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How to Be Happy When You’re Not Where You Want to Be

31 Mar

Selah, a fellow blogger, regularly posts gorgeous pictures of nature.  Today I literally wept as I looked at her images of the great outdoors.  A shot of their campground brought back a flood of delicious memories of childhood in which my daddy brought the family camping every summer at various locations across Texas.  Cousins or friends usually joined us, and the adventures were always awesome.

The desire of my heart is to live in the country and experience nature, but where has the good Lord placed me?  Directly in the heart of the fourth largest city in all of America!  This is literally the opposite of where my heart longs to be.

But don’t get the idea that this is a whining session.  I’m merely stating this fact in order to say that when we moved into our spacious new home, it was with me having decided that I would embrace city life.  I am purposely making it my own.

Before, I think I may have gone around town sort of gritting my teeth and/or holding my breath.  Now, I’ve opened my arms and heart wide to say, “This is where God has placed me, and I rejoice!”

We are members of the Houston Zoo and visit there frequently.

What a difference this decision has made.  My entire being is more relaxed, and the possibility of being an effective witness for Christ is no doubt ramped up.

My family is right here, and I’m sure that’s a great reason for God to have me in Houston.  So for now I will do what my daddy did.  I’ll bring the kids on major outdoor excursions every year, though I doubt we’ll camp the old-fashioned way (I don’t feel safe enough as a single woman in charge…armed with joy as my only weapon.)

A 2009 adventure -- a visit to Natural Bridge Caverns in Texas Hill Country.

 

Hebrews 11:8

New King James Version (NKJV)

Faithful Abraham

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

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Big Bouncy Balls and Open Sky

29 Feb

The weather was just right today, and I took Logan and Aubrianna outside to play.  I’ve been in a rut, you see, and haven’t been doing this.

Aubrie was happier than I’ve seen her in a while.  I think she’s been bored lately because she doesn’t go to preschool anymore.  This morning she got a big bouncy Dora ball from her Mom.  When Logan got home from school is when we had our playtime, and he got out his Spongebob “tennis” set.

Aubrie and Logan last spring

We played pretty hard.  Logan practiced his tennis moves, and Aubrie practiced dribbling her ball after I taught her how.  It was really nice.

Getting outside to play is so important for all of us.  Even here in the heart of a metropolis, the great outdoors dwarfs everything else.  There’s more air out there, and the plants that survived the drought are a feast to these eyes that have been staring at a computer too much for too long.

We’re moving into a bigger place soon, and there’s an excellent walking/biking trail a block away from our apartment.  I look forward to walking with the kids there and letting them ride their bicycles — Aubrie will have one by then because her 3rd birthday is 3 days before we move.

There’s also a wide covered porch at our soon-to-be home, with a view of the swimming pool.  I can just imagine now how nice it will be to work on the porch and see the kids playing because there’s a wide enough area for them to play and still be in my vision.  The new apartment complex also has a playground.  So we’re all set to get outdoors more.  Let’s just hope that in my lifetime there’s never another summer as hot as the one in 2011.  Here in Texas, it was an inferno.  Of course, we can just jump in the swimming pool.

It was definitely a better day for having enjoyed playing outside with the kids.

But I love to be outdoors. I prefer being outdoors to, you know, being inside.
Keith Carradine

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