Friday, September 7, 2007

100th Post

This is my 100th post. Well, it's sort of mine. Rather than list 100 things about myself, I asked my hubby to list 10 things about me other people may not know. So, here is his list. I have no idea what he is going to say, so ........

In honor of the 100th post in my wife’s blog, she asked me to write this particular post and give you 10 things that you don’t know about her. I think she asked for only 10 because she thought 10 would be a struggle for me to actually sit down and write and tell you about. Little did she know… I’ve got hundreds of things to tell you about. But I guess since she only wants 10, and since she’ll probably edit my post down anyway before she puts it on her blog, I’ll stick to the 10 she asked for.

1) Stephanie and I grew up knowing each other. Her mom was my children’s choir teacher when I was in the 2nd grade. That means I was 7 and she was 5. Little did she know at that point that I would be around to terrorize her life for a very , very long time. This means she has actually been in love with me for almost 28 years.

2) The last part of number 1 was actually not true. She couldn’t stand to be around me for a very long time. I was friends with a guy she dated in high school, so we went on double dates a couple of times. But even then she said I got on her nerves. It wasn’t until I went away to college that she realized what a good thing she was missing out on.

3) Stephanie is a very accomplished and talented piano player and musician. She has an ability that most musicians only dream of having. She has been playing since she was about 4 years old and it is like she was born at the piano. God has truly blessed her with this gift.

4) Going right along with the piano playing, she is also a song writer and arranger. She has written enough songs that I have officially lost count of how many there are. She personally recorded about 10 of them before we left our previous church in Chattanooga (singing, playing, backup vocals, the whole 9 yards). A friend of hers in Chattanooga made her own CD, and she recorded 2 of Stephanie’s songs on her CD. And Stephanie wrote and arranged a song for the Easter program at our old church – this was a choir song that ended up with full orchestra and everything. Again – this is one of those gifts God has given her and she uses it well. Her dream would be to be able to get some of the songs published and recorded by other artists, but she will tell you that if not one of them is ever recorded, published, or even played – that’s ok…because these songs are written first and foremost between her and her Heavenly Father as a way of prayer and praise.

5) When I am away from home for a night, traveling for work, Stephanie brings the kids and the dog to sleep in our bedroom to sleep with her, and she sleeps with an old stickball bat. So fair warning to all you would be burglars – my wife has a bat and she will use it. It hurts – trust me I know from personal experience.

6) Fair warning to all who visit my home – my wife is obsessive/compulsive about drinks that are set down and are not being actively drank out of. If you set a cup down and turn your back, when you turn around and reach for that cup again, it will be gone. And probably already emptied and in the dishwasher. Don’t sit it down until you are done.

7) My wife is a girly girl. And I love this about her. If it is outdoors and she might sweat…then most likely she will stay indoors with the air conditioning. If she might get dirty…Forget it.

8) The is something you may have already picked up on from an earlier post, but it is worth mentioning. The only man that I fear in my marriage is Jim Brickman. Should he ever show up at my house, I just might have to take him out back & do away with him, as that may be the only way to keep her from running away with him. I’m just kidding of course – but if they had met before Stephanie and I met (of course she would have been 4), I would probably still be single.

9) Stephanie was almost a widow at the age of 20. I have Crohn’s disease and was diagnosed about 6 months after we got married. At that time I weighed just over 100 pounds and was in the hospital for about 10 days. I think I almost died twice – it was pretty bad. But now 13 years later…I’m still here. She should have known she couldn’t rid of me that easily.

10) My wife is a wonderfully generous, giving, compassionate woman who loves life. She is very passionate about Jesus, music, her children, ministering to other women, and sometimes me. She is a woman to be admired and respected and I am blessed that God has chosen her as my mate.

So, there are ten things about my wife. Some you may know & most you probably don’t. I’ll save the other 991 you don’t know about her for the next time my writing is allowed to grace the pages of this blog.

Thanks for indulging me while I talk about Stephanie for a little bit. If you want any of the really good, unedited stories you can always email me. And by the way, Stephanie, I will read this blog after you post it and if anything has changed, edited, or otherwise altered – I WILL KNOW – and I will make sure everyone else knows too.



Anonymous said...

I love it! I know from personal experience that Stephanie is so very passionate about our Heavenly Father. As she says all the time to other people, I would ike her to know that she just oozes Jesus!

Carol said...

This was TOO CUTE! Chad, you are a riot! This secret is out now. I'm telling the whole Sunday School. I loved loved loved this! Stephanie you are pretty spectacular! :) Carol

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

You girls are too much. :)

Chad - I was thinking more along the line of, I don't know...she can't cook!!!!! You are too kind. What do you want?

Just kidding. :)

Them Chandlers said...

Thank you for praying for us! I love what your hubby had to say about you!

The Small Scribbler said...

100 posts. What a couple of writers we are. My favorites (because I did not know then before) were the kids sleeping in your bedroom and the glasses in the dishwasher obsession. I am the same way on both counts. Except for the baseball bat.

Great post, Chad. We miss you guys.


Diann said...

Oh, that was precious! I can tell that your husband is so proud of you and loves you dearly. BTW, we also used to live in Chattanooga!

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...


That's so cool! What part of Chattanooga did you live in? We were out in the Ooltewah/Harrison area all our lives. Our church was in Hixson..

It's a beautiful city.

Refresh My Soul Blog said...

How sweet! Chad is also a great guy and loves the Lord! This couple is a wonderful example of Christ and the church (Ephesians 5). I miss you guys!

Congrats on the 100! You and Kate are good! I think I am in the 60's or something like that!

Love you girl!

Anonymous said...

All I want to know is how Kate and all of her kids fit in ONE bed?? you all!

Diann said...

Our church was in Hixson also.

The Small Scribbler said...


It's more like we all fit (squeeze) in one room. Lots and lots of sleeping bags. Really, they should be called "awake" bags because nobody really sleeps that well. And we don't need the bat because we have a bear sized dog who sleeps at the foot of the bed.


darla said...

Very sweet! I love Grandma and my cousin were both like that, everything always washed and it didn't really matter if we were done with it...we let it set there. LOL
Chad you are truly the prince charming type or truly up to brownie points! both is good!

The Stokes Family said...

Congrats on 100, what an incredible post! I am with you on #7, lol--no need to sweat OR get dirty!


Leigh Gray said...

oh my Word- that is just wonderful and precious and funny and just priceless. you need to frame that!!

Love, Leigh

jodi said...

I love the list! My fave is #6! LOL!!!