But, despite all of its troubles, the day actually provided a few Joyful Moments. I will probably just stick to one in the future, but I feel like sharing two of them today.
The first was the pretty sunrise I saw when I opened the blinds in the front of our house today. I have always had an obsession with sunrises or sunsets, so anytime I see a beautiful one I count it as a gift. But this morning was especially joyful because we have had near constant cloud coverage for the last few weeks. Seeing that pretty pink sky surrounding the sun brought so much peace to my heart. At least the day started off well.
The other joyful moment came a few hours later. Sweet P was in preschool and I had just picked Little M up from the child watch center at our gym (I got to workout for the first time this week!). We were heading to the library to go play for a little while until it was time to pick up Sweet P. The library isn't far from the gym, so I was considering walking. But then the cold sunk in and I was reconsidering when for some reason, I asked Little M what he wanted to do. He wanted to walk. I reminded him of the cold, but he persisted. So, we walked over to the library.
I was freezing before we were halfway there, but it was still a precious moment. Little M has to compete with Sweet P to get a word in most of the time. So, sometimes, when it's just the two of us, he opens up and really starts to chatter. And it's so sweet and fun to listen to his thoughts. He's very articulate for a 2 1/2 year old. What we talked about was far from profound, but there was still a lot of joy in that moment to have some calm time to just listen to him as we walked and held hands.
And I think this blog just might work after all. I came down here in the worst of moods (because after those moments, the rest of the day pretty much just stunk!) and now I have a smile on my face.
So, thank you for reading. And to those of you who have already shared your Joyful Moments! I'm so excited about this!