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


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.