Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Opposites Attract

(And so does everything in between, when you're this attractive.)


Monday, September 27, 2010


In two weeks, Chad and I are going to begin teaching a 
Marriage and Parenting class to the Spanish Branch.  
Do we have a perfect marriage? 
Do we have perfect children? 
Do I speak Spanish?
 But I have been assured that none of these are qualifications to teach this course. 
I'm not sure how this will all work out,
but I will keep you posted.  
In preparation for our first day of class, I read over our lesson materials today.  
The homework assignment for day 1 is to find out the love language of each person in your family, 
and use it. 
Your choices are:
Non-sexual touch
My one qualification for teaching this class is that I have taken it twice.  
So, I already have made an attempt to make out the love languages of my crew.  
The point of all of this, is that Chad's love language is words, and I wish to have something personal to share with the class come October 10th.  So, I am dedicating this post to him, in the hopes that he feels excruciatingly loved after he reads it, or at least says something funny that we can use in our class.
Here goes.


Because your children adore you.  
Even after you subjected our dance-queen pre-teen to 
pre-dawn departure,
dust-covered days,
a doorless outhouse,
and micey nights,
she still wants to go hunting with you again, ASAP.

Because you have opened my eyes to a whole new cuisine culture.
Because your family loves you.   They seek your company even when you're covered with road dust, and your breath smells like canned fish.
 Because together, we produce babies that can eat cow poop and not even get sick.  
Really.  That's what he's doing in this actual picture.  

Because this week, this is what I'm reading, and I'm reading it because you already did, and you loved it and told stories from it around our Fourth of July campfire.  
I love you because you're a patriot through and through, and when you are passionate about good things, it makes me positively swoon.
Well it does.
Because I got to see you do this, and you did so well, 
though it made you nervous. 
Because you are such a rock; a steady place that we all lean against, stand on, and get our bearing by.
 Because someday our daughters will be laughing and feeling so beautiful and special as they dance with you at their receptions.  
As Chantz and Emily got married this weekend, the only time I was hunting for my hankie was during the Daddy-Daughter dance.  
Not the slow, sweet waltz part, but the part where they ditched their formal duds, donned their sunglasses, and twisted the night away.  
What friends they are.  
I know that our daughters feel the same way about you, and I will need to have hankies on hand for many Daddy-Daughter dances in the future.  

Loving you, this week and always,

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Samuel and baby Chad and I just got back from a week in IN.  
We saw Grandparents,
and more Grandparents...
...and more grandparents.
Chad loved his corn on the cob, 
all planted, cultivated, harvested, picked, buttered, salted, and worn, by Grandpa.
We met new cousins/neice/nephew, Avaleigh Grace, and Everst Mitchell.
Avaleigh's father blessed her Sunday when we were there.  
That was a sweet surprise for us to be able to be there for that!
We attended my cousin Jacob and his bride, Kayla's wedding while we were there.
What a beautiful evening, 
and what a beautiful couple.  
And of course, we spent some time at Jared and Marie's new place.  
We visited Charlie Creek park
and walked the labyrinth.  
Our "epiphany" at the center was that,
even though it's flat, 
the acoustics at the center are way cool!
We found frogs and crawdads in the creek, 
and posed for pictures on the bridge.
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for a wonderful week!
It was great to see everyone and enjoy lovely Indiana in the summer! 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010