"Anyone can have one kid. But going from one kid to two is like going from owning a dog to running a zoo." - P. J. O'Rourke

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Congratulations to my 70,000 visitor!!  I don't know who you are, but you live in Minneapolis :-)  Thanks for visiting!

Happy Birthday, Marcus Mumford!

Couldn't let the day go by without wishing Marcus a very happy birthday!  In honor of his birthday, Molly and I rolled down the windows of the car and listened to The Cave, very loudly.  It was cold, but very worth it!

And now, you can enjoy that most excellent song in honor of Marcus' birthday, as well.

It's not the best recording of the song, BUT it was from OUR concert in Kansas City.  The gal who recorded it was right behind us, and you get the idea of what it was like to be in a 10,000 person sing-a-long!


My Facebook friends know that I have been planning out my tattoo for the past few days.  In the process, I was spending some time "hanging out" with the Greek Bible.  How fun is that?  Well, for me, it's lots of fun!

I think I already told you that my tattoo will say this:

Ὑμεῖς γὰρ ἐπ' ἐλευθερίᾳ ἐκλήθητε
(For you were called to freedom   -Galatians 5:13)

And so it will.  But, my dear friend Jen also gave me an outstanding verse the other day:

οὗ δὲ τὸ πνεῦμα κυρίου, ἐλευθερία
(where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom  -2 Corinthians 3:17)

Now I'm thinking, I'll need one verse around each ankle...eventually.

Anyway, that's not the point of this post :-)

The point is, while I was wandering around the Greek Bible, I was looking up the Greek words in a Greek Lexicon.  You know, to make sure that my tattoo really said what I wanted it to say.  Wouldn't it be awful if I got this permanent tattoo and it ended up saying something like, "I like to eat octopus"

Anyhow....while browsing through the lexicon, this word, ἐλευθερία, struck me.  In both of my tattoo verses, it's translated "freedom" but the lexicon gives more detail.  Here's the definition:

ἐλευθερία, n  \{el-yoo-ther-ee'-ah}
1) liberty to do or to omit things having no relationship to salvation  2) fancied liberty  2a) license, the liberty to do as one pleases  3) true liberty is living as we should not as we please 

Wow!  It makes me like these verses and that word all the more!  Maybe you all find this quite boring and uninspiring, but not me!  I'm going to enjoy living in ἐλευθερία.

Monday, January 30, 2012

That Was Close

Mumford certainly dodged the bullet tonight.  We let her out to "do her business" before bed.  As soon as she got out the door we heard her barking loudly but didn't think too much of it.  BUT, when we opened the door to let her back in, we were greeted with that distinct odor of skunk :-(

We hesitantly let her into the house and gave her a good sniffing over, only to discover that apparently her new furry friend has really poor aim.  Somehow, Mr. Skunk missed Mumford completely, much to our pleasure.  I really didn't want to give a dog a tomato sauce bath before bed tonight!

They are kind of cute little critters though, don't you think?