“Little Condo on the Prairie” (Oct. 14, 2013)

Many of you know that we are excitedly expecting our second grandchild in May, from our son David and his wife Ashley. Well, they had their first doctor’s appointment a few days ago, and in the office they began to do the traditional ultrasound to get a first view of the baby. That was last thing David remembered — before he woke up on the floor! He passed out watching the ULTRASOUND!
After he recovered (they had to use smelling salts!) he told Ashley that he thought he was ok now, and that he could stay in the room while they drew some blood from her. Ashley laughed: “No way!”


While we were watching a football game last Thursday night, I was cheering on Cheryl’s fantasy football player as he got his second touchdown in a game we were watching. “That is a great start, Cheryl!”, I said. “Who are you playing this week?”
Cheryl, with a laugh: “YOU!”

The other day, we let Eponine in from her afternoon exercise outside. Cheryl exclaimed, “Look at all those stick tights!”
Michael quipped: “‘Stick tights’ sound like something that should be said with some kind of foreign accent.”
I added, “Or like one of the ancient tribes: the Amalekites, the Hittities, and the Stick tights!”

I was working hard on the rowing weight machine at the gym the other day, and I told Michael that it was perhaps my favorite of the devices there.
“That’s good”, Michael said. “It’ll come in handy if you get captured and end up rowing on a Roman galley!”
(You can guess that our family had just watched “Ben Hur” a few days before!)


After climbing on Mt. Scott in southwestern Oklahoma last week, we drove through the city of Lawton, which we had never explored. I was not overly impressed with what I saw on one section of the “main drag” in town: tattoo shops, bars, “Honest Harry’s Pawn Shop”, etc.
“This reminds me of ‘Pottersville’ from “It’s a Wonderful Life”, I said.
Michael quipped: “Yeah, I’ve been looking for the old ‘Building & Loan’.”

Those who are always waxing lyrical about the peaceful and irenic qualities of nature would have done well to see our cat, Eponine, with a mouse she caught last week. I let her outside while I read my Bible, and when I was finished I looked out the back to check on her, and saw that she had caught a mouse. It was already dead by now, but she was still playfully flipping it up into the air with her paws, stopping every so often to bite ferociously into it with her teeth. Kind of spoils the picture of “peaceful nature” that some are so fond of! Psalm 19 tells us that there is indeed still great beauty in nature, which points us to God the Creator. But Romans 8 also reminds us that sin has tainted and marred all of creation, and this world is not “heaven” — not even close! It is a place of violence, suffering, and death. If you need reminding of that, just look at what your “sweet kitten” does with a mouse she pounces upon outside!


Paul was reading Cheryl & I an article from Facebook, in which someone had said that a certain chicken restaurant was “better than Canes”.
I replied, “That’s not saying much to me. I think Canes is really bland.”
Paul: “I can see an older person saying that.”
Cheryl: “Shawn, I think that might have been a slam.”
Paul: “Oh, it was a slam!”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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4 Responses to “Little Condo on the Prairie” (Oct. 14, 2013)

  1. Kathy Powell says:

    Love your stories

  2. I hope you let Dave remember that for years to come! 🙂

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