My friend Loring and her family are missionaries in the slums of Uganda. Her recent post on the things that make her happy was great and she said I could repost it here. Find out more about their ministry here. And be sure to check out her amazing post on Generosity.
Things that Make Me Happy by Loring Morris.
1. Obviously Jesus. Missionaries + Jesus = LOVE. It’s a fact.
2. Rope holders back home. You know who you are. You “hold the rope” financially, prayerfully, emotionally, and sacrificially for us. Our families especially. Mom and Dad on both sides: You didn’t ask for us to take the grandkids and leave during your golden years but we did and we have given you no choice but to accept it. Which you’ve done graciously. Friends…the same to you.
3. Facebook. Ridiculous to mention it but really, Facebook you have kept us connected to everyone we love. Thanks for social networking. I can’t imagine how Hudson Taylor managed without it.
4. Blogs that make me feel better about myself. Jamie the Very Worst Missionary…hats off to you. You blog about things that I think but never say out loud. Well, sometimes I do but usually not to the world. Thanks for putting a smile on my face and making me laugh when I realize that no one is a perfect missionary. Everyone who is a missionary on the foreign field should google this blog…hilarious, offensive and totally true. Thank you Jamie the Very Worst Missionary for inspiring me to be honest in my blogs and not sugar coat mission work.
5. Other missionary friends. I have awesome friends named Sam and Dawn Wills who have just had their third baby and are leaving next week to join up with Mission Aviation Fellowship and move to the Congo! Watching other people go through what we went though is cathartic and exciting! Then there is my friend “The Bunny Lady” here in Uganda. We can drink coffee together complain our hearts out about the crazy nuances of Ugandan culture and bond in the shared experience of living in Kampala. A true friend will castrate your bunnies for you and then go shopping with you. (She is a vet…) I find that some of my closest friends right now are ones who have walked the same road with me and understand how thrilling and difficult this journey is. Too many to mention but you know who you are. (Banjo Sally and Meridah…you top the list)
6. Seasons 1-3 of the Office, and other entertainment. Enough said. (Even UFC has become somewhat interesting to watch and I can draw a few parallels between mission work and UFC…)
7. Running and Taekwondo. I have already blogged about my new love/hate for running. I’m a total running junkie. But it has given me such a great way to shake off the many irritations I find here and to clear my head. And it has the added benefit of counteracting the hoards of chicken and chips, matooke, cinnamon rolls and coke I consume weekly. Taekwondo has done wonders for my kids and my husband. All four of them are kicking machines and even though there is a new level of violence in our home they are all healthier and happier.
8. Swimming pools and Dee Dee’s world. The fact that I can swim on almost any given day of the year in tropical weather definitely adds to the enjoyment of living in Uganda. So what if you see men swimming in their underwear most days and questionable cleanliness of the pools? I love swimming pools and will probably never be able to live anywhere where I can’t have access to one again. Dee Dee’s world is the sad pathetic equivalent to Disneyland for my kids. A mediocre amusement park where half the rides don’t work and the people who work there usually have to woken up to turn a ride on. The kids love it and it only costs $1.50. What could be better? (Ok…maybe Disneyland would be better but my kids don’t know what they are missing)
9. My husband. Maybe I should have put him higher up on the list but he knows I couldn’t be here without him. No body makes me laugh harder or makes me mad faster. Having him to vent to, to laugh with is priceless. Here’s to you Hubs!
10. Ukrainian co-workers. Who else would I make fun of if not for you guys? Thanks for being my punching bag more than once and for saying crazy things in broken English that will forever immortalize my time in Uganda. “In Face”. And the “bearded lady” jokes never get old.
11. Home churches and new churches. Easthaven Baptist is our home church in Montana. They are supportive and have showered us with love and prayers. We are amazed at your love for us! Vintage 21 in North Carolina…you have offered such wisdom and friendship that we can’t even begin to appreciate you enough. How God linked us all together is amazing and we are blessed…blessed I tell you!
12. Bunnies. Bunnies make me really really happy. Silly, irrational, little girl happy. My three bun buns begging for food every morning make me smile and talk in a stupid annoying high pitched voice when I talk to them. Everyone should have a bunny. Or eat them…they are tasty. (We don’t eat our pets…we eat Kostya’s bunnies. Don’t worry)
13. Food. I’m just sayin’. Matooke, you know I’m talking about you.
14. People who read my blog. You obviously don’t have anything better to do than to listen to my ramblings and I can respect that. Thanks for the emotional support!
So there you go…13 things that make me smile. Quit reading mine and write your own. What makes you smile? What are you thankful for?