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JOY for lunch

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Plastic eyeglasses from a flea market in Wisconsin:  $5.00



New music playing from our stereo on a cold winter day:  $10.00

Simple lunch of grilled cheese and tomatoes:  $1.00

The chance to share this day with my sonPriceless
 

(I’m jumping into a new carnival called 30 Minutes!  Check it out if you have the time)

Okay folks, now it’s YOUR turn!   Lets spread some JOY!

If you have a blog, add a link to the “MckLinky” application below… (please be sure to link to the post, not to your home page).

In addition, it would be great if you would add a link back here on your blog post… I appreciate it!

If you don’t have a blog, please share your thoughts in the comment section below… it’s wonderful to read about all your JOYS!

And of course, everybody should click on some of the links listed below, and be sure to leave a comment so they know you stopped by for a visit. It’s just good manners after all!

JOY – wedding video

I found this terrific video at LeeAnn’s blog and I was addicted…

I watched it and laughed.

I watched it and thought “oh, that would have been fun!”

I watched it and got choked up at the end. 

There is just something so cool about weddings.  They get me every time.

By the way, if you’re reading this in email you need to click here to see what I’m talking about… it’s definitely click worthy.

Hope this brightens your day – just for the JOY of it!

Okay folks, now it’s YOUR turn!   Lets spread some JOY!

If you have a blog, add a link to the “MckLinky” application below… (please be sure to link to the post, not to your home page).

In addition, it would be great if you would add a link back here on your blog post… I’m not anal about it, but I appreciate it!

If you don’t have a blog, please share your thoughts in the comment section below… it’s wonderful to read about all your JOYS!

And of course, everybody should click on some of the links listed below, and be sure to leave a comment so they know you stopped by for a visit. It’s just good manners after all!

JOY! December 31

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In the life of a toddler, 365 days make a big difference.

Here we are on the last day of the first decade of the new century and I just can’t help but reflect on the changes that have happened in the last twelve months…

So, just for the JOY of it, I spent a few hours walking down memory lane…

Wow, the Little Guy sure is changing (and my photographic skills are getting better too!)

Happy New Year everyone!  All the best for 2010!

Okay folks, now it’s YOUR turn!   Lets spread some JOY!

I know it’s New Years Eve, so you might not have lots of spare time for blog hopping, but if there is anything that gave you JOY this year I’d love to read it…

If you have a blog, add a link to the “MckLinky” application below… (please be sure to link to the post, not to your home page). In addition, it would be great if you would add a link back here… I’m not anal about it, but I appreciate it!

If you don’t have a blog, please share your thoughts in the comment section below… it’s wonderful to read about your JOYS!

And of course, everybody should click on some of the links listed below, and be sure to leave a comment so they know you stopped by for a visit. It’s just good manners after all!

Jammin’ for JOY

It’s Christmas Eve…

Groceries are shopped (yup).    Presents are wrapped (almost).  Coffee Cakes are baked (yummy).  Stockings are hung (oh darn, I knew I forgot something!)

In the midst of all this holiday hustle and bustle, I wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect on one of the truest JOYs of the holidays.

Family bonding.

Or, in our case, Hip Hop Lessons.

(if you’re on email, you’ll want to click here to see the results of our labors…  It’s worth it, I promise)

I hope this made you smile – we’ve been practicing awful hard; you know, just for the JOY of it!

(if you would rather see my family do a country music rendition, you can see it here. Nature Boy has some smooth moves!)

And from our Home to Yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Okay folks, now it’s YOUR turn!   Lets spread some JOY!

I know it’s Christmas Eve, so you might not have lots of spare time for blog hopping, but if there is anything that gave you JOY this Christmas Season I’d love to read it…

If you have a blog, add a link to the “MckLinky” application below… (please be sure to link to the post, not to your home page). In addition, it would be great if you would add a link back here… I’m not anal about it, but I appreciate it!

If you don’t have a blog, please share your thoughts in the comment section below… it’s wonderful to read about your JOYS!

And of course, everybody should click on some of the links listed below, and be sure to leave a comment so they know you stopped by for a visit. It’s just good manners after all!

a JOYFUL day!

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Throughout the season of Advent we make an extra special effort to be hospitable. 

Having friends over each weekend in December seems to help us with the festivities and preparations.

(it’s also a nice way to make sure I keep the house clean)

Invariably, I torture people by asking everyone to sing…

…not individually singing of course, that would just be mean.  But group singing isn’t that horrible, is it?  Mimzie says that group singing was pretty common when she was a girl, so I’m just working on a revival of that.  Sing-a-long at Sharon’s house — it’ll be all the rage.

But I digress…

Last weekend was the third week of advent and we celebrated it with chili, corn bread and lots and lots of kids.

Their parents came over too, but it was the kids that really caused me to marvel.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is for kids to get past the introductions and just start playing?

No need to impress, or posture, or find common interests.

Nope.  It’s just “hi, nice to meet you, wanna play?”

