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I’ve decided that my husband should get some kind of an award. We recently went to a mini-awards ceremony, where he was up for one (he didn’t win), but I really think that he deserves one. I think I’ll call it the “Best Man” award. Here are some reasons why:5773_113964217958_576732958_3027581_2241515_n

1. He is the best husband in the world-Not only does he hold my hand in public, but he does the dishes, vacuums, fixes up our house and cars, he takes me on dates, he listens to me, he writes me sweet notes, and he always tells me that he loves me. Not to mention, he catches me off guard with fun, romantic surprises every once in awhile.

2. He is a SUPER hard worker-I don’t know if I could handle a job where you are constantly trying to solve problems that aren’t solved in a day-or week-or month-or year-or sometimes ever. Not only does he put in great effort at his job, but he goes above and beyond to help other people all the time and on a regular basis-even when it inconveniences him, and sometimes he gets complaints instead of thanks.

3. He is loyal and trustworthy-He walks with integrity and reminds me to do the same.

4. He is FUNNY!!!! Okay, if you look past his fairly regular toilet humor (and yes, I mean bathroom references, if you get my drift…) he really does a good job at lightening up a room. He practices often with me when I’m crying-which gives him a lot of practice to get good. Ha!

5. He is pretty stinking good looking. I tell him all the time that he is better looking than Michelangelo’s David…and ladies, we all know how good looking HE is!

6. He is humble-I’m pretty sure as soon as he sees this, he’s going to want me to take this off. Sorry babe. I just have to say how great you are!

With the upcoming election, politics have been on everyone’s mind.  I have friends saying things like, “Should I vote for the person that lines up with me morally, or should I go for what makes sense politically?”  Good question…I guess you can’t have both good morals and good policy.  Hmmm….

What I’m really wondering is: Is it better to have a government without any religious influence at all (ie: no moral code, aka: chaos), or is it better to have a government that is biased and favors one religion over another (ie: dictators, oppression, and “cleansing”)?  Take religion out of government, and you get scenario #1.  Let religion control government, and you get scenario #2.  Either way, you’ve got problems.

On one hand, it makes sense to have some morals governing-you can’t have people running around killing people and molesting children.  (These are extreme examples, but who’s to say where to draw the line?  There’s got to be a line of right and wrong at some point.)  On the other hand, how could a government stand where one moral-or religious-code was set in stone?  Pretty soon you’d have complete intolerance, and one people group would then be right, and everyone else wrong.  (But in America…where everyone has equal rights?!!)  Something has to give.

I guess I’m just wondering where the balance is.  I’m not sure if there is even a workable solution.  The way I see it, this issue goes back much further than 1776.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I read people’s names before I actually meet them in person.  This is really no big deal, especially considering the tech-age we’re living in now.  It does throw me for a loop, however, when I thought someone was a guy when they’re really a girl, and vice-versa. Here are some of the names I’ve been stymied by recently-can you guess the right gender?

  • Johnee (I didn’t actually wonder about this one)
  • Ari
  • Taiga
  • Shahriyar
  • Mahsuni
  • Paz
  • Alexei

It’s a bit like when you hear a voice on the radio and picture them one way, but then you see their face smiling on a billboard, and you think to yourself, “Is that really what they look like?!!”

I tried a new restaurant today.  Matt and I hadn’t been on a date in awhile, so we ventured downtown and had dinner at Z’Tejas.  Let me tell you, it was yummy!  I didn’t really know what to expect; I thought I heard some people say they liked it, but I was looking forward to forming my own opinions.  We decided to splurge and get the appetizer (I know!)-I chose the nachos with pork, guac, black beans and cheese.  They were probably the best nachos I’ve ever eaten.  (Okay, so I was hungry.)

For my meal I ordered some orzo pasta, which I’ve never had before.  It was mixed with tomatoes, mushrooms, zuchinni, and onions.  The flavor was awesome!!!  I think there was some garlic in it, too, which I love.  I’d also consider myself a texture person, so the orzo was pretty fun for me to eat-this dinner was so good I saved some for lunch tomorrow!  I typically ignore leftovers…

Finally, I would like to point out that the cornbread at Z’Tejas is soooo much better than any cornbread I’ve eaten at any BBQ joint.  I’m not sure how they do it, but it rocked.  So, all in all, I’d say that I’d go back there.  You should go too.  Oh yeah, and did I mention that they have their cornbread recipe online?!?!  Check it out.

My sister is the most interesting person I know.

Since I’ve become married (and moved into the boring part of my life, as some would say-not necessarily me, but some…), I’ve enjoyed listening to and watching those around me interact with one another in the flirting, dating, marriage stages of their lives, most especially my sister.  In the last three months, she has had one friend tell her that he “compares all other girls to her”, another guy consistently write her letters (snail mail people!) while she’s in CO, another tell her that she’s got alot to offer a guy, another drove 8+ hours to tell her that he was in love with her (they’ve never been on a date…), and most recently, a 40-something year old ask her out.  She said no.  (Phew!) In fact, she’s had to say no to all these guys.

Jealous?  I would have loved to be in that situation when I was her age…lots of choices means a better one, right!?  This theory makes sense, except that my sister isn’t settling for any of these guys.  Frankly, some of them are really cool guys.  In one of her recent posts, “Relationships“, her first sentence is, “Dating is a hassle.”  I can see where she’s coming from, considering she has so many offers but none of them is really what she’s looking for.

On my end, I met my husband in college, we became good friends, then dated, then married.  This happened over the course of my whole college experience, during which I didn’t have anyone else ask me out.  I’ve been married now for over 3 years and I feel very lucky to have married such a wonderful man.  I know there are some single women out there who wish they were married-or at least on that track-my sister being one of them.

Still, I can’t figure it out.  I couldn’t have planned my relationship with Matt if I had tried.  It just happened.  Relationships are just a mystery-perhaps we don’t realize how much God is really in control of our lives.  Perhaps my sister hasn’t found that right guy because that’s not God’s plan for her yet.  Maybe right now He wants to bless her as a single person, and right now he’s blessing me as a married person.  If someone wanted advice from me about how to meet the right guy, date him, and get married, I don’t think I’d have any advice to offer.  Is that something we can orchestrate?  God has you where He wants you.

Acts 17:24-27 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”

Besides, even Solomon couldn’t figure out how this whole dating thing worked!**