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Time Wasted (And 100 Joys Continued)


I watched a video yesterday that made me cry. I mean really cry. And I don’t usually cry over things. It was a video about a little boy who lost his fight with leukemia. Before he died the entire town gave him one last Christmas to remember. It was beautiful and oh so sad at the same time. If you want to cry, visit this link and see the video at the end of the post. If you don't want to cry, I suggest just taking my word for it being beautiful.

Ever since I watched the video, I’ve been thinking about all the time I waste.

There are days that all I seem to do is hold my baby girl. There are days when my coffee gets cold, my blog doesn’t get written, I get farther and farther behind on counting my 100 joys. Days when I don’t get dressed, when the laundry doesn’t get done, when the bins full of Christmas decorations still sit in the living room.

When my little girl is fussy, I often feel as if I’m wasting time as I hold her. There are so many other things I could be doing. Some days my to-do list is seemingly a mile long.

But is my time really wasted as I hold her? Will my Christmas guests really care if the bathroom upstairs isn’t clean? Will my husband really care if we have eggs and bacon for dinner, because there’s nothing else in the fridge?

What are my priorities? Are they to fulfill my mental list? Are they in perfecting my “perfect military wife” image?

Or is my most important priority to love on a little girl?

As I watched the video above about little Dax and his short little life, I was reminded once again of the precious gift of life that I hold in my arms. I was reminded to cherish these moments when my coffee gets cold in the morning. Because the laundry will still be there tomorrow, but my little girl won’t be so little anymore.
Now that my little girl is napping, I’ve found a spare moment to finish my coffee and write these thoughts down. I’ve found a moment to think about the joys I’ve experienced over the last couple of days:

30) My daughter’s smile, so beautiful and innocent.
31) The feel of her hand as it wraps around my thumb.
32) Her soft head of hair, so short and new.
33) Her sweet eyes that look so trusting up at me.
34) The way her arm wraps up around me shoulder as she snuggles close.
35) The leap of joy she sometimes makes when she sees me first thing in the morning.
36) The sound of her baby chatter, so happy and silly.
37) How frustrated she gets as she tries to roll over.
38) The excitement on her face when her daddy comes home for the day
39) The sweet way she snuggles close to me as she drinks her bottle.

Those are my joys for today. Because, to me, those are the things that really matter.

Finding Joy in Pastimes


My life is filled with a baby right now. I don't have much time to spend doing hobbies, in fact it's been a long time since I've enjoyed many of these things listed below. Just the same, if I had a free moment, this is what you might find me doing:

19) Enjoying a cup of coffee in a Christmas mug.

20) Scrapbooking

21) Watching a Classic Movie

22) Working on a Christmas puzzle

23) Reading Classic Literature (Right now I'm reading Dicken's A Christmas Carol:)

24) Sewing

25) Decorating our house

26) Listening to Christmas music

27) Taking a calming baths with Epsom Salts and Bubbles

28) Burning Candles

29) Writing the good old fashioned way, in a journal

Hope you enjoyed some of the things that bring a smile to my face and ease the tension of a stressful day. What do you like doing when you find a free moment?


When joy is hard to come by...


Do you ever feel like joy is hard to come by? That's seriously what I've felt like this week. My little girl has decided to be fussy at the most inopportune times, leaving me frustrated and at my whits end. I find myself wondering if there is anything to be joyful about.
Silly me.
It makes sense that, as soon as I make a resolution to find 100 joyful things in December, Satan would come a knocking on my door, pointing out all the imperfections in my life. It makes sense that this resolution wouldn't be an easy one for me to keep.
But I truly want to be joyful. I truly want to see the joy around me. So, although my nerves are stretched, I'm going to try to make this work.
Being a mother is all about flexibility, I'm slowly finding. As I write this, I'm sitting in my car in my own garage. My little one was horribly fussy, which caused our trip to town to be cut short. I really want her to get a good nap in. I know she needs one. And I know she'd wake up if I carried her inside the house. And so here we are, siting in the quiet garage. I guess I'll have to find some joyful things here in the garage (never thought I'd say that...). Here's what I can find:
9) A Polka-dot umbrella. Seriously, this is the cutest umbrella ever. It's so cute that my husband won't be seen using it in public with me. tehe.

10) A pretty green bike. There's nothing that relaxes me more than I nice, leisurely bike ride. It's part of how I survived grad school. I missed riding my bike this past summer while I was pregnant. I'm so happy that I'll be able to use it once again when the weather warms up.

11) My husband's table saw. My hubby has already made us some beautiful things with his table saw. I love how he can create a work of art with some wood and paint. What a talented hubby I have!

12) Camping stuff. Seriously, I love camping. There's nothing like the smell of a campfire on a cool, summer night. I love how the smell of the smoke lingers on your clothes for days to come. Sigh.

13) Snow shovel. Winter is here, hooray! Now we only need some beautiful snow to make this month of December even better! (I know, many of you would disagree, but it's my blog, so I'm allowed to find joy in snow).

14) Box of China. My grandmother's china is still packed safely away in boxes. Someday I'll have a china cabinet to display it in. Until then, I take it out every once in awhile and smile at the memories.

15) Our car. I love our car! A sliding door makes things so much easier when it comes to towing around a baby.

16) Glass Vases. These vases are left-over from our wedding. I always smile when I see them. Usually they grace our house, but they've been demoted to the garage while the Christmas decorations are up inside.

17) Potting soil & water can. Another reminder of summer, still so far off. It's rather hard to grow things here, but so rewarding when they actually thrive!

18) Racquetballs. My hubby and I discovered that we love playing racquetball together. We're not very good at sports, but for some reason we get a kick out of bouncing a ball off of walls. It's a great work-out too!

Wow, I had to look hard, but I actually found some things today:) What a good exercise in being joyful.
What ordinary joys can you find today? Try going into a room and seeing if you can find 10 ordinary things that bring you joy. It's a great exercise and definitely lifts a sour mood!

100 Joys-Christmas Edition


I'm a week late, but I really want to participate in Sarah Markley's 100 Joys-Christmas Edition.

Last week was a bit rough. After Thanksgiving our company left and the house felt so empty and quiet. My little one had a shot, leaving her rather cranky for a couple of days. In general,  I just felt down in the dumps and under attack. When I looked at our quickly-filling calendar, I felt completely overwhelmed. That's partly why I think this search for joy will be so good for me. With the addition of a little one in our family, our lives have changed so drastically this past year. This Christmas season could go by in a blur if I let it. But I don't want it to. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I want to get the most out of it. So I hope you enjoy the journey I'll be taking in the next few weeks to find 100 things to be joyful about.

Here goes.
1) This morning I was at the grocery store, buying groceries with my little, screaming daughter when I passed a stand of poinsettias. I had to buy one to grace our house. There's just something about walking into our living room and seeing it on the table that lightens my heart.

2) I love building family traditions. Our Christmas tree is filled with ornaments from my childhood, from trips my husband and I have taken, and from each of our Christmases together. We pick out a new one to grace the tree each year:). Decorating the tree is a big trip down memory lane. What is more joyful that that?

3) For years my grandma has  collected a ceramic Christmas village. This year I set it up in my house for the very first time!

4) I love Christmas pajamas! My little girl has several pairs:)

5) My daughter's first Christmas. What a precious thing!

6) This morning my little girl was fussy and just wanted to cuddle with her mommy. I didn't enjoy her fussiness, but I do love feeling needed.

7) I love coffee-dates with my husband. We've started having them every Sunday before church. So special!

8) Spending time decorating Christmas cookies with friends brings joy to my heart.

That's all for now. What can you find joy in this Christmas season?