Archive for November, 2009


Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd!

November 23, 2009

From My First Steps.

Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd, is Happy Birthday in Dutch, and 62 years ago today my mother was born in the Netherlands.

I wanted to take the chance here to wish her a happy birthday.  God blessed me the day he sent me to her.  She has loved me, and cared for me unselfeshly for every single day of my life.  I have to agree with Honest Abe who said, “Everything I am today I owe to my angel mother.”

There are lots of young men who feel a special connection to their moms, but life’s circumstance have definelty made our relationship unique and priceless.

When I broke my neck in the summer of 1986, she stayed by my side, in the hospital nearly every day.  She championed my cause then, and still does today.  I comb my own hair, brush my own teeth, write on my own and feed myself all because of her encouragement.  Afetr my accident, I attended High School with my friends because she was willing to lift me 16 times a day.  She never worried about the detriment she was causeing her back, only the progress she was bringing my life.

She pushed me when it probably killed her to, but it’s what’s allowed me to be independent today. (You can read about one example here)

Now, as I watch her with Coleman, she is the consumate Grandma.  She loves him more unconditionally.  After he was born, as I came out to tell everyone in the waiting room that all had gone well, my eyes met hers, she ran to me and we cried together.  She was one of the few people that could understand the road it took from July 13, 1986 to January, 27, 2009.

I love her with all my heart.  I love that she loves Kolette like a daughter.  I love that she loves Cole as a son.  I love the way she always loved my friends (ask any of them, they’ll all tell you how great she is.) I love that she’s always been my friend. And I love that a loving Heavenly Father saw fit to send me to her. Whatever good ever comes from my life is as a result of her tender care.

So today, Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd, Mom!

I Love You



Bubbles The Kid

November 16, 2009

Kolette and I have heard a little wheezing and coughing the last few nights and felt pretty sure that Coleman had a cough/cold.  However, we weren’t quite sure whether or not he had contracted the dreaded “runny nose” yet.

So, as we so often do, we’re turning to you, our friends in the blogosphere, to help us figure it out.  We’ve posted the picture below and are waiting for your opinion.  For either it’s a runny nose, or it S-NOT.



Don’t Want To Miss a Thing + Winner

November 10, 2009

Our first matter of business is to announce the winner of our giveraway.  The lucky person (chosen randomly) is…………..(drumroll please)………….Trish, who shared a great thought about her Pilates move. You can read her comment here. Congrats Trish.  You win an autographed copy of my DVD plus some great swag from Kolette.

As I read and appreciated everyone’s little ways they find little bits of joy, I was reminded that the only way we see these things is if we pay attention.  We have to watch the things that happen in our lives or we will miss much of the happiness that comes our way.

Coleman is exceptional at this.  He watches everything.  He doesn’t want to miss out on anything, and does everything to make sure that when something happens he’s either a part of it, or is watching others play their part.

He has a constant smile.  I wonder if it’s because he doesn’t let any little gladness slip by.

Your comments and Cole’s resolve have motivated me to refocus and redouble my efforts—‘Cause I don’t want to miss a thing.




Life’s Grape + Giveaway

November 6, 2009

About a week ago, I asked Kolette if she would add some green grapes to the grocery list.  She usually just picks up red grapes and I was jonesin’ for some green ones.  She must have gone to the store in the last few days, because yesterday morning, lo and behold, I found my green grapes waiting in the bowl on the counter while Ko was away working her keister off at Jim’s Gym (for more on her escapades there, check out her blog here–or for one of my favorite Jim’s Gym posts click here).

Anyway, as I worked my way through the grapes, it wasn’t long until I noticed that these were not your ordinary, average, everyday, grapes.  It quickly became evident that these were some sort of “Super Grapes,” or that possibly someone had slipped some steroids into this batch of Vitis Vinifera (I guess you could say they might have been juicing).

And then, it was there—the largest grape Ko or I had ever seen.  The other ones were big, but this one was second to none.  It barely seemed like a grape at all.  We took it around and compared it to other items around the house, and laughed and joked about what we saw.  We even took pictures so you can see for yourself.

Grape & The Bead

The grape next to Cole's Bead/Block

It was only a few minutes, and it was just some silly grapes, but it brought some joy to our day.  But, that’s how it goes.  Often, it’s the little, crazy things that bring us the happiness we need to make it through the day.  That said, it falls upon us to find those ridiculous things that can lighten your day, and take some of the pressure off.

So, wanting to hear other little quirky things you find to bring joy into your lives, I’m going to giveaway.  It’s an autographed DVD.  In order to qualify, you need to leave some silly, little thing you’ve used to bring some joy to your life—maybe even take it upon yourself to find something to get you giggling in the next few days.

Either way, leave your comment and you’ll be entered in the giveaway.

And, in honor of the grape, Kolette’s agreed to make the giveaway a little more “juicy” by adding some of her great scrapbooking swag for you or your spouse.

Now comes your chance.  Let ‘em fly.  The more ideas that get posted the more resources we’ll all have to live lives with a little more gladness, the more ways we’ll find to make life just grape.


To qualify, comments must be posted by 10:00pm PST Sunday, November 8

Grape & The Penny

The grape next to a penny