Eight is Great!

Today it has been eight years since I started my blog. 

As I read through the blog, I am so happy that I have been able to share these stories and experiences with everyone!

I am so thankful that I have written them down.

They are a treasure to me.

My life and all that I have experienced is wonderful. Even the challenges have taught me so much. Some of the best things I’ve learned in the last eight years are:

1-Family is everything. I can’t imagine my life with out my family. Both the one I grew up in and the one I have with my Darlin. I feel blessed to have a sweet husband, wonderful children, and I am in love with my beautiful grandchildren. I’m thankful I have a blog full of memories of my family.

2-A knowledge of God and my Savior, Jesus Christ is a blessing in my life everyday. The gospel gives me direction, and hope for my life. 

3-I am so thankful for my ancestors. The family who came before me, and who paved the way so that life would be better for me. They left homes they knew, for the unknown. They gave up comfort for the challenge of a journey to a new life. I can’t imagine what they went through, but I am so thankful. I love them!

4-Grandbabies are the best!!! I am completely in love with them! They are my reward for not killing my kids. Haha. But seriously, how wonderful it is to have these sweet little people who I get to love, and spoil, and then send them home. It is the best!

Thank you for your visit to my blog!

I love to have you come. 

7

Today, it has been 7 years since I started my blog!

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It’s my blogiversary!!

So here’s a list of 7 things I’ve learned blogging for 7 years:

1-Always remember why you do it.

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I don’t spend a lot of time on other peoples blogs. I am trying my best to get a grip in my life and sitting on the computer all day doesn’t help. So if I don’t have a lot of visitors, because I’m not commenting all the time on others blogs, I’m ok with that. I am leaving a journal with stories and what not for my family and anyone else who would like to visit. I love you all!

2-Put your best foot forward.

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I struggle sometimes. I prefer to not focus on complaining. It’s really not me anyway. I am a joyful person! I am always looking for the blessings in life.

3-Have variety.

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If I always focus on one topic, it’s like I’m talking in a monotone voice. That’s not very fun! So it’s good to mix it up.

4-Be totally honest.

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I am, what I am. I love to share what I feel and the adventures I’m having. Sometimes, life is challenging. Maybe if I share how I’m working through a challenge it might help someone else. Who’s to say…;)

5-It takes a lot of effort sometimes, and that’s ok.

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Remember Dory? Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!

6-“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

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I am a firm believer that love conquers all. I don’t agree with everyone on the internet, and I know they don’t all agree with me, but we can be kind and show love for other humans when we communicate.

7-Sharing what matters most to me is fun!

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Sunday’s really are Best! Family History is so fun! Missionaries make me happy! Beautiful Places are beautiful! My Darlin, First Born, Janet, Dream Come True, Most Quoted, Amber, Bonus Baby, Anthony, Grandbabies, and Tayzie mean the world to me! Someday this blog will be a treasure for the people I love, maybe it is already. Either way, it’s here and waiting for a visit from all!

Thank you for visiting! I hope you return often!

Love, Joy

 

Expectations!

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Expectations!

Is it good to have expectations?

I don’t know…except to say I have had and continue to have expectations about my life. Has it beneficial? I would say no. Things don’t always turn out the way we expect them to, I would say they rarely turn out the way we expect them to.

When Kelsey, my “Dream Come True” was in high school, she would say that when she graduated she wanted to go visit New Zealand! As her time in high school continued, she changed her plans…knowing that the chances of making it to New Zealand were slim to none.

Her next plan was to go to the “Four Corners!” 

Definitely more realistic.

Guess what? She didn’t do either one! She went to New York City for a week and stayed with her aunt and uncle who live there (She let me and Emily come too).

It was a blast! We love NYC!!!

Did reality match her expectations? Was it still ok? You bet!

I think we all need to relax, and enjoy life! (I’m saying this for me:))

I am still working on this, but it seems so many times that what I expected, or wanted to happen in my life doesn’t happen, and what happens instead is wonderful!

Flower Child!

photo (1)Kelsey was a very creative child!

She was playing in the yard one day with her siblings, and having fun. When I came out to check on the kids, she had these

cute little yellow flowers

poked into her buttons.

