My two weeks of “Joyful Reports” are now over.  It was amazing to me how much good I found, how much more positive I was, and how blessed I felt as I performed this two-week experiment.  Even though the two weeks are over, I plan on looking for joy each day–it is such a better way to live!

I now get back to my regular Monday/Thursday blogging schedule, also a good thing, since I have taken on two more “projects” that are going to take up quite a bit of time.  I will blog about those after each is further along.

“One joy scatters a hundred griefs.”  –Chinese proverb

Two years ago it was Mac-n-cheese and a side of peas.  Last year it was sloppy joes.  This year I made spaghetti for breakfast on April Fool’s Day. 

My family accepts this tradition I have started, even if they don’t relish the meal.


The call from my sister came as Mack and I were doing some banking.  I ignored it, thinking that I could call her back later.  Then, only a few minutes later, my sister called again.  Once again I ignored it.  After the second call, my phone signaled that I had a voice mail and, since there was a break in our banking tasks, I decided to listen to the message.  Call me, this has to do with mom.

Sensing something bad I called my sister back and learned that my mom had been rushed into emergency surgery for internal bleeding caused by a biopsy she’d had two days earlier.  Mack and I immediately left for home.  I made arrangements for Mack and Hoob to get Yawlin to his 5th grade patriotic program later that night and then Hub and I headed to the hospital to be with my dad who had been left standing alone in the emergency room after my mom had passed out and the doctors and nurses had rushed her to the operating room.

When we got to the hospital we found my dad and four of my siblings with their significant others waiting for my mom to get out of surgery.  We joked a bit to lighten the mood.  Finally, we received word she was in recovery and was stabilized. 

More waiting.  Many silent prayers.

After an hour and a half we learned she had been moved to a room and we could go see her.  It was great to see her!

And, I am happy to report, my mom returned home later this afternoon. 

The joy for today?

My mom is still here! 

I read this column a few weeks ago and loved it.  It goes perfectly with what I am trying to do during these weeks of looking for and creating joy.  Click on the link, and enjoy!

There is NOTHING like seeing the sun and clear blue skies after several days of cold, dreary weather!

Hmmm…I think I’ll have to spend some time outdoors today…

Yesterday after church Yawlin went upstairs to his room to change his clothes.  He soon came downstairs with a filled water balloon and his air-soft pistol.

“I’m going to shoot this balloon,” he announced.

He went outside, gingerly set the balloon on the patio, stepped back a few feet, took aim, and shot the balloon with one shot.

It made us all chuckle because it was so totally “random” as the teens here called it. 

Makes ME wonder what he learned at church…


I gave myself permission to have a “lazy day” yesterday. 

And it was pure bliss!

Les Miserables!  Listening to it in my car!  My all-time favorite musical!

Flowers!  For me, there is nothing like fresh flowers to bring some cheer.  And, since the weather here has turned cold once again, and since I am focusing on being joyful, I bought African violets–one a dark purple and the other pink with white edges–to bring into our home and give us a bit of color.  They  provide an escape from the dreary grays outdoors.

“Earth laughs in flowers.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Hamatreya”

A twofer today!  #1 – Mack’s fashion sewing class had a mini-fashion show yesterday.  Each student was supposed to make one outfit for a child and then use that child as the model in the fashion show.  Because Mack’s teacher has been so impressed with Mack’s talent, she gave her the added challenge of making the outfit without a pattern–just make the whole thing up.  Mack was up to the challenge and created this darling princess dress:

Mack’s teacher also asked her to have models for the two costumes she made in the fall:

Little Bo Peep and her sheep

As a mom, it was very satisfying sitting back and listening to others praise my daughter on her accomplishments in this class.

#2 – Yawlin was in a silly mood yesterday as he walked up to my crossing after school.  He was munching on mini-marshmallows left-over from his lunch.  He tried sticking a marshmallow on my hand-held stop sign, but I kept dodging him.  He decided to do one better and stick the ‘mallow on the stop sign on the corner.

Made me chuckle.  🙂

And, yes, the ‘mallow was still there this morning.