Joy can be found anytime, anywhere.

Christmas week!

Wow... I can't believe it's been almost a week since I wrote last!  Whew!  It's been a great month so far.
Tuesday - I had this day with Monica.  I took her out to lunch.  It was awesome!  I don't get to have one on one time with my girls as much as I would like.  This lunch together was a great way to connect.  I think I need to do this more with all my girls.

Wednesday - At dance class we learned a cheoro to a Christmas song called Deck the Rooftop by the cast of Glee.  I was really fun and quite the workout.  I was a great way to end my day.

Thursday -  The family did our Annual Fast Food frenzy night.  This is a night around Christmas where we drive through whatever fast food restaurant the kids want, grab dinner, then drive around the town looking at all the Christmas light.  We've been doing this for years.  It's really fun and the kids love getting to eat fun foods they don't get very often.

Friday - More game playing happened on Friday.  It was only Monica, Melody and I )although Deron did join later) but we had fun.  We played Spy VS Spy on the xbox... and Melody was kicking our butts! Go figure but the 9 year old is genuinely good at that game and is hard to beat. :)

Saturday - The Jingle Bell Rak'n haflas was that night.  It was a lot of fun.  Plus, I got to perform the dance I missed performing the week before because of the blizzard.   It was a wonderful night full, of dance, fun and the Christmas spirit. Joy was everywhere. :)

Sunday - Well, the major joy of this Sunday was Deron & I got to become Godparents to a darling boy named Rhys.  We were honored to be asked.  The ceremony was lovely and the food afterwards was awesome.  It is impossible to not find joy when holding a beautiful baby. 

Time is flying faster than Santa on Christmas eve!

I had no idea I hadn't written since Friday.  I think it's because I actually think everyday about what my joy is for that day and what I could write about.  This, of course, results in me thinking I actually wrote it sometimes.  I have always said my mind is like a blown glass trap. :)
So, this past weekend was nuts.  As many of you may be aware, the Midwest had a horrible storm pass through.  I woke up Saturday to a winter storm warning that progressed into a blizzard warning.  Normally, this would not phase me in the least on a Saturday morning.  Unfortunately, I was supposed to be traveling 2 hours south to Chicago that night for a Holiday Fundraiser Hafla.  Needless, to say, we did not make it.  But, some of my dance troupe members did go and were fortunate that the storm was not as bad as had been predicted.  So, I was very sad to miss it.  I know.... where am I going with this?  Well, instead, I stayed home, put a fire in the fireplace, listened to Christmas music, and played a fun game of monopoly with my family.  It was so much fun that when the older two girls came home from their retreat on Sunday, we played it again with all six of us.  Those 2 games of monopoly brought me more joy than any amount of dancing ever could. :)
Monday - OK... I know I seem to have a theme going here, but last night we played Life as a family.  Remember that my oldest is home for holiday break, so these little things mean a lot.  Any time all six of us do something together, it's a big deal.  Plus, we had the bonus of Monica's (my oldest) friend Anna came over to hang with us.  All in all, it was a great night.  Three family game nights in a row... that has to be a Kling family record.


Ok...we had some snow fall last night (Thursday).  Unfortunately, it fell when I had to drive 30 minutes (without snow) to take two of my girls to the dentist.  For future reference, I do not like driving even under the best of circumstances.  Put me in a snow storm where I can't see anything including the road I'm driving on, and I get scared and cranky.  {Add to that the frustration of kids with cavities, if you will.}  The appt. started late, took longer than expected and it took awhile to schedule all the future appointments.  By the time we left the building the snow was coming down pretty hard.  So, where's the joy?  Well, I swear, it's too bad not everyone has a child to hang out with everyday.  We walk out and I'm thinking "crap", and Melody walks out and says "I love snow!  It looks so beautiful and sparkly."  Sure enough, when I stopped to actually see the snow as what it is... beautiful crystals sparkling in the light, and not the awful crap that's made the roads a death trap for me... I felt better.  I could see the joy there.  I may have not been feeling it while white knuckling it all the long, long way home, and definitely not when Melody had to miss a Scout meeting because of our delayed arrival home, but I saw it nonetheless.  Thank you Melody!
{BTW - Deron was in MN so he couldn't drive them...he was too busy flying home is the sparkly stuff. :) }

Sometimes it's hard...

When I say it's hard, I don't mean to imply that here isn't joy in every day.  I mean sometimes it's hard to see it over the other not-so-joyful parts of the day.
For example, Sunday was hard for me because I learned that my best friend was moving away.  Not that 5 1/2 hours is an insurmountable a distance... I know it's not.  But most of my close friends live 5+ hours away.  It's what happens as we get older.  But it's still a bummer.  There's a lot to be said for having folks close by.  But, I am grateful for her friendship, extremely happy I have things like Facebook now to help us stay closer, and I know that her husband's new job is a blessing for their entire family.  Those are the hidden joys inside a seemingly not-so-joyful thing.
So... moving on...

Monday - A rather uneventful day.  I had Melody home sick, which is not so very cool.  But, sometimes, having a child home sick does allow me to spend quality time with them and baby them.  I am blessed to be an at-home Mom.  Sick kids are one of the many reasons I choose to sacrifice financially and stay home.  It is a blessing that I get to be here for them.  And I find joy in life's blessings.

Tuesday - OK... so I had both Melody AND Madison home sick with colds.  Of some blessings... less is more I think.  Sometimes you have to make your own little joy or fun.  So, we had brats and hot dogs for dinner.  This may not seem like much, but when it's like 12 degrees outside, eating something that reminds you of summer is fun.  Along with burgers, hot dogs and brats are one of the things we rarely eat during the cold winter months.  Do they cure colds?  Nope.  But, if they makes us smile, they might as well.

Wednesday - I remembered that I had bought some really cute dolls that were in an after Christmas sale last year.  I happily set them up and dang... they are really cute!  I am very happy I got them.  They really add to the Christmas cheer that is radiating from my living room.  As I have said before, I love this time of year.  Everyone being full of love for each other and God is pretty cool.  If I like to show my enthusiasm through things that light up and play music... that is wonderful.  It's my way of sharing my joy with everyone around me.

St. Nick week

Well, so far it has been a very busy December... and I think it will only get busier!

Saturday - Weirdly enough, my joy for Saturday involved a craft fair where only 7 folks showed up and the only thing I sold was to another vendor. (Craft Fairs are always a bit hit or miss).  The joy part came from hanging out with lovely fellow dancers for 4 hours... some of whom I hadn't really met before.  Plus, afterwards, my friends Stephanie and I went next door to the Irish Pub and had some delicious food. So yes, with the food cost, I actually lost money on the day, but what I gained in friendship greatly exceeds the money.

