Yes, currently our DVR has over 30 episodes of the show either waiting to be watched, or re-watched . . .don't judge!
We are huge Patricia Heaton fans and really the show just cracks us up. The Heck family is just dysfunctional enough to make you feel pretty good about yourselves, but close enough to reality for us to relate.
And I love it because, yes you guessed it, they're messy! They forget things (birthdays, anniversaries, . . . sometimes children). They mess up, mix up and sometimes give up, but never on each other.
Instead they wrestle with the same cultural myths we so often judge our own lives by:
The Perfect Family
The Perfect House
The Perfect Job
The Perfect Kids
They, like the rest of us, drop the ball, get distracted by the little things, struggle to make ends meet, are plagued by the "what ifs" in life, and worry about what others think of them. How often do we as families get caught up in that?
What if Johnny gets cut from the team?
How are we going to pay for that insurance bill?
Do we live on the right side of town, will they like us?
Do we spend out of our budget to keep up with our neighbors and friends?
Do we sacrifice peace for prestige?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
So I will continue to enjoy watching them battle their everyday battles, ones I can relate to (sometimes too well). But in my own life, when I am feeling defeated, overwhelmed, discouraged I am going to cling to His promise. Seek Him first, live according to His priorities, and He will give us all that we need.
Gotta run - the family has started an episode without me!