Thursday, April 4, 2013

Catching Up

Hello friends! How are you? I have been so sporadic at blogging that I feel a bit out of touch. I thought I would take some time to catch you up on my life.
Last Saturday our family honored the year mark of my husband's death. It has been a year since my sweetheart unexpectedly passed away (typing those words still seems very foreign). We spent the day talking about the events of a year ago in the field where it all happened. Then we created a happy memory by going out to dinner, laughing, eating and enjoying being together. There are days I have a hard time believing this new circumstance of ours and yet I feel an odd sense of relief knowing I have survived the worst year of my life. I know that our survival was a result of many prayers and much love and support given by family, friends and even strangers. For that I am profoundly grateful.

In the wee hours of Monday, April 1st, my darling daughter delivered her second child...a boy. I am so thrilled to be the nonnie of three beautiful girls and now a handsome baby boy!
Throughout this past year the importance of home has become even more significant to me. 
It doesn't matter the size of our house or it's location. Our house does not need to be magazine-shoot worthy but it does need to give us that sense of JOY that no other place can. Home should be where we feel comfort despite all that is happening in the world. It should be a place where we delight to come at the end of the day; where we feel a sense of warmth and well-being. Our homes should be where we house our happy memories as well as our sad; where we have beautiful traditions as well as mundane routines.
My whole purpose for writing this blog is to share the ways I find joy in my home. I am passionate about helping others feel about their homes the way I feel about mine.  I hope you find inspiration here in creating joy for your home.
Thank you for visiting! I truly appreciate you for being so supportive in the many aspects of my life.



Terri said...

Hi Joy,

I'm so glad you've continued to blog through the sad times. Blogging really helped me get through divorce several years ago. The strange thing is that through blogging I realized exactly what my life had been lacking. I needed the companionship, the willingness to try something new to improve home or yard, the "we're in this together" feeling. I lacked that in my marriage and any projects were mine and mine alone. I'm in a new relationship with a guy who LOVES a challenge and we have so much fun together. Hang in there, my friend!

Jake's a Girl said...

I think of you often. After watching my beloved sister go through the same shock of losing her husband so unexpectedly. It seems nothing short of a miracle to survive when you think you won't.
Congrats on the birth of your new grandson. It can be sad as life does move forward but you can take all the beautiful memories with you. Hugs and prayers for all the beauty to come.

Jake's a Girl

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I think of you often and wonder how you are doing. I can only imagine how difficult this past year has been....but I was so happy to see you post again! I hope that this Spring will be a good one full of new memories and joy at the old!

Joy said...

Thank you ladies for your supportive words. I am grateful for your concern and love!

Yvette said...

My heart broke for you last year when I read that you had lost your husband. I lost my mother 8 years ago this April. She was my very best friend. I felt like for the 1st year I wanted to die, but the 1st year is the hardest. The hurt never goes away it just gets easier year by year.I just wanted to say I've enjoyed reading your blog over the years. You and your husband have been an inspiration to me. Congratulations on your new grandson:)

Andrea said...

What a wonderful post and even with the sadness you still have joy in your family, grand babies, and your home. You are an inspiration to me! Thank you for this wonderful update.

Blessings to you!!

Unknown said...

Its been a long time since I last visited and found my way back to blogland and remembered your lovely blog to see your sad news...Im so sorry for your loss...there are no words..I'll just send some blessings and smiles xx
Annie x

~L~ said...

I have been thinking of you...I did not remember the exact date of your sweethearts passing, but thought it was about this time of year. I check in on the blog to see how you are doing and enjoy your beautiful home. I am inspired by your strength. Congrats on the birth of your grandson. Grandchildren are such a blessing! Take care. :)

Beth said...

I am wondering, would you consider writing about the things that others did, or that you would have liked someone to do, that helped you through this first year after loosing your husband? My sweet sister-in-law lost her son a few weeks ago, and it is so hard to see someone you love in pain and suffering so. I worry constantly about doing the right thing - am I doing enough vs. am I not giving her enough space, should I mention him vs. not bring it up until she does, is it okay to bring treats and things each time I visit or not, etc. I just want so badly to help her and her family adjust to this terrible loss, and I am learning as I go. Plus I am very sad too...he was a sweet young man. And, though I am a stranger, I am terribly sorry for your loss too, and I appreciate your blog and advice and candor in all things!! XOXO

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