Thursday, February 28, 2013

Theme Thursday: Joy or Happiness

Linking up to Cari again for Theme Thursday (it's Thursday already?  AWESOME!) for "Joy" or "Happiness."

Gotta say, there's a LOT of joy in my life right now.  Because that's kind of what motherhood is.  The lows are low, but the highs are joyfully high.

One of my number one joys right now is the fact that spring approaches.  We just moved into a real house with a real yard and I saw on the first day here that there were daffodils already planted that were going to bloom soon.  Then, the next day I saw CROCUSES!


One of my all-time favorite flowers, perhaps in part because they're with us for such a short time.  What a sweet way for God to remind us that no, this cold WON'T last forever!


And I LOVE the joy on the children's faces when they're playing in our big backyard.  They're outside as often as I allow, holding hands and running aimlessly, chasing each other, dragging sticks around, or drawing with sidewalk chalk.  Having this much space has sparked more creative play from John Paul in a few short days than he's shown in his entire life!


And the joy in this beautiful girl's face almost all day long.  She wakes up singing, often giggling about something she's completely made up ("Ever seen a SKUNK in da house?  DAT'S siwwy!!!").  She and John Paul have been spending their indoor time running EVERYWHERE in the new house, falling to the floor with loud thumps and wild giggles.


And these babies, who wake every morning with smiles, coos, and no small amount of gas...  The joy on their faces when they simply have the privilege of looking at YOU because you are YOU and isn't that SO WONDERFUL?  It's pretty incredible.  Definitely outweighs the spit-up.

So there we are - this is the ever-changing, ever-abundant joy in my life.  The joy that is a house with a yard, a husband who made it all happen, and four beautiful children who are worth the trouble.
 
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  1. You know, after the envy passes, I am so, so happy that I get to see all these bloggers' pictures of spring approaching. Through you guys, it's like I get 6 months of spring!

    I love crocuses too. We're a good two months away from them, though.
    And those babies!! Better than crocuses!

    Thanks for linking up! See you next week.

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    1. They aer mostly better than crocuses. Sometimes I would rather just have crocuses, but mostly late at night and early in the morning :P

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    2. hahaha I wish I could like this reply...that is a gorgeous picture of the flower though!! And kudos to you for catching happy smiling faces...it's not easy as it sounds :)

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  2. Your family looks like they have no fun.

    Ha! So cute!!!

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  3. Congratulations on your new house! I too am really envious. Apartment living stinks. :)

    So much joy in your house! Love the photos, too.

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    1. Thanks! We've been looking forward to this like crazy :)

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  4. Oh my goodness your kids are A. Dor. A. Ble. Congrats on your new home as well. I love a big backyard, but ours is more of a lake with all this dang rain so they boys don't play out back as much as I would love them to.

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    1. Ours is super-muddy right now too - the kids don't realize that it's okay to get dirty, so they keep trying desperately to brush the mud off theur pants every time they fall down!

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  5. Crocuses!!! Oooh, how I love those. I miss them. Thank you for sharing.

    And your kids are adorable. We moved into a house with a fantastic yard just over a year ago, and my girls still marvel at the space. And beg to be outside at every possible moment. Joy, indeed!

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    1. It's such a blessing for young children - the yard is definitely what sold us on the house!

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  6. If you love crocuses so much, you should get your hands on some autumn-blooming crocuses. That way you'll be amazed and delighted by them twice a year!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus#Autumn_crocus

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  7. Do the "big kids" hit trees with sticks? Maybe their Uncle Michael or Uncle Dumptruck can show them how!

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    1. Not yet - I don't quite trust them not to miss and hit each other...

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    2. We will have to have them do an apprenticeship. They will learn how to get dirty and then they can learn how to hit trees with sticks.

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  8. What an amazing collection of photos and a great reflection! This cold won't last forever, and the joy surely outweighs the spit up. Brilliant.

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    1. Thanks! I just have to remind myself of that every time we have an off day - it's so easy to dwell on the negative!

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  9. So happy for you and your new home! We just moved 2 months ago and I am thrilled to have a nice big backyard for the kids to play to their hearts' desire!

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    1. Thanks! It's way better than any toy, right?

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  10. Such beautiful photos! You have such a gorgeous family, Rosie.

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  11. I am grinning my face off right now looking at your smiley kids. Thanks for sharing such joyful photos...and crocuses! Oh, how lovely!

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    1. I love having these pictures to come back to - is it weird that sometimes I look at pictures of the kids after they go to bed because I miss them?

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    2. I totally do that too...all he sweetness, none of the noise hahaha

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