Finding Joy

Goofy boys, LEGO, and sushi – 5 places I found joy in the chaos this week

This week felt like it took forever! It was the first week back to full time schedules. The kids were back to five days of school for the week and Micah was back to a 40+ hour work week (I think it was closer to 50 this week) and I was busy putting the final touches on a presentation I was giving later in the week. We had a couple nice days to start the week and then the temps plummeted and we got hit with a blizzard. We’ve got all this super fine snow that blows like crazy when the winds pick up making driving super scary. 

Homemade potstickers, Christmas crafts, and awesome prices – 5 places I found joy in the chaos this week

I still have moments where I think I’m forgetting something but ya know what? It will probably be okay. If we have six appetizers instead of seven we will survive. If I don’t clean out the microwave, we will survive. We are spending time together as a family watching movies, listening to Christmas music, playing games, and simply being together. We are watching our Shepherd get closer and closer to finding Jesus and we are reminded to seek Him out as well. That’s what’s important right now, not the number of gifts under the tree, the dozens of cookies I made, or the amount of activities we did or didn’t complete. 

Paper snowflakes, good helpers, and family – places I found joy in the chaos this week

We spent the week prepping for our first Christmas celebration which turned out so great. Simple, quiet, and a really fun weekend. Well, as quiet and simple as it can be with five kids and four adults! I really tried to focus on the kids’ reactions to gifts and remember what I thought they would remember this week because this is the only time they will be these exact ages at Christmas!

Chores, dancing, and flowers – 8 places I found joy in the chaos this week

Sorry for the break in posting these! Last weekend was a little crazy with dress rehearsal and the actual children’s Christmas program for church and we lounged around on Sunday doing not much of anything. I’ve decided Sunday is not a great day for trying to get this posted so from here on out I’ll be posting these on Mondays spanning the previous Sunday-Saturday. That gives me a little more breathing room to compile all my images and get it all typed up.

YouTube Live, sleepovers, and Thanksgiving – 5 places I found joy in the chaos this week

The kids and Micah had Wednesday-Friday off from work and we really soaked up the vacation time. We rarely changed out of pjs, did a lot of snacking, and played lots of games. Micah’s parents arrived Wednesday night and stayed until mid morning on Saturday. We ate sooo much food for Thanksgiving. We did a small amount of Christmas shopping on Black Friday and plan on doing a bit more online for Cyber Monday. (Have you checked out the sales and deals page?)

Reading, baking, and conferences – 4 places I found joy in the chaos this week

It was a tough week. For whatever reason the kids were going a little nuts. Whatever impulse control they have was out the window and basic rules that have been in place for years were being ignored. I was going crazy because I felt like I shouldn’t have needed to repeat myself so many times or ask for simple things like “please keep your feet off your brother” to happen. You get it. 

Double birthdays, school pictures, and Halloween parties – 5 places I found joy in the chaos this week

It was a busy but great week! It took a little bit of time to adjust back to our normal lives but I think we are back on track. We had two birthdays to celebrate this week and I had a big dinner planned with my MOPS moms that I was helping host. This meant I had to spend a little time getting the house out of disaster zone and into “people can walk through this place” zone.