Welcome back to the happiest little link-up on the planet!
Why, yes! Thanks for noticing. That is a new banner! I went a little crazy on picmonkey this weekend and designed a new banner to match my blog's new color scheme. How'd I do?
Why, yes! You're absolutely welcome to use the spiffy new banner on your Little Happies posts. Thanks for asking.
Or, if you're more into horizontal things, you could use this version...
Yes. I made two. Let's just say I had a little too much free time on my hands the past few days.
Alright, now that that's out of the way, let's get to the good stuff.
This week's Little Happies are brought to you by my job as a youth minister. And the lessons these precious teens have taught me.
We had our Graduation Celebration last night to honor all our youth group teens heading off to college. There were only 4 graduates at our little party, but that's no matter. I sure will miss these young buddies. Each one is headed to a different school lots of hours away from Memphis, so the next time I'll see their cute faces will likely be December. Wahhh!
So, with that in mind...
Lesson #1: Savor each moment.
Because, as cliche as it is to say it... time really does fly!
Lesson #2: It's cool to be yourself.
Even if that means wearing a headband AND a party hat at the same time while making a weird face and demanding that the whole group take a (blurry) selfie with you.
Even if that means being the random kid who brings a hammock to the party.
Even if that means screaming a loud, girly scream every time the other team throws the ball in ladder ball.
Even if that means eating only candy and cupcakes for dinner.
As teens, it's sometimes hard to accept what everyone around you is doing. But somehow, I've been blessed with this amazingly loving group of teens, and pretty much no one's weirdness bothers anyone. Beautiful stuff right there.
Lesson #3: Teens are the NOW of our Church.
Have you heard this line before?... "Teens are the future of our Church." While I kinda get where they're going with that (these kids will be our future priests and deacons and sisters and married couples and lay persons), I pretty much wanna squash it all together. Because it implies that they're not an important part of our Church now. Except, they absolutely are. And they're not all lazy. They don't all make dumb decisions. They don't all have a lot of growing up to do.
Let me tell you something. So many of the teens I work with are doing amazing things. Ah-maz-ing. A handful actually know far more about the Catholic faith than I do. I'm inspired to be a better Christian because of them. It's wonderful to witness. And it makes me proud to call them the NOW of our Church. You should be too!
|(Don't) Let It Go|
Lesson #4: There is a limit to the number of times you can watch Frozen.
It's true. I don't know the exact number, but we've all watched it a few too many times in the past several months. Actually, all of my male teens refuse to watch it now. They get mad at the mention of any of the characters. And especially Hulk-like if we start to sing the songs. The gals, on the other hand, still mostly like it and especially like driving the boys bonkers by singing the songs. I usually sing along too. :)