the below photo was #12 in a series trying to get one photo of all three kids (because maxx was wearing a tux for his choral concert) where they weren’t making loser signs over each other’s heads. squeezing each other too tight. or looking like total weirdos. being the mother of three teenagers gives you plenty of chances to laugh. and cry. or choose to laugh when you really want to cry. 

and even though i LOVE to laugh, i don’t like comedies as a genre in television or movies. i like stories. have you gotten that concept yet? so comedies are not always the best stories. there have been very few comedy movies or television shows that have captured my attention. or allegiance.

but three broadway comedy musicals have made my list of favorite musicals... spamalotlegally blonde (btw can you spot the same actor in the clip from spamalot AND legally blonde who is also starring in the television show “smash” this season?), and how to succeed in business without even trying (though the fact that we saw that on broadway with daniel radcliffe starring in it could have greatly tipped the scales. really he was totally adorable and talented and gave quite an amazing performance on the stage. plus it was DANIEL RADCLIFFE!) 

i do love to laugh. mostly at real life. not movies, t.v., or even musicals. this article by rachel held evans about why we should all be laughing hysterically in the magazine aisle was a good one about laughter and the current time magazine cover and article on “are you mom enough?”

i love these lines from that article...

 The brave women of Scripture—from Ruth to Deborah to Mary Magdalene to Mary of Bethany—remind me that there’s no one right way to be a woman, and that these images of perfection with which we are confronted every day are laughable to those of us who are in on the big secret: We are already enough. 

We are enough because God is enough, and God can turn even the smallest acts of valor—letting go of a grudge, cleaning puke out of a kid’s hair, inviting the homeless guy to dinner, listening to someone else’s story— into something great. 

Proverbs 31:25 says the wise woman “laughs at the days to come.”

I don’t think the Proverbs 31 Woman laughs because she has it all together.  

I think she laughs because she knows the secret about being enough. 

rachel held evans, why we should all be laughing hysterically in the magazine aisle

Job 8:21
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.