God is good.

Even when things aren’t. But things are good right now, so I’m going to get some extra praising practice in for when they’re not so great. Praise you, Lord!!

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a post like Jess’s where I ask you to ask me anything you want, and then I (sort of) promise to answer. But I’ve thought of 3 good reasons to put it off/not do it at all.

1.) I don’t want to steal Jess’s idea.
2.) How embarrassing if no one asks me any questions! (either because they don’t care or because I talk so much about myself that there’s nothing left to ask)
3.) I’m scared of someone asking something I don’t want to answer.

So, to ease my mind, here’s what you can do. If you’re Jess, you can say, “Go ahead, Marla. I don’t mind.” If you’re not Jess, you can say, “I’ll be your friend and ask you a question, and I promise not to ask anything hard or potentially embarrassing.”

Whew. I feel better. Writing the word “Jess’s” reminded me of something. I didn’t know this until last year. Jesus and Moses are the only 2 names ending in “s” that require only an apostrophe to make them possessive(Terri: Can you read??) I used to write Jess’, Phyllis’,…okay, I can’t think of any names that end in “s.”

Jesus’ friend = correct.
Moses’ friend = correct.
Jesus’s friend = incorrect
Chris’ friend = incorrect
Chris’s friend = correct
my parents’ friend = correct
my parents’s friend = incorrect


Bible study was great again today. God has really done some cool things, and I love these ladies more every week. Praise you, Lord!

My sister wrote a very cool blog today. Raw, honest, sweet, convicting. I love her to bits, and I think you’ll be blessed by what God laid on her heart.

Not to talk about Jessicas (plural, not possessive) this whole post, but I just realized something. I mentioned in the Diapers book that I have 4 friends named Jessica–Jessica B., Jessica C., Jessica P., and Jessica Y. Jessica P, I don’t know your middle name, but the other three all have the SAME ONE. Isn’t that crazy? Anybody know what it is? (besides the Jesses of course) And J.P., tell me your middle name!

Oh, the randomness.

Okay–the Xangaland Get-Together.  Krista is the one who started all this. She’s coming to Ohio for a visit and is stopping here (my house) on Monday April 7th sometime and leaving Tuesday April 8th sometime. Gail’s girls have spring break that week, so she’s coming sometime in there too. Anyone who lives close enough to come, PLEASE DO! If you’re close by, come for the day. If you have a bit of a drive, spend the night. (or 2 or 3) If we run out of room, some of you can stay with Kimberly and Kevin. DID I JUST SAY THAT? Of course I meant, you can stay with Kimmy Kimmie. 🙂

I’m not a good planner, which is bad. But I’m flexible, which is good. If we want to pick one day for the “main event,” we can. If you want to bring stuff (like cakeballs or something…), order pizza, make sandwiches, whatever. Bring your kids, your cameras, your pillows. We’ll probably not do beer this time. Maybe when we all go to Jess’s.

I think that’s it for now. Oh, I promised a book give-away, didn’t I? How about this–I’ll do it tomorrow, and to be entered in the drawing, you have to ask me a question. Brilliant.

Have a great day, all!

28 thoughts on “God is good.

  1. biblestorebrowser

    I was looking up something else related to apostrophes and found this. I LOVE Grammar Girl,! You’ll see what I meant by my comment above. She consults lots of the style manuals and sums them up. The comments to her podcast transcripts are always worth reading too.

  2. jbnygaard

    I’m coming! I’m coming!!! It’s on my calendar and I will be there with bells on. Or….maybe I’ll leave the bells at home.

    My question= Do you want to be cremated (sp?) or buried when you die?

  3. ClutzyButtercup

    So wish I lived close enough for the Xangaland get-together!  I would love to bring my children too but my almost 21 yr old son might object.  Tina would love all the commotion and attention.  Oh well, have to hope for a meeting when I am in OH in June.

  4. OkinawaAna

    Wes is one of those names!  I thought either way was correct, but I can see by your examples how one of those ways would leave readers thinking that Wes was possessive AND plural.  And there is, to the best of my knowledge, only one Wes living here.  Learn something new every day!

  5. filledeparis

    I would love to come over, but alas, the long commute renders it an impossibility! Hopefully, the next time I’m in Ohio.
    Question: What has been particularly important to you lately(what are yout thinking about most)?

  6. tonialynn59

    Oh man, I wish I could come to OH that week!  I would love to meet you all.  Since the only one I’ve met is you, Marla!  You’ll have to take lots of pictures and bring them to MI when you come end of April.

    I’m going to have to come up with a question for you for tomorrow.  Hmmm….

