Celebrating Five Months of Samuel with a ‘Samuel Sandwich’

Our little SamJam turned five months old yesterday. I celebrated by eating a whole bunch of “Samuel Sandwiches.” Each one was adorably delicious!

Samuel Sandwich Recipe

Slam one pillow onto the middle of the bed. This is the bottom piece of bread.

Air butter the bread with your hand.

Scoop up the Samuel meat and place him gently on the buttered bread.

Air spurt some ketchup onto the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Air spurt some mustard onto the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Air place some slices of lettuce onto the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Air place some slices of cheese onto the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Air drop some slices of tomato onto the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Air drop some slices of pickle onto the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Air sprinkle some salt onto the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Air sprinkle some pepper onto the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Air crunch some potato chips onto the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Slam another pillow onto the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Air cut the sandwich in half with your right forearm, directly across the belly region of the Samuel meat, making sure it tickles.

Hug the Samuel sandwich and air chew it by rolling around on the bed, saying, “Nom! Nom! Nom! Nom! Nom! Nom! Nom! Nom!”

Remove the top pillow. Remove the Samuel meat.

Say with great enthusiasm, “Again?”

Repeat the process when a smile emerges.

Here are five snaps from the 5-month mark:

Micah and Bethany are such good parents. Their sweet baby is largely happy and contented most of the time. Periods of fussiness do come each day, but they’re not too severe.

One thing SamJam loves is the “Hey Bear Sensory” series, though mom and dad are careful to limit his screen time. He really gets into this particular episode, kicking and cackling through most of it:

Beauty from the Dirt

After my sour little “chuckle” from earlier today, I thought I should say something happy—if for no other reason than to let everyone know I’m not despairing (or going apoplectic) over the absurdities of our day. Better to be a happy warrior than a curmudgeon. Besides, believers are people of hope and resurrection.

Nothing conveys that great truth better than spring flowers. Up from the dark dirt come the bright beauties of the plant kingdom. Red and yellow tulips in combination are among my favorites, though I have many others, too.

I adore my cherry tree, but it didn’t keep its color very long this year because of the late frost. Maybe next year it will do better. The large addition we put on the back of our house a couple years ago necessitated the sacrifice of a glorious hydrangea bush, which needs to be remedied soon. And then there’s that Japanese maple I’ve been wanting to get…

Anyway, here are a few snaps from the front part of our house. May they brighten your day a bit like they did mine.

Today’s Chuckle | 04.29.2022

Actually, this meme can’t even be considered a chuckle anymore. It’s reality. The current administration recently established a “Disinformation Governance Board.” Can you believe it? Will they be flagging disinformation or creating it? Just look at who was appointed to lead the thing, and you’ll know the answer to that question.

I’ve spent decades lamenting the sad, sick, sorry state of journalism in this country. That turned out to be a waste of time and energy. Far better to just mock it without mercy these days, like The Babylon Bee. The media industrial complex is virtually irredeemable. So is our government. I honestly don’t recognize this country anymore.