“It’s Good For You”

Way back when I was just a little bitty boy living in a box under the stairs in the corner of the basement of the house half a block down the street from Jerry’s Bait shop

You know the place

Well anyway, back then life was going swell and everything was just peachy

Except, of course, for the undeniable fact that every single morning
My mother would make me a big bowl of sauerkraut for breakfast

Awww – Big bowl of sauerkraut
Every single morning
It was driving me crazy

I said to my mom
I said “Hey, mom, what’s with all the sauerkraut?”
And my dear, sweet mother
She just looked at my like a cow looks at an oncoming train
And she leaned right down next to me
And she said “IT’S GOOD FOR YOU”
And then she tied me to the wall and stuck a funnel in my mouth
And force fed me nothing but sauerkraut until I was twenty six and a half years old

I am currently trying to convince myself to cut carbs out of my life. I did it before I got pregnant with Ezekiel, and lost 20 pounds in 2 months. Then I learned of the pregnancy and decided to eat what I want because I’ll be gaining the weight anyway…

I gained and lost the same 40-50 pounds with my first 4 babies. Babies #5 and 6, however… Have added about 10 pounds each. And I wasn’t skinny to start with.

Not only is it scientifically proven that low carb, high fat, and moderate protein is a successful and sustainable way to eat and live, my husband has been eating this way for a year and a half (we started at the same time, January 2016) and he’s lost 50 pounds. (It’s not quite Paleo, not quite Trim Healthy Mama… It’s a Ketogenic diet, if you want to look it up)

The only problem is I love carbs. I love candy and chocolate and cake and cookies… but that’s really not that hard to cut down on. The problem is I also love bread and rice and noodles and pretzels and all sorts of carbs! The hubby eats corn chips and potatoes, which technically are no-nos… And he enjoys a few beers on a regular basis, so I’m sure I could introduce carbs back in at a very low level once things get going… But I am not a veggie lover.

(And I. Hate. Sauerkraut.)
So… Living with Tim is something similar to the Weird Al lyrics above (from the hit track “Albuquerque”)… All with the rhetoric that “it’s good for me.”


Adulting isn’t easy, and I know it will be worth it. But hopefully it will get easier as I go.


Not your typical worship song

Christian rap. What do you think of when you hear those words, written next to each other?

Before I met my husband, I would have told you that I have a very eclectic music list on iTunes. Pop music, acoustic, jazz, classical, country, hip hop, R&B, ska, and a few random genres that friends had recommended songs from. Rap was not on that list. Now, while I don’t use iTunes regularly anymore, for various reasons, I have a few Pandora stations I have fine tuned to my preferences, but rap still does not make that cut. I have always acknowledged the talent that rappers have; while I like to sing songs (my life is very much like a musical and I can burst into song at a moment’s notice), and I can tap beats out (which is probably where my son gets it from), but I have never beat-boxed, or pumped up the bass, or whatever it is that happens in rap songs.

Before he became a Christian, he listened to rap music. He was pleased to destroy his collection of CDs that glorified sin, but he found an alternative… I do not know how he first discovered Christian rap, but I couldn’t help but roll my eyes when he told me. How could such a Godless genre be redeemed? Not to mention the fact that bass at the level he enjoyed it practically made my ears bleed. (I kid, I kid, but I do get a headache from listening to it for prolonged intervals.)

Being the good girlfriend that I was, I listened. And I found it wasn’t terrible. Now, I cannot claim to be a rap-convert. I would not even say that I enjoy the genre as a whole, not even Christian rap, but there are a few artists whom I have come to expect good things from when I hear them. And, as we generally live by the rule that whoever drives picks the music, he often selects songs I wouldn’t and it expands my horizons. Live and learn. Listen and have your horizons stretched.

“Penelope Judd” by Shai Linne is my favorite, but Flame and Lecrae also have songs on the top of my very short list. Kirk Franklin, who reminds me of Toby Mac, is also up there. If you are looking to expand your own musical horizons, I definitely recommend those artists as a great place to start.

While my current ringtone is not a rap song, it is in my head when it plays, and I have my husband to thank for that. (As an aside, I don’t pay to download songs for ringtones, and I don’t know how to set a song I have downloaded as a ringtone, so I use the app Zedge for free ringtones and notification sounds. The app doesn’t have a huge list of songs available, so I had to take what I can get.)

The song, or at least the chorus, is a familiar one to many. “Awesome God,” I think is the title, but the chorus goes something like this:
Our God is an awesome God,
He Reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power, and love
Our God is an awesome God

Unless you’re special enough to me (or call me often enough) to have your own ringtone, this chorus will play when my phone rings, sung by what sounds like a choir. I sing it all the time, probably because my phone rings with junk calls at least 5 times a day (I say junk calls, because if I don’t recognize the number, I don’t answer… and if I don’t get a message I consider it a junk call.) Kirk Franklin (who I very seriously doubt will ever see this blog), thank you for this earworm.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16

Pandora, Chipmunks, and Bob Marley

When I’m driving around town with my kiddos, I have a lovely Pandora radio station that is alnost always playing: Silly Songs for Kids. It has Sandra Boyton, Veggie Tales, The Fox Song, The Gummy Bear Song, among many many more favorites.

I am generally a stickler for not blending my stations. I have a “Kids Educational” station with School House Rock songs, and a “Kids Movie Songs” station with… You guessed it, songs from kid movies.

But one Chipmunk song is a family favorite. Three Little Birds. I’ve started singing it to my baby when he seems distressed, and he seems to like it too.

The other day, I was looking for the song on YouTube (which I have a playlist of the kid favorites, too) and discovered this was originally a Bob Marley song. I feel kinda silly for not figuring that out sooner, and anyone hearing me singing it (at the doctor office, for example) probably didn’t realize my inspiration was Alvin, Simon, and Theodore… but I still love the song.

Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Rise up this mornin’
Smiled with the risin’ sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying’, (this is my message to you)

Singing’ don’t worry ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing’ don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright