Monthly Archives: August 2007

Forever as your loving wife. 6

Sometimes I see women my age identify themselves as “the Mrs.” or “the wife” and it always gives me pause. While I work hard to keep our house clean and I take very seriously the vow that I made to make our home my primary ministry, I don’t identify myself primarily as a wife. I […]

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, annotated and edited by David M. Shapard 1

This month, my book club is reading Pride and Prejudice. That’s right, I made my book club read my favorite book. I am a terrible person. Except! It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice is a pretty freaking awesome book, so I don’t feel so bad. (I might after I hear their responses. […]

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. 4

This Sunday, our morning service included a wedding. That’s not a normal thing, by any means, and I had been unsure exactly what it was going to look like, but, as our pastor pointed out, a wedding is a worship service, too. And as the groom had proposed during a Sunday morning service a few […]

You can thank me later. 1

Last night Mike and I decided we wanted s’mores. We have been using the fancy chocolate that Katie sent, because . . . while s’mores are excellent treats by themselves, the level of their greatness is increased when using fancy chocolate. S’mores with raspberry! S’mores with caramel! And, last night’s discovery, in which we took […]

Looking for Alaska by John Green 7

Looking for Alaska is the story of Miles “Pudge” Halter and his first year at boarding school in Alabama. Pudge chose to go to boarding school because he’s spent a lot of time thinking about the “Great Perhaps” (more on that in a second) and because he doesn’t want to wait to start looking for […]

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver 6

You might not believe it based on my own abysmal failures in the realm of gardening, but I grew up around my grandparents’ garden and cows and spent most of my formative years in a rural community. I forget sometimes the effect that had on me. And then I will want to see the cows […]

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 5

I will start in the beginning. The week after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, before last week’s Harry Potter Crash and Burn Fiasco, I was still, “OMG HARRY POTTER,” and I saw, somewhere, a mention of a song called “Accio Deathly Hallows.” I thought that was clever and smart (see, I stole […]

1.21 gigawatts . . . CONTINUED. 2

So, remember last Thursday, when our upstairs air conditioner broke? Boy, am I glad that’s behind us . . . except, wait. When we came home this Thursday, we found that our downstairs air conditioner had broken. And because all the heat moved up the stairs (as heat is prone to do), the upstairs air […]

Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger 1

[Spoilers through Deathly Hallows.] The pile of books beside my bed (and the list stuck to my computer) was threatening to overwhelm me, but I knocked a few out and I feel slightly better about things. This week I read was Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger. I am of two minds […]

Give me banter any day of the week. 4

Over the weekend, Mike helped me navigate a stressful situation that involved theft, blood, and drama. I had warned him that I would need his assistance, but that turned out to be quite the understatement. He was a calming presence throughout the afternoon, handling some things so I could do others, giving me confidence in […]

I forgive everyone (or, 1.21 gigawatts). 1

Because a man came and fixed our air conditioner. I was going to say “a nice man,” but . . . we had to pay for diagnosis and labor, even though it was still under warranty and we got the part for free. My brother could have fixed it for free (he knew what was […]

People and things to blame for our air conditioner going out on the hottest day of the year. 11

1. Global warming. If you don’t believe in global warming, I will lock you in the attic until you do. It was 92 degrees in our house upstairs last night. It was 105 degrees outside yesterday. I will not listen to any arguments. Do you want to be locked in my attic? I didn’t think […]

The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith 2

Was this what being a parent was going to be like? A life of anxiety, of fretting about little things? Have a child and give a hostage to fortune; yes, but have any human link, any friendship, and a hostage was given . . . A few minutes earlier she had thought of the giving […]

Hello tender nibbles! 6

I’m not really an animal person, you know? So when I say that I had no choice but to drag the rabbit cage out into the yard and blast it with the hose, you understand that it was in some seriously bad shape, right? Horrifyingly bad. Those rabbits were living in filth. I have no […]

Changing the world one page at a time. 1

Melissa said she thought I’d be blogging a lot this week, since I’m by myself. I guess that was a possibility, but it doesn’t seem to have worked out that way. I’ve been cleaning the house and trying to watch Heathers (I have never seen it, but I still haven’t made it through the whole […]