Monday, October 29, 2007

Nothin like some laughter

Hey friends,
Nothing too huge and profound to say other than, if you have had a hard week or been in a difficult season, find some time, some way, some how to get out there and get you some laughter!!

Last Thursday, I was working at church and there was a birthday party for a little boy that was turning 8. CLB was out of school for conferences and his very smart momma decided to have his party on Thursday in our church gym with TWO of the biggest, bestest, funnest jumpy, slidy things I have seen. So, whats a grown woman of nearly 38 years of age to do with all that juvenile fun staring at you in the face??? Well, I tell you what you do....

You take off those shoes and get ready to have a ball! I climbed, I slid, I jumped, I punched, I slid again, and again, and again, and again. So much so that I got a little jumpy slide burn on my left elbow!! It makes me smile every time I look at it.

I'm telling you what, it was some serious therapy and I absolutely loved it!! I loved it so much that I got two of my fellow church staffers to come in and join the fun. Couldn't find me a pastor, but I would have MADE them if they were anywhere around. They probably left the building when they heard Fran was finding church staffers to go down sliding things!! It did this soul some good though.

The other thing I did this weekend was go to a very publicized and supposedly very scary "haunted farm" here in West TN. Well, we sent the kids to grandma's house and found some friends and went out to the haunted farm. We stood in line for what seemed like 3 days and watched all these jr. high/high school girls just scream and jump into their boyfriends arms.....not gonna go down that road of telling you how I felt imagining your own children in a few years in that place.....we watched the "scary" people try to sneak around everyone in line and try to scare them with chainsaws, baseball bats hitting metal, airhorns, creepy 8 ft tall very large men with crowbars, etc. etc. etc. You get the idea. One time they turned the outside spotlights off and then you just heard the chainsaw and had no idea who they "were after." That kinda freaked me out a little. It's always better when you can see a little bit of who's coming!

But, after standing in line, going through the house, the woods outside (guess that was the farm) and back through another house.....I was scared, I screamed, I laughed, I laughed some more, my heart was racing, I screamed some more, nearly pulled my hubs pants down bc I was pulling so hard on his belt loops, and I screamed some more.

Laughter is the best medicine. Psalm 126:2 "Our mouths were filled with laughter..."

We had a great weekend and had a ball being kids. I hope you laugh alot today and do something even a little out of the ordinary to bring out the kid in you. They really do have the most fun.

Joy and laughter to all of you this week. And, Happy Halloween. That candy you'll discover Wednesday night is sure to bring some sugar highs so feel free to join in on their fun, regardless of what you do for Halloween.
Hugs to all!


Jen said...

Oh Fran! How much fun you had! I can just picture you going down all those slides! I am glad you got to play! :) Have a good one!

BethAnne said...

Jamey Ragle is doing revival at our church this week - we have laughed ourselves silly and it is only Monday!!! He is absolutely hilarious and reminds us that it is okay to be a follower of God and have fun too.

thouartloosed said...

This sounded like so much fun. I'm a big chicken when body parts could get broken! I think I'll make myself a costume, though, for handing out candy. Should be able to have some fun without hurting myself!

Alana said...

That sounds like a fabulous time!

One of my favorite things to do is jump on a trampoline, you can't be sad on a trampoline!

Teri said...

Yay! So glad your week ended on a high! God is good!

Bev Brandon said...

slide burns...i love it! you can get in there and jump but in order to find the joy you did, you can't be an empty person---but then again, it's obvious that you are filled with something other than what this world offers you

jennyhope said...

amen sista!

Ang baylis said...

Thanks for sharing your good times with us! I agree, laughter is the best medicine! That was one of the first things I discovered about my husband when we were dating! I loved his laugh... still do! Thanks so much for the reminder... especially during difficult seasons!

Much love,
Angie xoxo

He Knows My Name said...

laughter does go along way doesn't it. love those endorphines.


connorcolesmom said...

Oh I just busted out laughing imagining you on the slide and then about pulling your husbands pants down. That is so funny!!
I am so glad you had a great time!!
By the way - who were you punching on the slide things :)
I can only invision you climbing your way to the top knocking down all the kids in your way - laughing your head off!!
Love ya,

CrownLaidDown said...

I am so glad to walk this thing out with you Fran...what a wonderful and humbling experience. I am praying for you Friend...that God will pour oil out and much more laughter like this post!
Love you much in Him,

Bev Brandon said...

i love reading your words where you comment on other's blogs...don't often say that i am reading someone else's comments to other's blogs BUT you have a way with words cause you have such holiness in your heart, Fran!

Abby said...

ooo girl i ain't even trying to go to a haunted house. those things scare me SO BAD. i am terrified of the dark any way, so add in some scary lookin' dudes with tools that kill people and you have my ticket to insanity or an early grave one. i'll keep my night-light too, thank you :)

i have missed you!! glad to be back on a normal schedule again! and glad that you got to laugh some. i had a date with my best friend this weekend and we LAUGHED it up together too :)

Charity said...

You are so funny! I would have loved me some jumpy slidy fun! You are right, there really is nothin like some laughter!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to laugh til I cry! Very Therapeutic!

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

This is great!! I love to laugh and have fun with my girls!

Thanks for your "with you" comment on my blog. :) It was very encouraging.


Linda said...

Kids keep us young, don't they? And sore!

I blog so you can get a glimpse into my life as wife, mom of 3 boys, and someone who simply wants to bless others along the way. Have fun and be sweet :)

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