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{Gimmie Post}

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2009 at 8:42 pm

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Dryer Settings

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm

When I was little I read a quote from a Christian comedian that read:

“Normal” is just a setting on the dryer.

I remember my mom getting such a kick out of this saying, but I never understood it. The more I thought about it, the more confused I got.

Now that I’m all growed up, I get it. At least, I’m starting too.

No one…I repeat: NO ONE…is normal. I used to think that my family was at least “normal”. But that was before my mom started believing that the world was going to end soon, getting paranoid about world politics and how they’re taking our freedom away, and how even lighting candles in your home could symbolize “worshiping other idols”. Believing that my friends were “normal” also came before one of my friends left her husband after only 7 months of marriage, before I realized one of my friends is OCD and before another one of my friends told me she has an eating disorder.

Then I though, Ok, well at least the family I married into is normal. But that was right before my hubby’s uncle told us he was a closet alcoholic, we found out that his aunt was being abused, and I got sick to death of my hubby’s Grandma favoring him (if you think this is a good thing…it’s not). And who knows where Hubby and I fit into all this…

No one is normal. No one is plain jane. No one lives the straight and narrow, no matter how much they try. But that’s ok!

Last night Hubby and I talked. I asked him if he was happy with where we were, and he said he was. I’ve been struggling with “us” lately, I told him. And we chatted about why and what we could do to improve things. Life is always throwing us hoops to jump through, and you know what? That’s ok! It’s NORMAL to have problems, it’s NORMAL to struggle with life, it’s NORMAL to have life become a bumpy road!

I’ve discovered lately that life is not “normal”. Or at least, not what we have come to define “normal” as. The definition should be changed to

“Fights with spouse, yells at children, burns dinner, house is never clean, too busy to think, wrinkled laundry, late for soccer…”

And as much as I hate the “fights with spouse, yells at children” part, it’s part of how life goes and it’s after that point that makes life feel gooooood.

Wouldn’t it be just boring to be “normal“?

Daily Reads

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Every day I go through my blog roll. I try to pick out at least five blogs to visit and comment on, sometimes it only ends up being three or so, but even then, I count it as a positive.

Today I was going through it and saw the Nie Nie blog. I realized I hadn’t been there in a while and was curious how Nie was doing lately. For those of you who haven’t heard, Nie Nie and her hubby, Christian, were involved in a plane crash resulting in severe burns. 30% of Christians body was covered with burns, and Nie’s was 80% covered. They’re slowly making it through the healing process, and it’s going to take a while to get back into a “normal” life, but they’re making progress.

In the meantime, Nie’s sister is taking over her blog and re-publishing Nie’s entries from way back when. It’s so beautiful to see her blog continuing! During this transition, C Jane, Nie’s sister is also publishing stories in her own blog (as she did before) but this time, she’s including stories Nie’s recovery and the experiences of looking after Nie’s children.

It’s beautiful.

That Little Travelling Bug

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2008 at 8:28 pm

My husband and I have been saving up for a while now to travel. I have relatives in England that we want to visit and we’re liking the idea of going to Greece…although Hubby wants to visit Germany too. We might just have to make this a Europe Tour! Ha, if only we had that much money and time to spare!

If Hubby didn’t own his own business I would be pushing to move to another country for a while. My sister just got back from Australia, she was there for a year on a work visa and visiting more of our relatives there. It really gave me the traveling itch. I’d love to get a work visa and go to another country for a year. We’d get unique jobs, ones unlike our jobs here, working in a vineyard or resort, travel around on our days off and just experience the culture.

Hubby isn’t into it as much since he has never traveled outside of Canada, let alone LIVED outside Canada….that, and his business is only now (three years into it) become stable enough to be full time. If we left now, for a year say, he’d basically have to start all over again when we got back. Which I can appreciate.

Check out this Flickr account, Alex The Girl, to see AMAZZZING pictures of Ireland. I always loved England, but was never drawn to Ireland or Scotland until I saw her pictures. Now I have to go.