Hooray 4 Sunny

Who can look at a sunflower and be upset? No one? Right answer. Sunflowers are some of the brightest, most beautiful flowers to ever grace the earth. The story of Sunflower Mae follows closely along the expectations set her namesake. 

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Mercedes Lara always knew she wanted to adopt, and when she went on a mission trip to an all special needs orphanage in Haiti, she knew God laid this on her heart. She told her husband, Andy Lara, and after short consideration, he was fully committed to whoever the Lord chose for them.

Today, Sunflower has two little siblings, who she loves completely. The Laraโ€™s are a happy family, and share their adoption story (and all the tales after that) via Instagram, and a YouTube channel to spread awareness for Down Syndrome.

This awesome family puts together some of the best, loveliest videos on the internet, and if you donโ€™t believe me, go check out this one.

When In Doubt Have Fun

Let us be real... reality can be tough sometimes. Jimmy and Jessica show us that in everyday we can find ways to have enjoy our time together even during storms. 

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Laugh, love, just have fun.

I truly can't get over the bliss between this couple. You can tell that they choose to be joyful. Even through different obstacles each and every day. I know I get stuck in the thought that every happy couple I see isn't facing any strife. The truth is reality hits everybody and no one has an easy life. The decision to choose happiness and joy over anger and discontent is one we have to work hard to make. 

Jessica reminds us that sometimes she gets sad and instead of staying in the pit, she and Jimmy  do something fun together. The two would rather dance in the rain of the storm, rather than waiting for it to pass.

I once lived with the belief that fun stopped when adulthood began. Am I an adult yet? Sometimes I wonder. What if fun didn't stop but only changed? Maybe we don't play tag like we used to, perhaps due to a loss of young energy. Nathan and I love to hike, so when we are together we take time to go for long walks and hikes in either the Florida breeze or the Aussie "bush". When we aren't together we have fun talking and laughing together, having fun by playing some games like 'Heads Up'. Theres always a way to find joy, to choose to be joyful, like how since meeting Nathan I have taken up puns. A pun, is a play on words, used to try to produce a moan, groan or if you're lucky, a laugh. I, myself, am no good at all but oh is it hilarious to try. 

So, try something new this week, or something old that once made you laugh and smile and tell us about it. 

How do you have fun? And how do you help someone smile when they are down?