Joy Visualized

Joy Visualized

Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 31st: "Three Gifts You Gave Today"

#452  Mrs. Fetner's Plant

#453  Parrot birthday party readiness

#454  Time with the Eldest going through the journals she brought home from school...reliving some 1st grade glory days

May 30th: "Three Gifts Blue"

#449  Independence at the pool


#450  A new Ranger fan

#451  Blue Macaw "feathers"

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29th: "A Gift At 8 a.m., 12 p.m., 8 p.m."

#446  8 a.m.:  Productivity in the form of an empty trash can

#447  12 p.m.  Lunch with Diego

#448  8 p.m.:  Happy girls

Monday, May 28, 2012

May 28th: "Three Gifts In Today's Work"

Today's work included my husband, thanks to today being Memorial Day. Thankful for those who serve and give the biggest sacrifice for the rest of us.  Until Peace comes....

But my "work" each day is running my own version of a school...

#443  Watching Ella draw...

#444  Watching Lucy dance....

#445  Watching the kids swim (1st time in the outdoor pool this year....)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

May 27th: "Three Gifts Found In Church"

"One loaf, One body, is what we all are, many though we may be."
~~St. Augustine

#440  Service to one another

#441  Feeding one another

#442  The gifts of our members

May 26th: "A Gift Worn, White, Whispered"

Not only did we get to spend the day and well into the evening with my sister-cousin and her family, we got to celebrate the 6th birthday of her awesome son, Charlie....but on to the challenge....

#437  Worn:  Juju's Hat

#438  White:  Spiderman cake and vanilla ice cream  
                                              And sweet cotton-headed boys....

#439  Whispered:  "Mommy, I'm having so much fun!"  (Ella)

Friday, May 25, 2012

May 25th: "Three Gifts Hard Giving Thanks For"

#434  Outdoor end-of-year party on a hot & humid day...especially when last year, we were at the water park....but thankful for fun.

#435  Time alone with the Eldest....that doesn't happen near as often as I'd like and she's growing up so fast.  But, thankful for today.

#436  The small fragment of time all the chicks are in the nest...but, thankful for now.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24th: " A Gift In A Plate, Pot, Package"

#431  Our wedding dishes....after all this time, I still love the pattern and the man.

#432  Mamaw's sauce pan....clean and ready.

#433  Perfect ready-made birthday invitations

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 23rd: "Three Gifts Found In Community"

Author's Note:  Today's objective just brings to mind the little preschool that Jack & Lucy have attended this year.  Today was their last day, and their end-of-the-year party.  The teachers they both had are the same ones Ella had three years ago.  These wonderful ladies are so special to our family.  Thank you, Mrs. Conner and Mrs. Thompson!  We love you.

#428  Growth

#429  Gathering together and sharing meals

#430  Connection

May 22nd: "Three Gifts That Made You Laugh"

Author's Note:  This particular day was an especially hard day for everyone.  Lucy got attacked by ferocious ants.  Ella hurt her toe at the first event of her school's field day.  Jack kept getting bored and, therefore, looked for mischief.  I was hot all day long and even worse, I kept losing my cool.  But even through all of that, God gives us glimpses of joy if we're looking....

#425  Twins keeping cool in the shade...Jack being a gentleman for the lady.

#426  Hoppity balls and freeze frame shots

#427  Splash ball fights (it's all fun and games until someone gets hit in the face...)

May 21st: "Three Gifts Found In Little People"

#422  Ella's grace and compassion

#423  Lucy's eagerness and joy

#424  Jack's boldness and imagination

May 20th: "A Gift Sweet, Sour, Salty"

#419  "Sweet":  Hearing my friend read scripture and knowing how she feels about it.

#420  "Sour":  Lemon Italian Ice....just in time for the heat.

#421  "Salty":  Chinese food with the the best Sunday buffet in town.

May 19th: "Three Gifts From Childhood"

#416  Comfort
      (His name is Chuck, a gift from my cousin D'Ann when I was six, and was only replaced by my husband.)

#417  Resources
     (Gifts from my Popo, a former Chaplain in WWII and preacher for many years)

#418  Simplicity
      (At Aunt Margie's place near Uvalde with my sweet doll, "Pumpkin")

Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18th: "Three Gifts Unexpected"

#413  Froggy is still alive.

#414  Twins not only sharing the computer, but being downright courteous to each other.

#415  A blooming Turk's Cap...always a lovely surprise.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 17th: "A Gift In A Box, A Bag, A Book"

#410  "In a box":  Jack's new frog, "Froggy"

#411 "In a bag":  The crickets bought at the store for "Froggy"

#412  "In a book":  Lucy's cuddle when I read to her

May 16th: "Three Gifts Found In His Word"

Author's Note:  Philippians 4 has been in the air lately.  The following three texts are taken from the same chapter, the same paragraph even.  However, taken together and separately, abundant truth is waiting for those who are listening like ones being taught....

#407:  "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
Philippians 4:12

#408:  "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."
 Philippians 4:13

#409:  " Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles....And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:14, 19