I found the most lovely blog recently. I love to go there each day and see what the mother posts. Her blog is about the simple, lovely joys of everyday life. Last year, in my personal journal, I decided I needed to write a joy each day. That lasted for two days. I just didn't pull out my journal each day. Perhaps it is time to try again. It is so easy to focus on the bad things. There are so many trials each day. My four children fought all day or the house is a complete disaster, someone was rude to me at the grocery store or my husband is making me mad. So often I focus on these things, allowing them to control my day. I need to think more on the good things that happen each day. There truely are so many good things.
Today, we played in our pool. The laughter that comes from the playing together is priceless. I love the way my 19 month old's face lights up when Daddy pops up out of the water.
My second son has the most fun laugh. It isn't loud or silly, it is just a funny giggle. I love to hear him laugh. Today he and his older brother were playing a game that had the younger son in histerics. He laughed and laughed. I could hear it in any room down stairs and I just laugh when I hear his laugh.
My sweet daughter sings when she plays with her dolls. They sing and dance. Her playing is done in a song. The tune is her own and the words I don't usually understand, but she sings and it is beautiful. Today she was "typing" a letter to her imaginary friend, JennyJenna, and she would tell us about "conversations". That is her favorite new word. It is funny to hear a three year old say conversations.
My oldest son so wants to please. He tries so hard to talk in a more grown up way to me. He is making the transition from young child to older child. If he likes what I cook he will tell me it is the best meal I've ever made.
I must look for those sweet simple joys. Tomorrow is Sunday. It is a day of worship, but when you are taking four small children to church, it is a day of stress too. I must think more of the Lord and less of the problems the kids are creating. The two youngest are especially difficult right now at church. However, I need to remember, the older two were difficult when they were this young age, and now, they are very good at church. Time will aid me and as long as I keep taking the young ones to church, they will learn they ways they should act when in the Lord's house.
I hope now, to post a few moments of joy often and I hope that if anyone reads this, you too will think of joy. Have a simply lovely, joyful day.