Family night

We’ve started having family night on Mondays. Tonight we played D&D as a family. Boo was our DM.

Reasons I love Dale:

143. He has a twisted sense of humor sometimes.

144. He can calm me down when I lose my temper.

145. He loves our girls. All 3 of them.

146. He’s willing to be flexible as needed.

I’m sorry. I’m falling asleep while writing. I’ll need to stop here.




Date night

Dale and I realized this past year how important it is for us to spend time together, just us. We’ve spent so much time being Mommy and Daddy, that we needed to be Dale and Melinda again. So we started dating again.

It’s little things, like going to the grocery store or running errands together, but it’s also seeing a movie or playing games. We decided to join one of Dale’s coworkers in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

We meet about once or twice a month with some other friends and beat up bad guys and rescue good guys and try to find treasure. It’s a lot of fun. Dale, I think, appreciates when I ask him questions and he gets to explain it to me. I love spending time with him, watching his nerdy side shine.

Tonight, he started his campaign.

Reasons I love my husband.

129. He’s a nerd and a geek, and he’s not afraid to show it.

130. He agonized over all the details in order to get this campaign just right.

131. He is very sensitive to when I need help. We weren’t done, but he ended the game because I didn’t feel good.

132. He likes to try to leave a place he’s visiting in the same or better condition than when he arrived.

133. He conducts music. It’s usually in the car and usually to music only he hears, but I love watching him.

134. He will do most of the driving if I ask him to. But he also lets me drive if I ask.

135. He’s careful of the bumps. He tries very hard to avoid the bumps in the road when he knows they are there.

I love my husband, and I love our date nights, no matter how unconventional they are.



A. Non. O’Mouse

Facebook is notorious for one person doing a thing, and then everyone else doing it, too. Sometimes, it’s very hard not to cave to peer pressure. 

The recent fad is an anonymous app, where you can leave a comment for someone else, either compliments or criticisms. And it’s completely anonymous, right? This wouldn’t be used for bullying at all. 


Well, I’m not signing up for it for a number of reasons. One, I have this blog. If you want to leave me a compliment or a criticism or anything at all, this post is for you. 

Fire away!



End of the Day

It’s finally the end of my day.  I got to go to the zoo with a friend.  Then I had to work.  It’s been a really long day, and I’m ready to head towards bed.

But first, Reasons I love Dale:

50.  He kisses me goodbye every morning.
51.  Sitting on the couch watching TV together, with his arm around me.
52.  He made the menu plan for the week without any prompting from me.  🙂


FMF – Play

This post is part of the Five Minute Friday linkup, where I join with other writers from all over to write on a one word prompt for … get this … 5 minutes.  😀  Today’s word is Play.


Play.  It’s something we do as small children, and we never really outgrow it, although the nature of our play changes.  When we are children, our play can involve dolls or blocks, trains or books, cops and robbers, tag, ball, and anything our imagination comes up with.  As we get older, it changes.

I’m watching my youngest play on Minecraft right now.  It’s a game I don’t understand, but she has spent hours upon hours playing this game and developing her worlds.  My middle child plays by reading all the time and listening to music.  My oldest plays in makeup and nail polish.

But how do we as adults play?  How do we relax and unwind and use our imaginations?  For me, writing is a form of play.  Art journaling and mixed media is another for a play, and one I greatly enjoy learning more about.

I also play with and at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.  I get to enjoy playing Princess Sophia Jagiellon of the singing princesses.

But why do we play?  What need did God give us that makes us crave this fundamental behavior?  All I can think of is that God created the whole world in 6 days, and rested on the 7th.  Since we are made in the image of God, then maybe THAT is why we play.  And if you think God doesn’t play, may I direct your attention to the platypus?

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 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.   Genesis 2:2  (NIV)

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27  (NIV)