Saturday, November 20, 2010

poor kitty.

since Thanksgiving is coming up, i would like to take this time to share a little Thanksgiving story.

last year was our first Thanksgiving together. Jesse and his dad came to lunch at my house. and they met my whole family. i had some firefly and tried to spike my grandma's tea. there were kids running around. and as usual, i fell asleep on the couch. maybe not the most comfortable setting for Jesse's first holiday with my family.

he was sitting there quietly watching football. because that's what Thanksgiving is about, right? my grandma proceeds to say "Jesse, you sure are quiet." not knowing how to respond to that he shrugged and gave a little grin. my grandma has the idea to play "poor kitty". apparently it was a fun game our family used to play. pre-1985 obviously, because i had never heard of it till this point. granny gives the basic gist of the game: one person is the "kitty". he/she has to crawl around to people and meow. whoever kitty crawls up to has to pet his/her head 3 times and say poor kitty without laughing. if this person laughs while petting kitty, he/she is now the kitty.

so grandma gets down on all fours, crawls over to jesse, and puts her head on his lap. poor jesse felt so uncomfortable, but patted her head.

it's a story we'll never forget. it makes me grateful. that my grandma wanted to make jesse feel comfortable and a part of our family because she is so caring. and it makes me thankful for laughter. life without it is a bummer.

hoping you all (all 3 of you) have a sweet time enjoying food and fellowship this week with friends and family.

the weffanator.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

away.

today has been a sweet day. jesse leaves for sudan tomorrow, so we both took the day off work for a date day. rarely do we have a day free of anything because i've worked most saturdays since we've been married. and sundays seem to fill up with chores, errands, and church. so, today was extra special. just us doing what we wanted to do enjoying each other's company without anything that "had" to be done. i'm not sure why we don't make this happen more often.

i am so excited (and jealous) for jesse. i love traveling. and want to see as much as i can. traveling for me includes a trip to little rock this weekend to see dear friends. that place is so special. and can't wait to catch up with my community there. the rest of the time i'll be staying with my parents in mesquite. and i'm excited for that, too.

as jesse goes to the other side of the world tomorrow, i will be here. wishing i were on a plane (as usual). i am praying for contentment. and that the Lord would give me a trusting heart - that he has me exactly where i need to be for his glory. and that my life may not be an international adventure, but God is still using it for good.

i've been hearing the phrase "God is good. And He does good," a lot lately. it's been good to dwell on that. and know that it's true.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

bandwagon.

I started a blog. I think that's what you're supposed to do when you're a newly married 20-something girl. I'm just 5 months late.

Here it is - the exciting tales of what's happening with the McKee's.

Jesse is at staff retreat in Tyler this week with the church. I'm all alone to fend off the bugs/spiders/other creepy crawler things that shouldn't be inside. So far I've destroyed the biggest spider I've ever seen.

I've been spending time with my precious friends. I just can't believe how blessed I am. I had dinner with two ladies who lead the discipleship group I'm in tonight and met up with Monica for coffee after. My heart was encouraged so much.

I love people's stories. I'm intrigued at how they end up where they are, and I love to see how God has ordained things to get people to where he wants them for his glory. It truly stirs my affection for him. Tonight I was reminded of that.

So, I leave you with these verses. Mostly because I need to meditate on them:
"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe." 1 Timothy 4.7-10