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Ran across this song on a friend’s blog and since it pretty much describes how I feel about my husband, I thought I’d share it here. (Commence the gagging!)

I love you, Shane!

On October 16th, I turned 25 years old. In some ways it’s hard to believe I am that old and in others, I feel soooo much older. Ever since my 21st birthday (which, coincidentally, is when the “troubles” began), my birthday has been something I dreaded. “Yes, I am one year older and what do I have to show for it? I am still in college and don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Plus there is no end in sight for college since I’m going part-time because I can’t afford full-time yet make too much money to be considered for federal aid. I am either A: unemployed or B: in a job that I don’t particularly like. (The one notable exception being my nanny job that I had for 2 years.) I still live with my parents. I am going against the grain as far as marriage and children are concerned meaning I have no one special to share this day with.” Not to mention my birthday is very hit and miss on whether it’s going to be a beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies or cloudy with a chance of meatballs…er….rain and/or snow. Since I suffer from SAD, this is a very important factor in whether I will be able to enjoy my birthday or want to slit my wrists in a hot bath. I was also worried because this year is my first year as the kid of divorced parents, with my mom and sister living far, far away.

This year everything was different. I have an end in sight for college. May of 2011 I am out of there! This means working my butt off, going full-time during the school year, and taking summer classes. But I don’t care. I have pretty much been in college since 2002 and I am ready to have my degree in hand. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up but I’m not positive where I will be living either. Opportunities vary depending on which side of the continent you’re on. (Nobody needs to get their panties in a twist. I’m not for sure moving. It’s just an idea.) The weather was less than desirable but early in the day, I prayed that I would get a least a little bit of sun light and my prayers were answered. On the way to Beef and Boards that night, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for a few minutes. I still live with my dad but I spend most of my time with Shane so it doesn’t feel as oppressive. The “troubles” are over, which has been weighing me down every year since they began. My friends kept me distracted enough that I didn’t really have time to think about Mom and Mikayla being so far away. And, last but certainly not least, I had the most wonderful boyfriend in the world making my day more special than anyone ever has.

He made sure I got a special breakfast. He surprised me with lunch at Friday’s with some of my dear friends. Then that night he took me to see ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ where he had them put balloons on our table and announce my birthday so that everyone clapped. After that, he took me to his house to give me all kinds of presents and two different kinds of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory.

Thank you Shane for making my birthday the best I’ve had in years.

Thank you Ro, Jenn and Shawna for going to Long’s with me to get donuts and just have fun and talk. (And thanks to Eric for watching the kids so Ro and Shawna could go.)

Thank you Sasha, Suzi, Laurie and Glenn for showing up at my surprise lunch.

Thank you to my family (especially my brother) for your wonderful presents, the birthday dinner, the cards, and for making this whole separation thing as easy as possible.

Thank you to everyone who sent cards and gave me gifts and made me feel loved.

Thank you to Ro for buying my donuts and for the other thing. You really didn’t have to do that. 🙂

And finally, thank you to the waitress at Maggiano’s last night who refused to publicly embarrass me by singing and getting the entire restaurant’s attention. (The staff at Friday’s gets no such thanks. :-P)

‘Happy Birthday’ by Altered Images


At 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'


My birthday balloons and about half my cards


My Hello Kitty loot from Suzi, Sasha (live from Japan!), Shane, and my mama.


My butterfly dishes and boxes from Shane. ❤


Listening: ‘Books Written for Girls’ by Camera Obscura

Reading: This would completely eliminate some peoples Twitter accounts.

Thinking: Being a Christian means that the cycle of violence, hate, and retaliation stops with you. And sometimes that *really* sucks. But in the end, I know that it is right.

How to Annoy Me: Act like you are above someone simply because you are more skilled at the task at hand then they currently are.

How to Charm Me: Be the answer to my prayers without even knowing it.

Quote of the Day: It is more important who they are as people and only then is it important who they are as dancers. – Marcia Haydee

Listening: ‘Winners and Losers’ by Social Distortion (Thanks to author Bob Ford for directing me to this band!)

Reading: “In March 2007, Chiquita Brands plead guilty to doing business with a terrorist organization…” (People make me sick, I swear.)

Enjoying: The Daily Dish: Best Typo Ever

Thinking: I’m just…happy. 🙂

How to Annoy Me: People have been acting more and more insane behind the wheel of a car. I can’t decide if I’m annoyed or just plain scared.

How to Charm Me: Be the man I never knew I wanted. 🙂

Quote of the Day: I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. – Douglas Adams (I also think that this is going to be my life quote!)

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:


They played this song at New Paradigm on Sunday and I cried and cried and cried. I love the part about dancing though.

Watching: ‘Livin’ A Lie’ (My dance company)

Reading: I survived a year at this school…and signed that “code of conduct”.

Thinking: Thank God for my friends. 🙂

How to Annoy Me: Be so pestful that 5 minutes into it, I’m telling you to fold your own damn papers and stuff your own damn envelops. YOU DON’T PAY ME ENOUGH!

How to Charm Me: Surround me with love and support when I need you most.

Quote of the Day: “…if God can bring new creation from a cross, God can bring new life into our circumstances, no matter how dark or dismal.” – Rich Vincent

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