Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Getting to know you ...

Tonight, the ladies in our church are having a little get together with the theme of "Getting To Know You".  I don't want to go.  I have a crummy attitude about getting to know people.  What is my deal?  

We've had a lot of new people move in around me and I'm sure they're swell.  But throwing me into a mix of people I don't know and suggesting that I'm going to get to know them by playing games (PLAYING GAMES)  is my definition of pure agony.   This combination of characters and events is the main reason I don't attend most baby showers or Bar Mitzvahs.  Can't we all just wave from our front porches and call it good?

I need to figure out why I have such an aversion to strangers.  We'll see if I figure it out before 7:00 p.m. tonight.  Until then, maybe I'll learn something here ...


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sweet Sixteen!

As we wait for the arrival of the new baby in our family, I've had the day to reflect on one of my own babies.  It certainly doesn't seem like it was 16 years ago that he made his first appearance, but the calendar tells us otherwise.

Jake McKinnon Shaker, you are as strong as your name would imply.  Carry on and enjoy this time that you are about to embark on.  You've been given all that you need to be a contributing member of society while you keep a positive spin on your efforts.  Enjoy your life, work hard & go get 'em tiger!

We're very proud of you!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012 ... D I V E R S I T Y

Easter dinner at my house included the following:

My little family of 8 - Mormon folks (1 was even barefoot and pregnant).
My in-laws from across the street - Born Again Christian.
My sister-in-law, niece & great nephew - A little mix of Catholic,
Baptist and Christian.
The missionaries - Straight-up white shirt & tie Latter Day Saint boys.
The Wilson Family - a single mother of five children,
baptized into the Mormon church just Saturday!
Dre's Family - 5 little black kids (one of them Mormon),
who are without parents right now.
Gay Couple - Yep ... both of them.

This scene was spontaneously choreographed 
and filled with humility, gratitude and the Spirit.   
I think it might have been my favorite Easter yet!

Happy Easter week!

From our crazy house to yours!