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If you’re happy and you know it…

You know that song… sing it with me:


If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)
Just thinking about that song makes me think of younger years when we liked to act a whole lot more silly than we do now.  I still like to act silly, but it’s frowned upon by my age peers.  I guess that is why I teach, but even some of the high schoolers I teach are “too old” to have fun anymore.  Some think I’m just the crazy art teacher.  I’m good with that.  It’s guaranteed that they will remember me!
Are you needing some fun today?
Don’t you remember finger painting, playing in the mud and riding a bike?  What are the things you thought of when you jumped out of the bed in the summer time –usually way passed 10 or even passed noon?
I always thought of who I was going to play with that day.  What friend could I coax out of the a/c to run the roads with?  What kind of fort could we build that day out of sticks or pine straw or just piles of dirt.  Could we create the perfect floor plan for my future mansion?  Would my dad let us ride in the back of the truck later (when he got home from work) to the local store to get a coke and some peanuts or even some chocolate?
I never ever worried about unloading the dishwasher, making my bed or paying bills.  I never thought of the vitamins I needed to take or what shoes would be comfortable to wear today.  I never concerned myself with dusting (gag!), what I was going to cook for dinner or any type of national news.
I know times change and you are like, what is the point?  I’m not sure what the point is really.  Maybe I will get to it in a minute.
I know as adults we have different responsibilities and different mindsets.  We have deadlines and “bigger fish to fry” as they say.  (yes, some say that)  We are concerned with things that we never even knew about as a kid.  
I’m not saying all this so we can neglect our important obligations and go ride a bike or make a mud pie.  I don’t really like to touch mud anymore (that’s another story).
I am just saying…
Sometimes we need to dress up like a cow on COW APPRECIATION DAY @Chick-fil-a and eat some free nuggets!  Don’t be scared to have some crazy-people are 
going to look at you like you have lost all your marbles-kind of fun.   Maybe this doesn’t include face paint,  a white shirt with big black spots, floppy ears or singing IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT to a restaurant full of people…
Maybe you just need to de-stress by worrying less.
Perhaps you need to ride a bike.  I’d say borrow the neighbor kid’s bike, but a lot of kids don’t have bikes these days.  I hate that for them, because riding down a hill with the wind in your face is a very awesome experience.  I know why dogs like to stick their heads out of the window going down the road!
Get up where you are now and do some jumping jacks like you did in elementary PE class.  If that don’t make you laugh …or even pee a little… you need more drastic measures.
Or maybe you just need to sing the song…
but make sure you tell your face to show it!  Smiling alone can turn not only a frown upside down, but a day away from “Ug” to “WooooHoooo!”

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

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We are ALL gifted!

Today at our awards assembly, so many of our students were recognized.  It makes me so proud to see them all excel in one way or another.

I wish we could give them all an award–

NO, I’m not like one of those people who think everyone should get a 1st place trophy for just participating (besides t-ball, they should always get a trophy!)  OR everyone should be the quarterback because they THINK that is their talent.  I’m saying, I wish we could give every child in our school an award for doing something awesome.  They all have an awesome ability.  WE ALL have an awesome ability.

We have students who are… the best encouragers (and I’m not talking about the uniformed cheerleaders),  have the best penmanship, always ready to help out when needed, the best at turning in their work on time, smile, laugh, story-tellers (fiction or non-fiction!), posture, serious faces, funny voices…

I think you get what I’m saying.  WE ALL HAVE OUR *SOMETHING* THAT MAKES US …US!

Most of us have A LOT of somethings that make us …US!

We are all gifted with some talent/ability/awesomeness that makes us who we are.

WE ARE ALL GIFTED!

(sooooooo blessed!)

Ode to Mary Ella Pearson

Today is a sad, sad day as well as wonderfully joyous one.

I’m so sad yet so happy.

This is the day that the Lord took one of His most good and faithful servants home.  I’m so happy for her.  I’m so happy that she is looking into the face of Jesus.  She surely is in an awesome place.

Here, though, we grieve.  We will miss her service, friendship and oh so cute smile.  My children loved her like she belonged to them.  She did.  My daughter thought she was the most beautiful person ever.  My little boy was what this awesome lady called, “my only boyfriend.”

I’ve known her since I was in grade school.  My husband has known her since he was born.  They both attended the same church.  She held the position of church secretary for many decades and just resigned a few years ago AFTER she turned 90.  She was always busy doing something great.  Even at the age of 95 she was serving the Lord and others.   I just received a card from her a couple of weeks ago where she had snipped an article out of the local newspaper that had my name in it.  The words in that card blessed me so much and made my day.  That is just what she did.  She sent birthday cards to everyone and if you missed church, she sent you that week’s bulletin.

Her stories always made us think, appreciate life and sometimes giggle a bit.  She was real.  She was genuine.  She was truly a sweet soul.  I loved seeing her sit in church.  I loved serving with her on our VBS staff–she was always the secretary and hand wrote every certificate for the event.  She was a gem!

I have, as many have, used her life as a great example to go by.  She was a cancer survivor.  She was a mentor.  She was faithful and true.  She loved Jesus like we all should.  She loved with CRAZY love.

I’m so thankful we were blessed with Mrs. Pearson and when I grow up, I want to be just like her.

I’m so sad she will not be in that exact spot in that same pew as usual come Sunday, but I’m SO happy, because I know she is reaping her reward now.  PRAISE GOD!

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Did you forget?

