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Month: March 2010

The McDonalds Hug

I’m not sure what repulsed me more, the stench of sweat and alcohol or the way little particles seemed to fly out of his mouth while he talked. But there he was just inches from my face talking to me. I could understand only about one fourth of what he said as I looked him over from head to toe. His clothes were disheveled and dirty but what stood out to me most was his hat. It was a regular ball cap, but it was black with large green dollar signs all over it. The other patrons standing in line at this McDonald’s had cleared out of the way, hoping not to be the next target of the loud-talking, smelly man. However, when I looked into his eyes I didn’t feel repulsed. I felt sad. In some way I hope I saw this man as God sees him – good. My thoughts were interrupted by his mumbling and rambling. At this point he was showing me his armband from a nearby mental institution. I shook my head unsure of why he was telling me this. He then did something that shocked me. He hugged me. At first I was not sure what was happening, skeptical and guarded as I often am. Extending my arms into his hug I half expected him to pick my pocket or something. I was...

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Household Project Timeline Calculator

Do you have a project at your house that needs work? A broken toilet? An unfinished room? These projects can provide opportunities for couples to work together and enjoy time with each other. More often, though, these projects can drive married couples crazy and put stress on an otherwise happy marriage. Many times the stress comes from our unrealistic expectations. Today’s post hopes to help us set realistic expectations. Wives are sometimes puzzled trying to determine when their husband will start a project. Some times it seems they resolve the issue quicky and some projects tend to linger unresolved. So what’s the difference? I have produced the following chart to help you determine how long a particular project will take. Take a look at it and then we’ll walk through a few examples. Please note: If the project falls within a particular “season” (e.g. football season, hunting season, etc.) you may need to add a few weeks to match your husbands interests. So let’s look at a few examples: If you feel that the kitchen needs to be remodled but your husband doesn’t see the need then it may be time to call a contractor (and a marriage counselor.) If a toilet is messed up and your husband is not good at plumbing you had better hope that he has a friend that is good at plumbing or you’ll...

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