I’ve Got The Joy…

When I was a little girl, I remember singing that song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.”  It was such a cheerful tune and lighted up my soul as I sang along with all my friends and we clapped our hands in the happiness of the moment.  Can you recall a time like that in your life, when your face hurt because you were smiling  so hard, but you just couldn’t stop?  Or has time erased some of what was once so easy to bring to mind?  It isn’t hard these days to lose sight of our inner child, the one who craves the simple sound of a song.  So here, I hope you’ll find a pocket full of joy to fill your day with just enough of that tune to see you through whatever is your need.  Stop for a moment.  Breathe deeply.  And soon, you may be singing of joy as well.

And It Happened Again–Tears of Joy

Hi everybody! I know it’s been awhile, but there have been a lot of things happening in my life. First of all, I turned 60 on the 12th of May! The great thing about that is that I spent it at home!

wpid-img_20150512_124109.jpgSo, what do you think? Not bad for 60, don’t you think? Especially since this was taken just prior to yet another procedure on my back for another break! I guess my bones are fragile. They seem to crumble! But I’m seeing an occupational and a physical therapist, and a nurse and a home health aide come to help me, as well. So I’m getting better if it kills me!

I hope that your day is filled with tears of joy, for being home, for being healthy, for being alive! I know mine is! I have such gratitude for all of you who have kept me in your thoughts and prayers. You’re the best! And I hope to be posting more, now that I’m home and relatively well. I will keep you posted as to how things go with my health and such. It might make a good blog series!

A Pocketful Of Joy To Fill Your Day


I’m Still Here…A Pocketful of Joy

I’m just checking in to let you know I’m still around… Still working hard in rehab, so I can go home when my back is strong enough.


I have my books beside me and I write and visit with my hubby and friends, so I don’t get too bored, but I would rather be home.


I have to put this one in for the grandkids!
So not much else going on around here. If I can think of anything of interest, I’ll post it.
Just a Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #13

What was your favorite subject in school?
Band (music). I don’t play or sing music, I breathe music. It runs through my veins. It wasn’t/isn’t a subject for me, it is my passion!

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.” (George Carlin) When have you had such a moment?
I have had many moments like that, but one that comes to mind is when I heard my oldest son’s cry for the first time.

What’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, or numeric puzzles?
Crossword. Definitely.

If you found an obviously abandoned car with $50,000 in the back seat, what would you do?
I would likely call the police and report it, but not because I’m such a good person, but because I would be afraid it was either drug related, or a police bait of some kind.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m so grateful that the surgeon was able to fix my broken back and that I’m not in that excruciating pain anymore, and I am looking forward to my Church’s General Conference this coming weekend! (I am a Mormon)

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Joy In The Midst Of Pain

Have you ever had one of those days where you woke up and everything is right with your world, but you are in excruciating pain anyway?
I have nothing to complain about. For the moment, my life is as perfect as it has ever been.
Still, this morning, I woke up with an odd pain, a gripping, electrical pain that wraps around my torso and won’t let go. It comes on at every movement, so I have to play snail in order to get around. Any sudden move brings on an unintended scream, so I try to plan these things out. Very tiring.
And as if that wasn’t enough, halfway through breakfast, I began to get a migraine headache. So, now that I have that somewhat under control, I am lying in bed and typing out this post on my phone.
Where does the joy enter in to all this, you may ask?
To begin with, the fact that I have a means to control the pain. I have had to go to the emergency room for shots to ease the pain of the migraines before. Now, I have medication, but even better than that, I use do TERRA essential oils to help. The Deep Blue really does a number on them. And the result is almost immediate!
Also, the fact that I can take the time to lie in bed and recover. Few people have that luxury. Until I married my husband, I didn’t.
And I can’t say enough about my husband. He cooks because he wants to, he does the laundry because it needs to be done, (fortunately, I’m well enough that this chore is now a team effort) he does the grocery shopping because the Whole Foods store is on his way home from work. (I do the big box shopping with him at BJ’s.) And his attitude is that he’d have to do these things anyway, if he was by himself. What a man! Isn’t it any wonder that I love him?
And there’s the joy – love. Love is selfless, it is kind and gentle, it is joyous!
Are you feeling pain in your life? I challenge you to find the joy. Do you know of someone who is suffering? I challenge you to love that person. Help that person. Become the love. Become the joy.

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

The Gospel Brings Me Joy

Today I had the privilege of attending Church. For those of you who don’t know, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most people know us by Mormons. And yes, I am a Christian. My Church is named for Him!
The main purpose we have for meeting with the saints each week is to partake of the Sacrament for repentance and the renewal of our baptismal covenants. Other Christian organizations may call this the Lord’s Supper, or Communion.
And what are our baptismal covenants? That we are willing to take upon us the name of Christ and always remember Him, and keep His commandments.
Everything else we do centers around this. And why do we do this? Are we not forgiven if we simply proclaim Jesus as our Savior?
He said for us to be baptized. (see John 3:5) Through the Apostle Paul, we are also
called to repent. (see 1Corinthians 5:7) There are many more scriptures I could quote, but my point is that we all have cause to repent daily, perhaps even by the minute.
And so, I would like to leave you with a quote from President Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of the Church, “For those who pay the price required by true repentance, the promise is sure. You can be clean again. The despair can be lifted. The sweet peace of forgiveness will flow into your lives.”
I know this is true because I have lived it…on both sides. I now strive to repent daily, hourly, sometimes by the minute. That’s why it was such a privilege to meet with the saints today.

Is there a question about my Church you have that I can help you with?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day