Courtney T. Ball

Category - Life

Our Response to Brokenness

Warning: this article contains profanity and may not be suitable for children. I heard angry yelling coming from the street outside. Up to that point, it had been a relaxing Saturday morning in the summer. I walked out onto my front porch to see what was happening. I live in the city in what could be called a modest middle-class section of town...

What I Learned from Slobbery Shirts

When my oldest daughter was a little girl, she had this super gross habit of chewing on her clothes and hair. I know some of you can relate to this, because I’ve seen other kids do the same thing. You know the signs: ends of sleeves chewed to the point of disintegration, hair crusty with dried slobber, big round wrinkly wet spots on the...

Two Stories About Belonging

Perry* did not belong. He was strange, socially awkward, and unattractive. His overweight body carried most of his extra fat in his gut. This is how he got the nickname “Pregnant Perry”. Kids can be quite clever in their cruelty. Perry and I were in middle school together. For the most part, I didn’t have much to do with him. We...

I Can’t Compete with That!

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“How (and why) to Travel Around the World” by Andy Stoll Today I watched the above video which promotes Andy Stoll as a public speaker. Andy is a guy I know here in Cedar Rapids. My brother Clint sent methis link to a speakers website on which Andy is featured. He added with encouragement, “You could do this as well as Andy or some...

The Miracle of Merging

Next week, Emmy and I will have been married fourteen years. I have now known Emmy for more of my life than I have not known her. Or, to put it another way, I’ve been with Emmy for the better part of my life. As we approach our fourteenth wedding anniversary, I think again about Genesis 2:24, where it says, “Therefore shall a man leave his...

Our New Dance Partner

Our new dog Ranger dances with the girls. Last week we welcomed a new dog into our family. His name is Ranger, and he has quickly worked his way into our hearts. A definition of ranger according to Dictionary.com is “one who ranges or roams”. That fits, especially if we try to leave him in the yard while we’re gone. We learned quickly that...

Lorde Visits the Hairy Nation

My brother Chris told me a fun story today. First, a little background. Chris lives in Bloomfield, Iowa, a small county seat roughly twenty miles from the Missouri border. Several years back he read an old book about Bloomfield called The Rise and Progress of Civilization in the Hairy Nation. Not long after that, a woman he knew named Nancy...

Are My Kids Too Tame?

This morning my daughters chose to read a book together for fun! My father grew up in a house full of kids. He had four brothers and one sister, as well as several foster kids his parents took in for varying lengths of time. His dad was a United Methodist preacher. Methodist ministers are itinerant. This meant that every few years, the Bishop of...