The sermon our preacher gave yesterday was "Happiness Is A Choice"
Boy did I need to hear some of the things that were said. Some thoughts:
Happiness is independent of possessions.
Happiness is contentment in whatever circumstance we are in.
I can choose to be happy...
1. Accept where you are...
2. Develop an inner strength through God
(My blessings outnumber my problems...count them I dare you!)
3. Develop an attitude of adventure
4. Learn to like people...invest in people
Romans 12:9-13 (New Living Translation)
9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
One suggestion was to have a Memory Box and put thankful thoughts on paper and into the box to keep and go back to and see how blessed we are. I like that idea.
Will has been gone for a week now. I have really been pretending that he was just gone to some summer camp and it hit me yesterday that he is really gone for a long time. I am trying to be grown up about all of this but these are the things that stink:
Eating at the supper table without him. None of us like it. We have decided to eat at the bar for a while...
I thought that I hated Wes and Will always fighting and wrestling in the car whenever we were all together. Now I just miss it. So does Wes.
I got so mad at them when they were wrestling after church one day and dove and broke Will's bed, but now I wish he was here again to break any bed! any bed at all. I would not care! :)
I miss his big bear hugs. I miss his smiles. I miss a million other things about him. He is a great kid, well...man. So Will...if you are reading this, I can't write everything we miss about you because it would never end, but just know you are missed, greatly.
Now... for some positives. Will...please don't let these hurt your feelings! ha.
I get to buy WAY less groceries.
There is WAY less laundry.
So there you go!
The pictures below are very random and probably by now you have quit reading this very long post...that is ok. I am just having fun writing it. My camera is broken at the moment so here are some photos from the summer and some thoughts.
Me with my happy face on!
My wonderful in laws. Bob and JoAnn Walker. They live about 7 hours away from us and so we don't get to see them nearly enough. They are so sweet and kind and I miss them. They are usually at the Red River Family Encampment with us but have not been able to come the past few years. It is not the same without them. Just not as fun.
This is where Will is living right now. He is loving it.
This is a picture that we took in San Diego at Carlsbad Beach. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you God for the time that we enjoyed there!