Episode 33…That’s a wrap or maybe a Season?

Just 19 more…

But it just ain’t gonna happen.

No more new episodes for now.

I have decided to finish out the year with reruns of previous episodes.

Maybe we’ll just call that season one. For now.

It’s no one particular thing. Just a mash up of a lot of little things. Sometimes life and technical stuff just are not made to go together.

The additional responsibilities of my new job.

Increased responsibilities at church.

The focus of building my ministry.

Not being able to find convenient times to talk.

Rushing to always get this thing out on time.

In a way it got to be very much like a business.

Sometimes things just have to go away.

What is nice is that the recordings will be there for our girls. I know they don’t really care now. One day they will.

There is sadness. A sense of failure. Some relief.

The next months will be a time to refocus. Reflect on what worked and what didn’t. Where we truly able to help anyone? Why? Why not?

And to answer the hardest question, did Liz or I benefit from it? If so, how? How can we put more of that into our everyday relationship?

Finally, a big thank you to all these who have listened to the journey and lived the ups and downs with us.

I pray that somehow, somewhere, someone got something from this and was able to use something that pushed their relationship forward.

God Bless.

 

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Music: Cullah – “Riverse” on “Cullah The Wild” (http://www.cullah.com)
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Episode 30…The Check in…

It’s not all philosophical or deeply emotional. 

Sometimes you just try not to lose ground. I have no idea why but, the visual I get is that of World War I trench warfare.

A lot of time is spent waiting.

Waiting to gather the resources

Waiting to gather morale.

Just so you can make that next big push forward. In today’s ratrace it seems that marriages are no different. Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that marriage is war. I am merely suggesting that not everyday is a great leap forward for your relationship.

There seems to be pockets of chances, that if taken advantage of, can push your relationship to the next level. Unfortunately, those kinds of days are few and far between.

The conversations are not always deep.

The I love you’s not always sincere as they could be.

The kisses a little more hurried than they use to be.

So many other things seem to need your attention.

And you just check in. Quick conversation. How’s the  day?

I know because I have done it before.

I tried to spice this one up. This check in was supposed to be about celebration. New beginnings.

Some firsts all around.

It just shows one how difficult and perhaps mundane married life can be sometimes. It’s not all fun, laughs, and hot sex.

Instead of advancing forward, you sometimes just try not to fall back. Keep the ground you have gained at all cost.

And that is simply what the check in is all about.

 

 

Music: Cullah – “Riverse” on “Cullah The Wild” (http://www.cullah.com)
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To all the Special Ladies!

 

Wow…20 Weeks already. Nearly halfway through the year. Seems like I just begun. But here we are into Mother’s day weekend.

It has been an incredible journey and on today’s episode we have two very special guests, without whom my wife would not be a mother. And I would not have the coolest tribe on the face of the planet.

As frustrating as parenting can be at times I wouldn’t change it and it something everyone should experience. Either biologically or through adoption.

Eight years really has flown by. And most likely in another decade Liz and I will be empty nesters and ready for a different chapter of life.

The tired is still there. The house a mess. Never know if I am coming or going. Always wondering how to pay for everything but I consider that all marks of a life well lived.

And I want to say a big “Thank You” to the mothers out there for all you do. You truly do not get the recognition you deserve. I know Liz doesn’t. It’s easy for us dumb men to get into a rut and take things for granted.

I think I have mentioned before that behind every dumb, strong man is an even stronger woman.

I’ll leave you with a quote that I think is attributed to Mark Twain.

Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she will give you a baby. If you give her a house, she will give you a home. If you give her groceries, she will give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she will give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.

 

Music: Cullah – “Riverse” on “Cullah The Wild” (http://www.cullah.com)
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Episode 19: Potpourri…Part 2!

There is always a continuation. Life and learning are not sequential.

There are many starts, stops, pauses, plateaus, uphill climbs, and downhill skids. You hope to find enough fun filled moments to offset the frustrating ones. You wonder what is next. If you have arrived. If you ever truly arrive.

It all seems so elusive. I keep waiting for my red pill:blue pill moment. What is success anyway? For far too long I have measured it by the good old bank account.

But I digress. I will just stop here and let the episode do the talking.

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Music: Cullah – “Riverse” on “Cullah The Wild” (http://www.cullah.com
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Episode 18: Potpourri…Part 1

Yes, it is all over the place. Liz had no idea what I meant by potpourri. But I totally had the whole Jeopardy thing going on. To say that tonight was hard would be an understatement.

Before we even got rolling with the recording we talked for about 45 minutes on what we were going to talk about. It is the oddest thing considering it’s unscripted and we are are not supposed to really know what we are going to talk about. I guess I have done a poor job with really getting my wife to understand how this whole thing really works.

And the conversation really did go all over the place.

Celebrations.
Cats.
Grace.
Mercy.
Success.
Showing up.
Having made it.

And even our own sappy movie ending 18 years ago that got us where we are today. So much to embrace that this thing became a two parter.

And I actually like it that way. So many of these things are starting to come down to the wire and feeling rushed to get these things out. But I suppose I wouldn’t have it any other way. Would be too boring I guess.

So…sit back and enjoy the two part potpourri.

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Music: Cullah – “Riverse” on “Cullah The Wild” (http://www.cullah.com
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