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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

My 25 Cents Worth...

Is anyone collecting the state quarters?

I wasn't aware that it was taking 10 years to complete the minting and the release of the quarters. But with 50 states in the 50 State Quarters Program, I guess that would make sense.

2008 will be the last year for minting, and Oklahoma has yet to have their official quarter minted.

Has it already almost been 10 years? This is hard for me to believe.

Here's something that I stumbled upon this evening:

The state of Oklahoma is accepting 100 word essays from those who want to submit their design ideas.

What do you think should be on the back of the Oklahoma quarter?

Write your essay, but remember, no pictures or drawings can be submitted... Just your idea.

Why haven't I heard about this on the news or something?

Or did I snooze during this newscast too?

Maybe you missed the announcement, just like I did.

I thought that there would be a lot of you who would be interested in submitting your ideas. Or maybe you probably know someone who has a great idea for the Oklahoma quarter.

By the way... you don't win a prize or anything like that.

So, in case you didn't know about it, here is the
link where you can get more information and submit your essay.

I submitted my 100 words, which I'd say was worth about...

.25 cents.


History of the Quarter


Blogger Moof said...

Good luck! It would be realy nice if you won! :)

March 16, 2006 6:30 AM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

Personally, I think a picture of Cowboy Pete should be on the back of it :)

March 16, 2006 8:06 AM  
Blogger Pattie said...

What was your suggestion for the state quarter? Keep us updated on your progress!

March 16, 2006 8:32 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

You guys know that I am 'very wordy'. The entries are limited to 100 words... hardly enough for me to get started. =8+D

But here is my idea, at 99 words, that I have submitted:

I believe that the Oklahoma quarter should represent the pioneering spirit of the state. The coin should be representative of the men and women who came to settle and brought the state into statehood; the Cherokees who had to settle in a new land via the Trail of Tears; the many astronauts who have contributed to the NASA program (including a Native American); the researchers, scientists, and the medical communities who have been pioneers in the transplanting of hearts and kidneys; the quarter representing the state of Oklahoma should reflect all of these people, their ingenuity, commitment and strength.


March 16, 2006 3:55 PM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

Tj .. I was checking out the links on your side, and looked at the Shepherds of Love Ministry...

Can you tell me more about it? You can email me at PearlsOfAnEagle@aol.com if you'd prefer to do it through email.

March 16, 2006 9:38 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Blogger has been down since last night. Last night's post is hanging somewhere... in limbo...

Maybe it has been delayed by the *politic bots*?

Shepherds of Love Ministries is a 501c3 organization that helps families, single parents, and other individuals who need help due to unforeseen calamity or circumstances, or are just in plain dire need of help with things such as: electric, gas and water bills, food/clothing/diapers, medical situations, family deaths, car/transportation needs, etc.

They do so much more than those things that I have listed. They provide for the whole person/family.

There are so many people who fall through the cracks of our state systems and of course, there are the sudden problems such as a loss of a job, or a catastrophic hospitalization or illness, that can be so devastating for many families in which the state agencies do not provide any support for.

Shepherds of Love Ministries attempts to fill those voids while at the same time ministering to the emotional needs of the individual.

They are a very good ministry and I have been a witness to their work.

I hope this answers your questions. If you had any others I am more than sure that Teresa would be glad to answer them for you.


March 17, 2006 9:54 AM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

It caught my attention because, our church is looking to start something very similar, so, I was really looking closely at it.

Then looked at the church affiliation ... and found it's affiliation is ...affiliated with OUR church! Our pastor was the state pastor last year for the denomination!

So, I'm trying to figure out, with our staff not in the office today, if they know about it, and if not ...anyway ..wheels are turning in this brain of mine.
I guess I will email her and find out for myself. :)
This is right along my heart, the fact that it's already being done in the state ... will make it that much easier for our little tiny church to have a model to follow.

March 17, 2006 12:37 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

That would be wonderful to have more of the same kind of help out there.


March 17, 2006 4:22 PM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

I emailed her, and she said she would get back to me this weekend, with the answers to the questions I asked her.

Yes, it is needed everywhere, desperately.

The church (as a whole... both local body, and as the Bride of Christ) really needs to step up to the plate and help ...

So much complaint about the government not doing their job, when in fact, God designed it for the church to do it.

I realize that in today's society, it's impossible for the church to do it all ... but, the church needs to do more ...both for those who they are ministering to ... AND for themselves.

This last fall, our church was one of 150 churches in Tulsa who helped to house Katrina Survivors who moved to Tulsa.
The city had asked the colition of 150 churches to take 50 houses ... and Completely stock the houses ... bed linens, to furniture, to silverware, to toys and clothes ... EVERYTHING.

Our pastor decided he wanted it to be a 'God thing' and said we'd take 10 of the houses (excuse me Randy ...we have 250 members in our church!!!!!!)

We wound up fully filling 12 houses AND donating a whole bunch of stuff to the colition to partially fill other houses in 8 days!

The rewards that WE got ...the unity that brought to our church, the mercy that some of our members learned ... the lessons learned, the compassion that was planted in the hearts ... It went way beyond what any of us could have imagined when the week began.

Anyway ... I'm probably preaching to the choir so I'll shut up now.

March 17, 2006 5:30 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

So much complaint about the government not doing their job, when in fact, God designed it for the church to do it.

You are exactly right. I feel that this is one of the biggest problems in our country right now...

We saw it come straight out of New Orleans' Mayor Nagin's mouth after Hurricane Katrina, this same exact attitude of "helplessness" and "government dependence".


March 17, 2006 7:56 PM  

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