Saturday Snuggle 03.05.16


Michigan… oh Michigan… How bipolar are you?

Three times in the past two weeks, we have gazed out into our yard and seen all of the sticks on the ground from all of the high winds we got this winter… and then a snow covered landscape… and then all of the sticks on the ground from all of the high winds we got this winter… and then a snow covered landscape… and then all of the sticks on the ground from all of the high winds we got this winter… and then a snow covered landscape…

They say next week is going to be pretty warm… lets hope it sticks.

Not that it should make a big difference to us this weekend, anyways.  We are sick as dogs, and will be spending most of today undercover… either sleeping… or consuming fruits, veggies, juices, and media…

Let’s get started with a video:

This guys name is Randolph Arriola.  Found this video recently, and was like, ‘hell yeah…’ by the skill.  Then got interested in what kind of guitar he was playing.  Stopped by Quinn’s and they helped us identify it as a Godin.  Wheels started turning.  We plan on selling the Martin soon so that Chadwick can get his hands on one of these.


With spring approaching, now is a good time to start planning out that spring cleaning.  Check out this great post to get those wheels turning.

If you are in love… or hope to be… and you still read things called books… we highly recommend ZimZum by Rob and Kristen Bell.  Amy ordered this one for us last year and we cruised through it in a weekend.  Over the past couple weeks, it’s landed next to the coffee pot on the night stand, and will be picked up again.


And for those of you in between marriages… or into your second one… we know that many folks out there are already filling your head with the, ‘don’t you know that second marriages have a higher divorce rate than first ones?’  It’s one of those things you hear, but don’t really challenge.  Somewhere in the back of your mind can be all the tapes of what went wrong in the first marriage, and you have learned that you don’t want to go through that again.  But your friends… bless their hearts… don’t know what it was like to walk in your shoes in the first place.  Go ahead an politely tune them out… and then move forward.  Here is a nice short read to keep you encouraged as you look for love in all the right places.

To nurture some poetic culture into your life… we’ve taken a liking to Miss Sarah Kay as of late.  Here is a sample:

Also Michigan related this week: it’s time to vote in the presidential primaries on March 8.  Here are a few things you’ll need to know to be educated enough to get to your polling center.  How educated you are beyond that about the candidates or the process… that’s up to you.

Ok… it’s quite possible that climbing out of bed for a turkey sub from Maikes could be in order.  Peace…


A Brief Pause… An Anniversary Weekend


Yesterday, we celebrated our first anniversary… and for the next few days, we will be off the grid.  So… that means no new posts for a short time.

We are grateful to all of our family and friends who have been a support to us during this time of building a new life, and blending two worlds.

To our folks…

Ricky and Barbara Alexander: Could not have the opportunity to grow together, rest together, sort together, love together… and all of the other emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual landscapes that we travel together without the two of you.  Deepest appreciation and gratefulness for who you are.  We are looking forward to our time together with you both soon.

Dave and Mary Oberlin:  The simple way in which we are able to spend time together talking, eating, and laughing is always encouraging and just what we need.  We always feel at home whether the time spent is random… or seeking deeper understanding.  Thank you for your humor and for sharing  your life with us.

To our kids…

We love you all… and are proud of the way that you except each other and us as we blend our two families.  We know that we are lame… and that you don’t like it when we make you hand in your technology at night.  We know that you sneak down stairs after we go to bed, because we can hear you, and can follow your trail of laffy taffy wrappers throughout the house.  We know that their have been bumps along the way in learning each others language… but you are all amazing people, and we are honored to have a roll to play in helping you discover who you were created to be.  You are loved…

To the Griffes’, the Hydes’, Kim, Jodi, Brian and Kelly, the Wright’s, the VanTreese’s, Kyle and Tom, and everyone else (should never have started to list individuals)… thank you.

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