Did you forget to smile today?  Did you forget to love yourself? Did you forget to show love?
Did you forget to think positive thoughts? Did you forget to help out someone, somehow?

We forget sometimes about what we are supposed to do.  Maybe we don’t MEAN to, but it happens.  We are to be HAPPY and JOYFUL and LOVING.  We aren’t meant to be mean, ugly mannered and mournful.  I know sadness and mourning come for a moment, but we are even supposed to take those trials and find the joy in them.

James 1:2-3

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

PURE JOY IN TRIALS?  Yep.  Why? Because that kind of attitude will help you MOVE FORWARD (perseverance).

Don’t stay in the pit of sorrow and the valley of pity for long… put that CHIN UP!  Get up, get dressed and get ready for whatever you have to face today.

I’m writing this because I KNOW I NEED THESE WORDS SOMETIMES… I feel discouraged about something or someone and I neeeeeeeeeeeeed James 1:2-3.

Do you?

Be blessed!

So, I met this guy…

So, I met this guy tonight…

He was the cutest thing!

His joy was apparent.

He had a smile, a way and a personality which was magnetic.

This guy was one of those people you instantly like.

You smile the entire time he speaks and don’t even realize it UNTIL your face begins to ache a little …

God blessed me with his presence.

I feel blessed.

This wonderfully sweet guy was 81 years old.

AND He had some great advice for getting to be 81.

He said there are two things you must stay away from in order to make it to 81 like he has.  He said you have to stay out of the way of these two things, whatever you do.

(I was ready to hear something like smoking or drinking or negative thinking…)

He says,

#1 Fautly Trees

and

#2 Trains

and then he giggled a giggle that made everyone giggle.

I thank God for the bright lights He sends us while we are in this world of dark, dull and negative people.  There are rays of sunlight that beam out of people and I just want to bask in them!  I’m so glad I met this guy who shined tonight!

One of my favorite quotes:

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Mr. Happiest Man at Walmart

It seems I always share my grocery shopping experiences on here.  It really is a time that I dread, but it ALWAYS is a time that I learn something, I find new insight and I am blessed.   God does that.  He truly can bless you even when you are doing what you really don’t like to do.  He is super duper awesome like that!

This morning, I was in the Walmart parking lot at 7:41.  I had a great organized list and was ready to tackle it!  I zooomed through in record time and was just rockin’ this grocery shopping trip.  When I was done with the list (I had checked every item off!), I decided to go look at the cheap t-shirts to paint on.  I heard a man say, “Hey Lady, what you doin?”  It was a cute old man that I had seen in this Walmart numerous times before.  He’s usually at the front giving you a buggy or just smiling.  I told him I was just looking around and getting my shopping done.  He looks at my buggy and says, “Well, it’s almost full.”  And man was it!  I almost had it to the top and was thankful I really was finished putting things in that thing.

I casually looked at the shirts while listening to his conversation with other close-by employees.  He was so happy.  He was so sweet.  He was so positive.  He even gave one man coming down the aisle a piece of candy.  I made eye contact with the man and checked out his face-mood.  Yes, face-mood…what was his face saying?  He was happy.  He had that look on his face like “awwww, I’m special.”  It was that little sweet, cutie-patootie of a man who just gave him that candy and everyone else his positive spirit.

I made my way to the check-out and had a lovely cashier.  She was a sweetie.  I thanked God for the experiences I had at this Walmart adventure.  On my way out the door, I realized that Mr. Happiest Man at Walmart was organizing carts at the entrance.  I swiveled my FULL cart around and went back into the store.  He smiles and says, “Well, hello!”  I said, “Can I take my picture with you, because you are the happiest person I’ve seen in Walmart this morning?”  He smiled and walked toward me to post while almost giggling a little.  I loved loved love this… Love this man even though I really don’t know him.  I love his spirit, his attitude and most of all

…THAT SMILE…

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I want to grow up to be JUST LIKE Mr. Happiest Man at Walmart (Dick as the name tag says)!

SASSY SPARKLE

I just bought a new fingernail polish called “sassy sparkle.”  I really didn’t know the name of it until I was looking at my receipt after the purchase.  It made me smile and think about how we all should have some type of sassy sparkle.  Ok, maybe the men don’t need to call it that, but they can have it too!

To me, having a SASSY SPARKLE is all about attitude.  Wake up knowing that today is going to be AWESOME!  It’s not going to be mediocre.  It’s not something to dread.  It’s going to be full of blessings.  It may have flat tires and mean people sprinkled along the path, but in any situation we can have a happy attitude.  We can turn whatever is sad, bad and horrible into something that teaches us to be better, happier and more of the person we need to be.

SASSY SPARKLE is feeling like WE CAN instead of we cannot.  It’s about going the extra mile to help someone feel encouraged about today.  It’s simply smiling just because your face muscles can do that!

Maybe you don’t want to call it “sassy sparkle”…Maybe you want to call it POSITIVELY PRETTY or VICTORIOUSLY VIVACIOUS … or let me think of a man version: SERIOUSLY CAN’T COMPLAIN or LOOKING GOOD LARRY …haha!  Ok, maybe I’m not so good at the male versions of SASSY SPARKLE, but you know what I mean.

Whatever it takes to turn your frown upside down, make a circumstance a blessing, transform a dark time into sunshine and sprinkles or get your “get up and go” to get up and zoom…DO IT!

Get your SASSY SPARKLE on!!!

…and I’m not talking about the fingernail polish, but I know that is where this blog all started.

Sassy Sparkle:

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