Not all that long ago, I wrote a post about wanting to be a parent who found joy in her kids. Turns out that most of the time, I am so consumed with doing the next thing, that I kind of forget to stop and smell the roses. So with the best of intentions, I blogged away, thinking this was the start of something new.
Funny thing though; blogging about it, doesn’t just make it happen.
I know right? You were surprised too? 😉
Turns out, if I want to find joy, I’m actually going to have to look for it.
Now whilst I was mulling this revelational truth, it also occurred to me that there has been so much joy, so much sweetness in my little people, that I have just forgotten. For years I’ve thought, ‘I should write this down,’ but then I don’t because the other part of my brain insists that this particular moment is so memorable, it can not ever be forgotten.
Well that part of my brain is stupid, because of course I can’t remember all the cuteness; there’s just too much of it. 🙂
Seeing, however, as I do like to blog regularly, and that I have this new found blog inspired desire to find joy, it seems reasonable to me to write down all the moments and record them. So that if nothing else, on the days when joy is in short supply, at least I can look back and remember what has happened in the past. My goal is to do this once a week, and I understand that some people really may not have any interest in what’s making me smile, and that’s ok. This is something I’m doing for me. To make me a better person.
With that said, in the past week, these are the things that have brought me joy:
- Taylah has making conscious efforts to pick up the shoes from the shoes basket, that Ava always haphazardly throws around the place when she is looking for a matching pair. The shoe chaos frustrates me exponentially, but her stopping to pick it up means the absolute world.
- On Sunday, Bridie wanted to dance with me, so we cranked up the music nice and loud and danced in the lounge room. We ended up making this game where we all stood in a line and the person at the front had to make up a dance move and we all had to copy it. Then the person at the end crawled under everyones legs to get to the front. Was hilarious fun, especially when I was trying to wiggle myself under short three-year old legs, and everyone chose that moment to smack me on the bottom.
- BJ, is a bit of a nightwaker. Most nights he willwander out half asleep into the lounge for a drink or just a cuddle. The other night he was up for ages, just lying in his bed looking out at the hall. Ava also woke up, crying about who knows what, and was quite distressed for a few minutes. Whilst I lay in her bed, soothing her, I felt a blanket draped over me, and looked up to see beautifulBJ covering both of us up in his most special blanket. There is no woman in the world who will ever be good enough for that little mate.
- Looking for school holiday activities for the kids, I borrowed an idea from Instagram, and used some old corks that I’ve been collecting for nigh on a decade, some old fabric scraps and some thumb tacks, and spend a few hours with the girls making little people. They all made their own little families, with mums, dads, aunts, twins and who knows what else, and had a great time. Better yet, since then they have been happily playing with their cork people, everyday. It does my heart good to see them get joy out of the little things in life.
- The weather has been even more horrid than usual here in Darwin. Not just the normal humidity but also the degrees have been higher than normal, and there has been no rain relief. But this morning we still decided to get out and enjoy the shade and the fun of the park with friends. It’s not just the company I love, but being outside. Being surrounded by the beauty of nature, and not boxed in by walls that could do with a clean, makes me feel physically lighter. It’s something I need to do every day, even when it is 37 degrees.
- And finally, I’ve been doing a bible reading plan with The Soul of My Feet, called Reap 2014, and I could not be enjoying it more. The structure of the plan, and the little Facebook group I am going through it with is enriching my devotional time so much. It’s making a huge difference to everything. Starting my day reading that, really helps me put my best foot forward.
So that’s it for now. Just a few moments of joy that I’ve had, but more importantly, stopped to appreciate.
And cause it seems only reasonable, I’m linking today with Rhianna for Thankful Thursday. Thankful for all the joy.
Where have you found joy lately?