Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Things that Bring me Joy

I've been struggling with sadness lately. The tears that I fight seem to flow freely a lot more often that I'm comfortable with. I'm dealing with it and one of the things that helps is focusing on things that make me joyful.


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This little video might not make you laugh, but it makes me laugh. I love hearing the people I love laughing. Casey, my nephew, recently bought an Ipod touch with his saved money. He found some sponge bob cartoon thing on there and whatever it was, all four of these girls (my girls plus my two cute nieces) thought it was the funniest thing ever.


My sweet husband makes me happy AND makes me joyful. He 100% loves me unconditionally and completely accepts me just the way I am, even in a mood and even when I don't deserve it. Date nights make me very happy too, and this one was an exceptional date night.


Making ice cream runs in the mustang....how much better does summer get?

This precious little curly haired girl that challenges me daily but warms my heart all at the same time. This little lump of love that snuggles in with us in the middle of the night and cuddles with me in the morning. I gave up fighting it and have instead just enjoyed each moment of it.

My first born daughter, nurturer, helper, navigator for her younger sister. Sweet and sensitive, goes at her own pace and embraces all that life has to offer. Hugging her each morning and just loving on her makes me so happy.

I'm trading my sorrow for the joy of the Lord.....

5 comments:

Trish said...

awww, that is sweet!! Laughter is good medicine!

I'm telling you, Cooper and Kaitlyn have a future together. You know he sneaks into our bed every night still!

And Megans smile is adorable.

Oregon Corrigans said...

i'm so sorry for your sadness... sometimes that's just where you are at... i agree that video TOTALLY makes me laugh, especially Kate's booming laugh! what a crackup :) praying for the trade each day...

Amy said...

That made me teary, Mara. Maybe I'm hormonal or maybe I'm empathizing with you. But that post touched me :-) I like what "Oregon Corrigans" said about praying for the trade each day. Great way to look at things.

Kristy said...

Thanks for the reminder, Mara! Reminds me of a verse that's been popping into my mind lately: "A joyful heart is good medicine!" Proverbs 17:22 Keep looking for that joy!

Rachel said...

thanks for your honesty... it's hard to be transparent...
praying for you, friend!

ps Made me happy to see you last night! :)