Sunday - Sunday was the dress rehearsal for my troupe's Christmas piece for the Holiday hafla coming up.  It was so fun seeing us all dressed up looking like toys!  Granted, there were a few malfunctions with wardrobe pieces but that's what dress rehearsals are for, right?  My joy that day was seeing everyone looking cute and being happy.

Monday - I got to set up my new to me Christmas decorations..... Mr. and Mrs. Clause dolls that are sleeping.  They snore and whistle jingle bells.  I got them from ebay.  They are from the year 1992.  I think they are adorable!


Yep... it's December in Wisconsin folks.  that means that at some point the weather will be entering my blog... just you wait. :)
Tuesday - Again the mail brings me joy.  I was sent a lovely necklace by a fellow bellydancer as a Christmas gift.  She made it special for me to match a costume I own.  Here's a pic I took with my phone... isn't it lovely?
Wednesday - I was lucky enough to go to the Milwaukee Art Museum with Melody and her fellow 3rd grade Jr. Art Docents.  I was a joy to be able to not only experience such beautiful art, but to share it with young people and see it through their eyes.  Everyone should take the time to see the world through the eyes of a child some time.  It can be quite a wonderful place.

Thursday - Well, I woke up with a bad cold.  Did not feel good AT ALL.  So guess what my joy was?  A nap.  I do not usually take naps.  It's not my nature.  But I took one that morning and it was a joy.  Not everyone can take naps when they are needed (myself included), so it was nice to be able to take one when I was sick.

Friday - Tonight is Pizza with Santa at Deron's work.  We'll be taking Melody.  It will be very nice and joyful.  I need to appreciate these moments as much as I can because soon enough she won't want to go anymore.  My kids grow up fast enough... I need to enjoy them being little while they are still little. :)

December is upon us...

Ok... so here's how the weekend panned out.
Sunday - Deron came home from hunting.  He got a deer!  This is really great for us.  Believe it or not, the venison helps a great deal throughout the year.  I rarely buy ground beef and Deron's venison steaks are extremely popular.  With the cost of groceries going up, I take great joy in a freezer full of meat to start the new year.
Monday - This was an odd day.  Deron had off of work and the kids had off of school.  Conflicts arose (they are inevitable in a family this size I think), but in the end, we had a pleasant meal together.  The weird thing was that we ended up eating Taco Bell because we were too tired to cook.  So, we drove through, brought the food home, and had a lovely family meal.  Nothing beats saying Grace for Taco Bell food. :)  That and we discovered a cute show called Shawn the Sheep, and sat as a family laughing at silly farm antics.

Thanksgiving Weekend

Well, we ended up not being able to go to the Cheesecake factory, but went out for Mexican instead.  Either way I go to wear my cute outfit so it was good. :)

Wednesday - The kids had a half day of school.  Monica was home (always a joy).  Having all four kids home for a night was nice.... even if they do tend to bicker.... I still enjoy the fact that they all have to be here in order for the bickering to commence. :)

Thursday - Thanksgiving!  I always find joy in family and food... who doesn't?

Friday - We set up the Christmas tree.  It always takes way longer than expected, but Melody, Mallory and Erik helped put it together, put the lights and angel on.  Then Mal and Erik had to leave and Monica and Madison helped with the ornaments.  Christmas is my favorite time of year.  There really is joy everywhere.

Saturday - Melody is not feeling so fabulous today, but her Grandma still came over to spend some special time with her.  They are watching movies, playing games, doing crafts and Melody even did a puppet show.  It's a joy to see them spend such quality time together.

Dang it!

Dude... seriously?!  I haven't written in that long?  I mean I usually miss writing on the weekends but come on... apparently the holiday brain is quite fragile. :)
Friday - Does making leftovers instead of cooking count as a joy?  I mean, it was sure nice not to have to worry about dinner or what to make.  Sometimes, I guess I really do have to appreciate the little things thrown my way.

Saturday - Ahhhh.... Saturday was a lovely day simply because I had absolutely nothing to do.  That rarely happens in my world.  Literally, I could do nothing or anything and no one cared. (Well, I made to make sure the kids were fed, but you know what I mean.)  I could spend the day in my PJs if I so chose.  It was a very good day. :)

Sunday - Easy peasy... The Packers went to MN and slaughtered the Vikings 31 - 3.  I know, I know... how many times will I use the Packers as my joy?  Well, as often as they bring me joy.  I'm not one to look the joy gift horse in the mouth ya know.

Monday - Deron was home from hunting and had the day off.  So we got to spend a lazy day together.  Granted, only until 3pm because then I had to pick kids up and take them to the dentist, but still, it was more time together then we have had all month.  I will glad when he is done traveling for awhile.  In the meantime, I will enjoy my time with him while he is here.

Tuesday - Well, Deron and I plan on going to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner tonight.  I have a cute new outfit that I can wear and 50$ worth of gift cards to use.  Shaping up to be a win-win if you ask me.  here's hoping no one comes home sick from school and the dinner goes off without a hitch.

Where did the week go?

Holy Moly... is it Friday already!
Tuesday - It was Madison's 14th birthday.  We had a ridiculously rich chocolate cake and cheese stuffed pasta shells for dinner.  Monica even came home for it which was very nice.  She got money towards ski and snowboard club at school.  She's never tried it, so here's hoping she ends up liking it. :)

Wednesday - OK... this joy is kinda funny.  Sometimes joy is just having a nice giggle.  My sister Lisa lives in Idaho.  So, the years when she does not come home for Christmas, she orders a lot of her gifts online and has them sent to me to distribute to family in WI.  Well, I knew about one package that was coming that day, but suddenly I get a text saying "Did I mention you have a package coming from _____?" Nope.... and not 30 minutes later the UPS truck shows up with the package.  It made me giggle.  And it reminded me of the year she sent me my birthday gift early...and never said anything to anyone.  Imagine my surprise when a box of coke glasses shows up for me and I have no idea who sent them.  I wasn't until a few days later that she told Monica about them.  Imagine Lisa's surprise to find out I already had them.  Sometimes shipping is faster than you think. :)

Thursday - Deron came home after being gone for what seems like forever.  That's more than enough joy in a month where he gone most of the days.  I'll take it. :)

Crazy dance fun!

First I need to mention Thursday - my joy for that day was Christmas shopping for my niece and nephew.  I'm sure there will be more than one day where I have joyous shopping experiences.  I love Christmas - everything about it - and so I will be finding joy in all its facets.

Friday - Sunday - I spent my weekend at The Great Lakes Bellydance Convention in Ann Arbor, MI.  The days were full of fun, friends, dance, food, learning and everything else that makes for a joyous experience.  It would be redundant to go through each of the three days.  I was so filled with joy each moment I was there.  It was truly an amazing time spent with friends.  I can't wait to go back next year!

