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Saturday, September 25, 2010


     I love Disney Pixar movies.  In Monsters Inc., when all seemed doom and gloom for their source of energy--children's screams--Sully suddenly remembered the power of Boo's laughter.  Yesterday I, too, was reminded of the power of children's laughter.
     I spent Friday afternoon with the juniors and seniors of WHS.  For a thank you for all their hard work with Cycle Oregon, we took them bowling (the underclassmen get to go next week).  For over an hour, they bowled, laughed, squealed, and enjoyed being kids.  I was in the middle of this joy and I smiled the entire time.  It was a fabulous way to spend a Friday afternoon.
     Then, once I returned home, Bill, Hendrix and I went to have a soup night at the cabin.  It was quiet and peaceful--peaceful that was until grandpa got the four-wheeler out.  The two of them went up and down the lane--huge grins on both of their faces.  Once dinner was over, the three of us went for a ride.  Hendrix would yell at Bill, "Grandpa--go really fast on the straight stretches."  And he would.  Hendrix's pig-tails flew into Bill's face and her squeals of laughter flew into my heart.  Oh, the power of a child's laugh!

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Next weekend, we get to go see the Oregon kids.  More children's laughter to renew my energy source.  Once again, in the midst of my sorrow, God allows me to find joy.  Yes, indeed--Joy to the World!

~Andrew's Mom


  1. This is great and I am glad you can find Joy and smile.
    You need to write a book and you know the title.
    It can help so many people that have to deal with days like yours.
    You are a wonderful person and Thank You.

  2. You deserved some joy after such a tough week. :) Glad to think of you smiling!

  3. It is so nice to know that you can still laugh and have joy in your heart. You are a remarkable mother,teacher,and wife but most of all you were blessed to have a wonderful son who still touches lifes everyday.Thank-you for sharing with us all.