Monday, December 24, 2012

JOY 3.0

It's that time of year -- the annual quest to know what brings you joy. I absolutely love doing this and LOVE getting to hear everyone's answers! 2012 Bonus: some people even sent pictures. Oooo what fun! So without further adieu,


When it's 75 degrees and sunny in Texas in December

Having instant and meaningful communion with a total stranger, experienced to music that was written over 50 years ago in a different language. The world beyond the dance floor melts away, and one realizes that there is an inherent ability of people to just connect, if they are willing to meet their partner with a loving energy.

My daughter - her joy her laughs her facial expressions and her sweet sweet voice

Walking into my house after someone other than I cleaned it

This guy

Being at the beach, reading a book, doing nothing but moving the chair back as the tide comes in.

When my husband hums while studying. That's how I know it's going well.

Christmas music

Discovering new things, learning what is important in life, and sharing, giving, exuding, love

My joy!

New church community

Seeing someone you haven't seen in a long time. 

My twin niece and nephew!

McDonalds hot fudge sundaes 

My husband - his jolliness and happiness in life

The innocence of a child

Privately taking pause in the middle of an event (usually a dinner with great friends that involves good lighting) and realizing that there's something special going on and that I will always remember this moment


Reminders that God loves us beyond what we can imagine. Every detail.

Being known. 

My short answer is... people. Namely, my friends, my family, my church community, my classmates. Like, think about what life would be like without all of these people!?! Currently, I am sitting in a coffee shop, ferociously trying to finish a thesis proposal that is due in 48 hours. But I'm here with classmates and friends, thus making this day SO. MUCH. BETTER. Even during lame times of life, having friends around really does just make everything so much more bearable. So very thankful for those people in my life that add joy and laughter.

Christmas shopping for loved ones and rare down time with my cute husband! And waiting for our puppy to be born any day now!

Hearing that my work is making a difference

These guys

Homemade cards and letters: being able to read a heartfelt letter brings me so much joy and feeling of love, especially during the holiday season

Fresh flowers!


Warm kitties to cuddle with

Getting completely lost in a good book

My sweet family on the beach at sunrise

The lights at Highland Park Village! 

When a moment in time is so perfect, such as with a sustained musical note, or a western sunlit sky viewed from a walking summit, that time stands still, your soul is filled, and and you are renewed by the sheer beauty of life

Being married to my sweet husband and celebrating our first married Christmas together

Quiet time in a beautiful church with choir Christmas music

Passing on traditions! We had the neighborhood kids over to make gingerbread houses and candy cane cookies. Since I was very young, we always made cookies at Christmas with my mom and her friends! 

Finding out that someone I like likes me back.

My family

Fat cats that are friendly like dogs

God's continued faithfulness, my loving hubs and making love!

Getting mail from my little nieces in Denver

Dean Martin's Christmas album

Being willing to pay a certain price for something and then getting to the register and finding out it's on sale!

This little nugget

This crazy man who makes me laugh

Knowing that because of Christ, God will never leave me even though I give him a million reasons to every day.

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