My “Happy Place”

Summer is a very busy time for me. All of July, I have been swamped with activities, and though I enjoy them very much, I barely have had enough time to stop and take a breath. Now, with my summer winding down after my county fair, it’s nice to just have time to do absolutely nothing and go to my favorite place in the United States: Mule Lake, Minnesota.

My grandparents have a quaint, little cabin on a quaint, little lake way up north in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. I love to go fishing early in the morning with my dad and grandpa, or train for cross-country by going on a run. I love to sailboat, kayak, boat, and swim around the clear, cold lake. I love to hike through the lake’s nature reserve with my family, and I love to scour the shoreline, searching for shells with my sister, Anna. I love to play a friendly game of beanbags or croquet with my family, and I love to shoot my BB gun, aiming for already-BB-pierced coke cans. I love to sit at the end of the dock, iced tea in hand, and watch the beautiful sun set across Mule Lake.

But above all, I love spending time with my family and God, and enjoying the magnificence of God’s creation.

God’s creation is something holy, something special, and something beautiful. I think that it is important to thank God for creating everything so perfectly and in His own image.

Spending time in one of my “happy places” helps put other things in my life into perspective. I see how God is working in and through everything.

So tell me, where is YOUR “happy place”?

EarthLove

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I am linking up with Jennifer Dukes Lee at #TellHisStory

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28 thoughts on “My “Happy Place”

  1. Lydia, it is awesome that your quiet place is Mule Lake and spending time with your Grandparents and one of their most favorite places. Great memories are made there!! 😄 👍 💕

    Sent from Barb’s iPad

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  2. Love, love, love this, Lydia. Beautiful words and awesome pictures. Rest and take in
    all this beauty and joy.
    Grandma

  3. A happy place can represent so many things place,emotions being with people you love.
    Yes Mule Lake is a a Happy Place and has been for 12 years.

    People that we meet and greet and especially people that we worship with. Don’t you think our Happy Place can differ on different days?

    Thank you for writing your thoughts. Sure I will enjoy for many years to come.

    Love, MeMa

  4. Thank you for these words today Lydia! I love how you describe your happy place. My happy place is a garden that is more like a park that I visit at least once a week to go walking. It is peaceful and God meets me there every time. It is a holy place and one that brings me much joy. Visiting from your mom’s linkup today!

    • Thank you, Mary! It is great to hear about your wonderful happy place. Isn’t it great how God shines bright in different places for all of us? Thanks for being my #TellHisStory neighbor!

  5. I think if I could get to Mule Lake, it would be my happy place! I have longed for a cottage on a lake for years. It is a desire of my heart – perhaps one day. If not here, then definitely heaven!

  6. Wow, Lydia, I love your writing. The way you describe things is really something! : D
    Yes, God’s creation is wonderful. It’s amazing how much work he has put into it all.
    Hm, I don’t know what exactly is my “happy place.” I have a lot of places where I love to be (including my room). But I guess you are talking about an outdoor environment.
    Hey, I do remember a “happy place” I had. I still can go there, but I don’t go there as often. It is a dam near my house. Though it is man-made and all, the setting is wonderful. Besides, I would be sitting around God’s amazing mountains. (This area is semi-famous for its mountains.)
    But I love to ride my bike around town. Those are nice and refreshing.
    Keep writing for God’s glory!
    Oh, could I have more info about #TellHisStory, please? I’ve heard about it via Disqus, but that’s it.
    God bless!
    Oh, could you give me a summary of your blog so I can add it to my recommendations page, please?

    • Your happy place sounds very nice and peaceful! We don’t have mountains here in Iowa.

      #TellHisStory is a link-up on my mom’s blog. Every Tuesday, you can link your blog’s post up at the bottom of the post with the # TellHisStory. It’s basically a place where a bunch of bloggers put their posts up and comment on each other’s posts.

      Ummmm… Ok a summary.

      Lydia M. Lee challenges her readers to live a life for God, serving Him and trusting Him. She writes about her experiences in Haiti, and the importance of helping the less-fortunate. (You can add whatever else you want here. It’s awkward for me to speak in third person 🙂 )

      • So, about #TellHisStory, I need to go to the site to “register” my post? Okay, I just posted a post that could fit under the #hashtag, but I can’t go to new sites without approval. Thanks for telling me!
        I’ll work on the summary! I’ll let you know what I come up with.
        Thanks!
        Yes, my “happy place” was my favorite place to go to. 😀 It’s sad that you don’t have any mountains. I’m practically surrounded with mountains!

      • Hi, Lydia! Tell me what you think! I personally love it (well, almost . . .). I think it really describes your mission and your heart. Let me know if you think there’s any thing else to add!

        Yet 13, Lydia M. Lee has a big mission. To live an out of the ordinary life. She discovered that calling when she heard about the shattering earthquake on Haiti in 2011. That opened her eyes to the less fortunate and God used her to bless many people, including the people of Haiti and even me. On her blog, she challenges her readers to live a life for God, serving Him and trusting Him. She also writes about her experiences in Haiti, and the importance of helping the less-fortunate.

        NOTE: You mentioned that it is hard to write in 3rd person. I understand. We all have things we can do and can’t do. Like my brother can’t write scripts, so he has to write media productions in story form and then I “translated” it to script form . . . which hasn’t happened yet, LOL.
        Okay, I digress way too much; God bless!

  7. Pingback: #TellHisStory: Rock Bottom, the Color Purple, and a GIVEAWAY | Jennifer Dukes Lee

  8. I am impressed by your writing skills, Lydia. I used to edit term paper for college students, and some of them could not write as well as you do. I especially like this sentence: “God’s creation is something holy, something special, and something beautiful.”

    I have an imaginary “happy place” : a remote, sandy beach.

    • Thank you very much, Constance! 🙂 God’s creation really is something, isn’t it? And your happy place sounds a lot like another one of my imaginary ones as well. 😉 I’ll go check out your blog.

  9. Oh yes… I love this and I’m so happy that you are now getting time to slow a bit and make some memories in your happy place! My happy place has always been the beach… toes in sand and the tide rolling in and out, the sun setting (or rising, if you are out East but I am a west coast girl and watching the sun set into the ocean is my favorite!) Still… we are land locked here and it’s about a 6hour drive to get to an ocean shore so I am learning to find some other Happy Places that are close to home as well! I think both are necessary… a place that is special and set apart, and a place that is accessible on those busy days when Happy is so much needed!

  10. Hi Lydia,
    What a beautiful way to describe His creation, “…something holy, something special, and something beautiful. I think that it is important to thank God for creating everything so perfectly and in His own image.” My happy place is spending time with my family, walking outdoors (love flowers) and being near water (lake, ocean, my dog’s tiny pool). Enjoyed reading your words, keep writing. 🙂

  11. “But above all, I love spending time with my family and God, and enjoying the magnificence of God’s creation.” Wise, you are so wise, Lyda. That’s a good “happy place”, the best, in fact. Mine mirrors yours, with a few special folks sprinkled in as well. #writeonJesusgirl Visiting you via #tellHisstory

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