A List Maker's Life: April 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Important Thing About Easter

Easter is important.
It is all about God's son.
Jesus died on the cross.  He rose from the dead.
Jesus IS alive!

Since he is alive again everyone can see him someday.  When Jesus died on the cross they were all really sad and when he rose again everyone was very happy.  Even I am happy he rose from the dead.

Jesus had to die for all our sins.  When he rose again our sins are gone so now he will always be with us.  Then everybody can go to heaven.  What Jesus did makes me feel excited.  I wonder why Jesus is so big? The song at church says Jesus is wider than the whole universe. Maybe he had to be really big to cover all our sins.

~Rev. Gibson

He come'd alive!
Praise him with the rock guitar.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014


Last night as we tucked in our crew after a slightly exhausting evening, Kevin smiled as he said he couldn't wait for today.  Coming from the King of Sarcasm I was quite sure my response was appropriate.

"Oh, yeah, me too!  We have so many exciting, special things planned."

He was serious though and went on to explain he couldn't wait to have a day home with his family where the only plan was to rest and take the hours as they came.

So today we watched church in our pajamas.  Hiked the VanRaalte Farm trails. Created our version of a favorite sweet potato nacho appetizer we enjoyed on a vacation before kids. Watched as Gavin invented a birthday dessert with oatmeal, honey, sprinkles, and cake mix. Rearranged our bedroom furniture. Got groceries. Put together puzzles. Listened as the kids giggled with new neighbor friends in a circle of beach towels on the deck.  

We pulled up the van seats to vacuum out a year's worth of gunk. We reminised about where the toys came from and when we went to which restaurant.  We laughed about the way one child keeps his cup holder clear and another stores every rock and treasure he stumbles upon.  We discussed the places we have been as a family and the many memories made.

Now we are settled in listening to the Tigers vs. Red Sox on ESPN radio.  Kevin has declared this the "best birthday ever."

We certainly aren't 17 anymore, but there are many days we find ourselves waiting for the next thing. Praying for someday to hurry up and save us. Since Kev's last birthday we have aged together, let go, faced grief, held eachother up, moved on, adjusted, and celebrated new beginnings.

And the moment you let go, the faster the time goes
The darker the night is, the lighter the moon glows

Perspective alert.   
These are the good old days!

All is well right now
It's all good right now

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P.S. This in my 1000th! post, which means we have shared a whole ton of our good old days in the last 7 years!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dating Divas #Fail

"Wouldn't it just be great fun to put together a scavenger hunt for our husbands about some of the places we remember from our dating journey.  Then they can have some man time in the car, and munch some candy, and end up at a fun place to eat together and watch a game or something?  Oh, and wouldn't it be cute if we called it "the road that lead us to you" and we could make each clue a color of the rainbow with the end being the pot of gold.  Maybe instead of having to search for hidden clues we could have them check in at each stop by sending a text with a picture to which we respond with some sweet note of encouragement or a memory." (paraphrased Katie)

Yah!  That sounds so creative and fun and they will totally love it.  Right?! They will feel special because we thought of them and they won't have to hang around and help as we create a big green mess of leprachaun traps and serve frozen fries and fake chicken nuggets to 7 little kids.  Yes, perfect.  Let's do it. (paraphrased Amanda)

Well, let us save you some trouble and perhaps your marital bliss ;) by letting you know how our brilliant little plan played out...

"Guys hate scavengar hunts.  We are simple and would be much happier with chips, salsa, and lemonade than a bunch of random colored candy.  Heck no would we want to spend $20 each to eat out with dudes when we could take our wives out with the same $20. Texting is annoying because it takes forever for you to respond.  Didn't you know Michigan was playin, and it ended 5 minutes before we finished following your mixed up road to no where? Your clues are crazy and don't make sense. We travel by car all week for work, the last place we want to hang out is in our cars. Sure! Perfect night out surprise...for a group of sentimental girls. The only thing that could have maybesaved that idea was if you had rented a sweet car to cruise in. (paraphrased exacerbated Kevin and even more irritated Dan)

Ha!  Anyway, couldn't resist sharing the idea so you could try it next year on St. Patrick's Day, or maybe even better...

April Fool's Day!

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