The SkinnyMike Project - Week 2 weigh-in & Madison goodness

Despite my gluttony in Jacksonville last weekend, I still managed to shed 1.5 pounds this week. I now stand at 236. I would have liked to lose more, but there's always this week.

I'm getting a lot of requests for more picture of Madison. Here you go. On the note of Madison, she's getting a cold again. When she gets sick, she gets more fussy and when she "fusses," she screams at the top of her lungs suddenly and for a good period of time. Inevitably when this happens in a public place, someone will look at me, grin, and say, "Stop pinching that baby."

This is so not funny at all. If you are a person who uses this classic phrase, stop. You're probably going to get punched by some fatigued parent with a screaming infant. When you are in persistent physical exhaustion, the sense of humor is the first thing to flee the scene. The best thing to do with a parent in this situation is to smile at them and let them pass without incident.

On a completely unrelated note, back when my grandfather died people kept telling me that even after you come to terms with everything you will still have moments where something makes you think of your loss and grief will return. That happened to me on the way to work this morning.

There's a song called "Homesick" by MercyMe. They're a Christian group and the song sounds more like a country song than anything else. I'm not a fan of country music, but this song really gets me. It's over the top and cliche, and that would usually do it in for me. Regardless, this song means a lot to me. These are the lyrics:

You're in a better place, I've heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I've rejoiced for you
But the reason why I'm broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don't understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I'll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I'm still here so far away from home

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

In Christ, there are no goodbye
And in Christ, there is no end
So I'll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
To see you again
To see you again

And I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow

I've never been more homesick than now

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