Monday - Deron will be out of town for all but 4 days in November.  Bit of a bummer to say the least.  So, yesterday morning he was about to leave to drive 2 hours to Chicago for a single meeting and then drive 2 hours back.  He looked at me and said "Do you want to come along?  We can get lunch afterward."  Naturally, I said yes.  I knew I had a lot to do, but knowing this was one of only four days I get to spend with him home, I had to take it.  We talked the whole drive and had a lovely lunch.  I used the time in the car while he was in his meeting to go over all my notes from my weekend workshops.  My joy came from not only the time spent with Deron, but also from the gratitude that I could actually drop everything and go with him.

Ode to Joy

Tuesday - So, my youngest daughter Melody (9yrs) started taking flute lessons last year.  This came about because some amazing friends of ours gave her a flute their family wasn't using. Melody loves her flute lessons.  Tonight was such a lesson.  It was a big night for her because she was able to play Ode to Joy all by herself.  I got to hear it myself.  It was lovely!  Never was a song so aptly named for me than at that moment.  Her sense of accomplishment was a true joy to behold.

Wednesday - have you ever had a good mail day?  You know, a day where the mail comes and has some really great stuff in it... not just bills?  I had one of those.  I received the free dance DVD I won (it looks awesome), Mallory received her new phone (she loves it), I got photos from Halloween from my Mom, and I actually got a 30% off coupon from Kohl's,.  Now I usually only get the 15% off ones.... not that I'm complaining.  But I actually get to save 30% off my next purchase.  That's a sweet, sweet deal. So, my joy today was delivered by mail. :)

Jeepers creepers!

Sorry I have not written everyday.  The irony is that I truly THINK about what to write about everyday.  I guess that's the really motive in all this.... to make me think about and appreciate even the tiniest bit of joy in everyday.

Sunday - The Packers beat the Cowboys.  That, in and of itself, is joyful.  But it was also a good day all around.  My dance troupe finished learning our Christmas choreography (which is really cute!) and Deron, Monica and Melody came home from their weekend up north.  This was a big weekend for Melody.  It was the first time she was going somewhere overnight with Daddy without me.  She was really nervous about it.  I'm so glad she went.  Melody had a great time and got to play with a couple of her cousins that our her same age.  She also got to help with the new hunting cabin, and help build deer stands.  Those are memories she can carry with her.... memories of a weekend with Dad and Monica.  Those are precious.

Monday - Hmmmm... this one is a little tougher.  Deron's work made it so I didn't even see him.  Melody did not want to go to school... many tears and "it's not fair"s later... she got on the bus.  I guess the best part of my day was the fact that I baked a ham for dinner.  I love ham.  Love it!  The fact that it has to cook for a couple hours, and I get to smell it all that time is a bonus.  Everyone is happy when they walk in from school and can smell the lovely smell of a baking ham.  So, I guess yesterday's joy was in making a great meal for my family.

First Weekend in November

Friday - Friday night was The Almost Anything Goes Show at the High School.  Madison performed with her 8th grade band, and I got to see the Wall of Sound perform this year's show.  It was the first time the Kling Family didn't have their own table.  They opted for more seating and less tables this year.  It was also the first year I didn't have someone in the colorguard.  It was a great show.  I love marching band music.  It just takes me back to band in high school and being the drum major for our marching band.  Plus, I get the added bonus of being so proud of my girl up there playing her clarinet.  She hasn't decided whether she wants to do band or choir next year, but either way, I still have many years of concerts ahead of me.

Saturday - A fun day!  I got to visit a friend for a few hours in the afternoon, got to beat Madison at Monopoly, and begin watching the movie White Nights with Madison that night.  I had forgotten how amazing the dancing is in the movie.  It was wonderful to share it with one of my daughters.  Even though Madison is not a dancer herself, she was still amazed at the skill and beauty.  Joy can always be found in sharing with my kids.

Good times...

Wednesday - Fun night!  It was the last class of the session for my bellydance class.  that means we go out for margaritas afterward.  WOOT!  Our favorite restaurant was finally open after having been closed for a relocation.  Add to that the fact that I was (sort of) successful at zilling to a song in class and it was a joyful night indeed.

Thursday - Last night was Melody's parent/teacher conference.  It was great!  The teacher had such lovely things to say about her.  I know that Melody was quite nervous about 3rd grade, and the fact that she didn't know her teacher.  Now, she is thrilled with her teacher and her teacher is very happy with her.  It was a definite joy to have that conference.

Today's joy.....hmmm..... have to stay tuned....


Monday - Not sure if this counts for Sunday or Monday but I actually got a decent night's sleep.  Sleep is not easy for me.  Had more than my fair share of tossing and turning, but I got a good sleep that night.  Anyone who can't see the joy in that, has never had a bad night's sleep.  I love sleep.  I value sleep.  A good night's sleep makes for a happy Kelley.

Tuesday - Election day!  This year was special because it was my daughter Monica's first time voting.  I was very proud of her.  She took the time to research all the candidates and made an informed decision.  There are many adults who don't put forth the amount of effort she did deciding where her vote should go.  It was wonderful to see her appreciate and value her right to vote.

Halloween weekend

Woot!  What a fun time!

Friday Monica came home for the weekend.  Plus, the kids had off of school, which made Ellie's day here even more enjoyable.  Having the whole family home preparing for the weekend fun felt great.

Saturday we had a Halloween Costume Party.  I had them every year for my family until the basement went kaputz.  It had been 4 years.  My family has grown quite a bit since then.  Plus, Monica invited quite a few folks from school.  It was the most people I have ever had!  It was a bit crazy and chaotic but I think it was a lot of fun.  Deron joked about maybe we need to have 2 parties.. one for family and one for the kids' friends.... I do not have the strength. 

Sunday was Halloween and trick-or-treating.  (OK... yes, the Packers won... that was nice too)  Ellie came trick-or-treating with Melody.  That was so CUTE!  It was her first time and little Ellie was SO excited to get treats from all the houses.  It was just so fun to go around the block with her.  It was cold but the kids were troopers. 

Overall, the weekend was full of joyful moments.  I know that November will be a crazy month for my family, but with the Christmas season upon us, joy will be in the air.


Ok.. I am so sorry!  Where did the week go!

Tuesday - We carved the pumpkins we got on Monday.  Nothing says Halloween like pumpkin guts.... and seeds.  It was great and the pumpkins were awesome!

Wednesday - Today I roasted those pumpkin seeds using my Mom's recipe.  Had to smell them all day while they roasted, but mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... they are yummy.  Joy resided in seeds.

Thursday - We watched the Wizard of Oz.  Haven't watched that movie in years.  Melody plans on being Dorothy for Halloween so we were inspired.  Melody said, "Ya know, for being made when you were a kid, the effects are really amazing."  I had to inform her that I was not even born when this was made and my Mom was a kid when it was made.  Apparently, that made it even MORE amazing.  That kid cracks me up!


