advertisements in the paper from hospitals and medical practices looking for more nurses. I strongly considered nursing school when my husband was unemployed a few years ago, but he found a new job before the-baby-at-the-time was old enough for me to look for work or more training.


46 posted on 03/16/2006 6:11:03 AM PST by Tax-chick (Death is perishable. Faith is eternal.)
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To: FerdieMurphy


Kerren Laitaille, holding her baby Samuel Brown, 5 months, stands with some of her children during breakfast in their room at Hawthorn Suites in Naples.



“I lost everything,” said Kerren Laitaille, top right, holding her 5-month-old baby, Samuel Brown, after her home burned down on Monday. She is spending the week living in a hotel room at Hawthorn Suites with nine of her 10 children. The family has nowhere to go once the Red Cross stops paying for the room on Friday.

48 posted on 03/16/2006 6:11:40 AM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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I deal with faith filled unmarried baby making machines daily as I ask them to pay their student loans for things like their nursing educations. They quickly mention the amount of children they have as a reason why they can't pay. I am always quick to ask if the government assigned the children to them or if they played some part in their arrival.
Whenever I hear about their faith that God will pay their bill, I remind them that if they really had faith they'd make a payment on their loan and trust God to find the funds for the rent. That's usually when Satan shows up and I get a nonstop collection of obscenities thrown my way.
Of course these people blame Bush for not doing enough to help the poor.
Our contract also requires us to call on Sunday and people demand to know why I'm calling on the Lord's Day. When I ask them why they haven't returned message throughout the week or why they're not in church I get the obscenities again. That's when I advise them to go to church, sit up close, take notes and try not to swear. Living your life like you don't know God while talking about your deep faith is hypocritical. Christians are known by their works rather than their words.

This "mother" gives every non-believer another reason to run from God. IMHO

49 posted on 03/16/2006 6:14:21 AM PST by The Brush
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In the meantime, her children, who range in age from 5 months to 15 years, have been watching television and playing video games to pass the time. Those who are old enough to go to school can’t because they don’t have a change of clothes.

Bull.

The Salvation Army or Goodwill or some other social welfare agency would have clothes for the kids in a heartbeat.

Slut! I have no sympathy for her, just hatred. I do have sympathy for taxpayers who have to slop the hogs because of our government's encouragement to freeloaders to keep being freeloaders through social welfare programs.

50 posted on 03/16/2006 6:16:15 AM PST by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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