Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tired and Weary???

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

who is with me??

 Are you joining me on this 100 Joys journey????  It's only the 7th of December.  That means YOU still have time and can join me too.  On this fun journey of finding JOY during the month of December.  Don't let it stop after December is over.  Let it make you more aware of pure and simple JOYS in life.  every day. 

12.  "Do you want a tent?"  Those are the words that perk those ears up, that make her neck go back and forth like an egyptian (which makes us smile) and that make her peek under the blanket.  Yep.  I admit it.  I make her a tent with a fleece blanket on the couch waaaaaaay too often.  I think she likes it  because it makes her feel safe and keeps her extra warm and toasty.  

13.  The first day of Winter hasn't even arrived and I'm ready for this scenery already!  I don't miss the extreme heat and humidity, but I do miss being out on the water and seeing every shade of green you can imagine!!!

14.  Did you know that I find JOY in EVERY SINGLE SHADE of the color GREEN????????!!!!!!  Really.  I can't get enough of it!!!!!

15.  During the hot summer sun, I guess I enjoy a 'tent' from time to time too. 

I'm going to work on taking some photos tomorrow.  No promises, but I'm definitely going to try!!!!!  ;)
humongous love to you all!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

the christmas jar

Okay.  I'm trying to make it to 100.  On my December 31st post, I might have 40 pictures to add.  haha.

11.  We didn't put up a tree this year.  We DO, however, have our festive "Christmas Jar".  Sparkly white mini-lights along with mini glass ball ornaments in a vase make a beautiful Christmas tree alternative.  It definitely puts a smile on my face just like that glass of Oliver Red Wine.  ;)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Weekend JOYs

 7.  There are so many favorites in this photo.  When they all come together, it is PURE JOY!!!!!!

 8.  I have this fascination with barns.  I LOVE them!!!  From what I hear, living on a farm is really hard work, but when I see a barn it puts me at ease.  It makes me feel like I'm home ~ I don't understand it because I've never lived on a farm or know much about farming.  It just makes me feel like I can run free.....that brings me JOY. 

9.  There is no picture for this one, but something that also brings JOY is re-connecting with old friends.  Mike and I were out and about this evening and we ran into an old friend.  It was so great talking, reminiscing, and catching up.  I hope we can continue to rekindle our friendship in 2011.

10.  Another JOYous moment may seem ridiculous to you, but I think it's fun.  You know when you're putting away the dreaded laundry?  Make it fun!  I love it when I'm sitting on our bed, matching up socks, rolling/folding them up, and acting like I'm a basketball star!!  I aim the rolled up sock balls to the open sock drawer.  When I make a "basket", I enthusiastically say "SCORE!!!!!"  It definitely makes putting those socks away more fun! 

I hope you're finding your JOY this weekend!!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday JOYS.

Did you check out Sarah Markley's challenge yet?  It's not too late!!!!!  The green ~100 joys~ box on the right side of this page will take you right to the challenge. 
3.  Today I wore my Brave Girl bracelet.  This has unexpectedly become one of my favorite pieces of jewelry.  I never thought I was a 'chunky jewelry' kind of girl..........until I wore this bracelet for the very first time!!!!!!  The beautiful soul behind this bracelet is my friend Maria over at Chickadee Bead Art.  She is so talented and ALL of her creations bring JOY to my heart and a smile to my face.

 4.  Before Brave Girl Camp, we were all asked to send in a photo of our feet.  Yes, a photo of our feet.....we were all curious too.....wondering what would be done with these photos.  This lovely little pendant (with the photo of our feet) was hanging from our individual Brave Girl tote bags.  The other side has our name on it.  Whenever I use my tote bag and see the pendant, I feel JOY.  Seriously.  She did it anyway.....faced that difficult situation, enjoyed that wonderful day, got through the tough day, loved the incredible experiences, survived the difficult ones, cherished happy moments and made it through the sad ones.  She did it anyway.

5.  Hey, have you ever heard of Brave Girls Club???  haha.  The community of women from BGC are uniquely amazing!!!!  If you haven't visited yet, check out ALL of the great stuff that's going on over there!  I promise it will bring happiness and lots of JOY to your life!  Oh, you should also check out the Soul Restoration 6-week online course that is going on over there too!!!!!  It's going to be INCREDIBLE.  

 6.  My day today wasn't exciting.  Normally I'm in a mood to conquer the world.  Today - not so much.  Just kind of blah.  Nothing was wrong, I was just having one of those days.  On my list of things to pick up at Target was a bag of M&M's.  I wasn't planning on picking up the big (resealable) bag, but when it was cheaper than 2 small bags........   So, this evening we opened up the bag.  When Mike handed it back to me, I sat it down on the (edge of) table and this is what happened.  Jaw-dropped, I looked at him and said, "look what you did!  (snickering) didn't close the bag??!!!!"  His eyes were wide eyed and said, "I didn't drop it, you did." "I may have dropped it, but youuuuuuuu didn't seal it back!" We both just started laughing so hard!!!!!!!  As we were picking up the JOYous mess, I had to get my camera to capture this hilarious moment!!!!!  Believe it or not, this little incident made my was SO worth it!  (that's mike in the background picking up those little pieces of chocolate)  We picked them up off the floor and put them on the table.  Mike said, "what are you going to do with those?"  I just looked at him and smiled. 
......if any of you come over to our house.....don't worry.....we blew all the carpet fibers off with canned air......[laughing SO LOUD]

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Find JOY!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

100 joys.

If you haven't heard about Sarah Markley, you really should check out her blog!!!!  She is SUPER TALENTED and honest and inspirational and beautiful and enlightening and pretty amazing!  I have been following her blog  for quite some time.  Recently, I have been limiting my time online so I can focus on some personal growth, so  my younger sister actually told me about this!!!  Check out the details for yourself by clicking on the box below.

Today, I have found joy in a couple of simple, simple things.

1. Yes, heat.  Last winter about this time we had NO heat.  This winter, we are finding COMPLETE JOY in relaxing in our home without wearing layers and layers and layers of clothes and blankets!!!!  It is such a true blessing and HUMONGOUS JOY to have heat in our home.

 2.  Listening to the sounds of music in our home.  My husband is an excellent musician and I find JOY in listening to him play his acoustic guitar - it's so soothing and relaxing.  Now that the holidays are here, he's playing Christmas music and that makes my heart especially happy.

That's all I have been able to photograph this evening.  I hope you will find inspiration in the 100Joys project, and will join in the fun!!!!  It will teach us to savor every moment this holiday season, to pay attention to the simple things, to be present and enjoy each day, and open our eyes to what is important.

Joy to you all!!!!!
Janet! :)