Monday was a fun day!  We all went to get our pumpkins at the local pumpkin farm.  Even Mal's boyfriend Erik joined us.  We got ourselves some fabulous pumpkins, walked through the silly corn maze and took some photos using the fun cutouts.  When we returned, Monica came over with her new boyfriend Brian and we all got to hang out, watch a bit of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone, preview my Halloween decor, and eat some sort of chocolaty substance resembling dirt cake.  Good times were had by all. :)

Sunday night

As is sit here watching the Packers play the Vikings I wonder about my weekend....

Friday - I went with Deron and Kristen to see the Oriental Fantasy Show in Milwaukee.  It was amazing!  I truly enjoyed the show and especially enjoyed seeing a lot of friends there.  It was a great start to my weekend.

Saturday - What a blur that day was.  I am having trouble even remembering what I did.  Again, I spent a lot of time in the basement decorating.  I know... how much decorating can you do?  You would be surprised. :) A little black light makes everything cool.  A lot of black light makes everything AWESOME! 

Sunday - Decorating the outside was a ton of fun today (plus just a bit more in the basement).  Deron really got into it with the girls and I have to say we have the spookiest house around... especially at night with the green spotlights and the 6 ft pumpkin on the roof.   If you can, I recommend driving by some night before Halloween.... we like to share the joy with our neighbors. :)

Momma's got cool stuff.

Thursday I spent the entire day decorating the basement for Halloween.  My legs are actually sore from 1. Falling off the back of the couch a couple times while hanging my giant web. 2. Constantly going up and down the stairs. And 3. going up and down the step ladder over and over hanging lights and webs.  Dude.... it is really starting to look cool down there!  My new item for this year is a cauldron that I bought and put my color changing mist maker in.  Holy Moly does it look wicked (pun intended)!  It look so cool I started dancing around the room singing a made up song about how "Momma's got cool stuff... oh Momma has got cool stuff".  {It should be noted that I often break out into song.} I was so excited about it I took a photo with my camera on my phone and sent it to Deron and the girls.  I think it was the favorite item so far.... that and the black lights.... they make everything look spooky.  That's what I'm shooting for really, spooky.  So yesterday was a good day where I ended up dancing around all happy about my cauldron.

Days are flying by...

First, just and FYI - I can't figure out how to have the date show up on my blogs.  If you know, please share.  Otherwise, starting in November I will put the date in the title.

Again I find myself not writing this blog everyday.  Rest assured I am still finding the joy in everyday.... just not always remembering to share it before I go to bed. :)

So... Tuesday.  Tuesday's joy was a game of Yahtzee between Deron, Melody and myself.  We were giggling and yelling (we each scored a Yahtzee - it was very exciting) and having a grand ole' time.  Melody managed to kick all our butts with a score of 315.  She was thrilled!  It's a big deal beating both your parents at a game.  That was right before bedtime for her... it was nice for her to go to bed with a smile.

Wednesday - Ok... the problem with Wednesday is that I totally forgot it was Wednesday.  My whole family did.  We forgot to take Melody to her class and Mallory and I forgot to go to our dance class.  BUT - there was still plenty of joy.  We took out 5 rubber maid tubs of Halloween decorations that we haven't taken out in about 3 years.  It was fun to go through them and remember past party's we've thrown.  Some of those decorations are 17 years old.... and all the girls have a different favorite.   So, I guess it was worth it to hang out at home and reminisce.  Downright joyful, you might say.

Sundays and Mondays... oh my!

Sunday - My friend Stephanie and I are starting to create a duet choreography.  We decided to get together before troupe to work on it.  Well, when we arrived at the place, the previous teacher (of what class, I know not) left a child's table in the middle of the room covered in rice, with rice all over the floor.  When we tried to use the rooms' vacuum all it did was shoot the rice to the far corners of the room.  Once we gave up on that, we tried to use the CD we brought.... no dice.  Stephanie said "it works in my car", so we went outside, opened the doors to her car and worked on our dance in the parking lot.  It was pretty funny, as well as fun. We managed to get a few things hammered out before our teacher arrived with a better vacuum in hand.  That's one way to enjoy nice weather.

Monday - Ok... that morning was crazy.  But, the part that had me laughing was when I was trying to drive Monica from an appointment in Waukesha back to Cardinal Stritch.  I was using Deron's GPS that he named Susan.  Well, Susan had not been updated since the major construction downtown.  The result was her constantly directing me off the freeway at random points and then putting me back on father down.  Plus, she kept making me cross 3-4 lanes of traffic in 1/4 mile... one time only to discover the exit has since changed sides!  (I do realize that the GPS is an "it" not a "she" but I'm telling the story here. :) )  Unfortunately, I do not know downtown very well and needed help at least getting as far as 43.  Monica and I were laughing so hard.... convinced that Susan was trying to kill us.  But we finally made it back to her school (which was having a dumpster fire) in one piece.  Making memories.....

Fun stuff

It's been a busy few days here.  Thursday I worked on cleaning the basement.  Seems like a never ending chore.  All the toys are down there.... and there are A LOT of toys.  At first I was annoyed to be cleaning it.  Then, after awhile of jamming out to Billy Joel, I found myself having a pretty good time.  I was singing loudly and shimmying around while putting stuff away.  So, I managed to make my own joy with simply adding some fun music.

Friday's joy was curling up on the couch with Melody watching It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  I love the classic Charlie Brown cartoons.  The fact that I can share that bit of my childhood with my own kids is wonderful.  Plus, how can you not smile when your 9 year old says "He'll have a nice rock collection." while watching poor Charlie Brown only get rocks while everyone else gets candy. :)

Saturday night was a fun Halloween Hafla.  Four of us in troupe went down to Illinois with our teacher Laura in the shimmymobile to perform.  Our performance was great!  Laura's was awesome!  The ride there and the ride back was full of ups and downs (and u-turns) that at some points just had me smiling at the craziness of it all.  Again, it is always a joy to ride with my friends in the shimmymobile.

Super slacker!

Wow, I totally forgot to post something for Tuesday and Wednesday.  I guess that makes me a slacker. 

Tuesday - This may sound silly (or maybe not.... this is me talking) but I was really happy to make spaghetti for dinner.  I love spaghetti.  I would have it multiple times a week if I could.  But, for some reason it had been awhile since I had made it.  Mallory had made it the week before but I wasn't home for it.  Granted, I didn't make meatballs (actually, Melody makes the best meatballs) but it was still yummy.  Next time.... meatballs.

Wednesday - We worked on 3/4 shimmies in my Bellydance class.  I love those.  Some dancers don't like them but I think  they are the most fun of all the shimmies.  So, we drilled them for a whole hour.  Not only was I getting a great workout, but I was improving one of my favorite dance moves.  How cool is that?

Parrafin Leaves

Tonight Melody and I dipped the beautiful fall leaves in melted parrafin.  They look lovely.  I also dipped 2 of Mallory's roses in the wax as well.   Not only was it wonderful to see and preserve the beauty of the leaves, but spening the time with Melody was great.  We made a mess and played with the wax as it cooled.  Plus, we have lovely decorations for our Thankgiving table.  I highly recommend it.  Just make sure you melt the wax with the double-boiler method so you don't burn it.  We save the wax from year to year.  As Melody pointed out to me... it doesn't matter if it gets dirty.  Leaves are dirty.  It's more realistic that way. :)

Gaming Weekend AKA KelCon 2010

People... the amount of joy I derived from this past weekend was incredible. I was able to spend time with  a group of friends that I love very much; some of whom I hadn't seen in 10 years... but when we all got together it was like we just saw each other last week.  That is true friendship.  There were a few who were unable to make it, and I missed them.  I hope that we can do this type of get together every year, and that everyone will be able to make it next time.   If not, it will be comforting to know that there will be a reunion the next year..... that we will never have to wait 10 years again. 
To quote my daughter Monica, who at the age of 5 looked at Christmas lights wearing special effects glasses, "Joy! There's joy everywhere!  Mom, there's joy everywhere!"

Little visit

Yesterday I got to visit my little neice and nephew (Lucas and Hannah).  It was a short visit but it was fun.  They are just so energetic and joyful.  Hannah was dressed as a fairy and they both were just so happy to see us.  Hugs, kisses and giggles always bring me joy.  I can't wait until I see them again. :)

Exercise Ball

Instead of a desk chair by our computer, I have a giant exercise ball.  Not only is it a lot cheaper than a chair, it's better for your body.  Well, I am here to tell you that is also a heck of a lot of fun when you are listening to some jammin' tunes.  I was reading email and had iTunes on in the background.  Some great tunes start playing and the next thing I know I am bouncing all over the place with this thing.  It was really fun!  Now I have seen Melody do it before when listening to music, but I had never tried it myself.  {I wonder how many calories I burned bouncing around?}  So, I recommend bouncing on a exercise ball sometime to your favorite tune.  It's quite joyful. :)


No, I didn't win.  That would've been awesome.  But Deron and I play Scrabble quite often.  We also play yahtzee, boggle, uno, etc.  Some games are close, other times one of us totally kicks the other's butt.  It never really matters who wins (unless we place bets - then heck yes it matters... I can get out of doing dishes) we still have fun.  Occasionally, one of the girls will join us.  Either way, it's a time where we get to talk, laugh, tease each other, and just generally have a great time.  So the saying is's not whether you win or lose...  It's how you play the game.  I find joy in the game itself... not the outcome.

First Frost

Yesterday's joy was first thing in the morning.  Melody and I went out to the bus stop and the first major frost was on the ground.  The yard was all sparkly and white.  Melody was thrilled and insisted that we walk in the grass to the bus stop so that she could admire the path we made in it.  Bending down she examined the dry leaves covered in frost more closely.  "They look fuzzy".  The joy that this frosty wonderland brought her rubbed off on me.  (and not just because I have allergies... I still need snow to cover the molds) It was truly beautiful.  It was a lovely moment to share with Melody.

Homecoming weekend

Saturday was the Homecoming dance at the high school.  Mallory attended the dance and looked lovely.  Seeing my daughter all dressed up and looking beautiful is always a joy.  Granted, it can be a bit difficult to get past the fact that she was 4 years old last week.  But, I'm proud of the young lady she has become.

Also, Monica came home on Saturday which was a nice suprise... especially after the physically rough week she had at school.  Not only did she get to have a nice home cooked dinner and a 12 hour sleep, she got to eat chili and watch the Packer game with us on Sunday.... something she had mentioned that she missed about being at college.  That made Sunday joyful for me.  It's fun to yell at the TV together.  It doesn't hurt that the Packers won the game either. :)

Care packages

As you may have guessed or read by now, my oldest daughter went to college this year.  Which also means that her friends went to college as well.  Well, in order to make them all feel a bit better about being away, I decided to make them each care packages full of baked goods, treats and treasures to make their days a bit brighter.  Granted, doing six of them at once was a bit crazy, but it was fun too.  In the future I will probably only send a couple a month.  Anywho, I have to say that looking at that tower of care packages made me smile.  I know that each of those people's day will be made a little brighter because of what I sent them.
So yesterdays joy revolved around doing something nice for other people... and that is always a good thing.


Oh yes... you have no idea what a few rhinestones here and there can do for one's spirits.  Yesterday was El Crap-o for a multitude of reasons that I won't bother telling you because, hey... no joy there... but trust me... El Crap O.  Anywho, Deron got a new shirt yesterday that I had ordered special for him.  He decided it was just too plain and said we needed to bedazzle it a bit.  {This is what happens when we get stressed... we get silly}  So together we added some rhinestones to his black shirt to give it just that hint of sparkle.  The next thing we know we are both giggling and showing it off to our kids.  How can this not be joyous?  How many folks can boast a hubby that cures his blues with a hint of sparkle?  I am a lucky, lucky woman.

hee hee

Ok.. so I had already decided what to get Deron for Christmas about a month ago.  Only problem was... the one I wanted was out of stock.... as usual.  Story of my Christmas shopping life.  Luckily, I love Christmas and never really stop shopping for it... kind of a year round thing for me.  And... even more luckily.. I have a lot of friends and family willing to help me in these times of Christmas crisis.  So, after enlisting the help of others, I was able to get Deron's present yesterday.  This makes me happy.  I like it.  I hope he likes.  {And no, I cannot say what it is.. he reads this too ya know... you'll have to wait until after Christmas}  Now I just have to finish the other couple dozen people on my list...


So, yesterday was kinda not so fabulous.  Now, if I have learned anything from my Mom and Grandma it is that all things can be made bearable with the right food.  Is this something that folks today frown upon?  Probably.... Do I care?  Nope. 
In true Mom fashion I decided to try a new recipe for homemade mac-n-cheese from scratch.  Wow... it was good.. and it involved bacon so that is always a bonus.  It may not have been the most healthy thing to feed my family for dinner, but I did serve it with rotisserie chicken and green beans so, overall, not too bad.  The important thing was that my family loved it and even though everyone was having a not-so-great day (even Monica was home for dinner after her hard day), everyone had a smile for me about the mac-n-cheese. 
Those smiles bring me joy every time.

Home videos

Yesterday was a crazy day for me as a Mom.  Three out of my four girls were having medical issues, some more severe than others.  Nothing stresses me out more than something being wrong with my child that I can't fix.  So, finding the joy yesterday was tough (doesn't help that the Packers kicked their own butts - I couldn't even cheat and use that). 
Looking back now,  I believe I found it while watching an old video of Monica when she was 6, Mallory was 4, and Madison was 18mos.  They were so amazingly cute and kind to each other.  Sometimes when I see them in my head, that's how old they are again.  (BTW - Melody is perpetually 4 in my head as well)  It was wonderful to laugh at their silly antics and be proud of who they have become today.  I wish it were as easy to keep them safe today as it was then, but that's part of the whole Mom gig... learning when to let them go.. a little.  I have some pretty great kids. 

Crazy weekend

Ok... so last night definietly had ups and downs.  Mallory ended up with a fever of 105.5.  Definitely NOT joyful.  Luckily, Mallory responds very well to medicines and we got her fever down pretty quick.  But.. it was still freaky.  Well, nothing cures that like a Pandora dance party in the livingroom.  Yep... Melody and I put the 80s dance mix on Pandora and had our own dance party in the livingroom.  It was a fun and joyful way to end an evening that had the potential to be quite bad.
Today, I was touched my Mallory's boyfriend, Erik, coming over to check on her and make sure she was OK.  By the time he arrived her fever was almost gone (with medication) and I could actually see the relief cross his face.  I saw in that moment that he truly cares for her.   It was very sweet. I think this young man is a good one, and I'm OK with him dating my daughter.  That, in and of itself, is pretty cool.


My darling, most wonderful husband, Deron, travels a lot for his work.  He has been gone since Sunday morning.  He will be arriving any minute now to walk in my door and not leave for over a week..... 'nuf said.

soy nuts

Ok... this may sound ridiculous but I really like dry roasted edamames.  I discovered them last summer at Costco and they have been a snack staple for me.... until this past July when Costco stopped selling them.  {or at least re-arranged their store to such an extent that even the workers have no idea where they would be}  I like them because they taste good (obviously), are high in fiber and low in fat.  I love peanuts too, but these were a kind of guilt free snack.  So, I've been kinda bummed about it.
That is until today!  I was at Walgreens and I found dry roasted soy nuts.  I know... Walgreens?  Who knew?  Now I always knew that edamames were a type of soy bean but I never put 2 and 2 together and thought to look for soy nuts.  Granted, they are not exactly the same but they are pretty close.  They are similar enough to make me happy.
So yes... today's joy was found in finding a guilt-free healthy snack that was once my friend.

Dinner with Loved Ones

Yep... you guessed it... Monica came for dinner tonight and her friend Anna came too!  It was great!  We ate enchiladas, ate lemon cake, caught up on what's going on with everyone's lives and even managed to play a bit of Lego Star Wars.  WOOT!  I find joy all the time when I get to spend time with folks I love... and this night was awesome!


So, yesterday was a plain day.  Quite routine... long and stormy.  I sit here thinking about it and have to really look for that moment yesterday where I laughed.  It resided in a game of This Little Piggy.  I babysit twice a week for little girl named Ellie.  She's about 18 months old and cute as a button.  Yesterday, she was over and I decided to play "this little piggy" with her toes.  She thought that was the funniest thing ever.  She was falling over laughing so hard.  Personally, I think baby laughs are, by far, one of the most joyful sounds on earth.  By the end we were both laughing.  So, my joy yesterday resided in some little piggies.

I have a feeling I already know what todays joy will be.... stay tuned.....

Best video ever

First off, I apologize for being a bit out of sync.  Hopefully, I will have time to post again tonight to get me back on track.
Yesterday's joy was a lovely surprise I got from my 13yr old Madison.  She recorded a song for me called The Best Day and posted it for me on Facebook.  The song is all about how a girl's Mom is always there for her and makes a bad day into the best day.  I was so touched it brought tears to my eyes.  Sometimes teenagers can be moody and difficult.  A moment like that makes all those times fade away.  It was a beautiful joy.


Weekends are sometimes strange things.  Sometimes I have nothing planned and it goes wonderfully and other times I have so many things planned it is disorienting.  This was one of those weekends.

Saturday started with me thinking I had nothing to do other than head to the grocery store for milk, eggs and creamer. So, I'm hungry, and what I want to make involves eggs so I tell Deron I'm going to run to the store.  he wants to come along because he'd like to run a couple errands too.  Ok.... I guess I can wait.  So, we hop in the car and start running errands (5 total) and I realize that we can't go to the store until last.  I find myself getting a bit grumpy when suddenly, Deron takes us through McDonald's to get me a sausage McMuffin with egg.  He remembered why I had originally wanted to go to the store, new I was hungry and had decided right away to get me something to eat.  That made me feel so much better.  {Ok - I know that sandwich is like a heart attack on a bun, but I don't eat them very often.... it was a treat}  So, a small kindness, was my Joy that day.

Sunday was the opposite kind of day.  It was packed with things I had to do.  I felt like I was constantly in the car going here and there.  Plus, Madison had the stomach flu which was a bummer.  Mallory was also having a hard weekend due to issues going on in her social circle.  Deron was in Dallas.  It was all me.  I wasn't sure what I was going to write about here.  Yes, the Packers won but the game is not as much fun without my hubby.  then, last night, after Madison and Melody had gone to bed, I asked Mallory if she wanted to watch a movie with me.  I chose the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  i knew she had never seen it and figured she could use some cheering up.  It was a good time.  I think she forgot her troubles for a little bit, and we both enjoyed laughing together after a long day.  So, sometimes, just hanging out together can be just the joy you need.

Fashion Show

Tonight Melody is having a sleepover with a friend from school.  It's the first time this particular 3rd grader has actually slept over.  Melody made a list of stuff to do in case they forgot.  Best thing they did tonight {in my opinion} was a fashion show for me. It just so happened that I was the only person home at home at the time.  So 4 different times they came out showing off different outfits.  It was awesome!  What fun!  I have to admit that I never did that as a kid, but I would have had I thought of it!   So today's joy resided in a fashion show given to me by a couple of third graders.  Who knew they were such fashionistas. :)


So, Mallory's new boyfriend Erik came over for dinner tonight.  {ham... oh yeah.. it was good} After dinner we opted to play some Wii sports.  Now, we are a game playing family... video games.. board games.. card games.. we do it all.  It was really fun.  First we made him his own mii (which was hilarious) then we started playing games.  We managed to play bowling, 2- 5 game sets of tennis, and 3 holes of golf.  Good times were had by all.  It was nice because we got to know him a bit better and I think he got to have a bit of fun with us.  Afterwards, they went to the first home game at the school.  I feel pretty good right now. I think everyone had fun tonight.  I may even go so far as to say the joy was felt by all. :)

Time with Mallory

{Sorry I didn't post last night.  I got home kind of late and the lure of sleep won out over the computer.}
I had a lovely evening with Mallory (my 17 year old) last night.  We started our evening out at a teaching presentation at the church (Mal and I are both religous ed. teachers - I teach 8th grade, she teaches kindergarten).  From there we went right to dance class.  It was last class of the session so we did a fun activity where each person in the class gets a turn to add to a choreography that the entire class learns.  a kind of group choreo.  The class was fun and it was cool to see how far Mal has come in her dance knowledge. 
After class we went out to a local pizzaria for drinks and munchies.
I just can't tell you how awesome it is to be able to spend time with Mallory on a level where we enjoy the same things.  To be able to share some pieces of what I do with her and what she does with me is definitely joyful.

