Despite the tears at Belinda's funeral, there were also smiles and laughter. It's amazing how we can experience different emotions at the same time. I don't think Belinda would have wanted us to cry for her. She's in a better place, it is only hard for us here on earth- but we still miss her.
Belinda loved laughing and playing jokes on people. The pastor told the following story about her: Her father wore dentures. One day, (it was actually his birthday!) as he was sleeping, Belinda took the dentures and set them in a container of jello (which then became harder as it set). When her father woke up and realized his dentures were gone, he found a string that led him on a goose chase all over the house. When he came to the end of the rope, he finally found his teeth encased in the jello. He laughed about it...eventually. That was just the type of person Belinda was- she loved to laugh and help others to smile and laugh as well.
I've decided that "laughter through tears is my favorite emotion." - Name that movie. (Picture a Dolly Parton southern accent, it might help you remember).
By the way, I helped my mom start a blog, which will mainly include photos and stories from our family history. Be sure to check it out. It makes me very happy that she now has a blog!