Picking Brian’s brain.

Feeling overly inspired by all the projects that I’m juggling, I thought I’d pick Brian’s brain on Square Piece tonight.

Me, “What’s on your mind, Brian?”

Brian, “My mind?”

Me, “Mmhmm.”

Brian, “Um, actually I had a pretty good time today helping Otis and Tamra move.  Yeah, it was cool to see the way the church showed up… and the body of Christ working together.  We got done pretty fast.  We all worked together so good, it was nice.  Kevin was there… Alex… uh, Craig… and, uh, Justin… and Otis’ brother.  It was nice.  A lot of people have nothing in common but Christ.”

Me, “True.”

Brian, “So everybody’s different.  That was kinda neat, I guess.  I don’t know if that’s blog-worthy.”

(But we all know that Brian’s thoughts are indeed blog-worthy.)

Me, “How do you feel about my taste in window treatments?”

Brian, “You askin’ me?  I was pretty impressed with what you made last night.  I think it’s pretty neat.”

(Just wait.  I have outdone myself.  I’ve tested not just a DIY Roman shade, but a DIY top-down/bottom-up Roman shade!  Now that I’ve gotten my rough draft out of the way, this weekend I’m working on the real deal.  Tutorial coming.)

Me, “Really?!  Go on.”

Brian, “I noticed it kinda looks like a science project right now.  It’s not perfect, but just for a first try, just tryin’ it out, it looked a lot better than I thought it was going to.”

Me, “Well, I wasn’t trying to make it perfect.  I just wanted to be sure I understood the mechanics first…. before designing it.”

Brian, “Yeah.  I just think they’re going to work good.  I think they’re going to be good.”

Me, “How do you like my new boots?”

(Yay!  When Brian gets credit card rewards, he redeems them for gift cards so that I can go shopping!)

Brian, “Actually, I really like them ’cause they’re not brown.  They’re not like fake, horse-ridin’ Ugg boots.  They’re more bluish gray, like cool rock star boots.”

Me, “Mmhmm.  And how do you feel about Esther?”

(…who was sitting between us on the couch.)

Brian, “Um, I feel like she’s the kindest, gentlest little dog in the whole world.  And she doesn’t belong in this world ’cause she’s just so sweet and cartoonish.  And I like how God made her.”

Me, “How so?”

Brian, “She just doesn’t belong in this cruel world.  She’s too sweet, too nice, for an animal, you know?  When she bites you it’s like this *_*.

(He barely touched my arm, imitating Esther’s playful bite.)

Brian, “She’s just so soft.”  Then his kissed her twice, “She reminds me of you a little.”

Me, “Oh, goodness.  How so?”

Brian, “Am I crazy?  Just how she’s so funny and independent.  And she gets excited about things and you can’t stop her from doing what she wants to do.  …I just got chinned.  Look.  It’s like a bear trap, except the opposite.”

Then he enjoyed the stillness of the moment.  We’re always very still when she chinny chin chins us.


  1. January 28, 2012

    This makes me smile.

    Thanks for letting me be a part of your world.

    I need to smile.

  2. January 28, 2012

    what wonderful thoughts…such a blessing.

  3. January 30, 2012

    Gee whiz! Our names made the Square Piece blog!!
    Your husband was amazing with the move. I am pretty sure that he was the only one not winded by 3 flights of stairs 52 million times with heavy furniture…he was like the Energizer Bunny. Seriously.
    Thank you for blogging his heart about the move. We were overwhelmed by the same thing Brian was…the church loving each other 🙂

  4. January 30, 2012

    Oh my, this is just wonderful. SO WONDERFUL.

  5. January 30, 2012

    i like how brian lets you pick his mind and gives you a huge answer everytime, not just answers like “nothing” or “because”. HUGE SMILE FOR YOU!!!

  6. January 31, 2012

    I love this. I can see how the “clay” of Brian has been molded and shaped over the years. It’s pretty awesome Sue. I thank God for it.

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