Thursday, August 5, 2010

Finding the JOY in today

If you know me at all, you know that I try really hard to focus on the positive. I seek to search for the silver lining. I aim at dwelling on the good. The reality is, adoption is hard. It's a hard transition for a family. It's hard on the new kiddos. It's hard on the big siblings. And as hard as it is, I still find JOY in our day. It is too easy to get down or discouraged when you have a little bump in the journey. So to encourage our family to concentrate on all the good and joyful things, I am keeping a list.

Each day I jot down things that cause me to smile. Things that I want to remember. These are the blessings that I noticed yesterday. Everything from Tyson's tender heart to Tatum's made up words. These boys are precious. Absolutely precious. It is a JOY to have them as part of our family. Seeing my list made me smile yesterday and hopefully the boys are able to see what a JOY they bring to our family.


  1. Love this!! Yes, we must hold on to the joy in the moments. His joy is our strength~ I love the idea of writing specific things down, to look back on in the moments when we have lost our joy. No that I ever do, but I know some people might! LOL!

  2. What a GREAT idea!! I love seeing the little things that fill our lives...and how they bring such JOY! I think the thing is you have to take the time to notice and appreciate them...just like ya'll are doing! Precious!

  3. I love this! I may have to "borrow" this idea in the months ahead :-)

  4. Good for true, it is all in our attitude and perspective! Praying for Spirit filled hearts and minds as you tackle each day.

  5. great, great post!

    I came across your blog from someone else's blog--so happy for you! Hey, you might want to come check out a new Christian adoption website -- there is a room on the forum dedicated to Ethiopian adoptions. Come and join in and get the discussion rolling in there. Hope it becomes a place of mutual encouragement and helpfulness!