Thursday, October 18, 2007

Joyful things

Posted by Mandy at 10:58 AM

We all know the big things in life that give us joy. Things like our kids, our health, our family and friends... this silly face Carter always makes... But what about the smaller, seemingly insignificant things in our lives that make us happy? I always wonder what everyday things bring joy to others... here are some that bring joy to me:

* When there is a sink full of dirty dishes, and I open the dishwasher to find that it's empty or it's already partially loaded with other dirty dishes.... what joy to not have to empty the dishwasher first!

* A car pulls out of a close parking spot right as I pull up... "Thank you Lord for giving me this parking space!"

* Clayton tells me I look nice, and I know he really means it and isn't just saying it b/c he isn't sure if he's told me recently.

* Someone notices something I've done to the house... even just "wow, your sink sure is clean!" (by the way, Leeann is the BEST at this.. she notices everything and is so quick to dish out compliments!)

* Samuel doesn't spit up after nursing

* Someone doesn't look at me weird because I'm breastfeeding

* Someone says, "Oh, my kid does that same thing.." right when I'm needing to hear it.

* I'm able to give someone advice and they really take it to heart... and it helps them.

* I tell my kids that it's clean up time and they hop right to it

* Clayton takes his shoes off before walking on our light colored carpet

* The teachers don't tell Madison to "hurry up" as soon as she steps into the van when I pick her up after school.. instead they tell her they hoped she had a great day and they can't wait to see her tomorrow.

* I cook and everyone eats without complaint

* Clayton's home to help with bedtime

* The kitchen floor isn't sticky

* I take the booster seat off of the kitchen chair and there isn't random and old food underneath it

* The sippy cup I found under the couch had water or juice in it... not milk

* Clayton washes clothes and doesn't ruin my "dry clean only" clothes

* Madison wears her "dry clean only " clothes and doesn't ruin them

* The hangers don't get hung up together when I'm trying to get them out of the closet. (THAT can make me yell...)

Okay, so this is a simple, ordinary list. But.. if these things don't happen, it can really sometimes change my day! So, what's your ordinary list look like?


K.T. is Mommatude on Thursday, 18 October, 2007 said...

*crawling into a soft warm or cool bed-depending on whichever season

*coming home to a clean house,when I am expecting a dirty one

*my kids simple jokes

*and their beautiful laughter

*a picture that actually says a thousand words

*iced sweet tea on a very hot day

*Jamie singing,spntaneously when he thinks no one is listening

*watching the season finale of any show

*when my hubby brings me breakfast in bed

ooooh I could go on.I love all of the ones you listed too!


Mom of these kids on Friday, 19 October, 2007 said...

I would say most of yours are the same as mine! Great post!

Rosjuane on Saturday, 20 October, 2007 said...

Yeah girl I'm with you. Exspecially the dishwasher one. That is like the best.

Lee Ann James on Saturday, 20 October, 2007 said...

Your post made me happy! (And not just becaused you mentioned me...thanks, by the way! I feel special now!) Can't wait to see you guys again!

Shelley on Monday, 22 October, 2007 said...

I agree with most of these! (of course replace Clayton with Michael's name, haha!)

Wendy on Tuesday, 23 October, 2007 said...

my ordinary list looks very similar! I would add, the other things that bring me joy:
* getting a check in the mail that I didn't expect

* My toddler peeing and pooping in the right place!!

* Watching one of the older kids comfort or explain something to the younger ones.

* Watching my children pray

* the spooning at night from hubby that makes me feel all warm inside

* not finding food underneath the car seat when I move it to the other vehicle

... Thanks. It's nice to remember those daily blessings!

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