  7. Howdytoya

    You will never believe this but YESTERDAY, I was making someone’s name possessive and couldn’t figure out if I needed the extra ‘s‘ (EVEN THOUGH I TAUGHT JUST A COUPLE YEARS AGO–IT JUST DIDN’T LOOK LIKE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO, SO I WAS SECOND GUESSING MYSELF…)  I thought, “I bet someone like my sister (who is a journalism major) or Marla (because being an author makes you the authority on all things grammar…) would know…maybe i should ask one of them sometime…”  SO… Imagine the craziness when I came to your blog and you had confirmed my thoughts. Do you have ESP?

  8. M3mine

    Oh dear…at age 54 it may be too late for me to re-learn apostrophe rules.   Back in the dark ages, we were taught that if it ended in S, just add an apostrophe.  I’m so glad my name ends in a Y!  Actually, I taught 5-6th grade Language Arts and that’s how our books taught it too. Kids had such a hard time with it regardless of how it is.  I like your way.  Does that mean everything is S’S???

  9. luvmynoah

    I’m sure we can come up with some good questions.  I like the one above…”what is your deepest, darkest sin.”  LOL…..ahhh. I wish I lived closer. 

    So, If I’m talking about Titus…is it Titus’….or Titus’s…..I’ve always wondered. I’m so confused!  I shouldn’t have given him a name with an S on the end.

  10. jennikim

    hmm, im on spring break then…  and heading down to KY at some point.  maybe ill have to work it to stop and meet everyone in person, too!!  that would be fun! 

    too bad i would keep heading south after the visit, eliminating the possibility of carpooling with kmh!  a car ride with 3 little boys sounds super exciting. 

  11. ladymiss3739

    What is your deepest, darkest sin?  kidding….  What was your first date with Gabe and what did you really think of him? 

    I think it’s okay to copy.  I do it all the time. 

  12. KmHunsberger

    I laughed out loud a few times during this post. I love your humor April 8 is my birthday and who in the world better to spend it with than a group of friends I have never officially met before?? This sounds like great fun actually. I will talk to Jon…and try to be there if I can. I will let you know for sure ASAP.

    Marie is my guess for the middle name. It is mine and I am a bit partial.

    Anybody up here want to carpool? Any of you live around me???

    Question??? Hmmm, I do feel like I know you pretty well. Ok, if you could live anywhere in the country, where would it be?

  13. gsowell

    @FlyingCAB – 

    I think that’s right.

    I will ask questions. Nice ones, but not necessarily easy ones.

    I thought the same thing. Jess’s 20 questions have been way fun.

    I was planning on spending most of Monday with you, but if you’d rather I come on Tuesday, that could be arranged.

  14. faithchick

    hum.  krista always knows that answers.  interestingly enough, i disclosed my first name on bethelaines xanga today.   it’s very unique, i gotta say.

    Go ahead, Marla. I don’t mind.  (I was gonna say it anyway.)  It’s a great way to be a cop-out blogger.  ha!

    and thank you for clearing up the apostrophe issue for me.  I always avoid it.  Did you notice, too, how similar the names Jesus and Jessica are?  When I was a kid, it thrilled me to the core to have a name that “matched” Jesus’ (<–right?) name.

    Is there a limit on how many Jesses can be at the party?  If I come, I will bring the fixin’s for 36ish Fab Sandwiches, mkay?  And maybe a cake ball or 2.  But, I figure Kimmie might want to bring ’em?

  15. ergirl053

    I will be your friend and I’ll be sure to think of a non-threatening question, only because I hate being embarrassed by random questioning. As for the get-together, K and I will be stopping in on Monday after leaving Cedarville. We’ll have to chat about where exactly you are in relation…
    And I’m betting that the Jesses have the middle name of Marie. If so, they’re in good company 🙂

  16. FlyingCAB

    I was taught that you also use only an apostrophe if the name is already plural…for example..the Millers’ mailbox…vs the Millers’s mailbox.  Is that right? wrong?

  17. ch1pch0p

    I’ve been through your house and on cartrips with you. My questions are answered.

    Hey, Kevin can stay the night, too…. and my name is spelled KIMMIE.

  18. terriwright

    Oh, the pressure……..

    First of all, you are such a goober to think no one would ask a question.

    Second: You should come and get to know the REAL KY!

    Thirdly: Not using an apostrphe for Moses or Jesus goes against everythingI’ve learned or taught…how do you know that??? I am a passionate apostrophe-Nazi.

    Fourth: My question: Do you live in a rural, suburban, or urban area? A neighborhood?

    See???? I’m bein’ nice. And it’s SOOOOOOOO hard.

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