This year I am on a journey for joy. You can read more about how this journey got started here.
Lacking joy? I’d love for you to join me on the journey for joy?
So, what sparked joy for me this week?
- We survived VBS this year! Whoohoo! What is it about VBS that is so exhausting? Ha! This was the most exhausting year yet. Having our Little Lady being involved this year meant she got double tickets on the final day which meant we had a truckload of game tickets to use up during the game carnival time. It took forever. I was wiped out by the end of the week. It was a strange year, all of our kids were officially participating and I felt very empty handed throughout the week. The kids had a blast and of course wished it could last all summer long. I always tell them that I don’t think the parents could handle it. 😉
- Homeschool Curriculum! I spent the end of the week prepping for the next school year. Before I know it it’ll be time to start again. I am excited about second grade, it looks so fun! The kids and I all had a lot of fun unboxing everything and checking out all of the goodies Grandma sent us for the new school year!
- Simply being home. By the time Saturday rolled around we were ready to just relax at home. We did go for a small hike that morning for some exercise but then we spent the rest of the day playing at home. It’s a good thing to just stop all of the go go go, and just have a quiet day at home. We definitely needed one of those days. And lo and behold the kids found a frog in the backyard! They were shocked I let them hold it. I usually say no, ha!
- Brooklyn Bridge canvas. This one brought me SO much joy! Here’s the thing. I am terrified of water, boats, bridges and basically any type of pool where I can’t touch the bottom. I’m talking panic attack and hyperventilating type of fear. When my husband and I went to Brooklyn 2 years ago, I wanted to go view the Brooklyn bridge but not walk across it. We searched and searched for the viewing park that you can go to but being tourists we weren’t able to find it. What we did find is the way to cross it and there were so many people behind us as we went up the steps that there was no turning back, easily that it. My husband really wanted the experience of walking across it and ending up in Manhattan. So for him, I walked across the bridge. It was hard. I was terrified. I squeezed that man’s hand so hard and we walked straight down the middle, nice and slow. And you know what, by the end, I felt an extreme sense of accomplishment. I did that. I did something that terrified me and I lived to talk about! I still can’t believe it to this day. When we moved to the house where we were at before our most recent move, there was a spot above the kitchen table for a large photo. I knew I wanted the Brooklyn Bridge. I wanted to remember what it felt like to do something hard. It brings me joy when I see it! I found this picture on Amazon but at the time it was $50 and we never seemed to have an extra $50 handy. So it sat in my save for later cart for 2 years. Now that we are in our dream home I had to have my dream picture of the bridge. When I went to check it, I saw that it dropped $30 in price! So for only $20 I got this large canvas picture. I am giddy just thinking about that frugal deal! I smile every time I look at it. So this week it wins the “what sparked the most joy” award.
What sparked joy in your life this week?