Kids ranging from 12 months to 7 years, some who barely knew each other, filled our house with laughing and talking and JOY.

You might not know it, but the third Sunday in Advent is Rose Sunday, which is supposed to remind us of the hope of heaven.  That’s why Advent wreathes tend to have a pink candle on the third week…

And from now on, just for the JOY of it, I’m planning on having kids fill my house when we light that third candle…  Its be a new family tradition.

I really can’t imagine a better way to celebrate it.

From our home to yours…  Merry Christmas!

And now it’s YOUR turn!

Is there anything you want to share, that gave you JOY this week? The best moments, the treasured memory, the answered prayer… Share them with everybody!

If you have a blog, add a link to the “MckLinky” application below… (please be sure to link to the post, not to your home page).  Plus, it would be great if you would link back here from your post… I’m not anal about it, but I appreciate it!

Everybody should check out some of the other links listed below and be sure to leave a comment so they know you stopped by for a visit.  It’s just good manners after all!

JOY JOY JOY!

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There are a few things that you need to know about me…

First, I’m not very crafty

Second, I’m very interested in saving money so that I can be a full time mommy who doesn’t have leave the house to go to work.
Third, I’m very not crafty.

Knowing all that, you’ll understand why I’m so exciting to show you something I made for my son…

Yup, I made it.

I started with two socks and ended up with a monkey.

{I’ll pause while you pick yourself up off the floor}

Now clearly this has got to be about the easiest craft project ever created by (wo)man, because if I can do it, it’s gotta be easy!

It’s also a very forgiving project, because it looks cute even though it’s creator almost failed 7th grade Home Economics.

Honestly, if they had assigned a sock monkey project instead of the really-ugly-pantsuit-contraption I think I would have gotten an A plus.

In fact, almost failing Home Ec is probably why it took me over 45 minutes to figure out how to thread the bobbin-thingy on the sewing machine.

Who writes those user manuals anyway?!

{Yes, I own a sewing machine. It was next to the bread maker in the basement}

But I digress…

I mean, how cute is this?! A perfect convergence of money-saving and easy… and if you would like to try it for yourself you can get the excellent, easy to follow directions here.

Trust me… you will want to try this one.

I’ve discovered that making a sock monkey is a profound, life altering experience and totally worth the effort.

You should absolutely make one….

…unless, of course, you would prefer to have me mail one to you.

Because (just for the JOY of it) I made two of these little guys.

And this one is looking for a new home!

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what gave you JOY this week. Or can link up a post in the MckLinky and share some of the things that make life great… (If you do both, you get two chances!)

Come on everyone! Spread the JOY!

And for those of you thinking “I don’t need a little stuffed monkey in my life,” let me ask you…

Don’t you know anyone who would appreciate a hug from an adorable, home-made, honest to goodness sock monkey, worth well over $1,000*?

Come on! Leave a comment!

(*value based on the assumption that the Little Man becomes President of the USA and that the folks cleaning out your attic realize that this particular sock monkey was created by the hands of the President’s non-crafty mother!)

And from my non-crafty house to yours… Merry Christmas!

Ode to JOY!

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(if you’re reading this in e-mail or a feed, you’ll have to click here to see what I’m talking about)

Because it’s December and I LOVE MUSIC I had to share this one with you….

We all know the song Ode to Joy, which is the final part of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

It’s probably one of the most famous movements in modern music — it’s on the Olympics, it’s on the nightly news, it was the theme song from Die Hard (versions 1 – 19)

But here is an interesting factoid that you might not have known…

When Ode to Joy was debuted in 1824, Beethoven was almost completely deaf.

In fact, after the Ninth Symphony’s first public performance his lead singer had to turn him around to see that the audience was cheering. They gave him FIVE standing ovations, but Beethoven couldn’t hear the applause, only see the gestures.

{According to Wikipedia, the fact that five ovations were given to a musician was considered almost indecent. Even the royal couple only got three ovations when they entered the building!}

All that beautiful, incredible, joy-filled music was soaring around inside Ludwig von’s head but he couldn’t hear the orchestra, or the choir, or the soloists perform.

Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Knowing that makes me wonder…

What excuse do I have?

What’s stopping me from raising a song of JOY to the heavens?

‘Cause if Beethoven could do this when he was deaf, my excuses might not pass muster any more!

Just in case symphonies aren’t your style, I found one more rendition that you might prefer….

I hope you’re having a JOY filled day!

And now it’s YOUR turn!

Is there anything you want to share, that gave you JOY this week? The best moments, the treasured memory, the answered prayer… Share them with everybody!

If you have a blog, add a link to the “MckLinky” application below… (please be sure to link to the post, not to your home page).

Then you can check out some of the other links (if you’re visiting a new blog be sure to leave a comment so they know you stopped by for a visit. It’s just good manners after all!)

If you don’t have a blog, share your story in the comment section – I would love to read them!

