And not really related to my Joyful Moment.
Today's Joyful Moment was just sort of an on-going Moment of having the type of day I imagined I would have when I was younger and tried to imagine growing up and having a family of my own. I was a happy and cheerful mom. I was able to pause what I was doing when one of the kids needed something--without getting grumpy with them for interrupting. We played together. Sweet P and Little M played quite well together this morning while I got myself ready for church. HH sung beautifully in a duet during Sacrament Meeting (a Joyful Moment that really could just stand alone. He has a beautiful voice and is even sexier than normal whenever he is performing.). After church the kids and I had some great discussions about gospel principles and doctrines while they ate their snack and we all waited for HH to come home from his meetings. Everyone was in a good mood when he got home. I was able to let him take a nap while I helped Sweet P with her violin practice. I remained patient and cheerful while Sweet P through a fit about not wanting to do her practice and eventually came up with a system that made her admit that practice was actually "fun". HH and the kids played a game while I made dinner. We took the dog to the dog run so she had her moment of fun as well.
Was that a long enough paragraph? I guess it was nothing major, it was just the feelings of peace, happiness, joy, and contentment that I felt throughout all of that. It wasn't a perfect day. The kids had a few scuffles and we had a couple tantrums. But today, I was the person I wanted to be. I enjoyed my family. And bonds were strengthened.
Wishing you all Joyful Moments of being the person you always wanted to be--even if only for a day!