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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

27 Things...

27 things Cale...

1. I like ice cream.
2. I like video games.
3. I play jokes on people.
4. Reeses Blizzards from DQ is my favorite.
5. I like to look at my wife.
6. I like my birthday.
7. I'm going to be a dad. A cool dad.
8. I help my wife.
9. I like Mt. Dew.
10. Alaska was fun. With the bears. Yeah.
11. I really like hockey.
12. Red Wings are the best.
13. I don't like water. No.
14. I don't like hospitals.
15. I don't like going to the dentist.
16. I like to laugh.
17. I like to make other people laugh.
18. Chicken Nuggets are good from McDonald's only.
19. I like dogs.
20. My cat Scratch is the best cat.
21. I like to hang out with my brother.
22. I like to hang out with friends too. With all people I like.
23. I like my baby. It's small. It's in Kathleen's belly.
24. I like making jokes.
25. I like speaking in Spanish when I can. Some words I know.
26. Maple Bars. Yum. So good.
27. I'm tall. I'm 6'2". That's tall.

Cale's brain injury causes him to think and act as a child would. Over the last year or so we've been very aware of him emerging into more teen-like behavior at times which can be very interesting...and a whole lot of fun! ;)

I've been thinking and watching him lately wondering if him being so child-like is such a bad thing. I know that as his wife I'm supposed to help guide him in life now and help him relearn how to be an adult, but I don't want to focus on "changing" him. 

I love that he'll wear a pizza hat to the store. I love that during bible study he'll get down on the ground, work his way to a 5 month old and start talking to her to make her smile. I love that he'll giggle when someone says the word "but" because it sounds like butt. I love that he will have a grape throwing war with our Pastors wife (also a close friend!) on a Sunday morning. I love that he finds such joy in the small things in life, like getting to push the shopping cart.

I love that after me saying Happy Birthday to him this morning, his first words are, "I'm older than you now! Heehee! You're small."

And you know what? I don't think that will ever change for him. Most of us will or have already hit the point that we're excited to not be as old as the next person, but Cale, he'll always love that a few months before me, he's a larger number.

Don't get me wrong, I'm there to help guide when he's inappropriate (if I can hold myself together enough! I usually want to crawl under a table and hide...) or to help when he's out of line. But, his child-like awe over life, I can't steal it. I can't rob him of that treasure.

Happy Birthday to my kid-stuck-in-a-mans-body husband. If only there were more like you... 


  1. You are an amazing wife and you serve as an example for me. Thank you for sharing yourself and your marriage with me (us).


  2. Thank you Kathleen Darling... You are such an inspiration to us all... I just love reading your posts and I continue to pray for you & your family everyday!!! Happy Birthday Cale!!!!

    Valerie TenBrink

  3. Happy Birthday Cale!!!

  4. Amen, Kathleen, you never cease to show the world around you God's wonderful, amazing grace:) Love you sweetie! Julie H

  5. Happy Birthday, Cale!! This was so sweet. I appreciate you sharing it with us. My father is 71 and had a massive stroke 8 years ago and we can so relate to this...he can be very childlike and it is so odd for me and my sister sometimes. We notice also that he will say anything that comes into his mind almost as if there is no "filter" to determine whether or not it is appropriate to say. (It will sometimes get us giggling about it.) He can be very blunt. It is very interesting.

    I have been thinking about you a lot and wondering about morning sickness and so forth. I hope you have been well. I will continue to pray for all of you.
    Emily J.

  6. H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y!!!!!!! Cale, you are right in the palm of Father's hand. He is delighted in you just the way you are. He is the one who tells us to let the children come unto Him. He is the one who tells us to have a childlike faith. He is the one who tells us to have the faith of a child. Yes, He wants us to grow and become more like Him in all we think, do, and say, BUT being childlike is good.

    Kathleen, I am sooo delighted to hear from you. You are a gift. I trust you are feeling good and have boundless least some of the time.

    Oh, about the being older thing, well, my husband is almost 6 months younger than myself. We were at a conference where we were to circle our ages. It was JUST 2 days before his birthday. I circled 40-49. YUP, you guessed it, he circled 30-39 with a smirk and the comment "I am younger than you" :) :)

    I love you guys,


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