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Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

My daughter Samantha got married this past weekend. It was a whirlwind of weeks leading up to Saturday, and then, as many of you know, the day flew by.

As the father of the bride, my duties were somewhat limited. Pick this up. Drop this off. Take this person here. Drop this person off there. And then admit that I did it all wrong and do it all over again. A friend who has been down this road offered me sage advice for the wedding day: Keep a glass of wine in Jolene’s hand and get out of the way.

My primary task, though, was the father of the bride speech at the reception. For those who don’t know, that’s pressure. I put thoughts into words every day, but this had more significance as friends and family looked on. Here are a few tidbits I included that you may be able to relate to.

I shared how Samantha was the member of the household — at 2 years old — who taught Jolene how to operate the DVD player, and she is still the one who sets the time for me on my trusty Timex watch.

I offered that, as much as winning is important, it isn’t the goal in a marriage, as there must be some give and some take. My advice to my new son-in-law, Brady, was to let Samantha think she wins even when she doesn’t, because if Mama isn’t happy, nobody’s happy.

I also told Brady to expect to be pushed, as my daughter has high expectations — and that can be a good thing. She will push him to be a better husband, a better son, a better sibling, a better friend, and hopefully someday, a great father. And he should push her in the same ways as well.

I stated if you really want to know what your spouse if going to be like in a few decades, take a good look at his or her parents. I asked Brady to take a good look at me and to accept something he surely knows by now — that Samantha is mini-me.

I finished with a story of a winter Saturday when Jolene left to run errands, and I bundled up 4-year-old Sara and 2-year-old Samantha to play in the snow while I hung Christmas lights. Sara was making snow angels while Samantha attentively watched me. As I climbed the ladder and fumbled with the lights, I turned to check on the kids and noticed Samantha halfway up the rungs, with outreached arms proudly yelling, “Daddy!” I carefully stepped down to grab her. While balancing on the ladder — with Samantha in one arm and a string of lights in the other — guess who pulled up in the driveway, shaking her head and wondering how I could mess this up? Samantha didn’t mind. She was proud of her climb. And, especially today, I am proud of her.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

 
 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances ramp up again this evening and last into the morning hours on Wednesday. From there it looks mostly dry into most of the day on Thursday. Another rain chance comes our way Thursday night into Friday. The weekend looks dry. Temps stay in the 70s.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

 
 
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FROM KCCI: Woman killed in shooting near downtown Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department is investigating a homicide that took place on the 700 block of Robert D. Ray Drive. Police say that at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Monday, patrol officers and the Des Moines Fire Department responded to a report of a shooting incident. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Cuts make History a thing of the past at Iowa State

AMES, Iowa — Earlier this year the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University announced an effort to reimagine the college in light of a deficit of over $11 million dollars.... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Pro soccer stadium opening in Des Moines pushed back to 2025

Pro Iowa announced the change on Monday, citing supply chain issues..… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
 
Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local HVAC Company
1. Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
2. Modern Heating and Air
3. Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning

 
Personalities
 

An affinity for nature

Everyone in the Albert family now pitches in to save Monarchs

By Colson Thayer

Kate Albert grew up surrounded by nature. In fact, her mother received the Conservation Woman of the Year award for Iowa in 2018. So, when Kate and her family moved into their Waukee home, she could not wait to get started on her landscaping.

About 10 years ago, she began with nothing. It took about three years for Kate to really start tearing up the sod. As a stay-at-home mom with three kids, she did as much planting as she could in her free time. But her planting eventually grew and spread to cover her entire landscaping.

Kate has a passion for monarch butterflies, too. In 2017, her family saw the first butterfly appear in her garden. She knew their population was on the decline, so she was determined to help. That was the first year she raised a monarch outside, and, in 2018, she began raising them inside. Through Facebook, she joined monarch butterfly “support groups.” These groups helped educate her about monarchs and how to raise them. She also learned about Monarch Waystations and challenged herself to create one.

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From the May issue of Waukee Living magazine.

 
Scores
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Iowa Cubs, June 6:  No game
NHL June 6: Avalanche 6 Oilers 5
NBA June 6: No game
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:  Liam Neeson, Michael Cera, Tom Jones, Allen Iverson, Bill Hader, Karl Urban, Bear Grylls, Dave Navarro, Kym Whitley

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

 
Morning Chuckle
 
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What is a turkey’s favorite dessert?
PEACH GOBBLER, APPLE GOBBLER, OR ANY OTHER 
GOBBLER! Got it Celeste Tilton, Lori Bluml, Russ Cerniglia, John Zeitler, Gail Tomlison, Dewayne Johnson, Rex Post. Other guesses by William Snyder, Duane Spicer
 

TODAY'S RIDDLE:

What would you get if you crossed a turkey with a ghost?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

 

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