This Where the Nonsense Turns to Makesense

..A large family working to perfect our sweet skills: Loving others, making an impact, parenting on purpose, living simply, and embracing sarcasm.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Why I like Mike #30

He wants to stay married to me after 16 years. There is a really good chance that when we were married 16 years ago yesterday, he thought our lives would be very different than they are now. There are probably even times when he looked at me with really big eyes behind my bag and pretended to strangle me while thinking, "WHAT did I get myself inTO?!!" But more often than all of those times, he has loved me. And he is very good at loving me. He handles my habits and my irritations and not so pleasant qualities. And at the end of the day, he hugs me. I like that about this guy. I like a lot about this guy. I am very excited for another 16 years and then some.
Here's lookin at you kid.
Here's mud in your eye.
Here's to us.
I love you.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bob Wiley (AKA the smartest man in movie history)

The makers of What About Bob are the creative geniuses of the century. No movie equals the brilliance and comedy that made Bob Wiley the smartest man in movie history. I try to take his advice as regularly as possible. If it has been more than a year since you have watched this movie, remedy this faux pas immediately. The following lines justify why one should watch this movie with regularity:
Bob: I said good morning GILL.

Wing the Bus Driver: Bob, I have a baby schedule to keep, Bob.
Bob: I know that, Wing.

Ziggy: We are going to die. We are ALL going to die.

Faye: Leo?! What about BOB?

Bob: Can I get a bowl or something?! He has been in here all day, and if I don't let him out he is going to scream!

Bob: There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love Neil Diamond, and those who don't. My ex-wife adored him.

Watch it. do it.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Meet Dan

 I have a knew vision of what God is asking of our family. That is not to say the things that have not come to pass are forgotten or cast aside. In fact, the new will only bring our family closer together, and my prayer is that each of my children will remember these coming years forever. Family ministry- I highly recommend it. Whether you have one kid or eleven, find a ministry that glorifies God with your time, money, heart, prayers.

When I was a kid, my mother brought us to food pantries to volunteer, my father took us every year to Child Haven (a home for abused children) to spend time with kids and sing along to his hippy guitar, and our youth leaders scheduled monthly outreaches so we were constantly giving giving giving. I thought that's how all Christians lived.

I am shocked with the complacency that has crept into our culture. "I am just so busy." With what? Honoring God? Raising kids? My answer to these questions is always no. Not that I am dishonoring God intentionally, but if I am not living FOR God with intention, I am choosing that other guy, and well. He is an idiot.

So, I have to ask, are you following God or are you in the idiot parade. If you aren't sure, JUMP to the right, cause chances are you aren't quite where God wants you.
This guy, Dan, on the other hand. I want to be him when I grow up. (And the way my mustache is changing with age, I may ACTUALLY BE this man when I grow up.)