Friday, June 22, 2012

What I Need... a shotgun.  A big ol' stinkin' shotgun.

My girl is just way too pretty.  She looks fifteen and she's only two (thankfully, she still acts every bit of two - sometimes she still acts even younger than that, if it's possible).

Gracious, I'm scared.

I really need a shotgun I can handle.  It probably doesn't need too much kickback.

Maybe a pistol?  Shotguns tend to be rather large.  Pistols still do the job.

Anyone know of any good firing ranges around?  I need some target practice.

 Stay away, boys!!  Just stay away!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Woo Cup

Sometimes, Jeremy gets a little lazy in the summertime.

Do you need evidence?
This was just during Christmas break last year.  You can imagine the beard length now.

Okay, well, how about this?
Roo Cup 2012
This ingenious stroke of marketing is called the Roo Cup.  This, so far, has been Jeremy's greatest summertime achievement.

He brought it in a week or so ago and said, "Dana!  Come here!"

I walked over to him, "What?  What is it?"

Jeremy held up his new prize and said, "Look!  Look what I have!  ROO CUP!"

He spoke like he'd just won another county championship in soccer.

"What is so special about it?" I asked.

"Dana, you don't understand.  This thing is awesome!  You buy the cup, and then you can go to any Kangaroo store.  Any of them!  And you get a refill for twenty-five cents!  Twenty-five cents - I mean, do they know how much Coke and Mountain Dew I'm going to drink this summer?  I can fill this thing up ten times a day!"

"How much did you pay for this Roo Cup?"  I asked.

"I mean, it was like seven dollars, but you know I'm going to get my money's worth out of it.  Hey, Amelia - come here!  Look!  Daddy's got a Roo Cup!  Roo Cup!"

"Woo Cup!" She bellowed back.  (She probably thought, "Daddy got a sippy cup - like me!")

I'm sure the folks at Kangaroo hoped for a one-time purchase (and a finagling of money) out of Jeremy Farr.  No such luck.  At least two times a day, Jeremy fills up his Roo Cup for twenty-five cents.  So far, he has managed to successfully hunt down every  Kangaroo within a fifty-mile radius of Murrayville.  He's developed intense Roo Cup fortitude - learning that not only can he fill up his Roo Cup with soft drinks, but that frozen drinks are included in the deal.

You can imagine his excitement when he developed such knowledge.

"Did you know that more can go into the Roo Cup besides Mountain Dew and Coke?  You can get frozen drinks, too!   I got a huge frozen Coke today - for twenty-five cents!  Can you believe that?"

This summer, while people will be hosting barbeques, going to the beach, watching fireworks, and getting that summer glow, Jeremy will be happily filling his beloved Roo Cup with beverages that New York would surely disdain.

It's a Roo Cup summer in Georgia, y'all.

(P.S. I think I'm going to start writing a "Honey-Do" List...)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

True Reality: The Importance of Being Authentic

Several weeks ago, I read something in my friend Melissa's blog that made me really begin to think.  (The entry is here if you'd like to read, her blog is fabulous.)

Ever since I've read her quote, "I've learned that influence is gained through authenticity," I've been struck by it.

In a world where our "reality," is nothing more than a staged game, being truly authentic is rare commodity, a gem worth exploring.

We watch shows that claim (and even exclaim) reality, only to find that staged proposals and winners of shows live a deeply more complicated life than we could have imagined. 

We live a life where everyone presents blogs, facebook pictures, and Twitter postings full of life's circumstances - but these images, these vignettes of life pull us into a distorted vision.  Snapshots and fragments do not compose a full album of reality, of a true life. 

Recent news reports discussed women my age who fall into depression looking at facebook, because they only see the good.  They see the workouts, the lovely arts and crafts, the perfect homes, the wonderful marriages, and the adorable baby pictures.  They mirror their own lives to others (which is totally and inherently terrible for reasons I could expound on for hours) and say, "What on earth am I doing wrong?  Why is my reality not like this?"

And while it isn't wrong to share, or to look, I think we need to call ourselves back - back to a true reality.

Behind the gloss and glitter of our facades that social networking and reality television have given us, we forget an inalienable truth: life is not easy.

There is an importance to being authentic.  Jesus Himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life," (emphasis mine).  He alone brings us closer to authenticity, to stripping down the layers of the lies we've told and sold to ourselves.  When we look at others and wonder why we're not good enough, when we post things in hopes of affirmation, we deny another inalienable truth resides behind these thoughts:  works do not make us good.

We're not good enough, an no amount of projects, layered birthday cakes, or date nights will ever fix that.  We should run to His reality - to the Cross - and bare our weaknesses, because He is glorified through them.

Over the next few days (possibly weeks - I'll be real here), I'm going to explore this topic more thoroughly.  I'm going to give some examples of how authenticity - true reality - worked for overwhelming good.   I'll also give examples of my stages of life and how I can work to be more authentic through them, since I am just as guilty of a lack of authenticity as anyone else.  We can change lives and influence others through our authenticity - and that's what I want - to show the love of Christ through me.

This series will be a process, and part of it is still forming in my head, but I hope that you will stick with me to read it.