So, I have this sister.
She has many, many children. (Four. It's a lot. Two of them are twins.)
Last night, Adam was helping me brainstorm a new novel and we were talking about my protagonist going to visit her oldest friend. Adam said, "Make her like Carrie. Carrie's a great character."
For whatever reason, that made me laugh.
I knew just what he meant. My sister is a great character.
Earlier this week, I read something she wrote on Facebook, something no one else would ever think was funny, and I called her. As soon as she said "Hello" I just started laughing. After I squeezed about two words out, she knew why I was laughing and then she started laughing.
For the next five minutes straight, I laughed that ridiculous kind of laugh that scrunches up your face and brings tears to your eyes. I spent the rest of the night coughing but it was worth it.
Anyway. Carrie, my sister, has a blog, and today what she wrote resonated with where I am right now. Feeling the pressure to be profound when sometimes I just need to laugh for five minutes for really no apparent reason.
Her blog post today is about making a list of things she's happy about. So I'm going to do the same.
Because I like to copy her. It's why I first bought skinny jeans.
Nevermind that she's 5'10" and I'm more like 5'6".
Before I go on, the chart-topper of happiness is that this guy releases on October 1st:
You can click the image to purchase one for yourself, but that means the series is complete!
I have officially (almost) released a trio of novels.
insert choir of angelic voices and bring me my vacation bag, baby! (I wish!)
Also, watch my Facebook Author Page for chances to win prizes. I am cooking up some fun stuff.
Ok. Now, the real list. :)
First. I'm happy I got to share this layout on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. I kind of love this Webster's Pages collection a whole lot, and Halloween is just around the corner:
Second: I'm so thankful I found this in Sophia's stuff.
I see her so much more confident and secure than I was at her age. It makes me happy, even though I now worry on the other side that she won't learn to be humble.
It's always something, isn't it?
Third. My boys are friends.
I can't explain how happy this makes me. For some unknown reason I've ended up with two really sweet boys, and while they sometimes fight (over the MOST inane things) they are mostly really good boys with really good hearts.
That makes me happy.
Fourth. I've officially uncovered the secret to curbing after school awfulness:
I'm not even kidding. If I show up with one of these, I have the happiest car ride and the happiest evening. If I don't, I lock myself in the closet and go straight for the fetal position.
Fifth. Doodling. I'm obsessed.
Mostly what I'm finding is that God speaks to me when I doodle...which always results in more doodles. Who knew God was a doodler too?
Sixth. It's almost the weekend.
I can't tell you how very much I love the weekend. Mostly because I get to whip this house into shape and daydream about the day I get gutsy enough to paint my ugly living room.
Seventh. I'm home.
At least every other day something strikes me and I thank God for bringing us back to Illinois. I'm not sure if it's this glorious sunset (this one literally made me gasp) or the red and orange in the changing trees or the familiarity of the roots we put down years ago...
But I'm home. And while there are many things I miss about Colorado, being home has brought me a comfort I didn't know I was missing.
And with comfort comes peace.
And I wouldn't trade that for the world.
So what are you happy about today? I need to know.