Monthly Archives: May 2015
Posted by elizabeth waldmann on May 25th, 2015
Happy Memorial Day! Today we remember and honor our fallen soldiers. Thank you to all the men and women who serve, past and present.
Marine Sgt. Thomas E. Houser
February 6, 1982 – January 3, 2005
Sgt. Thomas E. Houser, 22, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, died as result of enemy action. Thomas, a 2000 graduate of St. Albert’s Catholic High School in Council Bluffs, played football and was on the St. Albert’s team that went to the state playoffs in 2000. He also wrestled and competed in track. He was last home for a brief 4-day visit in August. During that time he visited with family and friends. He didn’t have much time because he had to go back to Iraq. He enjoyed life. He’d put a smile on your face. He always wanted to be in the military and wanted to be a Marine. That was his dream. Houser would visit his old school wearing his uniform, and would stop whenever he was home and talk to the kids about what he was doing. Houser’s family has a long history of military service. His grandfather retired from the military, his father, John Houser, of Council Bluffs, was in the Marine Reserve. A brother is a Marine and a stepbrother also served in the military. His older brother was scheduled to go to the Middle East in the spring. He had a whole dimension to him, a religious side that was asking about God and where God is in his life and trying to get a sense for that.
2nd Force Reconnaissance Company,
II Marine Expeditionary Force,
Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Posted by johnna-patton on May 16th, 2015
If you’re not sure about the process required to change your last name after you’ve gotten married, don’t feel bad. Only those who have actually gone through the process do know, and everyone has to start somewhere. Below, we offer you the step-by-step process required for changing your last name after you’ve gotten married.
Step 1: Get a Copy of Your Marriage License
If you’ve just recently gotten married, chances are you have a copy of your marriage license on hand. You’re going to need this to show proof that you’ve gotten married in order to change your last name.
Step 2: Start with Your Social Security Card
You’re going to want to start by changing your name on your social security card, which will help you in changing your name on everything else. Visit the Social Security Administration’s website and fill out an application for a name change. You will use your marriage license in combination with the application to prove that you have gotten married.
Step 3: The Department of Motor Vehicles
Once you receive your new social security card, you can take it (along with your marriage license) to the Department of Motor Vehicles and get your name formally changed on your driver’s license or your ID.
Step 4: Financial Accounts
You’re going to want to visit your bank pretty quickly after you receive that new identification with your new name. Your name must match on your ID and your bank accounts in order to access your money, so take your new ID or driver’s license, your new social security card and your marriage license to your bank. Ask them about the process of changing your name on your accounts and get that taken care of.
Step 5: Changing Your Name Everywhere Else
Once you’ve taken care of the first 4 steps, which are the main steps, the rest is fairly easy. You will have all the new identification proof you need to change your name everywhere else. Make sure you consider changing your name to your preferred pharmacy, your doctor’s office, your school or work, your local post office, and any other institution which requires your name in order for you to do business or take care of important necessities.
It’s that easy – although the process usually takes a few weeks, you can get started on it early by filling out an application through the Social Security Administration before you leave for your honeymoon.
Posted by johnna-patton on May 13th, 2015
Whenever girl first uttered that planning a wedding was like having a second job, sister got it right. The process is exhilarating and exciting but time-consuming for sure. Wedding Checklists abound, but keeping on top of yours can be hard when you’re dealing with other stuff like, you know, having a well-rounded life that involves hanging with friends and doing things other than obsessing over floral arrangements.
To help, we’re breaking it down with the ultimate cheat sheet. Summer brides, see what you should be doing right about now.
If you’re getting married in June…
—Touch base with all your vendors to make sure you’re on the same page. Share inspiration photos or a shot list with your photographer; go over must-play songs with the band or DJ.
—Submit information for newspaper announcements.
—If you’re going to be making any crafty, DIY items, get the majority of them glued, glittered, and finished now.
If you’re getting married in July…
—Finalize your menu, the order of your ceremony, and readings you’re doing. Decide who you’d like to ask for the latter and see if they’re up to be a part of your big day.
—Send a first draft of your day-of schedule to the vendors.
—Order programs and menus. If you’ll be creating and printing them yourself, purchase the paper you need and find a local print shop that can handle the job.
—Purchase wedding bands.
—Schedule a wedding dress fitting (likely your second). Decide what sort of undergarments you want to wear and purchase them.
If you’re getting married in August…
—Decide on and book locations for a rehearsal dinner and the rehearsal.
—Start the music conversation: What would you guys like as a first-dance song? Any crowd-favorites you definitely want played? Things you do not want to hear?
—Do hair and makeup tests to find the right person for the big day.
Most importantly remember to BREATHE and enjoy the process!