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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

02 June 2014


MAY 2014 
One Thousand Gifts (by Ann Voskamp)
#1000Gifts #JoyDare

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I took the 1,000 Gifts Dare for the year of 2012...
I continued in 2013...
I'm now into 2014! 

Today I find JOY in...

5/1/14 Thurs
2533. bathing in the joy of Jess making it into Chautauqua
2534. my messy, messy house

2535. published my April #JoyDare post today :) 
that's SO much better than 10 days into the month!!

5/2/14 Fri
2536. tromping through a neighbor's cornfield to get a pic of the river that winds through our county
2537. supporting the daughter of some "family-type-friends"
Kelsea's last Masters' recital

2538. Chipotle with a few girlfriends

5/3/14 Sat
2539. breakfast delivered to me in bed by a hubby who knows I am physically & emotionally worn out lately
2540. quietly sitting on the floor in the DARK folding clothes
while a baby naps
2541. great quotes to remind me that God is ALWAYS working!

5/4/14 Sun - May the 4th be with you!

2542. my church family - what a blessing
2543. outdoor pack n plays

2544. making & tasting mud pies

5/5/14 Mon
2545. last Monday of this semester for J :)
2546. caught at Meijer for HOURS - an UGLY BEAUTIFUL STORY
2547. CINCO de MAYO celebration with family

5/6/14 Tues
2548. an early morning waiting for a miracle

2549. how does a beach girl survive & thrive being "stuckinindiana"
I live... out in the country... beside the Sea of Lilacs 
That's how a beach girl lives in & loves life "stuckinindiana"
2550. dinner & an early bedtime for someone

5/7/14 Wed
2551. celebrating an honorary auntie :)

2552. picnic & park time with A, J & K

2553. killer walk with Ruthann

5/8/14 Thurs
2554. greeting the day with a breath of fresh air
2555. taking advise from my older (& wiser) sister - with a bit of resistance
(and there's a little story HERE about my favorite time to hear those words!)
2556. listening to the "3 kids" talking and laughing about growing up

5/9/14 Fri
2557. someone reading cat books to the cat

2558. being a volunteer for my church...
gave me an opportunity to share this pic of me & my mom
2559. an achingly productive day... time for bed!

5/10/14 Sat
shall I say again... OH THAT JOURNEY!
2560. hectic and VERY HAPPY morning
2561. dreams being realized

2562. my son's choice of friends
there are some great kids in this shot!
5/11/14 Sun - MOTHER'S DAY
2563. family & laughter

2564. reflections

2565. family night at home - didn't go ANYWHERE... just enjoyed each other's company!

5/12/14 Mon
2566. still trying to find the beauty in driving 20 minutes into town to find out that my appointment had been cancelled due to illness in their office
2567. walking & enjoying nature

2568. OH MY WORD... a 3rd child with a 4.0 for this past semester!!
(3 counting our son's girlfriend)

5/13/14 Tues
2569. stepping out of the house to take pics of the sunrise (while wearing my jammies) & locking the door -- thankful that the back door was unlocked
2570. claiming a second daughter :)

2571. the simple joys of life
pouring out & picking up Mommy's markers... repeat... repeat...
5/14/14 Wed
2572. reminders to SLOW DOWN!

"This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:

“Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength."

Sometimes I just need to slow down & smell the... lilacs!

2573. celebrating loved ones
Celebrating three 4.0's and one college graduation
by having dinner at Bonge's
2574. nieces for babysitters :)

5/15/14 Thurs
2575. time to write & scan some pics & relax in a quiet house - rare lately!!
my sister & i at our cabin on the lake
when i was almost 4 yrs old
2576. lasagna soup & a great evening at G-ma Bev's with family

2577. safe drive for T&K to/from Fort Wayne to see my mom

5/16/14 Fri
2578. actually going back to sleep for a short time after my early morning wake-up responsibilities
2579. the sound of music -- not the movie this time
Thankful to have my favorite trombonist & French horn player here!
2580. family dinner around the table b4 the kids leave for Atlanta

5/17/14 Sat
2581. safe travels for T&K to Atlanta
(bittersweet to see them go... but, her family needs some time with them too - LOL!)

2582. yard work - conquered a bushel of weeds in my peonies!

2583. the quiet of the country - love the sounds here!!

5/18/14 Sun
2584. J painting sunrise

2585. morning walk - just what I needed
5/19/14 Mon
2587. connecting with friends - lunch w/BFFHeiter!!
2588. mailing a "happy" to K

2589. a little time in the sun while someone napped

5/20/14 Tues
2590. open, honest communication & talk about God
(with one of my nieces)
2591. nice weather = more time outdoors

2592. black beans & a baby :)

5/21/14 Wed
2593. getting a little extra rest & trying to beat a cold!
2594. hand-me-down irises along the back of the pole barn

2595. a "new" set of wheels for our college grad & her sweet baby

5/22/14 Thurs
2596. allergies & cold getting better :)
2597. grocery shopping with bed head from nap time

2598. cuddle time w/a 16-month old snuggler

5/23/14 Fri
2599. a beautiful sunrise... and perspective
sometimes you get the best perspective when you are flat on your back

2600. catching up with a friend over lunch
2601. staying home on a Friday night
(one of my FAVORITE things!)

5/24/14 Sat
2602. coffee in bed
2603. baby pools

2604. fire pits

5/25/14 Sun
2605. great sermons at my church
2606. 3 hour nap for our little one
2607. family time in the shade of a great tree

5/26/14 Mon
2608. my husband taking the first "baby shift" of the day
2609. relaxed family Memorial Day lunch under the shagbark hickory
2610. the sound of birds settling down for the night

5/27/14 Tues
2611. leftovers for lunch
2612. music... i L-O-V-E music!!!
2613. Snacking today with Elmo.
"C" is for cereal. "M" is for milk. "B" is for bananas.
"D" is for DeeDee -- of course!

5/28/14 Wed
2614. great truth in the morning - in the written word & on the sky, itself :)

2615. remembering the power of one woman
RIP Maya Angelou

2616. conversations while roasting marshmallows

5/29/14 Thurs
2617. Bob Ross for 5 minutes in the morning with a 16-month old is hilarious!
2618. morning walk WITHOUT PUSHING A STROLLER :D
2619. holding a sleeping baby

5/30/14 Fri
2620. sitting outside & hearing ZERO traffic sounds -- just nature
2621. feeling okay about a messy house -- couldn't do that for YEARS!
2622. a relaxed night with the LOML

5/31/14 Sat
2623. a slow start to the day
2624. the heart of some of my closest friends
2625. going to bed knowing where my closest loved ones are tonight :)

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