Here are 7 things you should know about me before following my blog. My goal in life is to point people to Jesus, but I get it wrong a lot.
- I eat brownie mix almost every single day.
- When things break, I throw a tantrum that puts my kids’ tantrums to shame.
- I worry unnecessarily.
- I watch The Bachelor. (while doing #1)
- I don’t enjoy pretend play with my kids, but I do it anyway.
- The 3 mornings I had to fast from coffee for my pregnancy glucose tests were the 3 worst mornings of my
- If I hear someone pulling in my lane, I shove clean unfolded laundry mixed with dirty laundry in the dryer to make it look like I keep a clean house.
There are many, many more things that I am not proud of, but they are between me and Jesus. And we’re working on them. I finished watching the Bachelor last night with a good friend of mine. I’m not sure why that show has sucked me in. In theory I hate everything about it. Its lack of reality, its disregard for the feelings of those poor souls who give everything to a person who is giving something to everyone, its presumptuous attitude that ‘real love’ can be achieved in front of an audience and without real life thrown in the mix. I was with the friend whose house I sneak over to after all of our kids are in bed and have coffee and good talks. Her husband usually walks through the room and rolls his eyes at our girly banter, and he was especially annoyed last night as we giggled like school girls over Sean Lowe’s proposal to his new fiancé Catherine. (It WAS NOT better than my husband’s proposal to me, for the record. Love you, Babe.)
But it was precious. He promised her the world, and she believed every word. I hope their marriage works, and they can now begin to build a love that lasts. It won’t be easy. All the statistics are against them. I hope they can overcome them. I don’t know why I hope that, but it probably has something to do with my hope for marriage overall. I hope marriages will last, but not just for longevity’s sake. I hope marriage lasts for the fullness it can offer when it is done right. There are low, low times in marriage. But there are exhilarating moments that are really really wonderful. Like last night, when I came home (way too late for a school night) to a clean kitchen (not how I left it), the smell of coffee still faintly in the air from where he had preset the machine to make a fresh pot at 4:30 this morning. The children were sound asleep. It was a sweet moment when I slipped into a prewarmed bed and, in his sleep, my husband whispered, ‘love you, babe.’
Sean and Catherine, you are about to embark on a great adventure. You will discover the reality of ‘love’ now that the reality show is over. You will discover the humanness of each other as you experience life together. Sean, her body will droop after kids; Catherine, he may grunt and go bald (but hopefully never burp, a true gentleman would never burp in front of a lady). You chose her at the finale of the show, but you will have to wake up every day and choose her again, and again, and again, and again. She will have to decide to choose you too. For it to work you have to choose each other, every single day, forever.
You better grow some rose bushes Sean, you’ll need to offer her one every day for the rest of your life.
never watching that show again.)