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“You look absolutely amazing.” ~Eugene Benton


Source: lovebuildsthishappyhome.blogspot.com

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Today’s Be Happy Challenge:

– Three Ways to Win Your Heart. –

There are lots of little ways to win my heart.  Telling me I look absolutely amazing is one of the ones that works for Father Figure every time.  Some other ways (like buying me coffee) you already know about or at least could have guessed.  But there are a few really special things that win my heart in a big way.  Father Figure has mastered them all pretty well.

1. Take me fishing.  (The fine print: and bait my hooks for me.)

Yep, that’s right.  I love fishing.  Except the bait part.  If you really want to win my heart, you have to do more than just take me fishing.  You have to put my worm, or squid, or fiddler crab on my hook for me.  And then when I catch a fish, you have to take it off the hook for me and re-bait my line.  Sometimes I may catch so many fish that you might not even have time to bait your own line before you have to take my next fish off and get me all ready to cast again.  But you can’t get mad about that… You have to be proud of me and happy that I’m catching so many fish.  Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it?  I never said it would be easy to win my heart…

2. Take me to a football game.

You all already know that I love football, and there’s nothing better than being at a game and watching it in person.  Football, fall, burgers, and beer.  Does it get any better than that?  This particular way to my heart isn’t as complicated as the last.  The only difficult thing you may need to do for this one is back me up when I trash talk the obnoxious fans cheering for the other team, and they start threatening to kill me in the parking lot.  No big deal, right?  Oh, wait.  I should probably mention that my “cheering” gets louder as my team wins by more and more.  You’ve now been given fair warning.  And Go Cocks!!

3. Take me on a vacation.

Now, this vacation that I speak of doesn’t need to be expensive and fancy, but I do prefer St. Croix.  Or Niagra Falls.  Or Jekyll Island.  All of these places hold special little places in my soul, and my heart has been won in each of them.  St. Croix is the most beautiful place in the entire world, and I wish I could live there in a tiny little beach house on the West end.  Niagra Falls is completely majestic and romantical (yes, that’s a real word in our house), and it’s an amazing reminder that there is a God far bigger than ourselves.  Jekyll Island has the most amazing beaches and scenery and could be home to a million more opportunities to win my heart.  Someone has taken me to all these places and has won my heart in every one of them.

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As I’m sure you’ve picked up on by now, it takes someone pretty special to win my heart.  I don’t think the ways that it can be done are that complicated, but I have the feeling some of you are shocked at how high-maintenance I probably appear.  I’m not really that bad… I promise.  Okay, Father Figure may say differently, but either way I’m thankful I now know that there are, in fact, a few ways to break through my rock-hard exterior and get through that mile-high wall to my heart.

How does someone win your heart?


“That money talks, I’ll not deny, I heard it once: it said, ‘Goodbye’” ~Richard Armour


What would you do with $7,500? Probably something pretty stinkin’ cool, right? Take a vacation, maybe? Buy a new car? Well guess what I did with $7,500 today? Yep, I said ‘today’… I spent that much in one day. And it wasn’t on a car or a vacation. It was on braces. BOTH the boys needed braces at the same time – lucky me. I know that in a year-and-a-half, their perfect teeth will be worth the small fortune it cost to make them that way. But for now, I need to not think about the numerous other things that $7,500 could be spent on. Like what, you want to know? Well, let’s see… $7,500 could buy:

– 11 55” LED HD TVs
– 15 round-trip plane tickets from Charleston, SC to St. Croix, USVI
– 37.5 Xbox 360s
– 62 24” bicycles
– 83 pairs of Nike Free Run sneakers
– 833 movie tickets
– 937 months of unlimited movies on Netflix
– 1,875 Double Chocolaty Chip Frappucchinos from Starbucks
– 5,000 bottles of 20 oz. Coke
– 30,000 packs of Juicy Fruit

Or… $7,500 could buy 2 kids braces. I chose to go with that option. Please remind me that my kids having amazingly perfect teeth someday will make me happier than any trip to St. Croix or 1,875 Starbucks Frappucchinos. Mmm… Starbucks. Oh wait. I’m getting sidetracked. Yes, these braces will make us all happy, and they’re the best thing I could have spent $7,500 on. Right? [Confirmation, please.]

         


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