Happy Happy Joy Joy

I’m writing this so nobody kicks my gloomy ass off the internet.

It’s just that this blog has been coming off a little woe-is-me, lately — Not that that’s not a solid Biblical theme, I mean, David made a career out of it. But, yeesh, who wants to read the angsty ramblings of a bitter self-absorbed missionary every week?

So here’s a random list of awesome crap, none of which is worth its own blog post, but all of which brings me joy, so that you can see that I’m not all “crying out to the Lord for absolution” all the time. Ok? Here we go:

~Mango. As big as your face. Sweeter than candy. The kind you eat until you explode. Be jealous.

~Sun and Rain in the same day. I can get a sunburn at 9 in the morning and need an umbrella at 2 in the afternoon. It’s kind of awesome.

~Football season is over. That means El Chupacabra is home almost every night. Of course there are pros and cons to this. He’s here, which I love, but that means I can’t get away with serving Coco Puffs for dinner as often. So…. yeah.

~Coffee. Just coffee.

~My friends and I started up “Kids Club” (pronounced “keeds cloob”) for our dirty birds in the precario. We had around 50 kids show up this Tuesday for a bible lesson, craft, food and games. So freaking fun!

~My kids (who, at 17, 13 and 11, are all old enough to really hate me) still follow me around the house. If I’m in the kitchen at least one of them is in there with me, sitting on the counter and talking to me about random junk or pulling up YouTube videos that I just have to see. If I’m in my room folding socks or whatever, they’ll come in and hang out with me. And it’s somewhere in those distracted moments, when they think I’m not really listening (because I’m busy chopping onions or searching through a mountainous pile of white cotton for the other ankle-length, grey-bottomed sock with blue stitching across the toe) they spill about girls and friends and school drama and bad grades and, sometimes, if I don’t ruin it by flapping my jaw, they break into a little chorus about how much they love their Mama. *smile….sigh*

~There’s a peacock in my neighborhood. I’m pretty sure it sounds like a pterodactyl. I know I’ve never heard a pterodactyl but neither have you, so go ahead and tell me I’m wrong – your opinion means as little as mine. Anyway. When it calls, it reminds me of the movie Jurassic Park, which reminds me of Costa Rica, which reminds me that, holy crap!, I live in Costa Rica. And? I have a peacock for a neighbor.

I guess the
real reason I wrote this post is because I was reading the Bible the other day… I do that on occasion…. and I read this, from Philippians (which, I believe whole heartedly, should be spelled with two L’s and one P, but I’m not in charge so, whatever):
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

And when I read that, I just felt like Somebody Important was saying “Damn, Girl – You need to smile more!”


What about you – What are you thinking on these days? Which one of life’s little goodies has got you smiling?

Oh, and PS – If you read the title of this post and immediately knew the reference off the top of your head, we are officially friends. Just wanted you to know.


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