“It’s important to have as much fun as possible while we’re here. It balances out the times when the minefield of life explodes.” –Jimmy Buffett
“Everything the enemy has stolen, God is going to restore: the joy, the peace, the health, the dreams.” –Joel Osteen
“We have a God who delights in impossibilities.” –Billy Sunday
“Rock bottom has built more heroes than privilege.” –Unknown
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” –J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“Que Sera Sera (whatever will be, will be).”
“How cool is it that the same God that created the mountains and oceans and galaxies looked at you and thought the world needed one of you too.” –Unknown
“Every miracle in the bible started out as a problem first.” -Unknown
“Every positive thought propels you in the right direction.” –Unknown
“You cannot be inspiring unless you are inspired.” –Mary Christensen
“Be brave. Even if you are not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.” –Unknown
A couple of weeks ago I finished reading an amazing book that was first published in 1949 by Maria Augusta von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. I absolutely loved every bit of this book. The faith of the von Trapp family, and especially Maria was so inspiring. I felt the whole spectrum of emotions joy, fear, awe, loss, excitement, worry and I laughed aloud many times too. I highly recommend this book. It was written in first person by the matriarch herself and tells a more detailed, real and longer story than the (wonderful) 1965 film.
After finishing the book, of course I had to re-watch the movie The Sound of Music. This is my mother’s favorite movie so I have seen it many times before, but I saw it with fresh eyes this time. The 174 minute film only represents the first 126 pages of the 312 page book that inspired it. The book goes on to tell about the family’s travels to America, their singing tours, music camp and more. It is not a boring autobiography. It is inspiring, enlightening and humorous.
On another note, on September 5th I wrote a post called “Music in Life” in which to told y’all about my left hand’s adventure learning to play the piano along with my right hand… I am pleased to share that I have memorized and mastered Edelweiss on the piano. With my reading of this book, watching the movie and discussions of my family’s German/Austrian ancestry, I thought this was a great song to sit down and teach myself to play properly.