Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Waiting for a knight in shining armor

I plan to teach my daughter to believe in the knight on a white horse, destined to carry her away from all this to a land far away where she'll be a princess and live happily ever after.

I plan to teach her this, because it's true.

The deal is, she may have to wait a long time to see this man. She's in an engagement period and she has to be patient, to save herself for him, to love no one more than him, and to pledge to love him all her life. While she's waiting for him, he may ask her to do some hard things, like fight for him. The good news is he's already given her a sword, a shield, and a full suit of armor. Don't worry, he won't put her in any situation alone, he has a whole army at his disposal that helps her fight, comes alongside her, before her and after her. It's a pledge of her passion and her desire to have him.

He's a great guy, as princes go. He's very powerful, but the best type of man: fearless and tenderhearted at the same time. He's a healer, a public speaker, an educated man, and a hard-worker, not to mention his princely qualities. He's also generous, kind, gentle, passionate and has a great sense of humor. His dad is even better. The king has already adopted my daughter as his very own! He treats her just like his own child.

The only thing that could mess this up is if she gets tired of waiting for her prince...I really hope she doesn't. He picked her out especially for himself before she knew him. He's been watching her from afar, admiring, loving, waiting for her. It's one of those great scenarios where he's totally in love with her, she can't imagine a prince could love her like that, then they get to live happily ever after. He's even building her a house, with room for everyone she loves and cares about, though hopefully she'll be willing to go to him even if no one goes with her. But who wouldn't want to be with a guy like that?

It gets better...this prince is a great adventurer and plans to take my daughter to some truly amazing places, from the hightest mountain tops to the depths of the deepest ocean to the beautiful garden he built just for the two of them to share. There's a lot to be learned from a guy like that.

I really hope she waits. I'm glad I'm waiting. I hope you're waiting, too.

Here's a paragraph from one of his love-letters:

"You've captured my heart, dear friend. You looked at me, and I fell in love. One look my way and I was hopelessly in love! How beautiful your love, dear, dear friend— far more pleasing than a fine, rare wine, your fragrance more exotic than select spices."-J (SOS 4:9-10)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Things will be great in 2008

Things will be great, in 2008, in spite of the impending election. This begs the question: Since when was something eleven months away considered "impending"? Elections. Chalk up another point for bipartisanship. Sorry, back to family news...

We survived the holidays and had a ton of fun. This is the first year since we've been married that Matthew and I have been able to celebrate Christmas with family, thanks to Mt. Bachelor. Needless to say, we sort of overdid it.

The holiday highlight for June was definitely chasing all her cousins, second-cousins, and step-second-cousins-twice-removed around Grandma and Grandpa Maurer's house. She also enjoyed the abundance of Christmas sparkle you always find there. The highlight for Mommy and Daddy was the snowboarding we've been able to enjoy together the past few weeks. Mommy got a "sweet" coat thanks to Daddy's Christmas bonus (thank you Arnold Irrigation!). She now gets gazes from her husband on the chairlift that say, "hey beautiful" instead of "wow, honey, we need to get you a new coat."

Having recovered from a short, busy holiday, we raise our heads above the fog and find that the snow has melted (for now), life is moving again, and Matthew is back at work. The upside of rain and wind is the vocabulary potential for our dear little sponge. Her latest words include: puddle, umbrella, wind, ski, whisper and yell. Sign language is popular at our house and June knows about 25 words including bunny/rabbit, hug, cold, help, share, sit, eat, drink, MILK (her favorite), moose and cat (this one is adorable). The hardest thing about sign-language is that Mommy and Daddy have to keep up with the learning curve.

Another highlight? June's new favorite word: Elmo. I have no one to blame for this but myself. Sesame Street has about 200 video clips online and a hefty portion of them involve Elmo, everyone's favorite, furry friend. Side note: I think it's hilarious that Elmo is actually a big burly guy who looks more like a bouncer than a preschooler. Maybe this is why Elmo flirts so much with the ladies who come to visit Sesame Street (seriously, watch him carefully next time). Women everywhere, including my daughter, are drawn to Elmo's soft vulnerability and cheerful attitude. June asks for Elmo constantly. In fact, Elmo may be more popular at our house than Noah. But, that is a story for another time involving a sweet 9 year old who has stolen my daughter's heart.

For now, we live each day with the hope of glory, and, like our new favorite bumper sticker says (it may appear soon on a primer-gray 1980's Nissan Maxima near you), we are "Dopeless Hope Fiends" and loving every minute.

This entry is a lot like my holiday season; disjointed, fun and family-oriented. I can live with that. What have you been up to, family and friends? Please drop us a line and let us know.