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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Bonus Day #188

We had a huge disappointment on our new home today.  The inspection revealed some big problems with the new home.  The builder/owner got rushed to list before the winter and said things were on the house that weren’t.  Our house is sold but we don’t know where we are going next.  Things are getting interesting…..

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

Bonus Day #187

We thought we lost a key FOB for one of our cars.  The decision was to get a new one lined up in case we lost the one we had left.  (After looking everywhere, including the trash, TWICE).  Marceil called the dealership and lined it up–$267 for a FOB programmed for our car.  After the order was in, we found the missing one.  Now what to do?  Call the dealership and cancelling, or go ahead and follow through.  We decided to follow through.  Although we now have three different FOB’s for the car, I think it is important to NOT make your problem someone else’s problem.  Everything happens for a reason.  There are things more important than an extra FOB, like leaving a small dealership hanging.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

Bonus Day #186

I thought we lived in a villa and had downsized when we moved in.  The truth is, after talking to a professional mover today, I found out it is going to take 6 men 9 hours and 3 trucks to move us out of our home and into the new one.  You might say that we have a lot of “stuff.”  How much “stuff’ does a person (or our case, two people) need?  I guess the answer in our case is–THREE TRUCKS WORTH!  HA!

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

Bonus Day #185

We sold our house and put an offer on the new one.  The coordination of the “closing” date is something to behold.  It is like dominoes when it comes to things falling into place.  Right now we are packing boxes.  Stay tuned.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

Bonus Day #184

The power was out for four hours today.  Funny how we take electricity for granted.  I found myself checking the utility website every few minutes seeing if there was any update on the recovery of the power…promptly using up too much power from my battery.  How do you conserve when you don’t know how long the power is going to be off?  The truth is, we take too many things for granted, not just the power.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

Bonus Day #183

Interesting thing about being a Grandfather that I didn’t notice being a Father:  the older I get the faster the kids get…..tag–hide and seek–any activity I slow up…they speed up…and then it occurred to me:  I’M JUST GLAD TO SHOW UP!

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #182

Each day of life is such a blessing–another opportunity for blessing.  Blessing others, blessing God, and and letting God love and bless you.  Does that sound “gushie” or what?  But when you see each day as a bonus day…..it is the truth.

REMEMBER THIS:

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #181

It took 10 weeks for our convertible to get back from the Body Shop after being painted and the top replaced.  The calamity occurred during a Cub’s baseball game in their parking lot.  The story of how it all came down is almost like what you would call a “comedy of errors.”  The Cub’s organization leased a parking lot from the city who never told them of a “tar dispenser” that “greased the tracks” of their public train that sat on top of the leased parking lot.  The Cub’s organization uses the parking lot for their season ticket holders as an additional option.  The season ticket holders often resale the spots through places like StubHub, which is how I ended up with the parking spot.  The tar was released and it soaked 23 cars during the game.  Our car was a 50th anniversary edition Camaro with a convertible top.  It was the convertible top that took so look to deal with in the Body Shop.  Losing your convertible during the summer when you live in the Midwest (basically the only time for the top to be down) was quite the experience.  The thing about realizing we are living on bonus days always keeps things in perspective:  1.  A car is a piece of metal.  2.  Look on the bright side–mileage was conserved and maybe that car will just last long.  3.  (Probably most importantly)–Everything happens for a reason.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #180

Reading in 2 Timothy the last chapters, and knowing now the Apostle Paul would soon be drug out of the city of Rome and beheaded at age 62, it gives new realization to how ministry minded this early church Apostle was during the duration of his 30 years as a Christian Leader.  In the last few verses before his death he is reiterating the condition of the Churches and the Church Leaders he has visited, conversed with, trained, prayed, and instructed.  His heart is a powerful vision until the very end.  No talk of his IRA balance, his Social Security benefits, the condition of his nest egg–only the condition of the Church Leadership–(by name).  Powerful.  Challenging.  Personally convicting.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #179

TODAY IS 9/11!  In the midst of everyone’s sharing of what they were doing while the planes were crashing into the twin towers, the pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania–does come the stark reality that our lives in the US are some how different now.  The truth is, the rest of the world pretty much experiences acts of terrorism all the time.  No one gets used to it, but if our US 9/11 is going to mean anything we need to realize that what we feel, others feel.  In the course of relating and realizing, comes the process of treating others the way we want to be treated.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

marc