Friday, April 11, 2014

Happiness...

Here's what I keep thinking about lately:
 
Happiness is a CHOICE.
 
Happiness is a DECISION.
 
Happiness is NOT a feeling.
(Well, it can be a feeling. But the feeling is not the truest form of happiness, it's just an apparition of it that we get to enjoy every now and then.)
 
Happiness is not something you get from someone else.
You can only derive happiness from YOU and GOD.
No matter what society tells us.
 
MY happiness is up to ME.
And while that may sound depressing at first, in reality it's really the ultimate in FREEDOM, for me and for the people I love.
 
That's what I've been thinking about lately. Consider it a Tell Your Truth Tuesday late on a Friday afternoon.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

FFE 2014...

I hosted a Flip*Flop*Exchange at my house this week. I've had this party in years past but had taken a hiatus for the last couple years. I'm not sure why but this year I decided to bring it back. Branson is such a neat little town. And there are lots of neat women in it that I know from all sorts of walks of life that I don't get to see very often. So it's fun to have a reason to get together. It always ends up being a somewhat eclectic mix of ladies, but I like that. I like remembering that there is a larger community of quality people right in my own backyard. I also like the fact that they all bring really yummy food to my house for this event. :) Really though, the food, the chatting, the laughter, the people, I enjoyed it all. Good times in our small town...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

the color run...

I did my first ever Color Run this past weekend in Springfield. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. But it was crazy. And I'm still cleaning purple corn startch out of the recesses of my right ear, if you must know the whole story! :)
 At the start, excited...
 I couldn't believe how many people were there. I think the term "tens of thousands" would be appropriate...
 But we were in the first wave, which was pure genius on the part of my running partners...
 The end is literally a big party.

 We're pretty much studs...


Good times with great friends. Followed by a very long shower. :)

happy birthday, julie...

I got to help my friend Julie celebrate her birthday this weekend. She had the super fun idea for us to all get pedicures together. We all loved it. And we all really love her!
 

 Can you tell she loved her gift? I love her enthusiasm...
The finished products...

she's great...



I loved getting to cheer on my friend Laurel at her track meet last Friday. She's one of the best kids I know. And she has quite a fan club, as you can see. Hey Laurel, if you read this, just know I sure love you!


Friday, April 4, 2014

i couldn't resist...

we weren't even going to take a picture at book group this month. we were all tired and it was late. but then jenn pulled this out of her bag, and well, we changed our minds about the picture taking...
words don't do justice to how much i love my little book group.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

he's a keeper...

In the midst of all my family fun this past week I did sneak out for about an hour one night to help my friend Tom celebrate his birth. I love that guy. And I loved my time with these folks celebrating him and eating a little sushi. That's a win-win if you ask me!