Daily Thanks #4: Stories

I like a good romance. Let’s face it, I even like a dumb cheesy romance. As long as the guy gets the girl I don’t care if they’re epic heroes or cartoon umbrellas, I’m sold. (Seriously, I shed tears over the cartoon umbrella romance. It’s a little embarrassing.)

I like buddy stories, where a couple of guys survive an impossible number of explosions together while killing a ridiculous number of bad guys, and I like stories with so many twists and turns that I can’t figure out where the story will end up.

I like historical stories, futuristic stories, post apocalyptic stories and time travel stories. Alternate dimensions can be fun too.

For the first few months of marriage I couldn’t really get into any fiction. Living my own personal fairy tale somehow overrode any other stories for a while. But stories are so built into me that it didn’t take so very long before I decided that even fairy tales endings are better with extra stories piled into them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I’m thankful for the stories that make life seem simpler, the ones that leave me chewing on questions, the ones that look at the world sideways and give me a glimpse of what might be, the ones with brave heroes and epic battles, the ones with tiny victories ย and (I guess) even the dumb ones that make me cry.

 

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Daily Thanks #3: Church Community

(For yesterday)

There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met…

Or for people you’ve known for years and have only just started figuring out how much you have in common, and wondering why in the world you haven’t been fast friends before this.

Sometimes I’m not sure how the kaleidoscope of people around me fits together as well as it does. Other days I’m pretty sure those splintered bits of color are never going to come together like they’re supposed to. ๐Ÿ™‚ But over all, putting together the people who willingly take my advice, the people who give me needed advice, the people who used to intimidate me and turned out to be refreshingly human, and even the ones who look far more put together than I ever will on my best day, I like this group of people. It feels like home.