Wednesday, July 21, 2010


What does 10% of the population have in common?
What do these people have in common? 
Nietzsche, Mahatma Gandhi, Charlie Chaplin, Henry Ford, John McEnroe, Isaac Newton, Truman, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Macartney, Reagan, Ford, Bush, Obama, Clinton, Babe Ruth, Joan of Arc, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Bill Gates, Queen Victoria, Beethoven, Neil Armstrong, John Kennedy, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Michelangelo, Ramses the Great, Mark Twain, Napoleon...
The same thing that the love of my life and I have in common. We're all lefties.

The other day Josh and I were at the thrift store (this amazing place in case you were wondering). In the midst of taking advantage of amazing deals and half price yellow tag items to boot, I ran across this.


Yes, it's A Left-Handed History of the World. I almost got it. You see, Josh and I are both left-handed. Ironically, we've had to learn how to sit next to each other at meals. You'd think we'd finally have it easy. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Two lefties falling in love? It's funny, but I have thought about what may come of this. With such a rich history of talented left-handers, I feel hopeful. Will all our children be lefties? *sigh* I hope so.

P.S. I didn't buy the book, but Josh bought me some gorgeous clothes! Sweet, sweet, provider. I love him.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Settlers Helps Me Be a Better Wife - 3 Reasons

Settlers of Catan!Image by readmckay via Flickr

Our favorite board game these days is Settlers of Catan... Cities & Knights, Seafarers, Traders & Barbarians. My family bought them for me when I was planning on moving to Nigeria. What does this have to do with learning to wife? Actually it does, no really, I'm not just putting this up because we L-O-V-E this game. It teaches me a lot about being a wife... uh. Here you go:

  1. Giving Directions: I'm learning that it doesn't work when we try to teach people the game at the same time. It just confuses people. I think this lesson will be valuable in child training and maybe even telling people about Jesus!
  2. Explaining Myself: I play Settlers a lot like how I live life. I just do it. My Love is wonderful at processing and producing well-thought-out results in both Settlers and life (not to be confused with the game). I'm not. When he asks, "How did you win?" or "Why did you build there?" I am challenged to think about the reason for my move and to explain it with clarity. Yes, this is quite applicable. Being married to a quality-oriented man, this lesson is priceless.
  3. Having Fun: This is probably the most common of the reasons. We often use Settlers to bring life to a conversation and find common ground with others. It's true, we use it to manipulate others to come visit us. I'm learning that it's good for our relationship with each other and with others to be able to take off my apron, leave the dishes, and cream everyone in a game of Settlers! :) Love it.
It's not just a game.

P.S. Does anyone know where to find replacement pieces?
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