Remembering the Joy

"Through all of living have much joy and laughter, life is to be enjoyed, not just endured." 
 Gordon B. Hinckley


I'm a very visual person.  My sweet hubby was surprised to see just how visual when he came home from work to find this on our stairs this past week:





How many times do I climb these stairs? 


 Every time I change a diaper.  Or put away toys.  And of course for laundry.  The list goes on and on.  


It's a really good place to have a nice reminder.


Especially on days like yesterday.  The abbreviated version is: 1 roll of toilet paper all over the place, 1 box of kleenex all over in another room, and 1 call to poison control.



Did I mention that my sweet little monster is also teething (thus the reason for the call to poison control) and wants to eat and bite everything?


There's a bit of grumpiness around here.  I can tell she's not herself when she gets her binki and blanket out of her bed and needs to carry them all over the house.


Poor baby.


“Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey and share our love with friends and family. One day, each of us will run out of tomorrows. Let us not put off what is most important.”
Thomas S. Monson


And one other quote I remind myself of, and it is one of things I think of whenever I climb my stairs now:


“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey … delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”  Gordon B. Hinckley quoting Jenkin Loyd Jones


Most of the time I feel like I am having the time of my life: three little blessings who are learning and growing and I get to love them through their journey of becoming their own person with an amazing husband helping us all along. 
 Lucky mama. 


Here's to finding joy in each of our journeys.


4 comments:

kierste @ brown paper packages said...

It's perfect, Jedda. I wish my stairs didn't have carpet. :)

I love your thoughts on finding joy, because it really can be a daily, sometimes hourly process.

Hang in there with the teething--hopefully it will pass quickly.

Erica said...

love it. what a nice reminder to have throughout the day. i know i need that reminder all the time. we have that first quote up in our entryway- i just need to read it more ;)

elspeth said...

Only good moms call poison control;)
Love the stairs!

Julia said...

it makes me want to tear the carpeting off my stairs!

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