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.

Scripture Sunday 8/28/16

I Am

I Am By Sean Sullivan All Rights Reserved

O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee,and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day. 

Alma 22:18

What is your favorite scripture?

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Thankful Thursday 8/25/16

I am thankful for plenty of good food to eat.  There are too many people who are dying from lack of food…too many children suffering.

I’m thankful for turtles. This one appeared in my yard last week, sunning himself by my bedroom window. I was afraid of disturbing him, so I took the shot through the window… hence the blur. My camera wanted to focus on the screen.

I’m thankful for the new vegan lifestyle hubby and I are journeying. We are already so much more healthy!

I’m thankful for this knowledge. Both my boys are my guardian angels! And I’m thankful that hubby bought this shirt for me.

I’m thankful that I know I’m a child of God. He not only gave me life, but loves me unconditionally, and wants what’s best for me. I love my life, and I love Him!

What are you thankful for this Thursday?

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What I Eat Wednesday 8/24/16 

Hubby and I have begun to eat a vegan diet, and change our lifestyle as well. So far, he has lost 9 pounds (since the beginning of July) and we don’t count calories or limit our food intake. We just quit eating any animal products. 

He gets plenty of exercise at work… climbing up and down 100 steps, at least once, every day! I simply walk, as with a history of broken back (3 times!) I can’t do anything to jar my spine, and my strokes prevent me from riding a conventional bike. 

So, when it’s not too hot, we ride our Terra Trikes. I absolutely love it, and my doctor said it’s the only exercise he wants me to do. I don’t have to worry about falling off it, and it’s just so much fun!

Here’s me with my walker. When I am alone, it’s the best way for me to get around. And I’m so grateful for my mobility! I usually get my walking in before it gets too hot, or hubby will drive me to the grocery store where I can hold on to a cart and walk.

Today, I just did some exercises that i learned from the physical therapist. The pic above shows my wall-sit, even though you can’t see it very well. 

I also had an everything bagel with guacamole for breakfast. I don’t have any pictures of my next two meals, but for lunch, I had satay noodles (yumminess!) and for dinner, we made vegan pizzas (homemade) in our waffle iron! They were delicious! Who knew?! And of course, I drink plenty of water! 

I plan to keep you posted, on Wednesdays, about my What I Ate Today. It helps with my accountability, and I love to have you along with me in my lifestyle journey. Thanks for reading!

What are you doing today to be accountable?

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Scripture Saturday 8/13/2016

But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is. Amen.

1 Nephi 9:6

I love the Lord. I love the scriptures, because they teach of Him. They tell me that He is all-powerful, He is in control. I need not fear.

What is your favorite scripture?

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Thankful Thursday 8/4/16

Oops! I’m late! But I still wanted to get this out. I am so blessed and grateful for all I have.

I’m thankful for this man and that I have been privileged to have spent the last 22 years with him! (As of July 30!)

I’m thankful for Nature’s Table and their vegan-friendly options. Here is our anniversary lunch…a vegetarian southwest chili salad, no cheese or sour cream. We had it with a piece of whole wheat toast and their tomato bisque soup. It was so delicious! We will be back!

I’m thankful that we have a Trader Joe’s in our area. They have lots of great things, and I got these flowers for free!

I’m thankful for my new herb garden that I bought from Whole Foods.

And I’m thankful for my neighborhood. I live in a place of such peace and beauty. I am very fortunate, indeed!

What are you thankful for today? Have you expressed your gratitude?

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22nd Wedding Anniversary 7/30/16

Today marks 22 years that hubby and I have been married! This is exciting! Two years ago, I didn’t think I would live to see our 20th anniversary. I was so sick. But hubby has nursed me back from almost dead, and now I’m on track to better health.

I’m so pleased with my hubby! He not only helped me back to being healthier, but even when I’m sick, he still goes to church without me. He is a man of faith, passionate about his love for our country, and has proven his love for me over the years. 

He took care of me when I couldn’t take care of myself. Through four strokes, a myriad of other health issues, and he even dressed me when I couldn’t lift my arms. Every day. For three years or more. And he still helps me with my shoes. (I get dizzy when I bend over.) 

I no longer drive, so he takes me everywhere I need to go, without complaint. In the last 22 years, we have never had an argument! We may disagree on things, but we choose not to fight about them.

I am a very fortunate woman who loves her husband even more than forever!

So, here’s to you, Sweetie, and I look forward to the next 22 years and beyond… even beyond this life. I love you more than there are words to describe.

Do you have anyone for whom you are grateful? How do you show your love?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day