Sometimes laughter is the best medicine

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My little boy and I sat together at our kitchen table staring in to each others eyes. We were in the middle of a face off, over school work – neither one of us wanting to back down The tension was high and I knew it was going to end in tears soon and then in walked my little toddler. She had on an Iron-Man mask which was nearly as twice as big as her head and she looked so silly. Will and I took one look at her and then we burst out laughing.

It was just the right thing at the right time to diffuse the tension in the room. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. Of course Little Em delighted in being the center of attention and performed for us a little and then she was running away again to play.

We sat back down at the table again and giggled a little more at just how silly Em can be sometimes and then we got back to work. Will had forgotten his previous stance over his school work and he was able to listen to reason. Of course after the wonderful response she got over the Iron man mask wearing incident Em was back to the table a few more times to try and make us laugh, she is such a little cutie pie.

Laughter is good medicine. When you feel like you could either laugh or cry, choose to laugh. It could just change your whole situation, your whole outlook on life and your whole day right around.

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dreaming big…

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I am a dreamer. I love to sit and dream and think and plan all sorts of wonderful things for my life.

I also dream in the night, when I am asleep my mind is active. God speaks to me and revels things to me in my night time dreams. Our own special little communication process. I love it.

As our time is drawing to a close here in California we are beginning to sit and dream and think and plan for the next steps we are going to take. The dreams are big, wild and exciting. Some seem impossible in the natural but simple in the supernatural.

One dream I have that I can share with you is this. I would love to see the renovations continue on my little seaside home. We would love to extend the house so we have more room to grow and play and live. We would love our backyard to become a wonderful oasis with bountiful vegetable patches, fruit trees, a chicken coop filled with chickens, an outdoor kitchen complete with pizza oven and a fire pit. I envision a cubby house, swing set and trampoline for the children and hopefully even a new puppy!

I can get so caught up in dreaming about my future plans that I forget to live in the here and the now. As I write this we still have nine and a bit weeks until we are back home. Nine weeks still left of growing, learning and experiencing so I need to finish this season and finish it well.

Some times I find it a daily struggle to live in the here and the now. It is important to keep your eyes fixed and focused on the future but I think it is about finding the balance between the two. Having a hope for the future and being able to pray into it and still focusing and finishing out strongly in the current season you are in.

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Let your light shine

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I get frustrated over my height. I don’t like standing out in a crowd and I face the never ending battle of finding pants that are long enough for me (the struggle is real).

I get annoyed at having to wear glasses. My eye sight is really poor and I can not go a moment without them. My toddler leaves smudge marks all over them, my hair gets caught in the hinges and I can never find them in the middle of the night when I need them.

I don’t like the way I hide from people when I see them in the supermarket because sometimes I feel socially awkward and I just don’t know what to say to them.

Honestly I could probably go on forever listing the things that plague me. They are silly things, but still things that get to me every now and then.

We can become so good at pointing out our flaws and our bad habits but yet we struggle when it comes to finding the gold within ourselves. We quickly forget our lovely qualities, the things that people are drawn to in us, the wonderful things that make us who we are.

Of course there are little things that I can change so that I feel better in my self. Eating better, exercising more, working on my conversation skills and wearing contact lenses instead of my glasses and just let my hubby get up to the kids in the middle of the night so that I dot have to struggle to find my glasses!

The more that I try to fix the things I dislike the more discouraged I feel about myself and that is never a good feeling. Instead I shift my focus. I own my weaknesses and my strengths. I am created in the image of God, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God is excited about who I am and I need to think that way too.

We need to understand that we are deeply loved and accepted by God, sons and daughters of the King. He accepts us so we should accept ourselves also. To love other people we have to first love ourselves as God implies for us to do. Self hatred is not biblical. Self acceptance helps us to accept our unchangeable physical features and our weaknesses and we can then focus on the more important things in life such as our character.

As we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. Nelson Mandela

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Dreaming of adventures

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Once upon a time I used to dream of wondrous adventures, about taking off into the big wide world with the wind in my hair and the sunshine on my face.

I would dream of wondering the streets of Paris with my lover on my arm, perusing the boutiques and dining at the finest cafe, eating the freshest breads topped with divine cheeses.

Of cruising around the Greek islands on a beautiful boat, swimming in the ocean and watching the sun sink into the sea.

Of traveling the world with nothing but a bag on my back, a camera around my neck and my best friend, my hubby by my side.

I never dreamed that this would become my life. It used to just be a fantasy, something hoped for but never thought would actually happen.

But it did. I wandered the streets of Paris, sailed around the Greek islands and many many more exotic destinations. I traveled the world with my best friend and now my children. I can not put into words how amazing this is to me. Every time I recount my travels to a new friend that I meet I am amazed at the adventures we have taken these past eight years. We are so very blessed.

What is the next adventure that I am dreaming of? To be home, in my little home by the sea with my close friends and family once again. To be walking down my favorite beach hand in hand with my hubby while the children run and play in the sand and sea. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and this is very true for me and my home town right now.

Will there be more adventures for me and my little family? Probably! We like to go wherever the wind may take us (and by wind I mean the Holy Spirit) but for now the wind is calling me home. Only nine more weeks and we will be back on Australian soil.

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