My best friend from high school said we should go meet her neighbor. I was still exhausted from my trip, but I was ready to meet some people. We walked into her neighbor's home and a tall good-looking man was hanging out in the kitchen. I got all flustered and tripped over the corner of the rug and landed smack in the middle of the room.
It still cracks me up. I am so ridiculous.
I love this man. There isn't anyone I would rather do life with. We connect on so many levels, but I believe our greatest strength is that we are ridiculous for each other and a tad bit ridiculous in general.
Laughter has kept us moving. I can't say marriage has been hard, but there have been hard things we have had to walk through. We have both had to make choices to be selfless when we were screaming for our own way. Money, jobs, kids, and sin have all pushed us to our limits, but laughter has kept us on course.
I enjoy laughing. Even more, I enjoy making him laugh. When Philip gets home from work, I want him to look forward to being with me. 4 kids, homework, dinner, and activities can make our evenings a stretch. Through it all...we still take time to be ridiculous and laugh at our shortcomings and our neurotic ways. When we start talking, our kids run and try to get between us. They call this "The sandwich." There isn’t anything better than to be included in this ridiculousness we call "us."
One of the highlights of all this silliness is to find another couple who is also absolutely ridiculous and let them see a glimpse of our ridiculous side. Only the trusted know the real "us." I would be mortified if anyone ever discovered the Instagram videos and pictures we send back and forth making fun of ourselves. Filters are the best...the crazier the better.
This weekend Philip had to go to Pennsylvania for a funeral and I needed to stay home with my sick family. While he was gone, I joked around with some ridiculous friends about making a sign for Philip reminding him of my awesomeness. I started on my sign and when it was done, I took a picture and sent it to him. Then I spent the next few hours laughing at my ridiculous self.
Obviously, I put some of my heart into this sign...all with the sole purpose of making my husband laugh.
And it worked. I love being ridiculous.
As a culture, we are ridiculous about sports, money, and politics and then hold back when it comes to people. When was the last time you were ridiculous for someone? The people around me are the tangible blessings from Jesus that make my life better. My husband, my children, and my friends are all part of this ridiculously fabulous life. The more we laugh, the more we grow. The more we laugh, the stronger we become.
I am committed to being ridiculous with the people in my life. Occasionally I attempt to hold myself back, but that usually just ends with me being ridiculous anyway...that just makes us laugh even more. ♥️
I am a girl passionately in love with Jesus, my husband, and my children. I am forever learning how to live a life completely undone for my God. This blog is about my journey and a few funny stories in between.