Posted by: jmdenham | June 14, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/14/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Elana’s presence in my life!
  2. Elana and her love of Aiden!
  3. Elana and her fun with Ryan!
  4. Watching baseball in the summer with family and friends (which we are doing for Elana’s bday!)
Posted by: jmdenham | June 14, 2017

29 is the new 39…still uncool.

Today, my beloved wife Elana turns 29! And yes, indeed, we will be celebrating in a number of ways, popping open a cork, going to a baseball game, going to sleep after the kids go to bed (wink wink!), and pretending that we are celebrating something cool.

Pretending to be celebrating something cool.  Yes, she has become more beautiful with age.  Yes, she has learned to wash the dishes as she has gained wisdom in her years.  Yes, she is becoming a career woman in this mature yet young age. Yes, she is my beloved now just as she was at 25.  Yes indeed, 29 is worth celebrating as a birthday…until you realize it’s a birth day and damn girl, you gettin old!!! 

So in honor of the special day and the special year of 29:

Top 10 list for Why Turning 29 Is Not So Cool

10) You’re in the line of 4 boring birthdays, 26/27/28/29. And 30 is…well…30.  No rental car, no travel permit, no license celebration.  Just another bland birthday in an empty laundry line of them. That’s really feeling special. 

9) You’re still considered in your 20’s.  Like the same group as another glassy eyed 20 year old college student who still believes that there’s a job waiting after graduation.

8) You are nearing 1/3 the way to 100. Yikes.

7) Celebrating 29 while being a parent reminds you that you are truly becoming your parents.  I mean, you are closer to your parents age than your kids age. But sure, your still young right?!? Deep breath now…

6) As a 29 year old you will almost certainly be in a daily existential crisis…job…kids…career…parent…who are you really? What are you doing with your life? No seriously, I’m asking, what are you doing with your life?

5) 29 makes your childhood achievements seem further away than anything. I mean, yeah, you were a black belt at 14 but now your bones creak just thinking about taking a walk. Yeah, you were GT in high school but you just cheat sheeted your 2nd graders math problem. Is that just math being hard or just being 29? Yikes again.
4) 29 means you know life before the internet…and that’s not a cool thing.

3) You will spend most of your 29th year answering questions about what you are doing to celebrate your 30th.  Can’t wait huh.

2) You are now supposedly in your 20’s but only cool enough to go out on the weekend by staying home and drinking coffee and watching trash TV while binging on your Facebook feed and complaining that a glass of wine will make you tired.. Yeah, that’s way cool, if cool means you just became a year lamer.

1) The fact that your husband is doing this for 29 means that your 30th has got to be so much better! That’s love wife!

Happy birthday my love!!! May we grow closer this year and deepen our love and find Gods presence in one another.  And may God surround with joy and crown you with his smile on your birthday! I love you and happy birthday!

Posted by: jmdenham | June 13, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/13/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. My dad! It’s his birthday and he deserves to know how much I appreciate him and all the work he did as a father, provider, friend, and yes, even as the family comedian.  I love him so much and always hope that I am reflecting him in all the good ways he shaped me. Happy birthday dad!
  2. My dad and Ryan!
  3. My dad as a grandpa!
  4. My dad, professional sleeper!
  5. My dad, the family man!
Posted by: jmdenham | June 12, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/12/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Ryan’s faces of joy. (see below!)
  2. The growth of our butternut squash plant, that has been thanks to nothing I’ve done! It has grown well and sprawled all over the place.  It’s amazing to see it grow daily.
  3. Aidens love of baseball.  It’s so pure and he’s so connected to the sport both as a player in Little League to his fandom of the Houston Astros. It’s pretty sweet!

Posted by: jmdenham | June 10, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/10/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A great evening with Ryan at the park, playing on the bounce houses and in the splash pad. His joy was so infectious!
  2. Aiden’s love of Rat a Tat Cat.  I could not have imagined how much he loves playing it and strategizing.
  3. Dawns fantastic herbed shrimp linguini tonight.  So delicious! I love shrimp and how it can be done so many different ways.
  4. My family in Cali who have supported me and encouraged me through every stage and season of my life.  Aunts, uncles, cousins…these people are my people and family that I love more than they will ever know.

Posted by: jmdenham | June 9, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/9/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Attending the beautiful Sufi Muslim worship gathering last night.  What a wonderful group of people and what a moving worship of chants and prayers!!! It was worth staying up pretty late.
  2. DJ Goldy, my cousin and Dallas Cowboy fan (we forgive him).  Happy birthday my man!
  3. The arrival of the game Rat A Tat Cat.  I can’t wait to play this game with Aiden just as I love playing it with X at the hospital.
  4. Ryan’s joy and exuberance.  He can’t help but talk with every fiber of his being and act out his excitement.  What a gift to me and this world!
  5. Lunch with Stephen Lucas on Friday’s.
Posted by: jmdenham | June 8, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/8/17)

My daily gratitude for these quotes that are giving me life:

  1. “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Kahlil Gibran
  2. “Humor is the antidote to over thinking. It’s a way of saying that life is paradoxical. Humor contains contradictions; it does not resolve them but revels in them. It says that the right way to exist among the contradictions, paradoxes, and absurdities of life is to cope with them through laughter.” Bob Mankoff
  3. “The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.” G.K. Chesterton
Posted by: jmdenham | June 7, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/7/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The podcast All Songs Considered, which is helping me hear new music and new styles.  I love it!
  2. X’s new lung transplant that he received this weekend.  What a great kid and I am so happy for him and his awesome family!
  3. Pictures of my kids!
Posted by: jmdenham | June 5, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/5/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Disc golf in pouring rain! So fun!
  2. Getting to lay on the couch during the rainy day and enjoy the evening with Elana.
  3. Making pineapple pulled pork tacos on Saturday night.  It was good food accompanied by some selfish ice cream cake.
  4. Our youth group and their conversation and questions about Genesis 1-3.  They are an astute and open group of kids and I love serving with them.
  5. My working car.  I drive a lot and rarely acknowledge that it is a gift and privilege to have a car and keep it nice.
Posted by: jmdenham | June 3, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/3/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Getting to play disc golf again this morning for the first time in three weeks.  It was great to out in the sunshine and at the park.
  2. The omelette I made today with my own home grown Anaheim chile peppers in it.  Delicious and a kick!
  3. The many people who inspire with their courage in the face of hate and persecution in our own country- Muslims, blacks and browns, the LGBTQ community, to name a few.
  4. Moments like these:

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