Joy Jar

P10402842013 is over and while I haven’t posted a Joy Jar list for several weeks, I wanted to do one last list to finish off the year.

  • sky ready to glue
  • heated mattress pad
  • A to Z book
  • warm day
  • good night sleep
  • music
  • Gandy’s foot better
  • feeling better
  • ordering new Crocs
  • signing in choir
  • Bill’s birthday gathering
  • an extra hour
  • hair cut
  • sleep
  • lovely day
  • sleeping pups
  • pain killer
  • cough drops
  • cough medicine
  • data plan
  • ice cream
  • chocolate
  • family & Christmas
  • my new printer
  • Snoopy finished
  • finishing Emma’s blanket
  • Dune growing up
  • audio books
  • lights
  • Bill’s help
  • clean air
  • Pinterest
  • Nature Club
  • Primary Program
  • yarn
  • Dune and Emma romping with Lotus and Maybe
  • sunshine and blue skies
  • Emma having well-formed poop
  • Bill’s help
  • help for Gandy’s foot
  • seeing “Day of the Doctor” with Bill
  • Dune
  • my sister
  • Christmas treats
  • finding chipboard
  • warm slippers
  • wire binder
  • new phone
  • friends
  • Emma
  • silly girls
  • Christmas decorations
  • quilt finished
  • a new start
  • Jeremy clearing our sidewalk
  • help of friends
  • fresh snow
  • my “wall”
  • sky board cut
  • 7-up floats
  • visiting another Primary with Dune and Emma
  • printer working smoothly
  • inspiration
  • Emma having well-formed poop
  • Bountiful Baskets
  • ice cream
  • Blue Skies
  • fresh produce
  • Gandy’s foot improving
  • whipped cream
  • family
  • my nieces
  • fruits and veggies
  • color
  • smart phone
  • Gas Buddy app
  • audio books
  • blackberries
  • Gandy
  • Christmas Gifts finished
  • Gandy sleeping on my computer
  • internet access
  • music
  • Dune’s one year birthday
  • clear head
  • having an appetite
  • graham crackers
  • candy window done
  • hot chocolate
  • finding storm glass ornaments
  • videos of Zodiac
  • Banta stories
  • continuous ink supply
  • finding a “Z” ornament
  • Lime pie
  • wireless keyboard and mouse
  • snuggling with the girls
  • warm slippers
  • Christmas songs
  • puppies
  • a new year coming

It is kind of hard to comprehend that 2013 is gone. It has been a good year with plenty of challenges. I’ve learned much but have so much more to learn. Here is to a great year ahead!

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Joy Jar

P1040284The big events of the past two weeks have to do with Yakira. It was great having time with her and getting Yakira to her new home in Florida.

  • getting life in order again
  • Reid’s help with the water heater
  • Dale’s help with the water heater
  • new water heater
  • new week
  • health certificate for Yakira to Florida
  • cuddling with Yakira
  • apple squares
  • Yakira coming
  • Karen’s photos of Yakira
  • Monday with Yakira
  • safe travels
  • dogs in costumes
  • Yakira safe in Florida
  • Dune’s eval
  • getting Christmas tree permit
  • the grey truck
  • Dune back home
  • new cell phone plan
  • cleaning out garden for the winter
  • autumn colors
  • sunshine
  • happy pups
  • naps
  • our three girls – Yakira, Dune & Emma
  • Martha’s help with Yakira
  • getting plans in place with Yakira
  • GDB’s help with getting Yakira to Florida
  • the sun
  • seeing Yakira
  • Yakira happily in Florida
  • finishing my Wood Badge goals

Joy Jar

P1040284It is amazing how one little change in my life can thow me off kilter. It didn’t even wait until Emma arrived, just news of her arrival. Well she is 16 weeks old and six weeks have gone by since her arrival, so I’m trying to repent and get back on my goal of weekly Joy Jar postings. I haven’t just missed my weekly postings, I’ve been missing my nightly writing too. It isn’t that my life hasn’t had joy, I’ve just been procrastinating, I guess. But I don’t want to give up on my goal to fill my jar with joy each week through the year, so I’ve got to jump back in and fill in the best I can. So here is seven weeks of joy as best I can remember.

  • going to the state fair
  • a new leather belt
  • seeing a King Fisher
  • photos of Zodiac
  • new printer
  • blue skies
  • my continuous ink supply system
  • story prompts
  • printing on chipboard
  • super price for my printer
  • finishing walking the Jordan River Parkway Trail
  • starting up “Nature Club”
  • getting an “E” pup
  • cute Emma
  • photos of Banta
  • smart Emma
  • Book Club
  • planning with Karen
  • family time
  • sleeping through the night
  • autumn
  • no accidents
  • chatting with K & R
  • going to Tarzan
  • singing
  • sharing Emma
  • General Conference
  • Snoopy’s doghouse done
  • Bill’s help with the candy window
  • Sunday afternoon naps
  • getting a photo of Zulu (Zodiac’s sister)
  • my old printer lasting until I got the new printer
  • Dune off house arrest
  • Dune on a better relieving schedule
  • finding a great place for Yakira
  • no nighttime potty runs
  • good poop from Emma
  • warm autumn days
  • walks with Dune and Emma
  • Dune and Emma playing together
  • snuggling with puppies

My Joy Jar

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I had so much fun doing something every week last year for my 50th birthday that I decided I wanted to something this year but of a different sort. I think the seed got planted when I was doing research for Gift Idea #49 – Memory Jar. One of the ideas was to put slips of paper in a jar as things you want to remember happen each day. The next piece came when I was listening to a talk by Dieter Uchtdorf called “Of Regrets and Resolutions”¬† One of the things he suggests we decide our own happiness. And I believe he is right. I think these two ideas combined somewhere in my brain and the “Joy Jar” was born.

I took an old canning jar that I really like and added some ribbon and tags in the happy color, yellow. I also collected a bunch of yellow tags and pieces of card stock to write my joyful moments on. My plan is to post a list of my Joy Jar moments each week (hopefully on Saturdays) for the rest of the year. So here goes my first list:

  • bright sunshine
  • Yakira is in phase 6
  • seeing Zodaic and Kai romping through the snow in the backyard
  • Bill and Zodiac playing
  • taste of good ice cream
  • how good heat feels after being outside on a cold day
  • eating pomelo
  • Zodiac’s cute little face
  • 99 countries visited my blog in 2012
  • a brand new year (2013)
  • eating Lindor chocolates
  • visual image of Lotus (a puppy in training) wearing ankle socks in pink and yellow because his raiser thinks his feet are cold
  • Zodiac’s joy
  • aurora borealis
  • thinking of our trip to Alaska
  • homemade pizza
  • being back inside our warm house
  • cuddling with our cat, Gandy
  • Tillamook yogurt for $.59 each
  • seeing Zodiac and Gandy looking out the window together, Gandy in his tower and Zodiac with his front feet on the bottom part of the tower and his body underneath.

I had fun doing this. I’m looking forward to the coming weeks. What has brought you joy this past week?