Seven Quick Takes (vol.6)

September 11, 2009 at 9:38 am 24 comments

I am loving this four day work week! If only corporate America would adopt this into their regular schedule, that would be fantastic. I’ll keep dreaming.

Today’s edition is a little bit different, as my comments aren’t totally random. If you’d like to read more Quick Takes, go to or click on this photo.


Today is a big day for three reasons. On this day last year, we were evacuating because a monster named Ike was heading our way. On this day eight years ago, I was sitting in Biology II when a girl ran in the classroom and told us that terrorists had hijacked a couple planes and crashed into the Pentagon and World Trade Center. On this day 51 years ago, my dad was born. While there may be a lot of discussion about the first two today, I am choosing to discuss the third.

My dad is the smiliest man you’ll ever meet. “That’s not even a word!” Okay okay, he smiles the most of anyone I know. I can’t even tell you how many people have asked me, “Does your dad ever get mad?” Well, yes. Yes he does. But he mostly smiles.

My dad is one of the most Biblically smart people I’ve ever met. Well, actually he’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. But I tend to think that Biblical knowledge is superior to any other type. In fact, my dad is Jesus. And a rabbi. Or at least he played those two things in plays at church. This would be a great time for a picture… But I don’t have one. Sorry. Just imagine a 6’4 tall, skinny man with a fake beard. Here, just throw a beard and a robe on this guy.

Dad and I

He’s written his own Bible studies that are used all over the country. You can click here if you’re interested in using them, they’re free. He even records them so you can listen to them. He smiles when he’s talking too, you’ll hear it.

There is a history of weird license plates in my dad’s life and he thinks they are pretty cool. He owned a car that had the license plate: THE KAR. His initials are KAR. His truck’s plates are THE TRUK. Don’t think that’s clever? Well, his name is Kurt and “Truk” is Kurt backwards. Ahhhh.

My dad runs down the stairs sideways and at a very risky pace. One time when I was in college, I brought a boyfriend home with me. Dad ran down the stairs and fell. It was quite awkward for all involved parties. That didn’t slow him down though. He still does this. Although we think he’s slowing a bit because the stairs at the beach house are wood and slippery.

If you want to know where I get my creativity from, it may or may not be from my dad. I think we are all pretty randomly creative. Some areas we excel in, some we are just awful. My dad writes limericks. My parents have thrown a New Years Ever party every year for about 26 years and each year, my dad writes a limerick for the invitation. He writes them for random parties and cards. It’s one of his sweet skills.

He also changes the words to songs. Keep reading if you’re willing to have a common song ruined… forever.

Each Christmas there is a song that is played that I HATE. Angels We Have Heard On High. HATE it. “Blasphemy!” No, it’s true. When I was a little kid I always thought they were saying “Gloria, in ex Chelsea’s deo” instead of “Gloria, in excelsis deo.” And that’s annoying to a little kid. (Except when you’re listening to your Chipmunk’s cassette tape and they are singing Jesse’s Girl and you think they are singing “Chelsea’s Girl” just for you even though that makes it a lesbian song and the Chipmunks just aren’t down with that.) Anyways, in about 4th grade my dad made it much worse. He changed the words to “In my Chelsea’s day bed.” I have hated it ever since. Just sing it in your head right now. Awful. I’m sure I’ll talk about this again when Christmas rolls around.  You’re welcome.

One of the most important things that my dad ever taught me was this: Everyone’s favorite word is their own name. ALWAYS remember someone’s name. This is so true.

Another extremely important thing he taught me was to ALWAYS pay the church first, then pay yourself. You’ll always have enough money if you remember to pay the church first. I’ve been adhering to this since I was a little girl and got my first allowance, and he has yet to be proven wrong. The Lord always provides.

Happy birthday to my daddy! He is one of the most loving and generous people you will ever get the honor to know. If you know him, he’s touched your life. Guaranteed. I love you dad!!

And because I know many of you will be reading about 9-11 today and I don’t want you to ignore Ike, I’m posting a couple photos so you non-Houstonians/Galvestonians can see how terrible it was.

This first one isn’t so bad. This is my mom and dad cleaning up all the smaller branches in their yard.

Dad and Mom

And here is the tree that fell in our backyard. It’s this tree’s branch that punctured a hole in our bathroom ceiling. At this point, we had no idea that our bathroom was ruined.


And here is where the tree fell.


Just a few more from my neighborhood… you can click on any of them to make them bigger.


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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joy  |  September 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Happy Birthday to your Dad!!
    What a wonderful tribute to him.

    We were in Houston for Hurricane Allison, sorry for the damage you sustained.

