Saturday, September 19, 2009

Joy Challenge - Day 21 - Laughter

It was a perfect day to wander down country roads, swim in the river, eat out on the picnic table, ride bikes with little granddaughters and just be with family and friends. The sun was shining, and there was a cooling breeze.


We arrived thursday morning and drove to the little cabins nestled among the huge oak trees.



We walked down to the river after lunch. We have not recovered from the drought yet, so the water was not as high as it usually is.







It was just right for little girls who love to swim.



They had fun watching Daddy swing out on the rope and dive into the water. It was even more fun watching Mommy try to get up her nerve to give it a try. We sat in our lawn chairs on the other side of the river, cameras poised waiting to capture the big moment on film. However, she decided discretion was the better part of valor ......



We ended the day with a rousing game of badminton. There were actually four of us on a side. We are not exactly professional caliber players and laughed so hard we could hardly stand upright.

There was joy all around us - in the beauty of creation and the time spent together. The best part, for me, was the laughter. What joy to laugh until the tears rolled down my cheeks - when not too long ago they had been tears of sorrow.

"Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou has loosed my sackcloth and girded
me with gladness;
That my soul may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever."

Blessings,
Linda
Psalm 30:11,12

7 comments:

Linds said...

Wonderful, Linda! I am so glad you had such fun together! A real joy!

kelli said...

sounds absolutely wonderful:) and those live oaks are amazing!!!

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Makes me so happy just reading about it! Sitting here grinning and feeling the joy too!
You paint such a picture with your words, Linda -- took me right there.

You are a joy in my day.

(((Linda)))

All's grace,
Ann

Dawn said...

What a wonderful time together in such a beautiful spot. I haven't played badminton in years - used to be fairly good! Many, many years ago.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Now that's my kind of family outing! Just perfect, right down the badminton game. Like Dawn, I used to pretty good at it but it's been close to 30 years since I played.

My sister Donna and I hope to go camping in the Ozarks next weekend and also pick muscadine grapes while we're there to make jelly with later. That's assuming the rain finally stops and we don't have to build another ark. And I'm not complaining about the rain either! ;o)

Have a great and joyful weekend, Linda. :o)

Love and hugs,

Diane

Laure said...

i joy and laugh with you, Linda.

i rejoice in knowing you.

Cheryl said...

I'm kind of new to reading your blog but I'm enjoying it very much.
The time you just spent with your family sounds like a wonderful time. Relaxing, playing, laughing, and taking a break from our daily routines. Sounds nice.
I liked your post about your car too. Well not the fact that you had to have it towed away but how quickly you stepped into thinking of the goodness of the Lord.
It really is a daily walk we take with the Lord in His teaching us, His word, His grace, His blessings.