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Why do we need a houseboat?

Mar 24, 2023

My husband doesn’t hear very well. He finally got hearing aids five years ago, but he tends to take them off at home. Now, over the years, this has led to some very frustrating times. But then sometimes, it can also lead to some pretty funny conversations. In fact, we just enjoyed a good laugh over a really silly thing. Last night, I was looking at farm animals on Craigslist. When we retire, we hope to have a little farm with chickens, kittens, goats, and maybe even a donkey or miniature cow. Someone had listed a goat for sale that they have raised in their home. It was such a funny post, as the goat wears diapers and sleeps in a crib. I just had to show this to my husband, so as I handed him my iPad, I said, “I’ve found us a house goat!” He responded with a hint of annoyance in his voice, “Why would we need a houseboat?” “A goat! Not a boat!” Now, every time I think of that conversation, I just start laughing. I love laughter. It is my goal each day to make people laugh. I’m so glad that after 42 years of marriage, Greg and I are still laughing together.

This weekend, we had the opportunity to come out and enjoy the delightful show, “Annie.” This is the first time in three years that our students have been able to produce a play for us. I’ve directed this show twice myself, so I know how delightful and funny the story can be. There are moments of sheer laughter and then some really touching moments that tug at your heartstrings. I was excited to spend an hour immersed in this lovely story while enjoying the awesome songs.

The Bible reminds us in Proverbs that “a cheerful heart is good medicine,” and “laughter is a gift from God.” I encourage you to remember to take time to laugh at the little things, and if you can join us at the school play, I look forward to seeing you there. As the orphans remind us in the “Annie” musical, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”


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