If you’re reading this in email you need to click here to see what I’m talking about…

Unexpected Joy

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The other day as I was making dinner, I heard a knock on my door.

It was a neighbor who said, “I was just wondering, do you need help mowing your field?”

If she only knew…

Three times in the last six months we had an agreement with local farmers to hay our field, and each time it fell through…

Too much rain, not enough time, too many weeds.

It just never seemed to work out.  And honestly, we had given up hope that it would be mowed this year.

For those of you who don’t live in the country, it’s a sorry thing to have a little farm with a field that doesn’t get mowed…

….like a snowy driveway that never gets cleared, or a garden that never gets weeded, or (for the city slickers out there) like spilling a fresh cup of Starbucks on the sidewalk before you take your first sip…

it’s a bummer. 

And suddenly, here was an offer to help coming from a neighbor…

“We couldn’t pay you,” I stammered…  “we can’t do anything to return the favor…”

“No problem” she replied and headed out to the meadow.

And then for the next three hours she gifted us with the generosity of her time, her tractor, her skills… 

It’s hard to be the receiver of blessings some times.  It easier for me to give and a bit more challenging for me to receive. 

But this week I’ve been reminded that God will uses His mysterious ways to soften my heart in unexpected ways.

And unexpected neighbors to surprise me with generosity.

And this mowed field brought me JOY

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And now it’s YOUR turn!

Is there anything you want to share, that gave you JOY this week?  The best moments, the treasured memory, the answered prayer, (the new shoes!)?   Share them with every body!

If you have a blog, add a link to the “MckLinky” application below… (please be sure to link to the post, not to your home page).

If you don’t have a blog, share your story in the comment section – I would love to read them!

Then you can check out some of the other links (if you’re visiting a new blog be sure to leave a comment so they know you stopped by for a visit.  It’s just good manners after all!)

If you’re reading this in email you need to click here to see what I’m talking about…

Oh Happy Day!

Just for the JOY of it, we’re celebrating around my house… It’s Nature Boy’s birthday week and the Little Guy and I are doing our best to spoil him rotten.

Just what Birthdays are for, don’t you think?

And just for the JOY of it, I’ve been working my brain cells to the bone, trying to learn all about WordPress and web design and CSS and Photoshop so I can try to get the new blog layout up and running by the weekend. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

And just for the JOY of it, I wanted to share this video clip with you. I love music and I love this song, so I hope it puts a smile on your face (just like it did mine).

Just for the JOY of it!

(if you’re reading this in email, you’ll need to come online to see the video. It’s a good one!)

And what about you? Any JOYS to share this week? Any things that put a smile on your face?

If you have a blog add a link to the “MckLinky” application below… (please be sure to link to the post, not to your home page) AND add a link or a button connecting back here – that way everyone has a chance to benefit from each others posts (and I appreciate it!)

If you don’t have a blog, please share your thoughts in the comment section below… it’s wonderful to read about all your JOYS!

And of course, everybody should click on some of the links listed below, and be sure to leave a comment so they know you stopped by for a visit. Joy is infectious you know!

How to Catch a Husband

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Today, Nature Boy and I are the featured couple at Meet the Newlyweds.

(okay, okay, I know that we probably aren’t really considered newlyweds after having been married for five years, but hey, play along!).

As you can imagine I was quite honored to be selected for this feature and you should click here to read my interview (it might not be up until Thursday).  Guaranteed that you’ll learn something new about me!

As I celebrated this blogging milestone over a bowl of chocolate ice cream, my thoughts drifted to all things courtship and dating and marriage.  And in this frame of mind, I had to ask myself

What are the most important skills that you should have if you’re trying to catch a husband?

And being the newly crowned Not-so-Newlywed Expert, here is what I came up with:

Cooking:  Everyone knows that the path to a man’s heart is found through his stomach, so it’s probably important that you’re a good cook.

{I literally had to vacuum out the oven after I made this cake}

Fashion:  a pleasing sense of fashion, along with a tasteful talent for accessorizing, could be considered essential if you’re trying to snag a guy.

{It was 1984 and I think I was channeling Michael Jackson.  Or perhaps LaToya}

Driving:  a clean driving record, excellent eye/hand coordination and an uneering sense of direction.  How could a guy resist?

{what?  you don’t have a tractor in your pond?  Jeesh!}

And there you have it.  A comprehensive and authoritative list from a certified marriage expert – just for the JOY of it!

Okay folks, now it’s YOUR turn! Lets spread some JOY!

If you have a blog add a link to the “MckLinky” application below… (please be sure to link to the post, not to your home page) AND add a link to www.goodtrueandbeautiful.com -  that way everyone has a chance to benefit from each other (and I appreciate it!)

If you don’t have a blog, please share your thoughts in the comment section below… it’s wonderful to read about all your JOYS!

And of course, everybody should click on some of the links listed below, and be sure to leave a comment so they know you stopped by for a visit. It’s just good manners after all!