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Shane and I got our first two “preparing for marriage books” from our pastor yesterday. One is ‘As For Me and My House’ by Walter Wangerin and the other is ‘Marriage Made in Eden’ by Alice P. Mathews and M. Gay Hubbard. However, anyone who knows me knows that when I am starting something new, I love reading and reading and reading about it.

When Shane and I started trying to figure out how to “go green” (further than recycling and even how to better recycle), I immediately went to the library and got all the books I could find on it. When I started learning to cook, I immediately started gathering all kinds of cook books. I am, at heart, a nerd and love reading about things that I get interested in.

Now obviously our marriage is not just a passing interest. This is a lifelong commitment. But I am still a nerd and still want to read everything I can. (Okay, wait….everything good. Our other pastor gave us a book full of Christian-ese crap that I already knew from growing up in church. We don’t need a book that is just telling us “Don’t have sex before you get married” and “Your marriage is you, your spouse, and God”. Yes. We know. Now tell us how to have a successful marriage.) <— side rant. Anyway, if you have read a good book that has really helped you in your relationship/marriage, please leave a comment with the title and the author. (And I want one that you have actually read. Do not recommend a book that you have not even read yourself.)

Also, even if you don’t have a book to recommend, feel free to leave any advice that has helped your relationship. (Even if it’s what not to do. 😉 )

Listening: ‘Why I Am’ by Dave Matthews Band

Reading: ‘Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation and Guilt to Manipulate You’ by Susan Forward (Oh how I wish I had read this 4-5 years ago!)

Thinking: Between my Sociology class and our JustFaith curriculum, I may become permanently depressed.

How to Annoy Me: Have a HUGE sign proclaiming Pumpkin Spice Lattes and then not have had the foresight to order more in anticipation of the holiday so you run out. (And yes, I realize that this is totally a First World problem.)

How to Charm Me: Sit on the couch with me all weekend watching NCIS because my medicine is making me sick.

Quote of the Day: Love is willing the good. We love something or someone when we promote its good for its own sake. What characterizes the deepest essence of God is love – that is, willing the good. – ‘Revolution of Character’ by Dallas Willard with Don Simpson (I have an entire blog on this quote floating in my head!)

Listening: ‘She is Love’ by Parachute

Reading: ‘Surprised By Hope’ by N. T. Wright

Feeling Guilty: For having a donut for lunch. Somehow I doubt that is on the list of good foods to eat.

Thinking: I will make my way back. Someday.

How to Annoy Me: Drive 10 miles under the speed limit, don’t pay attention at stop lights, and swerve all over the road while obviously looking for something in the passenger seat. Pull the SUV over and find whatever it is, DOCTOR, before I call the cops on your ass.

How to Charm Me: Call me and invite me to the state fair so we can finally indulge in our elephant ear craving.

Quote of the Day: What we say about death and resurrection gives shape and color to everything else. If we are not careful, we will offer merely a “hope” that is no longer a surprise, no longer able to transform lives and communitites in the present, no longer generated by the resurrection of Jesus himself and looking forward to the promised new heavens and new earth. – N. T. Wright

1000 Words: P1171584

Listening: ‘July, July!’ by The Decemberists

Reading: ‘Revolution of Character’ by Dallas Willard and Don Simpson

Thinking: I have faith that, in the end, this will work out. Not because of the human beings involved but because God can and does work miracles.

How to Annoy Me: Go wandering off when I am getting ready to walk out the door so that I have to go hunting you down.

How to Charm Me: Fight for me.

Quote of the Day: The greatest friend of truth is time, her greatest enemy is prejudice, and her constant companion humility. – Chuck Colson

1000 Words: P1171581

Listening: ‘Young Folks’ by Peter, Bjorn and John

Reading: ‘Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’ by Rebecca Wells

Thinking: It’s amazing how much smoother my relationship with my dad seems now that I don’t have someone whispering in my ear about how bad of a father he is.

How to Annoy Me: Keep blowing straw wrappers at me.

How to Charm Me: Be my “out of the box” person but refrain from lecturing me when I do get in my box and simply let me rant.

Quote of the Day: From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth; from the laziness that is content with half-truths; from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth – oh God of Truth, deliver us! – Unknown

1000 Words:


Listening: ‘When the Rain Comes’ by Third Day (I don’t like a lot of Christian music but this is a good song that pretty much sums up my group of friends.)

Reading: ‘The Great Divorce’ by C. S. Lewis

Thinking: It’s a sad, sad day when the last of the Girl Scout Thin Mints are gone.

How to Annoy Me: Tell me that ‘The Great Divorce’ isn’t about what I think it’s about. I’VE READ IT!

How to Charm Me: Make me laugh so hard I fall off the couch.

Quote of the Day: Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after months or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. – Richard Bach

Random Quirk: When I set my alarm clock, it has to be on an even number. (Ex. 6:14 instead of 6:15)

Listening: ‘What Sound’ by Lamb

Reading: ‘A Grief Observed’ by C.S. Lewis

Thinking: I wish being an adult didn’t involve making tough choices.

How to Annoy Me: Treat God like a genie that you only need when something is going wrong.

How to Charm Me: Promise to walk beside me in this.

Quote of the Day: To get through the hardest journey we need only take one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping. – Chinese Proverb

1000 Words: jackie-and-me-at-her-final-moco-performance

Watching: ‘Titanic Dance’

Reading: My math book. Back to the grindstone!

Thinking: Is it March 7th yet?

How to Annoy Me: Make me spend $126 on a book that isn’t even bound so when I drop it in the snow, the pages go everywhere and the entire book gets frakked up.

How to Charm Me: Refrain from mocking me when I drop said book in the snow. 😀

Quote of the Day: Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it. – Martha Graham

Daily Photo: daily-11

Listening: ‘The Fear You Won’t Fall’ by Joshua Radin

Reading: ‘Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality’ by J. Philip Newell

Thinking: As Boston would say, it’s more than a feeling.

How to Annoy Me: Start tweeting bad porno lines to me.

How to Charm Me: Leave a kind message on my friend’s FB wall. 🙂

Quote of the Day: Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. – Raymond Lindquist

Daily Photo: daily-101

Listening: ‘Say It Ain’t So’ by The String Quartet Tribute to Weezer

Reading: I’m somewhat re-reading ‘Messy Spirituality’. Need to remind myself of some things.

Thinking: RWG’s fellowship must be passing around my blog address. My numbers shot up yesterday. 😉

How to Annoy Me: Make fun of me for losing my gloves for the second time in a 4 hour period. 😛

How to Charm Me: The entire past month and a half has been an ongoing charm.

Quote of the Day: To dare is to lose ones foot momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. – Soren Kierkegaard

Random Quirk: I read like mad crazy but I am always reading about 50 books at the same time so it takes me forever to finish one.

Daily Photo: daily-6

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