Finding Joy: A HodgePodge

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It’s funny how sometimes you feel like you’re going through the motions, moving through a funk, and then the next week, things change. I know for me, things don’t just change naturally; it is by the grace of God that things take a different, healthier direction, and I am so grateful for this!

It seems natural to go through times of feeling like you’re holding down the fort by threads while supporting your household… This is something I’ve been working through while staying home with my girls.  I’m happy to say working through it I am–and after many thoughtful talks with my husband, prayers together, time with iron-sharpening friends (you know who you are!), and time with the Lord, I am rediscovering the joys meant for me in this precious season of life.  What a relief! More on this another time; today, it’s all about the little things restoring my joy around my home. :)

First up: garden progress! We’ve been eating spinach, and just pulled a few radishes this evening. They were pretty good, not too spicy–to my surprise, Liv liked them. I think she loved their color more than their taste! Natalie will have to try them tomorrow as she conveniently fell asleep at 6:30 tonight…

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Purple petunias for Mother’s Day from my Mother-in-Law… love. This basket reminds me of the ones in Crested Butte–if you’ve never been there, you must go!

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And I received some lovely flowers from my pops today! What a surprise. These were my mom’s favorite rose colors–it’s been nice to see them open on the kitchen table and think of her today.

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Olivia & Natalie, whom I delight in more than I thought possible–right? How do kids do it? Magical, I tell you…

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I have spent some time this week combing through my Bible…. my favorite thinline Bible, mahogany brown with scrolly monochromatic etches on the cover, full of hope and encouragement.  And underlines.  Sometimes I know what I want to read–it’s a good feeling to grab it with a passage in mind–but this week, it’s been more of a meandering.  I love underlining scripture and jotting down notes or references beside verses… and thought it’d be worthwhile to notice what I tend to underline, see if there are any themes to my ‘notes to self’.

I’ve mostly stayed in Psalms this week, and found that I’ve highlighted a lot of verses about joy, delight, rejoicing, waiting on the Lord, and his attributes (rock, refuge, foundation, hope, strength, etc.). And the benefit of loving pens so much is that I recognize what ink comes from where, and sometimes when–so it’s been a neat way to meditate on God’s Word and what it’s meant to me over the years, and why.  So I’m treasuring that this week.  Kind of an impromptu study of sorts. :)

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Sparkly toes, ready for summer. I met my dear (and fellow preggo!) friend Leanne for lunch and pedicures a couple of weekends ago, and let the technician choose my color. My first thought was “disco ball”…Raul described it as an Eastern European Faberge Egg. Would be a good name for a polish! I like glitter, but these are a little outta control. And I’m almost getting too round to do anything about it at this point…

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Round, that is, with quite a surprise:

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It’s a boy…! We are thrilled! (And I am realizing I have much to learn…I can’t wait.) Where are you finding joy around you this week? Here’s to grateful hearts that look for the goodness of the Lord in our lives!

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