the joybook

a collection of grace-filled gifts and gratitudes

finding thankfulness

Where do I even begin when I sit down to give thanks? And then I found this picture and felt it summed up everything I feel right now.

I am experiencing joy in my simple surroundings.  That I have been blessed to know my daughters for this long.  That my husband is willing to adventure with me into some very unknown places.  That I live in a climate that is mostly sun.  And that the library has a giant selection of books.  This is all I need.

And I am so thankful.


be ever present in your moment

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Your sadness is not something to rush through no matter how many people think you should be better by now.

Let your laughter ring out for the sound of joy is precious.

As you prune back your summer plants, consider the regrowth you’ll witness come spring.

It’s okay to choose silence.  You know what is right for you.

Do you wonder about giving it all away?  Take courage and give generously.

Whatever time you find yourself in, be ever in it.

special gifts

You don’t choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.  -Desmond Tutu

things that make me smile…

The way you giggle when I tell you I bought long underwear.  The way you race into the other room to tell your sister I bought long underwear.  And the giggling that goes on and on and on as you both consider this.

a morning prayer

Starting today with a prayer by Thomas R. Kelly:

Open Thou my life. Guide my thoughts where I dare not let them go. But Thou darest. Thy will be done.

A desire to move past barriers.  An attempt to loosen my grip.  An invitation to change.

Joy found in hope.

a different drum


If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away. -Henry David Thoreau

because sometimes joy is as simple as…

{every friday, a silent meditation on a joy found}

because sometimes joy is as simple as…

{every friday, a silent meditation on a joy found}

i love your home

You know that feeling you get when you enter a home that seems to be simply bursting with love?  The moment you walk in the door, arms grab you, hands ruffle your hair, lips kiss your cheek and exclaim, “Greetings friend!”  Wine is poured, food is served, glasses clink and laughter drowns out any remaining conversation.  You sit at the table in the presence of honest, loving people and think to yourself, “This is where I belong.”

A place where you can come for any reason: love, sadness, hope, vulnerability, truth, desperateness, shelter, friendship.  It’s here.

I am deeply grateful.


Joy is not in things; it is in us.

~Richard Wagner