Love People. Like Things.

a blog about all the people i love, and all the things i like.

Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You August 9, 2011

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Everyone has quirky traits about them. I’m not talking about nervous ticks or habits, more like random behaviors you have adopted along the way. You don’t necessarily hide them, but you certainly don’t put them on display. I’m talking about the things that make you weird. How you eat peanut butter straight out of the jar, twist your Oreos counterclockwise, or always put your parking brake on even when you are level ground in your own garage.

I have lots of these. Ask my sweet Lovey. We both agree I’m a little weird. But two things have happened in the past few weeks that have made me feel just a little less weird and a little less like an island.

First, its important to know that I started a new job. I don’t think I’ve mentioned that here yet. I’m working with a jam up team of crazy cool people in Fellowship Kids, at our church- Southside Fellowship. I’ve been there for about 2.5 months, so I’m just now getting to that fun point of getting to know people. It’s no longer best behavior and surface questions. I’m getting to the part that includes family backgrounds, current heart issues, and especially day-to-day habits.

Ever since high school, I have always drawn little squares next to my to-do list items. Some people do dots or little hyphens. I draw an entire box. How else would I be able to check it off? Drawing that little check in the little box…. Ahhh- what a sense of accomplishment! Strikeouts? Those are for boring people. I thought I was the only person in the world that did that. I mean who else is going to actually draw an entire box just to put a check mark in it later?… My officemate. I happened to oversee her to-do list one day and went nuts. ‘You draw boxes too??’

Fast forward a few weeks. I go out to lunch with another coworker at Chick-fil-a. We order, get our drinks, and head to the condiment station. We grab our napkins and go for the straws. I was fully expecting to have to give an explanation of why I drink out of a kids bendy straw in the purple wrapper, rather than the adult straw in the red wrapper. Except our hands bumped as they both tried to grab a purple kids bendy straw at the same time.

I’m not sure I’d call it validation, but it’s sure nice to know that you’re not the only person in the world that draws check boxes or uses kids straws. I’m so thankful that God allows us to experience commonalities in life, even if they are trivial. Thank you Jesus for that ‘you do so-and-so? Me too’ moment. Thank you for the reminder that we aren’t alone in this and that you made us to be relational and connected.


he was right. April 11, 2010

Filed under: love — lindsayt85 @ 7:35 am
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Have you ever gotten really excited about something and yelled out ‘I love that (thing)!’? I definitely have.

But when I was growing up, and still to this day, if I ever said that around my sweet grandfather, Papa, it would be a matter of seconds before he corrected me. And when you get corrected that many times, it just sort’ve sticks with you for life.

“No, Lindsay, you LOVE people. You LIKE things.”

He was right. Still is. And I’m glad he cared enough to teach me this. My hope is that I can begin to let that lesson live itself out in my life and how I speak. It’s important for the people in  my life to know that I love them and value them more than the things that I like.

I especially want my wonderful new husband to feel that and know that. We’ve been married a whole five weeks and one day 🙂 I am thankful for him in more ways than I can even think of right now. He is encouraging, a beautiful earthly display of Christ’s love for me, and a great leader of our little 2 person, 1 cat family. He brings me back to earth when I start spinning into orbit. One particular picture from our wedding (thanks Chris Isham Photography!) captures a moment of peacefulness in the midst of one of the best days of our lives. It’s just so beautiful and calm.

I love this man.

I can’t wait to tell each of you more about the people I love and the things I like. And if you have any suggestions, or have someone you love or something you like that you want to tell me about- leave a comment!

Loving and liking,