  • 2. Mandy  |  September 11, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Ike was terrible…I dont even want to think about it,lol. But kudos to your dad for preaching the tithing. My pops did the same thing and he has yet to be proven wrong as well.

    Tell your dad Happy Birthday from all of us! I think the last time I saw him was when he shook my hand as I received my diploma 5 years ago…man I’m old.

  • 3. Kyla Roma  |  September 11, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Happy birthday to your dad! What a sweet post =)

  • 4. DebbieQ  |  September 11, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Happy Birthday to your dad!!

    Man oh man, those pictures of the damage from the tree are rather scary to say the least.

  • 5. Lindsay  |  September 11, 2009 at 10:52 am

    EVERY SINGLE ONE of my friends at some point during our friendship after seeing Dad as told me, “I LOVE your dad! He always smiles. I bet he never gets mad.” He does…just not very often!!


  • 6. Sarah  |  September 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Happy birthday to your Dad!

    Did you guys evacuate for Ike? (I am guessing no since you were cleaning up). We stuck it out at the house and went 3 weeks without power!

  • 7. Aunt Bonnie  |  September 11, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Yep,he’s one of the smiliest people you’ll ever meet. I live with the other one:)
    I think I sent him a bd card??? Who in the heck can remember. Yep, I love him!

  • 8. timlinzrowland  |  September 11, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Wow the pictures of the damage are crazy. What a horrible storm!

  • 9. Sarah @ This Heavenly Life  |  September 11, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I cracked up about your dad’s license plates 🙂

  • 10. Darla  |  September 11, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Birthday to your dad! My mom always told me to smile with my voice when I answered the phone …. I have never heard anyone else use that phrase. It got me a job once though for a Congressman in Washington, DC …. said I was the best phone answerer (?) he had ever heard. 🙂

    Can’t believe that tree! We were without power for 14 days, but no tree on our house!!! Yikes!

  • 11. Rachel  |  September 11, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Happy birthday Chelsea’s daddy!! I still laugh out loud thinking about the mental image of him coming down the stairs from the rec-room to the living room, sideways, at break-neck speed… I think I laughed every time I saw him do it too. Even pictures of him can make you smile, can’t they? 🙂

  • 12. Ashley  |  September 11, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Happy Birthday to your dad! What a lovely tribute to him.

  • 13. Rachel  |  September 11, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    PS- Do you remember when Grace P. cried on Maundy Thursday because “Uncle Kurt had to die tomorrow”? She didn’t quite understand that your dad wasn’t REALLY Jesus. 🙂

  • 14. Lauren From Texas  |  September 11, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr. Rosenhagen! You are a very smiley man. I have met you. I should know.

  • 15. Lyndsey  |  September 11, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr. R!!!! I feel lucky to know you and your amazing family.

  • 16. mom  |  September 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Wow what a wonderful post about your daddy. He IS a wonderful daddy, isn’t he and he HAS taught you many many valuable lessons, hasn’t he? Blessings abound when it comes to having him for your dad! I know he appreciated the wonderful things you said.

  • 17. Tami Boesiger  |  September 11, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Fun Quick Takes, Chelsea. You get the brownie points from Dad today.

  • 18. Dad  |  September 11, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    The guy you describe sounds like someone I’d like to meet.

    What a great tribute. More than I deserve. I really appreciate all the kind thoughts. I’ve been greatly blessed – mostly with the family God has given, including you.

    By the way, my truck license plate is A TRUK. My middle initial is A (Kurt A). It’s even more nerdy than you thought.


  • 19. Lindsay  |  September 11, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    HAHA! Rachel, I literally laughed out loud when I read your PS. I remember that. It was funny!

  • 20. Mommy Maureen  |  September 11, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Your dad IS the smiliest man I have ever met! And one of the nicest…Happy Birthday to your sweet Dad!

  • 21. laura251  |  September 12, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for your sweet comment! Happy Birthday to your Dad! I am also the owner of a smiley Dad, it’s a good thing to have.

  • 22. Kelly  |  September 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Awe, your dad sounds so amazing! I will never forget Ike. My parents, sister and nephew lived with us for 2 1/2 weeks while waiting to get the electricity turned back on. It was… *interesting*.

  • 23. osarah  |  September 14, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Your dad sounds like a great man, Chelsea! Happy Birthday, Chelsea’s dad! (Sorry it’s a few days late. I’m always behind on posts since I read them the next work day.)

  • 24. Erin  |  September 15, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I totally enjoyed this! I’m super close with my Dad too and I love reading/hearing about other people who are close with their Dads. 🙂

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