Welcome to what I hope is a new favorite weekly post.
A little back ground as we begin….
During Quarantine, I asked every.single.day. what everyone’s Joy was and I gave everyone mine as well. Usually, actually I think ALWAYS, with a bunch of photos.
People, I take pics.
Anyhow, when Quarantine ended – at the risk of sounding slightly crazy but I am going to to say it anyhow – I heard God tell me “You are done with Joy posts.”
Straight up, I cried. But I listened.
So what I am doing here now????
I received an email last week from an author saying she had never done it before, but she thought it might be fun to share her summer favorites with her readers every week. And I thought of how I had done that before and it had been so fun and I swear I heard “Do that with your Joy Posts.”
Except didn’t I JUST HEAR GOD TELL ME TO END THEM?
But the thought has not left me. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the community built around Joy Posts and I can’t lie that I have been missing it terribly. But I didn’t want to do something I wasn’t supposed to do, you know?
I am guessing you know this.
So, here is what I hope to do. I hope to write a post every week about some of the Joy I have found in the week. And here is where you all come in – I really really really want to know what YOUR JOY is as well. Because that is where it all gets really fun. We all share joy, we all get more joy. It’s an amazing thing.
Now some people don’t like to read a lot of words and I tend to be one who writes a LOT of words so…..
I’m hoping to always include a youtube video telling you about my Joy of the week as well. But here is thing, I am not a real big fan of actually rereading what I have written. I have done it in the past primarily because I have a husband who said “Can’t you just read it to me?” every single time I wrote a post. While I do love a podcast (you’ll be hearing about them here, I am certain), I am not so much a fan of hearing a podcast read. Just my preference. So it will be a bit more of a conversation than a read blog post.
I. Am. So. Excited.
I have sat on this for about a week now.
And here is what I know…
I know that I love to look for Joy. I love it.
I know that my two oldest boys are about to leave our home for the big world (one is getting married in August and one is leaving for the Navy) and I want to be able to record some memories here to recall for years to come (selfish mama moment).
This week my husband found out due to the wonderful Pandemic, his work is drying up quick and it’s all out frantic search to keep their small business busy with hustling some new hard to find work.
Last week we found out my husband’s brother is dying of cancer and is in a great amount of pain.
It’s hard to look your boys in the eyes and tell them their uncle is dying.
All this to say, people, my life over here isn’t all rosey all the time. I am struggling big here. I am digging DEEP in God. I am saying a LOT of words to God, I am crying a lot of tears and I am every single day seeing God show up and give me Joy.
He does that, you know. He fills us up when we are asking Him to.
And so, this is what I want to share with you. I want to share how to find joy in the every day.
Are you ready to join the Joy fun?
Let’s get started!
Hello, my name is Denise and I have four boys. Two are about to leave home and two are in high school. Our house never sleeps and is always loud.
My husband and I have been married for 23 years this summer and he is a truck driver, a gardner, a huge huge huge huge political guy and he loves to watch school sports.
I’m over here getting used to my 40’s, reminding myself that we really do live our best lives in the summer and just amazed at how God shows up in how I find joy in the every day.
I hope to every week just share some fun things here, something that brought me Joy.
And I want to hear from YOU, hear what is bringing YOU JOY too.
It’s so fun.
Let’s do this together!
This week, on our very first Joy Post, I have to tell you that I have had a full week home. Alone.
Every year my brother puts together a Fish Camp for the boys and he and his boys, our four boys, my dad, my uncle, and my two nephews spend an entire week at fish camp. I have been told what happens at Fish Camp stays at Fish Camp and I am pretty sure I don’t want to know all the things. But I do know they LIVE for this week all year long and 2020 being what it is, they weren’t sure they would ever make it there this year. And as it’s the summer before Isaac leaves for the Navy, this fishing trip seems extra special.
But that means I am home alone.
This is what I have learned about myself, I REALLY like having a whole house to myself. All alone. I am not lonely in the least.
Hank the cat is, he has taken over my bed and he follows me around the house. If I dare decide to close the bathroom door behind me to pee, he is at the door scratching at it. Liberty, our beloved beagle, just looks forlornly out the window. She is, however, catching up on a LOT of sleep. 22 hours of sleep has really been messing with her and she needs this time to catch up on all the sleep she has been missing.
I have been reading, listening to podcasts, cranking the praise music and surviving on toast or chips with salsa. It’s. Been. Grand.
This morning I was reading in my (in)courage Bible. I am very slowly reading through the book of Acts and I tend to read every time I open my Bible in Psalms. I just can’t help it. And today, randomly (but not randomly) there were two devotionals at the two places I turned to that were on the same subject and had me heart the page and underlining and writing the date. I love when God shows up to me like that.
Yesterday my mom and I went to Trader Joes and my mom just kept saying “Isn’t this so good? Isn’t it so good to be in Trader Joes?” and it was hard to hear her with our masks on but it was. It was so good. We loaded up on rice and orange chicken, got a chocolate dessert, and went back to my parents house where we ate our fancy food and watched the newest Little Women. I cried all the way through it all over again and why do I watch a movie that makes me cry? Because I love it so so so much.
I finished Fierce, Free and Full of Fire last week. I did not expect to like it, wasn’t sure I would read it, but I feel like it is Jen Hatmaker’s best book and I highly highly highly recommend it. This is from someone who didn’t think I’d like it at all.
I am currently reading Sophie Hudson‘s Stand All the Way Up and let me tell you, that book is shaping up to be pretty much great. I loved her Giddy-up, Eunice so it’s good to read her words again. During Quarantine I read Melanie Shankle‘s On the Bright Side and that book was a true delight. Even listening to the Big Boo Podcast as much as I have been doing, I still got a lot of their books!
I have had fancy coffee I did not make myself TWICE this week and with two different people. I have laughed and laughed with a friend I haven’t been able to connect with for forever – stupid pandemic – and I hung out at my parents home with my mom and let me tell you, it filled an ache in my soul I didn’t even know I had.
That all said, as I am not apt to ever be alone, I keep texting my neighbor across the street “Hey, Sara, Jake is on an overnight and I am home alone but later I am hanging out with my mom and I just feel like someone should know this.” Thank goodness for good friends!
I think that’s how I am going to wrap up today. I am hoping to add to a post for a whole week so you get the full fun of it all but today, I am just so excited to get us rolling I’ll wrap up with this. I am about to go clean my boys’ bathroom – I know you are all jealous – but you know what I have been loving? Having one week of a clean house. I know I love all the noise and energy of my boys, but after quarantine where we have all been together and never alone EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF EVERY SINGLE DAY, I hadn’t realized how weary I was and how much I needed some quiet. It’s been so good.
Even if I did cry when they all headed down the highway for a solid week away from me.
So tell me YOUR JOY. Share your pics. Tell me what is making your soul soar these days! There is ALWAYS some thing we can be thankful for, some way to find joy in our every day. Tell me what you’ve got!
Youtube conversation found here: