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Friday, December 10, 2010


Yesterday I went to a church luncheon with some new found friends, Andrea and Jennifer.That's us on the side, aren't we cute?
Since this was a Christmas type of lunch the talk was about what brings you Joy. There are many things in my life that make me happy and even more things that I like. But things that truly bring me that unadulterated JOY? I had to think about that one. Of course I started thinking about big and grand things like walks on the beach, expensive vacations and the expensive hair and clothes to go along with it.  As I continued throughout the night to think my most joyous moments are those that were small or are the little comforts of life. Here are some of the things that bring me Joy.
*Brand new socks on a cold night
*My kids laughing and just goofing off with them
*My husbands mischievous grin
*Finding an old friend
*Making a new friend
*Lazy time
*Accepting who you are
*Acquiring a new skill
*Snuggling, especially with the whole family
*Knowing that God created my husband just for me!
*Letting go of past hurts
*Finding something you thought was lost
*Getting lost in a good book or good movie
*Family game time
*Being needed by someone who isn't your child
*Making a difference in someones life

Joy to me are those things that I crave or look forward to. The things I want to create when I am down or need a good old pick me up. Like I said there are many things that make me happy but these are just some of the things that make me really enjoy my life. And this list would not be complete without adding one from the luncheon: Freshly cleaned sheets and cleanly shaved legs. That is very nice!
What brings you joy?


Leone said...

truly a great blog posting.... one that made me stop and think about what was written, what it suggested and what I can do about it too....

I like blogs that are informative as well as it being about 'the person' and this one surely does that and more.

Joy is such a small word physically but a big word with lots of meanings to each of us.

One can be full of joy or be joyful to others or bring someone much joy or it can be a joyful occasion .... it's an emotion.

its not just about being happy or what makes us happy ....

I will stop for a moment tonight and reflect of what is JOY to me.

Thank you Laurel. xx

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of joy in my life. I love reading blogs, and what brings me the most joy is when they are humble...not asking for validation about someone be cute! Sorry it's just a turn off to read how adorable someone in your family is or how cute your friends are.

Canesa said...

I noticed MY NAME didn't make your "Joy list" AND I still haven't seen my special post!Perhaps I'll create a, "what makes you sad" post:( bahahahaha!

Laurel said...

Canesa, It's because I miss my adorable friend so much that if I actually blog about you I will cry for the next 2 years! Now, do you really want to be responsible for that?

Canesa said...


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- Daniel