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Me: Hi Dad! So…I’m doing a writing challenge this month and YOU are my topic for today. Is there anything you do or don’t want me to tell the world about you?

Dad: (Long pause) What is this for? Facebook?

Me: No, it’s for my blog. A couple of my friends and I have taken a writing challenge for our blogs this month. So…this will be public.

Dad: Do you have to interview me?

Me: Um…sure! I can do that! What do you want to be when you grow up?

Dad: (Laughter) I don’t know if you’re being serious or not. I’ve actually joked about that recently.

Me: Dad. This is very serious business. (Holding back a giggle) Let’s start with an easier one…What’s your favorite color?

Dad: Well, when I buy a car, I tend to go with blue, but I really like green, you know the color we painted our office? It’s also the color of money. (He laughs again)

Me: Good answer! I love green. It’s my favorite too. Okay…Tell me something fun on your bucket list.

Dad: Aruba. I’d like to vacation there sometime. I always thought that would be interesting.

Me: Well, I know you’ve traveled a lot, any chance that will become a reality?

Dad: I don’t know…maybe.

Me: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done so far on your travels?

Dad: Shari made me go parasailing with her. I didn’t want to go, but now I’m glad I did. We also really enjoyed snorkeling in the Bahamas.

We chatted for a bit longer about Max’s girlfriend and what I’ve written about so far with the challenge, then my friend Cherie showed up to surprise me with Chai (YAY!) so I had to wrap it up…

Me: Okay Dad, I’m going to write this post tonight and tomorrow I’ll send you a link to it…and a picture of Max’s girlfriend.

Dad: Can you use an alias?

Me: (Laughing) I think the title of the post will make the use of an alias a moot point. Okay, what would your alias be, Dad?

Dad: Uh…Elmer.

Me: Elmer???

Dad: I supposed Fudd would be too obvious.

Me: Hahaha yeah, probably.

Dad: Elmer Johnson, then.

Me: That sounds like a very Wisconsin-ish name. Okay, Elmer. I love you. I’ll chat with you soon!

He cracks me up! 🙂

Since I didn’t record the conversation, I may be slightly off in the details, but this was fun. I love my dad. He’s a funny man. I don’t get to see him very often, but I really enjoy our time together, and we do have our phone conversations to look forward to. He’s good to me and he’s a good grandpa to my kids. Then there is my wonderful stepmom, Shari. My dad has a treasure in that woman! She’s a spunky, fun grandma!

june 9 2015 346Every year or so when I venture back to Wisconsin, my dad throws a huge party for me. My siblings and their families, aunts, uncles, and cousins all come over for a family cookout and we eat northern food, talk about the Packers, and tease my dad about his pride and joy – his impeccable lawn. 😉 It’s one of my favorite things about “going home.” After these parties, I go to bed feeling like I’ll burst – not from the food, but from the overload of emotions. I feel wanted and accepted and loved. My dad does that for ME. Wow.

We got to spend Easter with them this year. It was the first time in ten years all of my kids were in Wisconsin at the same time, so we did the “Grandpa tour”. He showed them the houses he lived in and his old school, he took them to the skate park and watched them do their tricks on their skateboards, and he showed them his model train and let them run the controls. We also introduced them to the wonder that is blue moon ice cream, and I drove them all over the city on the “Mommy tour”. It was a great trip!

Isn’t he handsome? Every Father’s Day I pull this photo out and post it on Facebook. It’s an older one, but I love it. I didn’t grow up with my dad, but he’s been in my life since I was in college. I’ve known him much longer than I haven’t. I don’t tell him often enough, but I’m crazy about him! (Even if he needs a better alias. We’ll work on that.)

Check out these other Dad posts:

Don at donhillson.wordpress.com

Beckie at free2b2much.blogspot.com

Tracy at countyroadchronicles.wordpress.com

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I gave Rae her car back today. I was so thankful for her generosity of lending me her convertible. The kids kept begging me to put the top down, but I resisted. 1. It’s been averaging in the 40’s this week. 2. I was scared I wouldn’t be able to get the darn thing back in place. I may have to borrow it for a day in the Spring. 😉

As we were driving to church this morning, I was deep in thought about this week and chatting with God in my head:

Me: Well God, thank you for bringing Benny and Max home safely, and thank you for a renewed hope for us, but I’m still anxious to hear how all of this car stuff is going to work out.

God: Do you miss Benny’s car?

Me: Well no,  why?

God: Do you have what you need?

Me: Well yes, technically I do. We have this van that you provided.

God: Do you trust me?

Me: Sometimes. (Hey! I can’t lie to God. He KNOWS, you know?)

God: I’m not done yet…

Me: O.K., then I’m good. I’ll keep waiting.

Then He spoke to me again through the lesson. The Pastor pointed out that the first Thanksgiving was the early settlers stopping to thank God that they weren’t starving. Good point. I’m not starving and neither is my family. Thank you God for your provision. We talked about examples of Jesus giving thanks: When he fed the 5,000 and the food was multiplied to feed everyone present and still have food left over, and when he raised Lazarus from the dead, he thanked God for hearing his prayer, then called Lazarus out of the tomb. We talked about Philippians 4:6,7: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

God does amazing things with thanksgiving. Like he did for the early settlers, he provides for our needs. Like he did for the feeding of the 5,000, he takes what is generously offered/given and multiplies it. Like he did with Lazarus, he restores life.

I really don’t miss the car. The couple we gave it to needed it more than we did, and I am thankful God used us to answer somebody else’s prayer. How many times has he done that for us? I have invited people over not knowing how I was going to be able to feed everyone, and God has somehow multiplied the food or our money so we could provide the food. I have experienced being dead inside only to be called back to life. I love and serve a God who is all about abundance. Not a short-sighted prosperity gospel, but true abundance through the workings of his people giving to each other and to those who need good news.

Here’s my lesson for today: He will bless us as we continue to give him thanks and bless others with what he has given us. And he will provide another car for us. Somehow. I believe it. I have his peace, and I am so thankful!

What are you thankful for this week?

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By His Wounds…

Today is Resurrection Day, the day we celebrate not only an empty tomb, but a life that is full because we serve a living God. In the most simple of terms, I live because He did. Not just breath, but life that bubbles up from deep inside me. The healing taking place in my life is because of Christ and His sacrificial love for me. I’m not in it alone, and that is truly good news! I’m not wearing anything special today, there is no money for new clothes, so I’m going to come to Him like I do everyday – just as I am. And He will be pleased.

Like millions of people around the globe, I’m celebrating Easter today.  I’ll be leading worship with the band and reading Isaiah 53. As I hang out and celebrate with my Colorado family, I’ll also be thinking of you and praying you’ll feel God’s love and forgiveness today. Here is one of the songs we’ll be singing today with our church family:

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snoopy

We’re packing the van and headed for the hills…well…the mountains.  The rest of the week will be spent with Benny’s family.  My MIL is hosting 4 families including ours.  The cousins will get to play, there will be games with prizes, LOTS of food, target practice (seriously), and hiking up gramma’s mountain behind her house.  I think I’ll bring my latest writing project so I can avoid that particular activity. 🙂  After the extended relatives leave on Friday, the Nowell/Miller clan will be celebrating our Christmas gift exchange.  The inlaws will be in TX for the month of December so this is our last chance for all of us to be together for awhile.  It’s a rare opportunity, so I savor it when it happens.

I hope your holiday is filled with family and friends, good food, and a thankful spirit for all that we are blessed with this year.  The blessings are many!  Count them, and don’t forget to bless someone else too.

Best wishes, safe travels, happy trails, sayonara, adios, ciao, and see you back here next week!

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