This is a random post, deserving of this random picture.
I almost feel guilty sitting here posting a blog. We have been working like worker bees or worker ants or turkeys or something that works very hard. Beavers, maybe? Yes, I have been working like a beaver. I know you don't really care about how busy we are, but I think that I should post something so that everyone (all six of you) do not think I have quit blogging. I haven't. I like this little corner of the internet that somehow belongs to me. I don't understand how the internet works, really. But I do like that I am the only one that can post whatever I want here and that somebody out there wants to read it. Now, back to the being busy part of this blog. Here's what's happening in the C&LSwonke House. We are currently editing two weddings that will be delivered to their beautiful owners within the next week and a half. This is pretty tedious work for Mr. Swonke. I pray for him and ask him to change the laundry out and read articles to me while I am working on the newspaper. I know he will get them done on time and they'll be amazing; I just think he needs less sleep than he thinks he does. Six hours, really? Along with said editing, we are getting ready to launch a newspaper. This is a very detailed, involved, work-inducing process. This is a process we've been working on for nearly 8 months. It's kind of like birthing a baby, people. All except for the terrible pain part. This is not painful. It is actually really fun. I'll blog about this once it gets on the ground, because I am a little nervous about it all and don't want to get ahead of myself. My friend Cat said that the only failure is when we don't take a risk. These words have been so good for me. They've encouraged me when I've felt afraid about all of this. Thank you, Cat! We're taking a risk. Risky business! That's us! Risky business takers! Risky business starters! Maybe just goofy. Along with editing many, many pictures and starting a newspaper from nothingness, we are also continuing on with our regular work and church life. Chris works 40+ hours at the salt mine and I work an unknown number of hours, a lot from home, some from my church office, loving all of the children in the world. When we are not involved in any of the above activities, we are trying to be faithful to go to the gym. Chris is very good at this. He gets up at 5AM and goes to do a regimented workout that our Pastor/friend put together for him. By the way, I think our pastors have to be some of the most health minded people I've ever known. I think that is very good. Go Sean and Lori Jo, go! I am thankful for how they have inspired us to take care of our bodies. I went and ran/walked a mile and a half and did the eliptical machine thing for about 1/3 of a mile. It was good. Now I stink. So, yes, Chris is doing very well with going to the gym. I'm going 2-3 times a week. My goal is 3 times a week. I have lots of excuses. "The shorts that I like are not clean; I cannot go." Chris says, "Put on some of my shorts and GO." He doesn't think I'm fat. I think he just gets tired of hearing me whine about not getting to my goal weight and he loves me and doesn't want me to have reason to whine. I don't deserve him. "I can't take my phone, therefore I won't have music. I don't want to go if I can't have music," I say. "Take my phone and GO," he says. "I will go, but I won't be happy about it," I say. "GO and be happy about it," says he. And so I went and I'm glad I did. Along with typing and editing and exercising and loving children and answering phones, we are also loving our own little babies. Oh, how I love these kids. They are just the sweetest, most precious gifts that God could have ever given to us. Quinn is convinced we will be having another baby. She thinks she will have a sister. And guess what, folks, she will be having a sister. Someday. Maybe. I am laughing, as I think of the people who might read this and be tricked into thinking we're having another baby right now. Hahahahaha! It's okay. I don't like to be tricked either. I'm sorry. That's pretty much all that's happening right now. Loving God, working hard, loving the wonderful family that God has placed us in and given us, trying our best to love people how Jesus does. A happy, full, life folks. That is just what I've always wanted, indeed.