Friday, November 9, 2012

Why I Love Her

A while back I read a post on the Refine Us blog about why you fell in love with your spouse. The premise of the post was about not dwelling on the things that bother you about your spouse, rather, focusing on the things that caused you to fall in love with him/her. The post got me thinking about making a list. In the post the person that Justin was talking to was only focusing on what bothered him about his spouse. In doing this, it was helping to deteriorate his marriage.

Let me be clear, we are not having marital problems. Also, I am not making this list because I need to take my focus off of what bothers me. I simply thought making a list could be a good exercise for any of us that are married to be reminded why we fell in love with our spouse.

God has certainly blessed me with a wonderful woman who chose to marry me. I can't imagine my life without her and I don't tell her nearly enough how much I appreciate her and love her. Smalls, thanks for the last 11+ years of marriage. You are far more than anything I could ever ask for.

- she loves Jesus
- her kindness towards others
- she rarely has a bad day
- she loves me unconditionally
- she has a great smile
- she loves college football
- she's not afraid to tell me how it is, or how it should be

- she's a great mom (obviously this didn't make me fall in love with her, but it's an added bonus)

Your turn. What are some reasons why you fell in love with your spouse?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day 2012

Today is election day. I have heard it said over the last several months that this is the most important election in our lifetime. I bet that will be said for every election for the rest of my lifetime. Mainly because as long as, for all intents and purposes, there's a two party system, the others side is going to think it's imperative that their candidate win.

No matter which way you lean or which party/candidate you hope will win, make sure your voice is heard by getting out and voting. There are many countries around the world in which some or all of the people aren't allowed to vote. And, there are a lot of men and women that have sacrificed a lot in order for us to have the privilege to vote.

We also need to be in prayer for our leaders, no matter which side wins. These men and women are making daily decisions that, directly or indirectly, affect our lives everyday. Please join me in praying for our leaders today and everyday and they make decisions that affect our country.

And, in my opinion, if you don't vote then you don't have any right to complain.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dusting Off the Ol' Blog

Okay, so my last post was on March 29. Ridiculous. Life has been sort of busy and every time I thought to write I either didn't want to or simply didn't have time.

A lot has gone on since we wrecked our Highlander, including getting a new Highlander, a visit from our friend Ashley and her 3 girls, lots of swimming at the pool, wrecking the Accord, getting the Accord fixed, softball, kickball, vacation, another season of softball, a trip to the Smokey Mountains, me seeing Allison argue in front of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Cooper's fall baseball season, a trip to Lexington, Halloween at the Hoods, and tomorrow is Election Day 2012. And I'm sure I've left a few big ticket items out.

Either way, I'm going to try to get back in the blogging saddle again.

Until next time...