The Joy Around Me

Several years ago, I read a wonderful little book called One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It came at a particularly difficult time in my life when the negative in my world seemed to swarm around me, almost in a chokehold. I was challenged to write daily about the good that I saw in my day. I did that for close to six months. I have to say it was a powerful exercise in mental and spiritual health.

I haven’t done that for some time. I’ve retired and now work, more or less, on my terms. I’m not ashamed to admit that that alone helps! Still, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one negatively affected by the last couple of years of the election year chaos. A news “fast” is in order, no doubt, but I also feel I need to go back to making a joy journal. This time I want to record the joy in my life in pictures. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, let’s give it a try!

This is my big dog, Sydney, on his favorite lap in the house. Sixty five pounds of lover.
I love snow, but this is not us today. And, not likely Saturday when we get our first meaningful accumulation. My husband feeds the birds. I enjoy the show.
A reminder of my youngest who recently married and moved to Germany. I keep this on my desk.

About Frankie

A Navy vet, an educator (retired but still working), and a mom of three girls, and two grandsons. Married to the love of my life. Dirt and words. That sums up what gets my attention. Read on and find out why.
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