Ever since the diagnosis and death of my son, Joey, from cancer, it has often been a struggle for me to find joy in my daily life. Some days I just want to curl up and die myself, to be quite honest.
There have been times that I have isolated myself from friends and family because things are just too hard.
There have been times when I have been a negative, vicious, screaming mess toward my family.
There have been times I have just wanted to lie around and do nothing.
But there are times that the joy creeps in. Joy seems to have a way of doing that. It starts out as a tiny ball of light seeping through a crack until it gets bigger and wider and more brilliant than you can imagine.
It is the smile on the face of a nine year old who has just won his grade level geography bee.
It is the laughter of an eight year old who is at the movies with his friends.
It is the excitement of a kindergartner who has just learned to spell a word.
It is in the tight hug of toddler who has his arms wrapped around your neck.
And it is in the voice tone of a husband who finally got some time alone with his wife.
Even in a family like mine who is grieving and feuding with each other on what seems like a daily basis, we have our moments of joy.
I am sharing those moments of joy in a beautiful e-book created by Becky of Raising Loveliness. I was so flattered when she asked me to contribute to her latest e-book, Nurturing Joy: Illuminating Everyday Enchantment. I have tried so hard to create a positive space here, and I appreciate others who do the same. Becky brings moms together through their uplifting stories of finding joy in their daily lives.
And you know what the best thing is? She wants you to have this book for free! You can get your copy of the e-book here. Here is a bit of what I said in the book:
I'm also sharing another of my moments of joy at Raising Loveliness today. Head on over to see what brings me and some of the other contributors to the book joy on a daily basis.
In the midst of all the craziness of life, what brings you joy?