Sunday Best!

This quote describes my darlin to a “T.”

“Love is one of the chief characteristics of Deity, and ought to be manifested by those who aspire to be the sons of God. A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.” -Joseph Smith


You will not usually see my darlin cruising around with his chainsaw and working on the Sabbath, but we have had some serious wind storms, and trees have been falling on homes, cars, and making a real mess where we live.

Last night the wind start to blow really hard. I’m sure a lot of people didn’t sleep well. Sometime in the night the power went out and by 7:30 this morning I received a text saying that 9:00 church had been cancelled. The power was out in the church.

My sweetie decided to go for a ride and see what things looked like. He ended up driving past our old home. It has many tall pine trees around it. He noticed one pine tree was tipping a bit and when he looked at the ground realized it was going to fall over. He quickly went to the door and let the people who live there now know they needed to move the cars that were parked very close to the tree. They rushed to move the cars and within a minute or so the tree came down right where the cars were.

They were so grateful!

My darlin showed up at home and told me the story, then left with his chainsaw to cut up the tree.


When he got back to our old home. The tree next to the one that fell, was beginning to tip as well. Some of the neighbors noticed the activity going on and started to help clear the limbs and clean up while others started cutting down the other tree.


I drove over to see the damage. I was amazed and surprised that it never happened while we lived there. What a wonderful neighborhood. People were coming to help without any special request. Just seeing the need and helping. I love these people!

I love my darlin for blessing so many others, and always being “anxious to bless the whole human race!”

Hope your Sunday was the Best! Love, Joy

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!


It sure has been cold here in Utah!

I ran outside today barefoot and in my jammies to get this awesome picture of the longest icicle! I hope you all appreciate my effort. It has been growing for some time. My darlin and I heard a crash this afternoon and when we checked the icicle had fallen. I’m so glad I got the photo!!! 

Stay warm!!!

A Trip to the Motherland!

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My parents went on a lovely trip to England

with my baby brother, his wife, and her parents.

What a wonderful thing to do!!!

I almost climbed int their luggage.

In this picture they are visiting a place called Rollrightstones, you can read about it here!

“The Rollright Stones is a ancient site located on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border in England. The complex consists of three main elements, The Kings Men stone circle, the King Stone, and the Whispering Knights.”

I may never get to go on a trip like this, but I have been traveling with them as they go. You might wonder how. The answer is…the internet. I have their itinerary. I know what their plans are, and I can search and see what they are seeing on the internet.  I am having a blast on their trip!!!

Hopefully I’ll be able to share some more pictures. So come visit and I’ll share what I can.

It’s Been Five Years!!! Happy Blogiversary!!!

20070616_174349Five Things About My Blog!

1-I love having a blog. It is a way to share my personal history. It is a history of my family. There are times I can’t think of anything to say, and other times I have lists of future posts I want to write.

2-Sometimes I wonder if anyone is reading. Hopefully, it is a fun place to visit. I’m so happy when I see that others have been to my blog. I hope when people come to visit they’re glad they came. I hope I can put a smile on their face.

3-It is not a popular blog, but it is mine. It is how I feel and my experiences. It is a testimony to my love of life and God, my love of family and home. It is all about our joyful nest, and it is a happy place to be!

4-I am amazed at which posts are the most popular: The Candy Bar Poster, My Cold Hot Water Bottle, My Favorite Planner, Family History Forms, The Grapefruit Poem, and More!

5-I wonder sometimes how long I will do this. I have been writing a blog for 5 years. I think I will do more posts, write more stories, and share more history. I think I will do better at sharing my helps for parents. I will continue to share myself and my life, my family and my love of Father in Heaven and my Savior.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you will come again sometime. Leave a comment once in a while, I would love to hear from you.

Happy 5th Blogiversary!!! 


Got Any Gwapes?


Look at these beautiful Concord grapes!!! They smell and look so wonderful. We have been juicing almost everyday! The juice from these grapes is the best!DSC06148

The color is spectacular. I wish I could capture it in my picture. We are so excited to drink this juice all winter long!DSC06149Yum!!!!!

Angels Among Us!

DSC05542If you visit ourjoyfulnest very often you will know that life has been extra busy.

In the month of May, my oldest son got married, and my youngest daughter left on a LDS mission. Both of these events can, and usually do, require a lot of time for planning and money to make them happen. I am a firm believer that we are truly blessed, and we will continue to be blessed with the things we need (Key word: need).  We are always blessed by a loving Heavenly Father. We live in a wonderful neighborhood, and have amazing friends. We have had so much help from others. Our friends and neighbors and family have been amazing.

So during all of this planning and spending, getting ready for the wedding and preparing our daughter to leave for a year and a half, the thought crossed my mind a few times, “Are we going to have enough money?” Then I would push that thought out and think, “Of course we will, we have to!”

One day while busily going about my day, an envelope showed up on the back porch. One of the kids said that it was just sitting there. I opened it not knowing what to think. As I got to the card I could see cash peeking through from inside the card. The card says, “Just thinking thoughts of you”. On the inside of the card written by hand it said, “You’ve prayed me here, now what will you do with me.” My eyes filled with tears as I counted the money, lots of money.

An angel or angels came to our home and blessed us. Straight from Heaven. I cried and cried thinking about how thoughtful people are. It was truly a miracle in our lives. I hope to someday be able to thank those angels who blessed our family. I don’t know if it will happen, but I will most definitely pay it forward. I love you angels!


Snow Caves!

I mentioned a few posts ago that my darlin is a scout leader.

The scouts had their Klondike Derby last night.

Plans for the night started about two and a half weeks ago. On Tuesday the 8th the scouts and leaders traveled to where they will camp. They spent about two hours piling snow, making large mounds. 

A week later on the 15th they went back up and dug out the caves. Then last night, the 18th they slept in them overnight.

They look like they’re having fun!

This wonderful man is my darlin, he has a heart of gold.

“A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.” -Joseph Smith

That’s how I feel about my darlin. He is always willing to bless others with his time, talents, and love. Thankfully, he loves to sleep in snow caves!