Just plain ol’ "T-Bone"

Oh, man.

Luke got a free trial subscription to download songs to our computer, so that’s what we were doing last night. And I thought, let’s try to find that T-Bone song we heard on the radio the other day. I like that song. Yes, it’s Christian rap, and yes I’m whitey-white, but it has a nice beat and good lyrics, and frankly, we like to boogie. Even Grace likes to dance in this household.

SO, not knowing the name of the song, we searched for T-Bone. And one of us suggested that maybe T-Bone Burnett is his full name – let’s look at his songs and try to find one that sounds like it might be the one we like. So, we picked a couple of songs and started to download them…Did I mention that we still have dial-up? Yeah, it took a while…But FINALLY the downloads were done, and I was so excited to find out if the songs were the right ones…

OH, MAN! It was the weirdest music ever. I wondered if T-Bone fell off the wagon or something. It was NOT rap. At all. Surely the person who made these songs was on drugs? Poor T-Bone. I lost all faith in him.

So, I signed off the Internet, because as we all know, you cannot use the phone and be online when you only have dial-up. (Oh, how I miss the wonder of having DSL.) Anyway, I phoned my local DJ, who answered, “WayFM?” Thankfully, he knew who T-Bone was, and he told me the name of the song I wanted to hear. So, I signed back on and downloaded it. And played it. And YES! It was THE song! Woo-hoo!

So, in a flash of inspiration, I said to Luke, “Google T-Bone Burnett.” We found him. Yeah, he’s not our beloved Christian rapper T-Bone. He’s a scary, old white guy. PHEW! My faith was restored.

Boogie on, T-Bone.


Manton, MI – here we come!

Things are going well. Caleb’s still sleeping through the night like a champ. About 7-8 hours every night. Not bad! It sure makes for a happier mommy in the morning, let me tell ya!

We’re excited to be able to go to the “northlands” (as Luke calls it) this weekend, to celebrate the Fourth with my family. It’s been almost a whole 6 months since we’ve been there, so I’m really ready to be back. I miss my family! I’m excited to see my Mom, Dad, Alonna, Melissa, Karl, Kade, and Melissa’s baby belly…See Jana and meet Trent…See Megan and Michael, their baby Sidnee, and their new house…See Megan and Tommy and meet their baby Teddy…See grandparents, aunts, and uncles…Swim in the pool, watch Grace ride in the Barbie Jeep with Kade, relax…Go to Melissa’s ultrasound and “meet” my new niece for the first time…Go to the parade in Lake City, which celebrates “The Greatest Fourth in the North”…And oh, so much more! :-) I’m anticipating a great weekend! Manton, here we come!

Oh, but when the weekend is over, I will be in overdrive working on Backyard Bible Clubs, which start July 10. Yikes! I’m the new lady in charge, so I’m concentrating on pulling it off this year with not enough preparation for me. (The former lady in charge recently moved to NY. We miss her!)

So, that’s what’s going on. Hope everyone’s doing well. The weekend’s coming soon!!!



…that’s the Rumley battle cry!

Everybody ready? Last night Caleb SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT! YAY!!! I woke up at 5:50am and my first thought was, “He hasn’t woken up yet?!” So, hooray!

He’s also started giggling a little bit. It’s the happiest sound in the world.


6:57 am

Wow, I am not really a fan of being up at 6:57 am, but here I am, showered and ready to go. The kids aren’t even up yet! It’s because Luke got up super early today (good job, honey!) to go on a business trip to Chicago for the day. (I’m sure he’ll wave as he goes by, Portage Rumleys!) He gets to visit a conference called NeoCon, where Steelcase is unveiling three new office chairs. Pretty cool, huh? He’ll have to write about it when he gets back.

On a happy note, we’re making progress with Caleb’s sleeping habits. He’s not sleeping through the night yet, but he did GREAT with his naps the past couple of days. He goes down with just a little fussing (not much crying), and if he wakes up during the nap, he’ll get himself back to sleep on his own. YAY! Last night he was up a couple of times to eat, but the night before that I fed him at 10:30pm before bed, 3:30am, and then not until 9:00am. That might not mean a whole lot to some people, but trust me, it’s great! I’m hoping it just keeps getting better.

We went to Tom Ritchie’s visitation on Monday. It was sad, but the family is holding onto the hope of seeing him again one day. For those who aren’t sure how we know them, Luke’s ministry team RISEN worked with their church for VBS one summer and also a SuperBowl party later on. And I had the privilege of going to Romania with Tom and Terre in January 2001. We worked with this ministry organization.

Hope everyone has a great day!


P.S. Grace is 19 months old today.

Our "lawn"

I bought this on Saturday…

…and I am super excited to give a test run. I am sure after a couple of weeks I will be ready to train Caleb how to use it, but for now, I am excited. This will allow me to plow down our 2ft tall weeds and call it a lawn until we rototill and re-plant real grass in the fall. Woo-hoo!

Some sad news: Hyo-sun (my parents’ exchange student from South Korea) is probably sitting in construction traffic right now on her way to Chicago to fly back home.

Some sadder news: Tom Ritchie passed away this past weekend unexpectedly. He has been a great leader in ministries in Grand Rapids and around the world, and his wife Terre is the executive director of Children’s Bible Hour. Keep her in your prayers.


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