Saturday, February 16, 2008

Our Slippers Got Balls

A couple Sundays ago, a little elderly lady in the congregation called me over to her just before the service started. I honestly don't know her name, but since I'm doubting she's a blogger, I can freely admit that. She handed me a brown paper lunch-size sack, with some knitted things sticking out of it.

"For you and the pastor," she said. "I hope his are big enough."

I assumed they were mittens or hats or something, but no... they were slippers. With big balls on the toes! I thanked her profusely, and found the gesture very sweet, but honestly did not figure we would ever wear them. To my surprise, they are amazingly comfy and warm, and I wear them all the time!



The funny thing about her comment is that Matt and I actually have pretty much the same size feet. They stretch, though, so I kindly took the smaller ones.

Fire and Ice

Matt and I spent our second Valentine's Day at one of the three non-chain restaurants in Clarksville--Benne's Steakhouse. We had to wait a while because they weren't taking reservations, but we enjoyed their upstairs piano bar while we waited. We shared the "Benne's Duet," two 16 oz. sirloin steaks. Wow, that's a lot of meat. We brought at least 18 oz. of meat home, so tonight, we're having black & blue steak salad for dinner. They were also giving out free champagne, which we enjoyed with a lava cake dessert--yum! It was a very nice and romantic date for us not-so-newlyweds.

Speaking of which, we won the Not-So-Newlywed game at church last week! There were questions like: "What TV character does your husband most remind you of?" (Chandler Bing, of course!) and "What chore does your wife want you to do that you hate or refuse to do?" (pick his clothes up off the floor). The game is an annual benefit for the youth group, and we had a lot of fun.

Montgomery County has had two snow days in the last month. The first one (pictured below) actually prevented me from going into work until 10:30 or so, when the roads thawed. I attempted to go in at my usual time, but the roads near our house do not get salted, apparently, so it was quite treacherous, and I could barely get up the hill to get out of our neighborhood. It's so funny to have such a shut-down for only half and inch of snow!


Interestingly, within a couple days of that snow, it was in the 70s for a few days in a row. That huge variation in temperatures, of course, is what caused the huge storms we've been having, including the Super Tuesday tornadoes.

I didn't actually see evidence of the other snow day, just this past week. Schools were called off, but the roads were fine, so I went on to work as usual. The flakes really did start to come down as I got closer to Nashville (and Matt said they did in Clarksville too), to the point I worried about getting home okay, but they didn't stick at all, and by midday it looked totally normal outside.

I'm sure we'll have another couple cold snaps, but I'm hoping spring will get here soon!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

"Where is this relationship going?"

Sometimes, when I'm stressed or down, I find that my prayers mainly consist of depressed statements like "God, I need to be spending more time with you," and "God, how can I feel closer to you?" Often, those prayers get me more down as I agonize about my relationship with God and about what I should and could be doing to better live out my faith.

I had somewhat of a revelation the other day, though, as my words started to remind me of an episode of Friends (as so many things in life do)--in particular, The One with the Holiday Card, where Ross and Mona have to have a big, uncomfortable talk about "where their relationship is going." I hear it is actually good for couples to talk about the state and health of their relationship, but overall, if you spend more time talking about the relationship than just living it, you're either a) obsessive, b) headed for therapy and/or a breakup, or c) in the 8th grade.

I realized the same is true of my relationship with God. I could spend my prayers wondering if I'm not praying often enough, or I could actually pray about important things, or even better, just be still and listen. I could just worship. I could just go serve. Just as in human relationships, talk can be cheap, while action is the evidence of where your heart really lies.

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