Simple Joy

I was inspired by this story posted in the blog  Picture Retirement.  Suzanne has shared some beautiful photos and I encourage you to take a look – they are very impressive.

She wrote, “What lifted my spirits and made me smile this week is the realization that doing what we love doesn’t have to be put on hold. Our ability to adapt, be creative and find ways to breath new life into old hobbies and habits can turn a gloomy day into one filled with beauty.”  

I have been getting very restless spending so much time at home. M. is still getting up every morning and going to work so I am by myself.  Even though I am still online teaching my third graders until the end of May, it is not nearly the same rigor and pace as before the coronavirus left us no choice but to close our schools until next August.  I am the type of person who enjoys keeping busy.  Too much time on my hands + cabin fever = an unhappy me. Suzanne’s post encouraged me to look beyond, so I ventured outside to walk around my yard on this glorious spring day.  As I looked around, I was reminded of just how much I actually love being in my home and especially spending time outside in my yard.  I began to recognize all of the the simple things (that sometimes go unnoticed or taken for granted) which bring much joy to my days.

I love the time we spend around this table. Many laughs and much food has been shared from spring all the way through fall between M. and I, with family members, and with friends. The evening temps are still a little cold for us to start eating our dinners outside (which we absolutely love to do); but here lately, I make sure to eat lunch at this table or on the deck of our shed every single weather-permitting day!

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The furniture on the deck of our shed is so old and is getting rusty, but perfect for a quick lunch or a place to sit while M. cooks up something yummy on the grill.

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Some of the lovely flowers I spotted growing in my yard.

The Dogwood tree is full of blooms:

IMG_1110About three years ago, we found a pad of a cactus that someone had broken off.  M. picked it up, brought it home and planted it. Every year the plant gets bigger and bigger. Can you see the tiny lady bug on top?

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M. has a green thumb and can grow anything.  I, however, quote the plea in the photo below regarding anything I plant.

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I really needed this dose of slowing down and appreciating the very simple-beauty in my own back yard. Praise God for the simple joys!