{Today's Letters}

Monday, June 30, 2014


Dear Mr. Loerke, you sent me this text while watching Brave Friday night. Thankful for your sense of humor and ability to care well for our offspring. Dear Co-dependency, I learned you at a young age from growing up in an alcoholic home. After years of self-work I realize I still have a long way to go towards healthy living. Here's to persevering and recovery. Dear Brave, whenever I sneeze you start crying. Whenever you have explosive poops in line at the grocery store I start crying. I'm glad we can express ourselves. Dear Timothy James, Wendell Berry once said, "Our model citizen is a sophisticate who, before puberty, understands how to produce a baby, but who at the age of thirty will not know how to produce a potato." Let's keep learning how to produce both.

Happy Monday, brave ones! What are your 4th of July plans this year?

17 comments:

Hannah J said...

Although the 4th July will be a normal day for us. I'm sort of hoping it'll be am extraordinary day in that Blueberry will be here by then. Due date is tomorrow, I've had a cup of raspberry leaf tea, walked to the supermarket and back and even cleaned the kitchen by myself in the hope that it will do something. Did have a twinge but I was crouched down sweeping up the debris ┼Áith a dust pan and brush from the floor so that probably didn't help lol. Happy 1st 4th July Bravey!!

J said...

Hello! Just wanted to say thank you for re-sharing the link to your beautiful talk. So much insight and vulnerability from a couple I already feel like I know more than I should just by reading about your life through your beautiful blog. I am grateful to you both for your insights and honesty! Keep fighting the good fight. You have worked so hard for your beautiful family and deserve every ounce of happiness that comes your way.

Annie said...

July 4th I'll be celebrating my first anniversary with my wonderful husband. Just last month we listened to your and Tim's talk. It said the things we didn't know how to say, so thank you for staying vulnerable and offering your wisdom to the world. You three (four w/River!) are such a blessing.
- Annie

Val Fenton said...

I'll be taking my 3 MiniMights to watch the Calgary stampede parade. 5th year in a row (so grateful for good weather all years)! It'll be the first year with 3 children...one day, I'll have to do "July 4th" in the USA.

Anita said...

Hi - I'd really love to listen to your talk but don't seem to reach it when I click through the links (just the page with the latest message). Any ideas? Could it be because I'm overseas - I live in New Zealand.
Thanks,
Anita

Kathie said...

The link led me to a great message but it wasn't yours. :).
I'm in the US so it isn't the oversees thing. :)

Kelsi said...

I am so grateful that you shared this talk. It was wonderful. I, too, came into marriage with quite a bit of baggage similar to yours, and am so grateful for a husband who has taught me what unconditional love feels like. Isn't the redemptive process in marriage inspiring? Here's to forgiveness, selflessness, and play time in marriage. Thanks for being so enchanting!

Erin said...

Character of Christ was the link that opened for me- good but not your story.

Anonymous said...

I too was led to the Character of Christ instead of your story. Is there any way you could post the talk directly to your blog. I think my husband and I could benefit from hearing it (probably many others also). Thanks for your transparency...

Today's Letters said...

han, i'm guessing no babe yet??

j & kelsi, thank you for your kind words! #grateful

annie, thank you for taking the time to listen! that means so much.

val, you must! louisville has the largest fireworks show in the country (but it's in may during durby week) ... def worth seeing once in your life.

anita, kathie, & erin, thanks for letting me it was not the right link! i'll be sure and post the right link once I find it online :)

Kelsi said...

By the way, I found the Loerke's talk by going to the top of the page to the search bar and just searching their last name. If that helps anyone. :)

Cee said...

Em, just wanted to say thank you so much for this. I listened to it and it is all very timely for me right now. I wish I'd had your courage when I was your age! Very similar childhoods, lifelong anxiety, teenage years, etc. I am 45 years old, married almost 20 years and I am recently sober and am realizing not only do I have to work on that but I need to work on the lifelong codependency issues I have. I am a horrible communicator. HORRIBLE. I avoid conflict to the point of making myself sick. I have a long way to go and days when I feel like giving up, I find something like your post. Gives me hope. Anyway, thank you so much.

Today's Letters said...

Thanks Kels! Here's the direct link to our talk - i'll be sure and change it in today's post.

Cee, I'm so proud of you for realizing these things at 45. Most don't until their final years, if at all. I'm also so encouraged by your sobriety! my mom will have 17 years this next January. I always tell her that her sobriety was the greatest gift she's ever given twinner and me. Keep taking each day one day at a time.

Today's Letters said...

http://www.watermark.org/media/emily-and-tim-loerke---reengage-testimony/1495/

Anonymous said...

Thank you for reporting this link. As I was listening, I saw facets of my own marriage reflected in the early years of yours. It is encouraging to me to hear of God working in your marriage amd through your marriage - I've been praying and considering how to best serve my family and your talk has inspired me to sit down with my husband and work together to make changes. I think your link was a part of a Gods answers to my prayers.
Jessica

Kimbojamma said...

Some deep thoughts here...

Can I say Wow, your hair is gorgeous!!

Ha! Still LOVE reading your blog!

Meg - Life of Meg said...

Emily - You are so strong and brave to share your testimony. It was such a joy to listen to the amazing journey God has taken you on, and I hope you inspire so many more people needing to hear about unconditional love and grace. Thank you!

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