What a cute little girl!! She has always been so creative!

She really was a “flower child!”

Sisters!

FullSizeRenderTogether Again! These beautiful girls, my “Dream Come True” and my “Bonus Baby.” I am so thankful to have them both in my life!!!

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My Sister, My Friend

It doesn’t really matter if we’re together or apart, you’re never really far from me, you’re always in my heart.

I love the way we both can laugh, until we almost cry, yet hug each other tenderly, and real tears fill our eyes.

In some ways we’re so different, yet our values are alike, so I know you’ll always have my back, whenever trouble strikes!

You know my darkest secrets, and you never judge my pain. You validate my dreams, and let me know they’re not in vain. 

The face I often show the world, is who “they” need to see, but you accept me for myself, as God would have me be. 

If I could turn one “wish” to prayer, it would be that you could see, how precious you are in my eyes, and how you’ll always be. 

For no matter where life leads us, from now until the end, I pray you’ll feel my love for you, “MY SISTER,” my best friend!

by Barbara D. MacAdam

“For You? Or For Me?

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When I was a young mother, and my girls were real small, I bought all of their clothes and they looked darling. I sewed a lot for them.

 I dreamed of the day when I would go shopping with them. I thought it would be so fun to spend time picking outfits together. I imagined that we would like the same styles and fashion. I actually thought I was pretty stylish and hip to the latest fashion.

Pretty soon, however, they started to pick their own clothes. If I bought something without them with me I would end up taking it back, because they didn’t like it. That’s when I stopped buying things for them, without them being there with me.

Since that fateful day….I have come to realize that my dreams of having fun shopping with my girls has not turned out like I thought it would. It’s still pretty fun, it’s just not like I thought it would be. Expectations.

Let me just tell you how it works. I’m shopping with my “Dream Come True” and I say, “Look at this cute shirt! What do you think?”

She looks at me, then the shirt and says, “For you? or for me?”

Ouch! I’m thinking, “Is there a difference?”

Yes, there is…because she would never wear the things I think are cute!

I guess I’m not as fashionable as I thought I was…

…so, if you have daughters and they say, “For you? Or for me?”

don’t feel bad, you’re not alone.

It’s a Sign!

photoMy darling Kelsey…my “Dream Come True” received these three water bottles all within a week of each other.

She won two of them in a contest and the third one was given to her for reading with the kids at the elementary school.

I told her, “It’s a sign!! You’re not drinking enough water!”

Don’t you think??

 

Bath Time!!!

IMG_1656Tayzie was in dire need of a bath so Kelsey gave her one.

I have never seen a dog collect more stuff on their fur than this one. She is always so offended when she gets out.

Look at the pathetic look on her face! She’s always glad after she dry.

Now she a sweet smelling pup too!!!

Now That’s a Bag!

Me and darling “Dream Come True” were out shopping and she saw this awesome huge bag!

Wow!

I said,”I bet you could fit in that bag!”

IMG_0807You may or may not remember this…

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This was before Kelsey left on her mission!

Next thing I know she is getting ready to climb in!!!!!
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Just kidding! Look at that smile! 😉

“Good things come in small packages,” like my Kelsey!!

Love you, sweet “Dream Come True!”

Best “Furry” Friend!

We have a sweet “Furry” friend that lives at our house.

People have called her, “Man’s best friend,” but since there’s not all men at our home we will just call her our “Best ‘Furry’ Friend.”

This is Tayzie right after we got her.

The idea to go get her was Kelsey’s, so when Tayzie is misbehaving, I always call her Kelsey’s dog. Isn’t she adorable? What a fun pup.

Kelsey is pretty darn cute, too!!!

Kelsey and Tayzie

 

This is the famous “smiling dog” photo!!

Well, maybe not famous, but it should be. TayzieSmiling

And here is Tayzie after her last trip to the beauty parlor for pups. She is so cute!!!!

photo (36)I didn’t know it was so fun to kiss fur!!! Right there, behind her eye!

Flexy say’s she is hormonal, because she gets so excited when we come home, that she literally cries and howls. I usually say to her, “I know, I missed you too!!!”

It is so great to have a “Best ‘Furry’ Friend”!!!!