January 07, 2011

J-O-Y- The Choosing and Giving

 


What gives you JOY?

There are a lot of things big and small in my life that give me JOY. I thought I'd share my top ten list of today's JOYs.

1) Maddie finally went back to school today after recovering from a tonsillectomy she had last week.
2) My Colts made the playoffs and have a game on Saturday night.
3) It snowed today, the biggest fluffiest, glitteriest snowflakes and I felt like I live in Narnia.
4) Being Fearless.
5) Studio time in my future this weekend.
6) We are making plans for a big exciting vacation for the Spring of 2012.
7) Since I had an empty house today, I finally worked out and I feel so good!
8) There is a bottle of red wine calling my name tonight.
9) My new calendar came today and I can't wait to start filling it up.
10) 2 skeins of chunky yarn waiting for me to make them into a striped scarf

Some of you might remember what a big part Choosing Joy played in my life last year. Here's what I know for sure, you can choose how you feel about something. You can choose how you react to a situation or a person. You can choose JOY. Here is something else I know for sure, the more you practice something the easier it becomes.

Since I like to share the JOY, today I am hosting a giveaway from my dear friend Jerusalem at The Adventures of Jolly Goode Gal who has started printing the most inspiring posters. That Jerusalem is an inspiring girl. She is using the proceeds from these posters to enlarge her family through adoption. Because she has a big heart. Which also explains why she wants to give one of you a poster of your choosing just for looking at her store and coming back here to leave a comment about which poster and color scheme is your favorite by Monday January 10th at midnight Eastern. If your name is chosen you will win the poster you picked.

Also, because I love you guys, I will tell you that you can go visit my buddy Shannan for another chance to win. Don't you just feel a little more JOYful already?

49 comments:

  1. Well, this one is right pretty and screams JJ!!!!

    Love you, Little Lady! You have brought me immense JOY over the past year-and-then-some.

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  2. I like the Love poster. I'm the lucky mom of 2 adopted children, it's a wonderful adventure!

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  3. I like the one you have featured. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I know what you mean about joy. If you look at life gives you daily and are thankful it just becomes natural. Life is good even when it is messy. God never promised no problems for his people but he did promise that he would never leave us.
    Your blog has brought me joy in this last year. So happy I found you through your friend Shannan. I hope I win!!

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  5. That was a JOYful post. One of the things that has brought me JOY this past year (besides my wonderful family) is finding people like you here- Hugs-Diana

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  6. great word and a great way to live!!!!
    xo,
    LuLu

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  7. I needed that reminder to choose joy. I enjoyed catching up on your latest posts. I hope all of your home dreams come true this year!

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  8. It's super hard to pick. I love the Life in blue but I am really trying to live "Give it all away" since I've been blessed with so much.

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  9. What a great list JJ. I feel so much joy right now - reading my favorite blogs, eating popcorn and being home. Simple. Joy.

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  10. oooh, cool. I like the life one in red.

    Like your list!

    Cheryl

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  11. Glad Maddie is back on her feet. Did she get her fill of popsicles and ice cream?
    Love your list, JJ. All is good in your Cottage Nest, and that gives me joy.

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  12. DEF. "Love has come to walk among us". That so jumped out at me. I think some personal issues that are going on right now....the words seemed to be words of hope to me.

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  13. Would love this to hang on the wall in my new craft room to be. I would choose the Life poster in the red color. What a great giveaway. You are an encouragement and inspiration. Jackie

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  14. The one that begins Live brave... would be great in lime in our upstairs tv room!

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  15. Great list! Hope you have a joyful weekend!

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  16. Great list! I'd love to have the Joy poster in red and pink. Thanks!

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  17. great giveaway, and found out about your site through a great lady (shannan) happy new year to you!

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  18. Live Brave - definitely, but Joy is a very close second! Thanks for the chance to win! Becky G. in GA

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  19. I love the one "love has come to walk among us".

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  20. Hi there! Found you through Shannan's blog and I love a giveaway! Your blog is awesome and I look forward to reading more...

