Five things that made me happy today – 7/7/19

1. The sermon this morning continued our series on spiritual practices. We talked about beauty and how it is a corrective to a lot of the “stuff” that’s going on now. It doesn’t solve anything, but it’s subversive and empowering. During WWII, people in the concentration camps wrote symphonies. Children in the detention facilities draw pictures and do other art work. Poets write poetry, singers sing songs. In Genesis, the Hebrew word for “good” is the same word as for “beautiful”. So when God created the world, God called it beautiful!

2. We had lunch at one of our favorite Thai restaurants. How great is that? We have choices of Thai restaurants in Tacoma, so we can pick which one is our favorite! And we have three that vie for top place on our lists. Big Al had Pad Thai and I had Spicy Siamese Noodles.

3. I’ve had a good time the last couple of days returning to my roots as a CPA and “financial wizard”. My son is trying to decide how much they will be able to afford to pay for a house when they move to Washington state. His wife is in the Tri-Cities right now trying to find something that will work for them. (3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and, hopefully, a fenced in yard for the doggies.) Anyway, he asked me to run an amortization for him to decide whether it would be best to do a 15-year note, and pay an additional couple of hundred dollars, occasionally, or a 20-year note, and pay an additional $200 a month, or a 30-year note, and pay an additional $600 a month. I don’t know what they decided on, but I gave them the figures about how much interest they would pay over the life of the loan, and what their equity would be after 2-6 years.

4. How about the winners of the World Cup? The best thing I saw about it today was a tweet that said, “Maybe now there will only be Soccer, and Men’s Soccer.”

I’ll go back to calling it the Women’s World Cup when they change the name of the other tournament to the Men’s World Cup.

5. Looking forward to seeing my daughter-in-law tomorrow when she comes to spend the night on our couch before she flies home (very early in the morning) out of SEA-TAC. I can’t wait to find out if she found a house, and all the other information.

How about you? What made you happy today?

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