Monday morning meanderings. Vol.4

July 16, 2007 at 9:58 am 3 comments

Not sure what happens on weekends but I often have trouble getting motivated to write on Monday morning.  Maybe it is just tough to get started like the rest of you who are at a job this morning.

Item one. We got back late last night from McCall, Idaho, where we had been attending the wedding of Colby Wright and Jill Willey.  It was a beautiful wedding, in a freshly mowed field on the family ranch.  Colby had one of the great wedding come back lines after choking up during the vows; “It’s hay fever season.” Good to see the big guy emotional about his commitments.  We had a good time with friends and seeing a really beautiful part of the country.

Item two.  The drive home was interesting.  About an hour out of McCall we stopped at a fruit stand and when we were ready to leave the truck wouldn’t start.  It had been a little hard starting and I wondered what was going on, as it usually fires right up.  So after waiting a couple of hours, while AAA tried to find a tow truck to come all the way out where we were, and then waiting another couple of hours for the truck to get there and load us up, we finally got the truck to the Ford dealer in Lewiston.  As soon as it was off the truck, I got in to try and start it and you guessed it, fired right up.  So we drove on home, never shutting the engine off.  We got back to the trailer after midnight, rather than the reasonable 8 we thought it would be. I just had the fuel filters changed before we left so we are wondering if air got in the lines.  Any diesel mechanics out there with ideas?  You Chevy and Dodge guys, keep it to yourselves.

Item three. Traci and family are here and we have been enjoying them.  They are visiting lots of their friends so we don’t get all their time but it is fun to have them close.  Both boys have been sick, which isn’t much fun.  They all went to church with Brad at his new church, so they were able to see his new digs.  We are so thankful that our kids all enjoy each other, that the grandsons have fun together and they all are following Jesus.  Can’t ask for more than that.  Brandon flew home last night as he needs to be back at work.  Traci and the boys will drive home later in the week.

Item four. Having just attended a wedding caused me to take a second look at this Pew Research Center study on factors people associate with successful marriages.  In a 1990 World Values Survey, parenting children was third in importance in a successful marriage.  In this new study it ranked eighth behind the sharing of chores, good housing, happy sexual relationship and faithfulness.  Chore sharing was valued by 62% while raising children was only valued by 41% of the respondents.  By a margin of 3-1, this survey found Americans say the main purpose of marriage is the “mutual happiness and fulfillment” of adults rather than the “bearing and raising of children”.  This quote especially caught my attention: “The popular culture is increasingly oriented toward fulfilling the x-rated fantasies and desires of adults.  Child rearing values-sacrifice, stability, dependability and maturity-seem stale and musty by comparison.”  You can read more here.

Item five. Signs, signs, every where are signs.  Enjoy.

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Entry filed under: Culture, Faith, Family, Friendship, Jesus, Monday meanderings, News, Thoughts, Travel.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia! (Thoughts that make me go hmmm.) A loss for words.

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. amanda  |  July 17, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    gosh i am with Kasey I think it would start with a C! =)

  • 2. Royal  |  July 17, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I would think that the two most important aspects of a successful marriage would be a healthy realtionship between you, your spouse, and God, followed by decisions regarding raising children. I am a parent and would never trade my child for some other vice. Maybe the survey polled alot of people who are planning to never have children. It is hard to fathom that someone would sacrifice their kids for the sake of fun.

  • 3. Kasey  |  July 16, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    I only had one comment to make and now I have to keep it to myself. . .

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