Joy dish detergent

Seriously... who's idea was it to name a dish detergent "Joy"?  I was wondering that today while washing my dishes {my dishwasher is still broken}.  Are they trying to send some kind of message of "Hey, if you use this soap, dishes will be joyful."?  But then I started thinking about how much Melody loves to do the dishes and how Madison used to love to do them too when she was little.  What are they seeing that I am not?  Normally, I hate the dishes more than any other chore. Then it hit me.  Dude... I am playing in bubbles!  Granted, the bubbles fade and eventually get yucky, but in the beginning they are pretty cool.  you can make shapes and beards with them.  Now I'm not saying that I will forever more love to do the dishes.  But... I can at least find the joy in the bubbles at the start.

small chat

So, is it wrong to find joy in a simple chat with your daughter?  I was about to sign off of facebook when Monica started to chat with me.  How cool is that?  I didn't even start it.  Do I get credit for that?  There are a million exciting things happening here and I did not start that conversation.  WOOT!  Plus, I learned a litle bit more about how life is going there, which is awesome.  Dude... I didn't even have to ask.  Sometimes being a Mom is so hard it is rediculous... other times it is the best job in the world.  Today is one of those days.

Shimmymobile and Packers

Yesterday was the Hiptastic Bellydance Festival in Round Lake, IL.  I was lucky enough to ride to and from in Laura's van AKA the Shimmymobile.  The festival itself was wonderful and the weather was lovely.  Even better was the quality time spent with the other ladies in my troupe.  There was a moment when we were all laughing together and I realized that most of us would not even know each other, let alone be friends, without dance.  Whatever reason brought us to that first class, the end result was a mixture of women of all ages and backgrounds becoming friends and troupe mates.  How cool is that?  Time spent with friends is always a joy.

Today, the Packer's won their first game of the season.  Yep... I am a Packer fan.  Not a football fan... just a Packer fan.  It was great to sit on the couch with my hubby and a bowl of chili and watch a great game.  I don't know how fun it was for the kids.  At one point Melody got up and walked out, all high and mighty, because I was yelling about a play.  {For the record, Deron yells at the screen way more than me}.  It was funny.  I know when she's my age she will look back and remember the Packer games as days of chili, card games {I taught Melody how to play cribbage during half-time - bonus joy}, and good natured yelling at a television screen. :)

Just plain good

So, have you ever had a day that was just plain good?  I'm not saying that anything totally awesome happened.  Nope.  Ordinary day.  But yet... it was good.  No complaints.  All went well in the end. Heck, even Melody went to bed easily. So, really, the joy in today comes from a day of complete contentment.  I do not want to be one if those people who does not appreaciate a normal day with no problems .  I am very happy to have a nice and completely normal day.  God is good and I am smart enough not to look a gift horse in the mouth. :)  {{HUGS}}

Last night

I'm sorry that I didn't write last night.  By the time I remembered to write, it was late and I was in bed.  As much as I love everyone who reads this I was not getting out of my warm bed.... it's getting cold here at night. :)
So, yesterday's joy was easy.  Actually, there were 2.  Mallory went on her first official date and had a great time.  {Deron may not have found this as joyful as myself}  I was very happy for her.
The bonus for the day was that the Vikings lost their first game of the season.  What can I say?  I was born and raised in WI.  I am a Packer fan.  I do not like the Vikings.  It's the little things you cherish. :)


Today was a day where I found joy in silence.  I actually had some time today where I was home alone, and everything was turned off, and there was silence.  Granted it was also garbage day, so there were many times that the silence was broken by my golden retriever barking because someone was taking our stuff.  But, I truly just sat and found peace in the quiet parts of my day.  Who knew that I, Kelley Kling, super chatty talker, would find joy in absolute silence? Life's wonders never cease.

Yet another chapter...

Parenting is a funny thing.... you seem to advance to chapters without much notice.  Today my daughter got her first boyfriend.  Is that surprising?  No... she is awesome.  All my girls are awesome. It should come as no surprise that someone else figured this fact out.  Yet.. it is.  But I feel happy.  I like this particular gentleman.  He is extremely kind, and I knew he liked her before I knew she liked him. :)  Unfortunately, there has been typitcal drama involved. {Dude.. I so do not miss high school!} But, I am, all in all, very happy for her...and scared and excited.  So, am I joyful?  Yes.  Am I scared?  Yes.  Am I excited? Yes.  Crazy little rollercoaster to be on as a parent.  But when life puts you on a rollercoaster of emotions, you just have to put your hands in the air and get through the ride.

No idea going in...

Today was not a great day.  A.  I do not feel well, which is always a bummer.  B.  I had to take Monica back to school.  C.  My poor hubby dropped his iPhone in water.  {Here's hoping the rice and desiccant bring it back to life}  So, I find myself sitting here at 9pm trying to decide what to write.  I'm asking myself, where did I smile today... where was that moment where I paused in the tiniest bit of joy.  I have to say it lives in a cup of bullion.  I was laying on the couch today not feeling well.  Deron asked me if I wanted anything for lunch and I said no.  So, because he knew I was not feeling well, he made me a cup of bullion to drink.  It was hot, and salty and just what my body needed.  Plus, I didn't have to get up and make it.  Is that silly?  Being happy because my hubby brought me bullion when I was sick?  Nope...I believe it is the small kindnesses shown that truly show love.  Anyone can give you flowers on Valentine's Day... but only someone special would give you bullion when your sick.

Party Weekend

Yesterday was Mallory's 17th birthday.  I planned a surprise birthday party for her and it went off perfectly.  The best part was how much she was busting my chops for the last couple of weeks because she couldn't get anything planned with her friends.  I had been planning her party since July and had her best friends all in on it helping me.  So, every time she would grouse to them, they would play it cool with her, but laugh inside because they knew about her surprise.  It was awesome!  She was totally surprised and extremely happy.  Nothing beats that.
Today, I found out that a friend was allowing us to help him come out for a reunion get together that is planned for October.  It would have been tragic for him not to be able to attend.  It will be the first time in over 10 years that this group of friends will all be together.  My joy that he will be able to attend, and the group will be complete, is phenomenal.  It will be a great time, and memories of joy will be definitely made.

