Friday, June 27, 2008


The other night I got a text from Cassidy telling me to come talk to her in her room when I got home, because she wanted to tell me something. It was kind of late when I got home, but I still went in to talk with her.

Cassidy shares a room with Brooke and Brooke was asleep. Usually Brooke is a pretty heavy sleeper, so we both just thought she would sleep through our talking for a half an hour.

Brooke sleeps on the top of a bunk bed with a desk under it and Cassidy sleeps in a queen bed just across from it.

We are just laying there talking and giggling when all of the sudden I look up and see Brooke flying through the air in slow motion (just like on Nacho Libre when he goes flying through the air and lands on the other wrestler at the end). She had pounced off the bed and landed on top of me and Cassidy! Skadoosh! Cassidy screamed in terror and I just wet myself. We all busted up laughing and Brooke told us to shut our mouths and go to bed.

*Ok I might have just made that last part up, but it would have been funny if she had pounced on us. And she really wanted to hurt us at that moment, but she is too nice. Thanks for being so forgiving Brookster!

Friday, June 20, 2008


I have been thinking about understanding lately. We all just want to be understood. A lot of conflicts arise from the lack of understanding between people. I think it is so easy to assume people are acting a certain way because they are ________ (choose your own negative characteristic), when often there are hidden reasons for their behavior. Secret heartaches or insecurities that no one knows about.

I think we all need to try a little harder to understand each other. That expression of walking a mile in another man's shoes comes to mind. Or what Jesus said about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. Maybe we could all be a little bit better at giving people the benefit of the doubt, instead of making assumptions.

There is a beautiful concept that is in the book The Education of Little Tree (I know there is a lot of controversy about the author, but ignore that):

"I knew that when I heard him late at night say 'I kin ye, Bonnie Bee,' he was saying 'I love ye,' for the feeling was in the words.And when they would be talking and Granma would say, 'Do ye kin me Wales?' and he would answer, 'I kin ye,' it meant, 'I understand ye.' To them, love and understanding was the same thing. Granma said you couldn't love something you didn't understand; nor could you love people, nor God, if you didn't understand the people and God.Granpa and Granma had an understanding, and so they had a love."
(Forrest Carter. The Education of Little Tree, p.38)

This is why we all want to be understood, because when we feel understood we feel loved. There is a reason the two great commandments are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself. Love is at the center of it all. Imagine if we were so consumed by and sympathetic to other people's troubles as we are by our own. What if we understood others the way we understand ourselves?

* Thanks for letting me go off again about thoughts I am having. My next post will be a little lighter. I promise.

Friday, June 13, 2008

"Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul."

Here I am thinking about hope again. Hope that he will get through this. Hope in a better world. Hope for good things to come. This time is filled with fear and heartaches, but there is hope at the bottom of everything. And against all hope I believe in hope. There is a plan that is better known by Someone greater then me. Someone with greater wisdom, perfect understanding and perfect love.

Thank you all my friends that have shown me such love and given me strength at the moments when my hope may be fading. You are all too good to me.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Turn Back Time

Maybe we are trying a bit too hard to hold on to our childhood. These photos make me think of my childhood favorites. Here is a fun list:
Pound Puppies
Michael Jackson
Cabbage Patch kids
Rainbow Bright
slap bracelets
Cindy Lauper
My Little Ponies
silly putty
Punky Brewster(I was her)
The Cosby show
The Little Shop of Horrors(this is a strange one for a child, I know)
Bruce Springsteen
Friday Night Videos (does anyone else remember this show, it had music videos on it like MTV, but on a non-cable channel)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Ramona books
Never Ending Story
Garbage Pail Kids trading cards
Jelly shoes and bracelets
Care Bears
New kids on the Block
Banana clips
GI Joe
Stevie Wonder
Side pony tails
Neon Colors
Wow this list could go on forever, but I will stop there. Is there any that I skipped that you would add to the list? Tell me your favorites?