A Season of Rest

At the start of 2019, I felt like God placed on my heart the word community, as in nurturing and growing a sense of community specifically within Charlie's family. In a previous post, Bumps, Bruises, and Scars I shared indirectly about a couple we know who had been hurt by other members of their family…

Learning To Be Versatile

As a reader of Rest & Chaos Blog, I was honoured to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, a blogger-to-blogger award. Visit Collene's lovely blog for Christian encouragement and inspiration! She is a wonderfully, thoughtful writer who shares from her heart. I decided to participate because it is great to learn more about the…

Sugar Cookie Kindness

The kids and I recently baked and decorated sugar cookies. They were not bakery quality but they were absolutely beautiful to me because of the little hands that enjoyed being artistic with icing sugar and sprinkles! I was instantly taken back to my own childhood memories again. Isn't that interesting how deep buried memories can…

Living Up To My Name

It's not always easy to live up to a name but especially when yours is Joy. The inspiration of my name came from my godmother, also named Joy, as well as the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. (Galatians 5:22) I was one of the only Joy's I knew growing up…

Enjoy Them… Right Now

This morning I woke up early at 5:30am and was just thinking about the kids. With the holidays approaching, there haven't been many quiet moments for me to think, so being up early or staying up late can be precious in having a few minutes of stillness. I was talking with God, thanking Him for…

It Is Well

Being the daughter of a church pianist, I've always had a love for old hymns. Anytime I get to sing one at church or deliberately put one on to listen, I am taken back to my childhood and hearing my mom play the piano. My little girl, Anna, is pictured above with her Annie a…

Farewell Little Raincoat

Cleaning out unused or outgrown clothes from the wardrobe normally gives me a sense of great accomplishment. Not only can the clothes stop taking up valuable space in the wardrobe, but they can be very useful to others and a sense of joy comes through knowing they are going on to new homes. But every…

Moments Of Sabbath

I was looking up the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 5 for Anna, and as I was reading through them, I stopped at number four: "Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is…

Conversations To Be Continued…

"Hi Lovely! How are you?" my friend Charlene said to me on the school run. Meanwhile her daughter, Eloise quickly mentioned, "Mummy, I'm hungry! May I have a snack please?" "Fine thanks! How are you Hon?" I replied back. And instantly my son Luke shouted, " I want a snack too Mummy! Mummy, can I…

Breathe

A few days ago, I had my first (in six years!) week day hair cut completely by myself. No kids, no childcare to consider, just me walking into the salon. To those without small children, this isn't that big of a deal but to those mamas who have hair dryers collecting dust and hair always…