Monica comes home for the weekend

Today's joy was a no-brainer for me.  {Good thing too - my brain is like a blown glass trap} Monica came home for the weekend from college.  I know, I know... she wasn't even gone that long.  Doesn't matter.  I still missed her.  It was nice just to sit and chat about stuff.  It was also neat to see how happy each of her sisters were to see her.  Of course, she was very excited about dinner. :)  Apparently, dorm food is not as good as home.  Overall, I think I am handling this new chapter of parenting pretty well.  Hopefully, I will feel the same in a couple months.  But for now, the simply joy of having the entire family sitting at the dinner table together and being silly is pretty awesome.

Title: Mom

Today was a pretty good day overall.  I got a lot done around the house.  My darling hubby, Deron, came home from Boston, plus, there was no drama (AKA no one was grounded).  As for what my joy was for today.. well it was a phone call actually.  My oldest daughter, Monica, called me today to talk about a problem she was having at college.  This was the first time she has called me for anything specific and only the second call of the year so far (it's been 2 weeks).  I was, of course, livid about the situation and gave her advice on how to handle it.  I knew that she had the ability to handle it.  She is a capable woman.  Yet, I felt needed, even though my daughter was adult.  Plus, I got to talk about something that had bothered me this week and she comforted me.  It was my first real interaction as a Mom to adult daughter... and it was cool.  I guess I was a bit worried that once my children went off to college they wouldn't need me anymore.  If I really thought about it I would know that's not true.  There have been many times in my adult life where I needed my Mom.  But... it was a joy to finally experience it from the other side.
Just goes to show you that the joys of motherhood never end. :)

First Day of School

Yes... the summer has officially ended and school has begun.  I must admit I was nervous about this morning.  After Melody being so nervous, and complaining of tummyaches at bedtime, I thought for sure she would really be upset and not want to leave this morning.  I must never underestimate my kids.  She slept like a rock, and woke up ready to start her day.  She chatted away while getting dressed, eating breakfast etc.  She didn't even complain that it was lightly raining while we waited for the bus under an umbrella.  When I mentioned that the first day of school is exciting she replied, "Yes, it is, except for outside.  There are children and teachers everywhere.  It's like a pack of wolves with a pack of lions".  I had to smile.  She is one funny kid and wise beyond her years.  Best part is she came home from school saying she had the best day and she loves her new teacher.  WOOHOO!  All those worries for nothing... of course... that never stops me from worring anyway.  So, yep, first day of  school was a joyful day... who knew?

Ups and Downs

Ok.. so today definitely had its ups and downs.  I watched Little Miss Ellie (18mos) today, which is always a hoot.  It was pay day {thank goodness} so I was finally able to take the younger 3 girls to get some new school clothes for their first day tomorrow.  Those were the good things... the ups. 
I was excited to have received the gift I ordered for Mallory's birthday (which is Saturday) only to realize I ordered the wrong size. {facepalm} So, I have to return it and order a new one, which of course will not be here in time.  Mallory was very gracious about it.  (Her middle name is Patience after all.) 
I bought the wrong book for Madison for band... said I needed the 7th grade book (she's going into 8th grade).  Madison was totally cool about it and laughed about me forgetting what grade she was going in.  The big epic fail of my day was not realizing that it was Melody's open house tonight from 6pm -7pm.  We missed it because we were shopping.  I have no idea how that didn't make it on the calendar.  Major bummer.  She is already so incredibly nervous for the first day, and now doesn't know where her room is and has to carry all her stuff to school.  There were tears initially, but after a few minutes, she accepted the situation and accepted my apology.
So... where's the joy?  My joy today was in my children.  They were so kind to me during my failures.  Sometimes, as a Mom, you mess up.  It happens.  It is an epic bummer.  I try so hard to do everything right, but as a human, it doesn't always work out that way.  Knowing that my children can be so forgiving to me, and actually comfort me when I "fall" brings me tremendous joy.  It lets me know that I must be doing something right to have such amazing kids. 
The lesson I learned today is that God definitely hides the joy, sometimes, in the strangest places.

A little tougher

Today it was not as easy at first to find the joy.  As a matter of fact, getting up early to drive to from the airport during rush hour, construction and a broken down car blocking an exit lane, sucked giant monkey butt.  But, lo and behold, as the day progressed, it improved.  I was still trying to figure out what the heck I was going to write about when I received a call from my big brother Eric informing me that I would be seeing him and his lovely wife Liz this weekend.  I haven't seen them since Mother's Day.  WOOHOO!  It will make this a great weekend.  They are expecting their first baby, and that alone is reason enough to be joyful.  So, another day down, 361 left to go.

Weekend fun!

Well, this weekend it was easy to find joy.  Yesteday I spent the day at my Mom's with my family.  We got to play bean bag toss, chat, and even looked at old photographs.  Spending time with family members that I don't get to see often is wonderful.  I am blessed with a family that I love hanging out with. 

Today I got to go see my oldest daughter Monica at college.  I got to see her dorm room, meet her roomates, tour her campus and hear how her first week at college went.  I, of course, did not go empty handed.  I brought her 2 loaves of pumpkin bread.  I figure once word gets out that she has home baked goods everyone will be her new best friend. :)

So, finding the joy so far has been easy.  I should probably knock on some wood or something because I know the days where I'm happy I found 2 socks that match are coming my way.   Those will be the days that will be very interesting.

365 Joyful Days

For my New Year's resolution this year I decided to vow to find the joy in each day, no matter how hard.  Well, here we are at the end of August and I find that there are days I forget to find the joy.  When things are breaking, kids are getting sick and money is tight I sometimes forget to find the joy in the day.  I sent my oldest daughter to college last week and I tell you I was also feeling old. {of course I do have 3 more girls to send off} I believe that God gives me moments of joy in every day, but it is up to me to find it.  So, in order to keep me honest and on task I have decided to find the joy in everyday and post it here for anyone who may need help finding the joy in their seemingly ordinary life.  My joys made be found in my family (my kids always crack me up), nature (who doesn't find joy in a hummingbird), a hobby (I love to belly dance), or a new discovery (genealogy is a never-ending path of discovery).  So, I here-by decree that I will find the joy in everyday... no matter how crappy it may seem to be one the surface.
My joy today has been the little hummingbird that comes to my window feeder throughout the day.  I swear she is looking at me.  This morning the feeder was too low for her to drink.  She hovered by the window looking at me sitting here at the computer wondering why the heck I hadn't filled it yet. {Yep - in my mind... hummingbirds are beaky.  Not as beaky as Chickadees, but beaky nonetheless.  I mean they ARE birds after all. }
So, today the joy of nature prevailed.  We shall see what happens tomorrow.