I recently took to Instagram @houseofmilkandhoney and took you with me on a photographic journey to my very favorite place - Silver Dollar City.
I wonder how many of you have been there? How many would go back? How many have no desire to go to this or any other themed amusement park? I hope that no matter where you fall on the Silver Dollar City spectrum, that you will adventure forward with me to discover why it's my happy place, to determine what makes it a happy place and to discover for yourself how to find your happy place.
My happy memories began the year I was born, or so I'm told. I've gone to Silver Dollar City every summer since then and sometimes more than once a year (Christmas at The City is breathtaking). For me, SDC holds memories of childhood and family. It is a healthy environment that strives to uphold Christian ideals and it's a great place to have some good, clean (& wet) fun. My great grandmother worked at SDC from the beginning of my time there. We used to come to Branson to visit and vacation. Back then she could get us free guest passes and off we'd go! We'd often meet up with her for lunch and in later years, when she worked in the pottery shop, we'd stop in and say hello and she'd introduce us to her co-workers. Now, after she's been gone some time, it's still a connections for us to her in that place. Her place. Our place. My place.
In recent years, the busyness of our life has made it difficult to find as much time as before to get down there and be in that place. Last year, we didn't even have a chance to go at all. It was during that year, in that first year of my life not to go, that I felt a connection. I felt the loss. I wished for the time to go. The kids noticed the absence of our time there. What a telling moment. When something I'd always had, always done and taken for granted was suddenly gone. Absent. Omitted. Boy did I notice. I mentioned often that I wanted to go and probably drove my husband crazy (I don't think it is his happy place, LOL). And that's okay. Most likely, the places and experiences that are so important and special to you will not be the same as those around you. Just as individuality in speech and dress are important, so is finding the people and places that can bring you joy. I encourage you, however, to share you happy places and experiences with others in an attempt to share your joy.
Consider for a moment what places or people create for you a feeling of joy and contentment. Where is your happy place? Perhaps it's a loved one's home with familiar surroundings and smells. Maybe it's a favorite destination that reminds you of times past and memories yet to be made. Maybe your happy place is found in the arms of your husband or wife and any setting becomes joyful. I encourage you to find it and share it. Much like the photos on my Instagram, try to bring others light through your joy. Fill up social media feeds and bonfire conversations with happiness and light. Be a happy place for someone near you. I'd love to hear where your happy place is and what makes it so special to you. Share in the comments and let's fill up this blog with happiness!
I'm Jennifer and I am so glad to meet you! I am a working mother of 4 children, surrogate mother of 2 children's boyfriends, a few children's best friends, a god-son, a prayer pal and a very special boy who smelled his way into my heart. Our home is open and all are welcome here.