    Hmm.. my fav would be the aqua "Live brave" one

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  21. Thanks so much for the giveaway. So kind!

    My favorite is "Give it all away", since it is a great reminder of why we are here---to be Christ's hands and feet to others.

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  22. I like the "Love" poster in that pretty blue.

    Thanks for offering this giveaway! I just found your lovely blog today and have enjoyed looking around a bit.

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  23. I really like the Life poster. Great words to live by.

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  24. Love the blue Joy. I liked the red one as well but it seems like Christmas to me. A
    Nd since I have Joy in my life all year long, I like the blue, hah.
    Thanks for offering this giveaway.
    I signed up to follow you as well.

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  25. loving the "live brave, etc" in green... or maybe aqua...hmmm.

    I do like the "joy" too... hmmm.

    Great giveaway opportunity! Thanks a bunch from all of us.

    ~Chris

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  26. I love the "Joy" poster, especially since "JOY" is my word for 2011. However, the "Live Brave, Speak Truth, See Wonder, Give Love" poster really speaks to me! Hmmm...lime...no aqua. No, lime...aqua...lime. Lime, it is! ;)

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  27. I love the "Live Brave, Speak Truth, See Wonder, Give Love" in cherry. Absolutely gorgeous!

    turtletopp07 at aol dot com

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  28. i love the aqua Joy poster - happy colors for a happy thought!

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  29. I love the "joy" one in every color! Fun!

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  30. First I must say that Miss Shannan sent me over. :)

    Second...I love the one that starts Live Brave also...and I would want it in a dark blue (if possible). It would look perfect in my kitchen!

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  31. I have immense Joy...am working on the bravery! Ally

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  32. Good luck to everyone! I am so honored by all the sweet poster comments - y'all are the best!
    Jerusalem

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  33. I like the Life poster but I'd probably want it in aqua. Aqua is about the happiest color I know.

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  34. This is beautiful. Thanks to my good friend Shannan at Flowerpatchfarmgirl.blogspot.com for directing me to your beautiful blog.

    I love the "Love Has Come to Walk Among Us." There is no greater truth!

    Blessings,
    Jody

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  35. I would have to say my favorite is the aqua Joy poster featured on your blog! Creative friends like you bring my an immense amount of joy :)

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  36. Oh my, how to choose? But I like the LOVE in aqua poster...beautiful saying, beautiful color. And it would look PERFECT in my house. :)

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  37. Love poster is wonderful - just came back from church and this resonates so nicely - what a way to start the week!

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  38. Love has come to walk - perfectly describes our new adventure into international adoption.

    Blesings,
    Teri

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  39. Goodness but these posters are a delight! I'm partial to "JOY" in the red scheme ... and what a wonderful reminder. Happiness is fleeting, but joy is something that can bring a hope to the backbone of life. I love it!

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  40. I am so excited to find another lovely blog! I followed Shannan's link to your site. I really love "Live Brave, Speak Truth, See Wonder, Give Love" in the green. So wonderful. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

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  41. I'm Lovin the aqua JOY over here ..I rambled on over at your friend's farm about the others.. They are all stunning
    blessings ,B

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  42. Hi! I stopped by from Flower Patch Farmgirl...I have to remind myself to choose JOY a lot ;) The Give It All Away poster I've decided is my fav!! Thanks for the chance to win...

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  43. I love the "joy" poster in turquoise. My theme for myself this year is "choose joy"--it's a work in progress but I'm finding that many times, it is a "choice". Really enjoy your blog btw!:)
    Kelli

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  44. Love the posters! My favorite is "Love Has Come To Walk Among Us". We met our new baby girl (through adoption) on Dec 7th. It was a long and tiring journey to her but I know love is here to stay and walk among us... as well as crawl and giggle and drool and even cry among us. Thanks!

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  45. Suzy,

    Has to be Give it all away for me.

    Thanks!

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  46. Totally dig the "Life Poster"!

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  47. i love the "love" poster in green! beautiful!!!
    karri

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  48. I love the joy poster in aqua. It would look wonderful in my elementary art room and serve as a great reminder when I'm stressed.

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