Throwback Thursday – Happy Boy

TT_7-7-Happy BoyHi and Happy Thursday! Hope you are having a great day.  Here is a photo of Ian at almost 3 years old.  He was standing on the lifeguard stand and watching the sun set into the ocean.  He was extremely happy and having a great time at Mission Beach in California.

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of him.  I love the total glee and happiness that he is expressing.  I love how much he seems to be loving life.  And I love this smile and this boy.  This photo was lightened so his facial expression was visible.

He has always been a happy child and fun to be around.  He has moments of being grouchy or difficult when he is overly tired, hungry, doesn’t want to do something or is sick.  But for the most part, he is content, has plenty to do, and lives in the moment.  He has taught me to do that.  He has also taught me to make the most of each day,

While looking at this photo, I wondered when was the last time that I was this happy?  When did I throw away all of my worries and cares and just be gleeful?  I have laughed recently with family members and friends. I have cracked up at a funny memory or cartoon with Ian or a favorite comedy with Kirk.  But I also have cried over family and friends who are sick, the loss of a loved one, and the terrible things on the news.

I have always loved watching the news and reading newspapers since that has been a life-long passion and vocation for me.  However, more and more it has been hard to tune in without becoming emotional during the broadcast or angry.  I continue to be amazed at what people do to one another.  And, trying to explain that to Ian can be a challenge.

This summer we have been making time for fun and to be in the moment. We have had  time for swimming, watching funny movies, lazy days, ice cream treats, games, library books, walks, and many other fun things.  So far it has been great and a real treasure.  As bad things happen, we talk about them and pray about them as well.

Today I am thankful for:

  • My hubby who I am sharing this life journey with
  • Our son who I love beyond measure
  • Amazing friendships
  • My wonderful family
  • Prayer support from our church, family, and friends
  • Ian’s friends
  • Lego builds
  • Play time
  • Air-conditioning
  • Playing games
  • Books and the ability to read
  • Creativity and making up stories
  • No alarm clocks in the morning

I wonder if I can live in the moment as much as possible with Ian, Kirk, and our family and friends.  I am doing my best to do just that.

H Is For… Hats, Hugs, and Happiness

POD_Sept.25_H.is.for.HatsHi and Happy Hump Day.  Today’s photo challenge is H Is For…  I decided to use this photo of Ian and me sitting together looking at something on the ground.  Aren’t our hats fun?

I love hats and wear them regularly.  At my previous job, I was called the hat lady, something I had mentioned in a previous blog.

I just wish they would come back in style.  Back in the 1940s, nearly everyone wore them.  Then again, maybe part of the fun is being different and unique.

H is also for Hugs, which my family loves to give.  We usually greet one another with a hug and then give then when we leave and go our separate ways.

Hugs are a nice and easy way to let someone know you love them.

H is also for Happiness.  You can’t really see our mouths in this picture, but I think you can tell we were having fun and are happy.

I usually am a happy person and so are my spouse and son.  We love to laugh, smile, and spend time together.

We are very blessed and I thank the Lord each day for these blessings.  I hope that you too are happy.

A few quotes about happiness:

  • “The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.”  ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin
  • “If you want to be happy, be.”  ~Leo Tolstoy
  • “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  ~Abraham Lincoln
  • “Happiness is a form of courage.”  ~Holbrook Jackson

I wonder if my day will be filled with happiness and hugs?  I sure hope so.  And, I don’t want to forget my hat since I am wearing one today.   Hope your day is wonderful.